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Pregnancy and Newborn Care

Bringing a new life into the world is a wonderful, joyful event. At Roper St. Francis Healthcare, we are committed to making childbirth a positive and memorable experience for you and your family — from the earliest days of pregnancy through your delivery and recovery.

We offer a full range of obstetrics (OB) services to guide you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Our team of specialists is available 24/7 to support you in your journey and to make sure you and your baby get the best care possible.

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What we do

Roper St. Francis offers complete maternal and fetal care, from prenatal exams and testing to new mom education and support. With a wide network of hospitals and clinics, you can access these services and our expert care at a location that’s best for you and your growing family.

With our full-service hospitals, OB nurses and expert OB/GYNs, you and your baby’s health are in good hands. Whether you’re an experienced mom or expecting your first child, our caring, highly skilled team will be by your side every step of the way.

We also have hospital-based OB/GYN doctors called laborists. These doctors care for patients who are in labor and are specially trained to treat OB emergencies. Patients also have access to 24/7 obstetric emergency care through our OB Emergency Department at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital.

Prenatal care

Our team of neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioners provide the full spectrum of prenatal services, including diagnostic testing, advanced imaging and neonatal specialty care.

Education and support

We believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to childbirth, and the same holds for childbirth education. That’s why we offer online resources, eBooks and in-person and virtual classes that help you to learn at your own pace.

These resources are designed to show you what lies ahead with your newborn. We also provide classes tailored for children, grandparents and other members of your family.

Our classes are open to any expecting mother or family; you don’t need to be a patient or delivering at Roper St. Francis Healthcare to participate.

My RSFH Baby app

While pregnancy comes with a lot of joy and excitement, it also comes with many questions. That’s why we’ve created the My RSFH Baby app. The free app helps expecting parents prepare with a pregnancy tracker, education resources, a hospital packing list and more. Learn more about the My RSFH Baby app

Labor and delivery

Our hospitals provide everything you need for a safe, healthy delivery. From expert doctors to specially trained delivery nurses, you will have a strong support team by your side.

Both our Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital have been named Baby-Friendly Hospitals. This recognition shows that we have the highest standards of care for both mothers and babies.

OB emergency

Having a medical emergency while pregnant can be frightening. That’s why we provide fast, expert care through our Obstetrics Emergency Department at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. If you think you're in labor, get to our OB Emergency Department. 

When you come to our Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED), you will see a doctor within 15 minutes of arrival. Once a doctor visits with you, our team of experts will determine whether you need to be admitted, stay for observation or safely return home.

Testing, labs and other requests that come from the OB ED are made a priority, so patients can receive treatment faster. With the OB ED, it takes half the time to admit and discharge emergency patients (roughly 90 minutes) compared to hospitals that do not have a labor and delivery emergency department.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital is the first hospital in Charleston County to offer an Obstetrics Emergency Department. It includes a separate waiting area, nursing station and three patient rooms.

Maternity suites and nursery

Our maternity suites combine the latest technology with a comforting atmosphere. All of our maternity rooms are private. They include:

  • Birthing beds
  • Private baths or showers
  • Rocking chairs
  • TVs
  • Sleeper chairs

The nurseries at Bon Secours St. Francis and Mount Pleasant hospitals are staffed with caring and skilled professionals. Each nursery also has 24/7 neonatology services.

Postpartum care

Our hospital care providers cover many basics about how to care for yourself and your newborn in this special time. But if you’re like most new parents, you may have been a little foggy while trying to absorb all that information. Whether you’re a new parent or need a refresher on newborn care, we offer videos and ebooks that will give you some added support.

We know these resources may not provide all the answers, so never hesitate to reach out to your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

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