As Central Indiana’s only dedicated women’s hospital, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital and our Maternity Services program offers unique, personalized care designed to help you enjoy the best birth possible. In a comfortable, healing environment our focus is on caring for you…mind, body and spirit.
We are the only hospital in Indiana—and the second hospital in the nation—to be designated as a Center of Excellence for high-risk obstetric care by The Joint Commission. Offering the largest group of Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians, a High-Risk obstetrical unit and a Level IV NICU (the highest level of care), enables us to provide every aspect of pregnancy and newborn care in one location.
The Maternity Services program includes:
Your big day and beyond
When your baby is ready to enter the world, Maternity Services will be ready for you. After you and your physician have discussed which form of birth is right for you, meet with your Maternity Services Nurse Navigator to create your Care Plan for Birth from a full choice of pain management and comfort options. At Maternity Services, we think of everything so you can focus on the most important things…you and your new baby.
For more information please e-mail Maternity@stvincent.org or call 317-338-2229.
“Let us be your resource at any time as Maternity Services is here to support you from the moment you discover your exciting news.”
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital Maternity Services Nurse Navigators Kathy Ryan, RN and Kim Pfister, RN encounter the question frequently: What, exactly, is a nurse navigator?
“We chose the world ‘navigator’ because we help to navigate expecting moms throughout their pregnancy journey,” Kathy said. “Mainly we want you to enjoy your pregnancy knowing that you will have great support and resources at any stage while you are in the hospital and after you go home with your little one. This is especially helpful for first-time moms because it gives them a chance to ask questions, and they feel more comfortable knowing they have a plan in place very early on.”
Kathy and Kim take pride in personalizing your birth experience. Providing you with Labor Comfort options that include aromatherapy, labor balls, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and hydrotherapy, they can help you build a personalized birth plan to suit your needs.
Another comfort is knowing that St. Vincent Women’s Hospital can accommodate the unplanned complication during pregnancy including high-risk pregnancies. It’s the only hospital in Indiana with the highest level of obstetric and newborn intensive care in one location. As the second hospital in the nation to be designated a Center for Excellence for High Risk by the Joint Commission, it’s home to the state’s largest team of board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists and the highest level of NICU care.
“It is such a joy to meet all of these new parents who are excited and fully invested in creating a healthy, loving environment for their new baby.” Kathy said.
“Starting with our Beautiful Beginnings event through their private Maternity Services appointments, we come to know each expecting family.” Kim added. “We are thrilled for each parent and want only the best for them in their new adventure.”
A new ambulatory accessory for your fetal monitor
Today’s maternity patients are requesting a less hands-on approach during their labor & delivery. But they still want the comfort of knowing their baby is safe if they need to be on a fetal monitor. The Monica Novii allows you more freedom of movement and with a new system that still provides the necessary fetal monitoring.
If you’re uncomfortable with all the “hands-on” monitoring of your unborn baby’s heart rate and your own heart rate and uterine activity (UA), the Monica Novii monitors all of these with a single adhesive patch. It is also an effective solution for monitoring overweight patients and minimizes the risk confusing maternal/fetal heart rates.
At St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, we know that every expectant family plans for and looks forward to a healthy pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby. And, for the majority of women, pregnancy progresses without complications. But, for some, there may be unexpected difficulties or challenges along the way. Whether your pregnancy is determined to be high-risk from the beginning, or complications arise later on, we are prepared to handle your high-risk health challenges.
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital is the only hospital in Indiana with the highest level of obstetric and newborn intensive care in one location. Our team of expert physicians — including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, and pediatric sub-specialists — works to deliver a comprehensive continuum of care for you and your baby. We are the only hospital in Indiana – and the second hospital in the U.S. – to achieve Joint Commission disease-specific certification in high-risk obstetric care. And, we offer Indiana’s largest team of board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists who provide continuous care 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our High-Risk Obstetrical Unit.
