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Obstetrics - Maternity and Pregnancy

Care for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Ochsner LSU Health offers all the services you will need during your pregnancy and delivery, as well as after your baby is born. Whether you are planning for a family or already pregnant, our team of obstetricians, women's health nurse practitioners, and maternity and neonatal nurses are here to provide exceptional and compassionate care. We're proud to serve the North Louisiana region including Shreveport, Bossier, and Monroe. Our team delivers over 2,500 babies every year!

We'll work with every step of the way, from your first prenatal appointment to postpartum follow ups to make sure that you have the care you need. You can expect to have a patient care team guiding and supporting you, listening to your questions and concerns, and working with you through each appointment.

Whether you're visiting our St. Mary Medical Center in Shreveport or our Monroe Medical Center, you can expect to have a personalized experience with the best quality of care, as well as having the benefit of the top specialists throughout the region and state.

Our obstetric and childbirth services include:

  • Prenatal care, including ultrasounds and prenatal screenings
  • Obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) available 24 hours a day
  • Certified Nurse Midwives at our Monroe Medical Center
  • Private labor and delivery suites, designed for a comfortable and calming birth experience
  • Epidural pain management and anesthesiologists
  • Family planning and pregnancy counseling
  • Infertility testing and treatment
  • Neonatology and pediatric support teams
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for high-risk pregnancies
  • Breastfeeding and lactation support with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
  • Prenatal and childbirth education classes
  • Birth Ready Designated hospitals
  • Hearing screening services
  • Reproductive consultation
  • Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at our St. Mary Medical Center, and Level II NICU at our Monroe Medical Center - including NICU transport, high resolution ultrasound and fetal diagnostics

At Ochsner LSU Health, there are several clinics available for prenatal care. With options in Shreveport and Monroe, our women's services teams are here to take care of you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Many of our clinics offer extended hours or same or next-day appointments for women who need quick care.

During the first prenatal visit, you can expect your doctor to:

  • Ask about your health history including diseases, operations, or prior pregnancies
  • Ask about your family's health history
  • Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and PAP smear
  • Take your blood and urine for lab work
  • Check your blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Calculate your due date
  • Answer your questions

At the first visit, you should ask questions and discuss any issues related to your pregnancy.

Later prenatal visits will probably be shorter. Your doctor will check on your health and make sure the baby is growing as expected. Most prenatal visits will include:

  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Measuring your weight gain
  • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby's growth (once you begin to show)
  • Checking the baby's heart rate

While you're pregnant, you also will have some routine tests. Some tests are suggested for all women, such as blood work to check for anemia, your blood type, HIV, and other factors. Other tests might be offered based on your age, personal or family health history, your ethnic background, or the results of routine tests you have had.

Our maternal fetal medicine doctors specialize in high-risk pregnancies and prenatal diagnoses, including first-trimester screenings. Our nurses are committed to the health, safety and comfort of you and your baby before, during and after delivery. Our team delivers around 2,000 babies every year, and with the only exclusive women’s and children’s hospital in the area, we have the knowledge, experience and dedication to provide unrivaled care for you and your baby. With our in-house board-certified anesthesiologists available 24 hours a day and our board-certified OBGYNs, you can take comfort in knowing that our team is here no matter what time of day you need us.

Our childbirth centers offer the ideal setting for your baby's birth. Our large, private labor and delivery rooms allow for moms and their babies to recover in a comfortable, quiet space. The Women's and Children's Center at our St. Mary's campus offers newly remodeled labor and delivery rooms, private suites, up-to-date finishes with dedicated storage for personal belongings. Each room includes a 32" LCD television, as well as a sofa bed for your visitor.

Private tours of our Women and Children's center in Shreveport for expecting families can be scheduled by calling. Call 318-626-1521 now to schedule a tour.

Our St. Mary Medical Center and Monroe Medical Center, are both renowned for their exceptional birthing facilities. St. Mary Medical Center has achieved the Louisiana Birth Ready+ designation, and Monroe Medical Center has achieved the Louisiana Birth Ready designation. These designations recognize consistent, thoughtful healthcare improvement work focused on safety, equity, and promoting dignified birth experiences. Ochsner LSU Health is dedicated to improving perinatal and neonatal outcomes across our region.

Prenatal Childbirth Education Classes

Our childbirth preparation classes guide the expectant mother and support person through their birth experience. From prenatal hospital tours to childbirth and breastfeeding classes, our certified instructors help build confidence and knowledge through education and hands-on training. Whether you are expecting your first child or busy raising your family, our prenatal and parenting classes will help you prepare for each stage of parenting. Learn more about these classes.

Topics include:

  • Birth Boot Camp: Preparing Your Body for Baby - 2nd Thursday of the month
  • Baby Safety - 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Feeding Your Baby - 1st Thursday of the month
  • Infant/ Child CPR - 3rd Thursday of the month
  • Prepared Childbirth - 1st Monday of the month

Find an OB/GYN Provider

View our full list of Obstetric and Gynecology providers to find the right one for you.