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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 the birth of your child a positive and memorable experience for you and your family — from the earliest days of pregnancy through your delivery and recovery.

Whether you are thinking about becoming pregnant, have fertility concerns or need advanced prenatal care, we are here to help. 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.

Pregnant Belly

What we do

Roper St. Francis Healthcare 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 Departments at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital.

Thinking about becoming pregnant?

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, the experts at Roper St. Francis Healthcare are here to help you take that exciting next step. Our OB team offers preconception consultations to discuss any issues like:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility concerns
  • Fibroids
  • Medication safety during pregnancy
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Prior cancer treatment
  • Repeated miscarriages

Our network of physicians can also refer you to the hospital for diagnostic testing, genetic counseling or nutritional education with a certified dietitian. Preconception consultations can connect you with the right resource and give you confidence in family planning.

High-risk maternal-fetal care

If you have a history of pregnancy complications, our Maternal-Fetal experts offer specialized care to high-risk moms at our Perinatal Center. Roper St. Francis Healthcare also provides neonatal expertise if your newborn requires extra attention after delivery. Our team of experts makes sure that you and your baby have access to around-the-clock comprehensive care for any unexpected complications that arise.

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.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital has been named a Baby-Friendly Hospital. 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 Departments at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. If you think you're in labor, call your physician first. They may direct you 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 was 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 new maternity suites combine the latest technology with a comforting atmosphere. All of our maternity rooms are private and provide state-of-the-art equipment for your safety and comfort.

The nurseries at Bon Secours St. Francis and Berkeley hospitals are staffed with caring and skilled professionals to care for all of your and your baby's needs. Each nursery also has 24/7 neonatology services available for any unexpected complications that might arise with your newborn.  

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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