Our highly experienced nursing staff provides intensive monitoring of mother and baby for short-term and extended stays, and our maternal-fetal medicine physicians, also called perinatologists, provide outpatient consultation, prenatal screenings, high-risk pregnancy management, genetic counseling, screening ultrasounds, and more. Our Fetal Care Coordinator is an important part of the high-risk care team because she will answer your questions, help schedule your tests and appointments, and be your liaison to the physicians.
If the need arises, we also offer high-risk transport care via ground or air that includes:
For more information about our High-Risk Maternity Services, please call 317-338-4437.
For expectant families, the anticipation of having a baby is both joyous and exciting. While most pregnancies proceed without complications, some women may need to be watched more closely and/or require additional testing. In this case, your primary obstetric care provider or infertility specialist may suggest you consult with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician, also called a perinatologist.
What does a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician do?
Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are obstetricians who have several additional years of training in the management of obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies who may be at high risk for special health challenges. Your primary obstetric care provider may refer you to an MFM physician if he/she sees the potential for a pregnancy related health concern or if a problem develops during the course of your pregnancy.
Seeking care from an MFM physician does not necessarily mean that your pregnancy will be difficult or that your baby will have health challenges. It simply means that your care providers are taking precautionary measures to ensure that you and your baby receive the best care possible, while putting your mind at ease.
Who might be referred to a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist?
You may be referred to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist if you have any of the following pregnancy-related conditions:
Or, if you have a maternal medical disorders that may include:
The Center for Prenatal Diagnosis and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center
Located adjacent to St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, our Center for Prenatal Diagnosis, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center are two full-service practices offering maternal and fetal medical care, monitoring, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, ultrasound examinations, and high-risk pregnancy management and consultation. Our team of expert physicians, nurses and staff work together with your primary obstetric care provider to develop and execute a care plan tailored to your personal needs and medical history.
For women with pre-existing medical conditions or a history of prior obstetrical complications, we encourage you to seek preconception counseling from one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine practices. This will provide an opportunity for you to discuss possible health risks and prepare a care plan designed to optimize the outcome of future pregnancies.
For more information, please call the Center for Prenatal Diagnosis, at 317-415-8070 or the Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center at 317-415-8100.
St Vincent Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of only two Level IV facilities in the state of Indiana and currently the only Level IV unit in the same facility as a level IV perinatal center. One of only six Newborn Intensive Care units (NICU’s) in the United States, St. Vincent Women’s has achieved Joint Commission disease-specific certification: prematurity. This level of commitment by the NICU staff builds on a consistent structure of care for premature infants that can lead to better outcomes. With 75 acute care, 12 intermediate care and 10 continuing care nursery beds, it is the largest NICU in the state. The unit is staffed by neonatologists and specialists to provide around-the-clock care for the most fragile and sickest of newborns requiring some extra support while making the transition to extrauterine life. Equipped with a state-of-the-art neonatal ground and air transport system, our specially-trained critical care team is ready to respond when the need arises.
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital provides one of the largest Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the state and features:
For more information about our Newborn Intensive Care services, please call 317-338-4437.
The loss of a pregnancy or infant is difficult and painful. Although research and medicine have made great progress over the years, most perinatal losses still go unexplained. At St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, we provide education, comfort, and healing for parents searching for answers and peace.
St. Vincent’s Center for Perinatal Loss offers programs and resources for grieving families in a warm, healing environment. Although nothing can erase the pain caused by the loss of a child, we can help ease it, guide you toward healing, and perhaps help you find hope for your next pregnancy.
For more information, please call 317-415-7494.
Infant Loss Parent Support Group
Location: March-November meetings will be held at 8550 Naab Road, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46260. The Candlelight Ceremony in December will be held at the Marten House 1801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
If you have questions, please call 317-415-7494.
To familiarize families with our maternity care, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital offers preview tours of our maternity and newborn facilities. Please review our tour schedule here.
In addition, you are welcome to schedule a private tour and appointment with one of our Maternity Services nurses. One of our nurses will provide you with a tour and meet with you to discuss your plans and complete hospital paperwork prior to your special day. To schedule a private appointment with a Maternity Services Nurse at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, call 317-338-2229.