Most pregnancies and deliveries go as planned, with few complications and mother and baby going home within two days. But sometimes, the unexpected happens. When it does, Sacred Heart Hospital is ready, offering experienced, life-saving care for women who are at risk for complications during pregnancy, for premature and sick newborns, and for unborn children who are not developing as expected.
Sacred Heart is the Regional Perinatal Center – one of only 11 in the state – and Northwest Florida’s only center designed for women with high-risk pregnancies.
Our physicians offer outpatient consultations and counseling for high-risk conditions at our satellite offices across the region.
For women requiring an extended hospital stay, our high-risk pregnancy unit at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola strives to provide a comfortable, soothing experience in the weeks leading up to your delivery, with activities such as a social hour when patients can meet other moms-to-be and share your experiences together.
Find a Doctor Specializing in High-Risk Pregnancy
Our physician specialists are board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine and have extensive experience in the management of high-risk pregnancies and the treatment of pregnancy-related medical complications such as diabetes, hypertension, preeclampsia, placenta previa, multiple gestations, premature rupture of the amniotic membranes, preterm labor, hemolytic/Rh disease, genetic disorders and infectious diseases.
Our physicians can see patients:
- For a one-time consultation and/or ultrasound
- For co-management of your pregnancy, along with your referring OB/GYN
- For transfer when desired by your referring OB/GYN
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and nursing staff will perform the required testing, send detailed reports and maintain communication with your OB/GYN regarding the next steps of your care.
Meet our maternal-fetal medicine physicians here.
Prenatal Diagnostic Testing
Prenatal testing will help your doctor determine whether your baby will need extra levels of care before, during and after delivery.
Although your OB/GYN is able to perform some testing in his/her office, comprehensive testing is only available at specific centers such as the Sacred Heart Regional Perinatal Center. Some of the prenatal diagnostic testing available at Sacred Heart include:
- Genetic counseling
- First-trimester screening
- Diabetic management
- Ultrasound (diagnostic or targeted)
- Doppler-flow studies
- Fetal echocardiography
- Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling
- Intrauterine fetal transfusion
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Our board-certified genetic counselor assists women with family history of genetic disease, advanced maternal age and abnormal results from maternal serum screening for birth defects.
The Regional Perinatal Center is accredited in obstetrical ultrasound by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. All services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis for high-risk obstetrical patients.
Our physicians specializing in high-risk pregnancy (maternal-fetal medicine) operate a series of satellite offices across Northwest Florida and South Alabama, offering outpatient consultations, as well as genetic and preconception counseling.
Because our staff travels to our outreach clinics throughout the week, we see patients in each area only on certain days and times.
To schedule an appointment, please call our main office at 850-416-2477.
5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola
Medical Office Building, Suite 201
Pensacola, Fla. 32504
922 Mar-Walt Dr.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
550 W. Redstone Ave., Suite 320
Crestview, FL 32529
7720 U.S. Hwy. 98 West
Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Hospital
Medical Office Building, Suite 310
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Caring for the Unexpected: OB Emergency Care Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
In an emergency situation, time can be critical to the health of both mother and baby, so a mom’s immediate access to care is important. As the only local hospital where an obstetrician is onsite 24/7, Sacred Heart offers an emergency care center especially dedicated to treating unexpected issues in pregnant women. This ensures that women who are in labor or who are experiencing complications are seen right away by an in-house board-certified OB/GYN who can provide care until your OB/GYN is able to arrive at the hospital.
Sacred Heart Hospital also offers the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) , the highest level of care available for infants who are born premature or critically ill. Should complications occur during your delivery, take comfort in the fact that just moments away is one of Sacred Heart’s neonatologists – a physician specially trained to care for our smallest patients. This physician specialist can be summoned to your baby’s side immediately, day or night.
More than likely, you won’t need some of these services, but you will have the peace of mind knowing that they’re here for you when you need them most.