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Obstetrics

Why choose Ochsner Health for your obstetric care?

Ochsner is Louisiana’s leading resource for people who are pregnant, are planning to have a baby or simply want to maintain good reproductive health. Women, unborn babies and newborns who receive care at Ochsner have access to the state’s largest set of board-certified OB/GYNs and fellowship-trained specialists and subspecialists. Ochsner facilities provide labor and delivery, newborn care, women’s health and maternal fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies.

At Ochsner, you and your baby will be in a comfortable, supportive environment that is ready to serve your healthcare needs before, during and after birth. Ochsner offers expert care for routine prenatal care, labor and delivery, high-risk pregnancies and complex care for babies still in the uterus or newborns.

The obstetric and gynecological resources available to you at Ochsner include:

  • Birthing alternatives such as water births and spacious suites at some facilities
  • Connected MOM, a digital program that allows patients to send blood pressure readings to their medical team, allowing them to monitor their health between visits
  • Multiple neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) with a wide range of support for newborns, including basic care for healthy premature or full-term infants, pediatric subspecialists and nurses who specialize in critical care for very sick babies
  • All the obstetric and gynecological care you will need from adolescence to adulthood under one roof at Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion, with additional OB/GYN providers available at Ochsner locations throughout the region
  • Virtual visits available for easy, supplemental access to some prenatal and postpartum care
  • 24/7 anesthesiology at many facilities
  • Ability for healthy newborns to stay in a crib next to you, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Ochsner offers highly skilled healthcare for pregnant people and babies. Choose one of our many state-of-the-art facilities to give birth, including:

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Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center, are among the nation’s top sites for obstetric care, recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report.

Several of Ochsner’s labor and delivery hospitals also received the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative Birth Ready and Birth Ready Plus designation from the Louisiana Department of Health. The designation recognizes these facilities’ consistent, thoughtful healthcare improvement work:

  • Ochsner Baptist: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner St. Anne Hospital: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center: Birth Ready Plus designation
  • Ochsner American Legion Hospital: Birth Ready designation
  • Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe: Birth Ready designation
  • Slidell Memorial Hospital: Birth Ready designation


    FAQs

    At Ochsner, most of our women’s health specialists are OB/GYNs, which means they practice both obstetrics and gynecology and can deliver babies, treat pregnant women and address gynecologic care for women through all phases of life. Some OB/GYNs, however, concentrate their practice on either gynecology or obstetrics rather than both. Gynecology is the field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating women for conditions unique to the female body, such as menopause and bladder problems. Gynecology also focuses on woman’s reproductive health, including routine cancer screenings, appropriate genetic testing, the female reproductive system, vaccines and helping women evaluate and choose birth control methods. Obstetrics is the field of medicine that focuses on pregnancy and providing prenatal care, childbirth services and postpartum care.

    Obstetricians deliver babies and give care to women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. These physicians also offer healthcare to women during labor and delivery. After delivery, obstetricians make sure both mothers and babies are healthy. Since they check on women throughout a pregnancy, they are often the first to detect any complications. In such cases, they may refer high risk pregnancies to a specialist in maternal fetal medicine.

    Obstetricians help women plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery. Physicians in this medical specialty offer prenatal care that protects mothers and babies by noticing any signs that suggest possible health risks. Prenatal care by an obstetrician also helps expectant mothers make dietary changes and identify nutritional supplements that reduce the risk of birth defects. An obstetrician can also make sure any medications taken during pregnancy are safe for your unborn baby.

    After having a cesarean section (C-section) birth, some women can safely deliver their babies vaginally. This method is called vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Your obstetrician will consider several factors to determine whether your risks outweigh the benefits of a vaginal delivery, which often have shorter hospital stays and recoveries. In some cases, the type of C-section incision and the size of your pelvis are limiting factors for vaginal delivery. If your obstetrician thinks you are safe to deliver vaginally, and you have access to a hospital that’s prepared to handle complications, you may be successful in having a VBAC.

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    Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Obstetrics

    Obstetrics Locations

    Ochsner American Legion Hospital
    1634 Elton Road
    Jennings, LA 70546
    • : 11:46 p.m.-11:46 p.m.
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
    2390 West Congress St.
    Lafayette, LA 70506
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
    1000 West Pinhook Road
    Lafayette, LA 70503
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Health Center - Old Metairie
    800 Metairie Road., Suite A
    Metairie, LA 70005
    • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
    1214 Coolidge St.
    Lafayette, LA 70503
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Health Center – Bluebonnet South
    10150 Bluebonnet Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    • Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center
    915 Margaret Place
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Center - Moss Bluff
    1355 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Suite 355
    Lake Charles, LA 70611
    • Mon–Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
    4864 Jackson St.
    Monroe, LA 71202
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Health Center - River Ridge
    9605 Jefferson Highway, Suite J
    River Ridge, LA 70123
    • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Ochsner Health Center – Lakeside
    4500 Clearview Pkwy. , 1st Floor
    Metairie, LA 70006
    • Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ochsner Baptist Women's Pavilion
    2700 Napoleon Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    Ochsner Health Center - Baptist Napoleon Medical Plaza
    2820 Napoleon Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Friday: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Therapy & Wellness: Mon – Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Ochsner Health Center - Covington
    1000 Ochsner Blvd.
    Covington, LA 70433
    • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus
    2500 Belle Chasse Highway
    Gretna, LA 70056
    • Open 24/7
    Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
    2700 Napoleon Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    • Open 24/7