Labor and delivery in Orange Park, Florida
At Orange Park Medical Center, we offer expectant parents and their growing families a safe and personalized birth experience when welcoming their newborn into the world. In addition to our private labor, delivery and recovery rooms, we provide neonatal support in our special care nursery if your child requires extra attention following birth.
We provide extensive support for women choosing to breastfeed their newborns. We have board-certified lactation consultants on staff to help ease the transition into breastfeeding during the hospital stay. For women who cannot breastfeed, we have partnered with Mother's Milk Bank, which provides human donor breast milk.
Are you interested in giving birth at Orange Park Medical Center? You can call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 889-3627 for a free physician referral.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
A safe, healthy childbirth experience doesn’t begin with the first sign of labor. We encourage and promote healthy lifestyles and habits while you are trying to conceive and after you find out you are pregnant. If you suspect you are pregnant, we encourage you to seek early prenatal care.
When you find out you are pregnant, we are here to help you begin your journey toward parenthood. We offer a complete range of services to help you stay healthy and prepare for your baby's arrival, including special prenatal testing, diagnostic services and parenting/childbirth educational programs.
Do you need help finding a physician you can trust with your pregnancy, labor and delivery care? You can receive a physician referral by calling our Consult-A-Nurse team at (800) 889-3627.
Family centered birthing experience
Women in Jacksonville and Orange Park trust our team to provide the high-quality, compassionate maternity care they deserve when delivering their babies. Mothers who choose us benefit from comfortable rooms and flexibility in childbirth to create a personalized experience.
Our maternity ward uses the latest medical equipment to monitor the health of mom and baby throughout the labor and delivery process. If the need for a Cesarean section arises during labor, we can easily transport moms to an operating room. Our staff is experienced in vaginal and C-section deliveries and includes some of the region's most experienced doctors, nurses and nurse midwives.
We have a five-bed triage and treatment room where we assess expectant mothers for emergent and non-emergent conditions. We have three operating rooms available for Cesarean deliveries on the unit.
Orange Park Medical Center has been named a five-star recipient in multiple categories pertaining to women's care by Healthgrades. Five-star ratings indicate that our hospital's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected in obstetrics, gynecology, labor and delivery—including vaginal deliveries and C-sections.
About our birthing suites
Whether you are a first time mom or an experienced one, pregnancy is one of the most important times of your life. With this in mind, we designed our birthing suites to offer a home-like atmosphere that emphasizes comfort and safety. Our maternity ward offers:
- 30 private mother/baby rooms
- Nine private labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms, so all phases of childbirth take place in the same room
- Large, private spaces designed to accommodate labor, delivery and immediate postpartum recovery for you and your family
- Soothing setting with the latest medical equipment
Neonatal specialty care
We have an on-site special care nursery, also called a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for infants who require additional medical care following birth. Both you and your baby have access to high-level specialty care in one facility, so you are always nearby.
Breastfeeding and lactation support
The Lactation Corner at our hospital is dedicated to facilitating breastfeeding for new moms and newborns and is led by board-certified lactation consultants. We are here to provide the help and support many new mothers need during the early days of breastfeeding.
If you would like to schedule an inpatient consultation with one of our lactation consultants or have questions about breastfeeding, please call us at (904) 639-3515.
Our lactation department provides personalized care for you and your baby, which includes:
- Breastfeeding support group
- Educational materials
- Follow-up calls after delivery
- In-hospital visits and support
- Prenatal breastfeeding classes
- Telephone help-line to answer questions about breastfeeding
Breast milk donation
Our hospital is proud to be the area's first Human Milk Donation and Outreach Center. We joined the network of Mother's Milk Bank (MMB), a non-profit organization benefiting women and babies nationwide. The MMB is the largest non-profit milk bank in North America and has been providing lifesaving donor milk for more than 30 years.
A single ounce of human breast milk can feed a premature baby for an entire day. Babies in need of neonatal intensive care depend on the nourishment provided in human donor breast milk when their own mother's milk is unavailable. Breast milk offers many benefits, including protecting babies from illness and infection.
Breast milk is essential for any baby with a weakened immune system or special dietary needs. Donor breast milk can be used in cases of adoption, surrogacy and multiple birth (twins, triplets, etc.), or when a mother's milk cannot be used due to illness or certain medications.
How to donate breast milk
- Complete a blood test, at no cost
- Complete an online, comprehensive screening form
- Provide information to a lactation consultant during a pre-screening phone call
- Submit medical consent forms
Once these steps are completed and you are approved, the MMB will provide containers, shipping materials and no-cost shipping.
Receiving donated breast milk is safe and free
To preserve the original value of breast milk donated to the Human Milk Donation and Outreach Center, we ensure it is tested and processed before given to babies to drink. The MMB does not compensate women for their breast milk. It is strictly provided on a donation basis. This allows us to provide safe, contaminant-free nourishment for babies and minimal processing fees for hospitals.
The cost of a hospital stay typically includes required nutrition. Because of this, families do not incur any additional cost for using human donor milk while in the hospital.
Educational classes for new and expectant parents
We go to great lengths to help the entire family adjust to your baby's upcoming birth. We offer a full range of classes for parents, covering pregnancy, breastfeeding, prepared childbirth and baby care. Special opportunities for your children are also available to help them adjust to life with a newborn sibling.
First-time moms will benefit from our complete childcare series. Experienced families, however, may opt for a refresher course. In either case, a tour of our facility can be a great help.
Due to COVID-19, our parent education classes are not taking place at this time.
Breastfeeding Support Group
This support group provides a common space for new mothers to share information about their breastfeeding experiences and interact with each other. Mothers and their babies are welcome to attend. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. Our support group is free to attend, but we do require advanced registration. To register, please call (904) 639-3515.
Early Pregnancy Class
Our Early Pregnancy Class is free and should be taken within the first few months of pregnancy. Participants receive a free, same-day tour of our birthing suites. The tour will be conducted first, and patients can choose to only participate in the tour and leave before the class.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
This class is taught on a monthly basis by a board-certified lactation consultant. Our breastfeeding classes are highly informative and introduce preparation techniques to facilitate a successful breastfeeding experience. The class is held on the third Monday of every month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and is free of charge. However, advanced registration is required.
Prenatal & Cesarean class series
In these classes, we cover information regarding labor, delivery, postpartum care and newborn care. Delivery topics discussed include vaginal delivery, C-sections and pregnancy complications during delivery. It's best to enroll in these classes during the seventh month of pregnancy.
When available, the day of the newborn class will include a question and answer opportunity with a pediatric family physician. The cost of this class series is $15 per couple.
Cesarean section class
Parents have the option to solely participate in our C-section class, which is part of the Prenatal & Cesarean class series. We encourage all partners who want to accompany the mother to the operating room (OR) in the event of a C-section to take this course. This is open to all couples, regardless of whether a C-section is planned or the need arises during labor.
Sibling Preparedness Class
This class is designed to help ease the transition of bringing home a newborn to your already established family. The class is an informative and fun opportunity for soon-to-be older siblings to interact with their newborn siblings. We address concerns regarding jealousy through an animated video and brief discussion.
It's free to attend the Sibling Preparedness Class, but we do require advanced registration. Children who are 3 to 11 years old can attend. This class is available once a month on Monday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:00pm.
To help introduce your new arrival to friends and family members, photos of infants recently born at our hospital are available on Mom365. Images are password-protected.