Childbirth is one of the greatest miracles you will every experience. To ensure that you have the flexibility to personalize your baby’s birth, and to give you plenty of family time, we offer more private rooms than any other facility in the area. Our liberal visitation policy means you can usually have visitors anytime you wish. Plus, we have created lounges for your family and friends and playrooms for your children.

Figure 4: An expectant mother cradles her stomach.

Contact us

Are you interested in delivering you child at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville? For more information about our labor and delivery services and amenities please call us at (904) 702-6468.

Birthing options

The Women’s Center at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville provides labor and delivery rooms that give mothers more flexibility, choice and comfort. You will stay in the same room through delivery and immediate recovery. Rather than being taken to the nursery after delivery, your baby will stay with you and be bathed and weighed right in your room, making your bonding experience more intimate.

After your baby is born, you will be moved to our mother-baby unit for special postpartum care. Our mother-baby unit offers a comfortable sleeper sofa for your partner.

Following a cesarean delivery, we will bring your baby to you in the perinatal recovery room for bonding time. You will then be taken to the mother-baby unit, where you will stay until you are discharged.

Signs of labor

False labor

  • You experience no “bloody show”
  • Contractions are irregular and not progressively closer together
  • Walking or changing activity or position relieves or stops the contractions

Real labor

  • A “bloody show” may appear and may be accompanied by cramp-like pains
  • Your “bag of water” may rupture
  • Contractions get stronger, occur more frequently and last longer in spite of walking or changing activity

Birth certificate

Before you are discharged, you may be given a birth certificate information form to complete. If not, you will be contacted by the birth certificate coordinator by telephone or mail after you are discharged. This information is required by HRS for the official registration of your child.

Car seat

Florida law requires that all children under the age of four be secured in an approved child passenger safety seat while riding in a motor vehicle. This law includes the newborn’s first ride home from the hospital. You must bring a baby car seat with you.

Parent support services

At Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, we want to help you by answering your questions about new parenting skills. We hope that the following programs will make your life easier so you can enjoy this special time with your baby.

Breastfeeding support

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville understands the importance of breastfeeding and is pleased to provide outpatient consultations with trained lactation consultants. Specialized staff are also available to assist moms with any breastfeeding questions or concerns. For your convenience, breast pumps and supplies are available for purchase.

For more information on our breastfeeding support services, you can make an appointment or talk with our staff at (904) 702-1538.

Breastfeeding support group

Our breastfeeding support group meets at the Memorial Hospital Educational Complex. There is no fee to attend the support group and siblings are welcome to attend. The support group meets:

  • Third Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mother and baby support groups

Our support groups for new mothers and their babies offers educational information, comfort and understanding for new moms. Whether breastfeeding or formula feeding, all mothers can share valuable information and gain needed support by listening to others.

Breast and bottle feeding, parenting skills, growth and development of your baby and returning to work are among the long list of topics and subjects discussed at our gatherings.

Our group is hosted by Rosann Parr, RNC, IBCLC. Our groups are filled with laughter and excitement as new parents share their baby’s stories and newest milestones.

Contact us

We are delighted you have chosen Memorial Hospital Jacksonville to be a part of your labor, delivery and life with your newborn. For any questions or more information, please call us at (904) 702-1538.