Meet Our Team

Our experienced labor and delivery physicians provide everything from prenatal to postpartum care, including specialized care for high-risk deliveries.

Mark Alkass MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Edmund K. Andah MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
LaReesa M Ferdinand MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Edwin M. Salamanca MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baby and Childbirth Classes

Our classes and programs for expectant and new parents will help you learn more about childbirth your new baby.

Resources and Support

Get trusted information about pregnancy, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and lactation.

Browse Our Labor & Delivery Center Health Library

Preparing for Pregnancy Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Two tips: Address any medical problems before becoming pregnant, then get regular prenatal care.
Your Changing Body The hormones of pregnancy bring on a number of changes, from nausea to fatigue. Your growing, developing baby, too, has a profound effect.
Your First Trimester You need to take care of yourself for a new reason. Your health can affect your baby's growth. Focus on your health for two reasons now, not one.
Your Second Trimester This often is called the "golden trimester." You're starting to show. And you're starting to glow. Use this time to have fun with your partner, your friends, and your family.
Your Third Trimester Visits with your health care provider will be biweekly, then weekly. Ask now about labor, childbirth, the warning signs of preterm labor, and when to call your provider.
Pregnancy Tests and Procedures Several tests and procedures are available to help monitor you and your developing baby.
Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyles Here is sound advice: Don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. Eat a nutritious and balanced diet. See your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Complications Although the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, sometimes complications do occur. Bleeding, miscarriage, and preeclampsia are some of the common complications.
Labor, Birth, and Postpartum Probable signs of labor: your contractions are getting stronger; your contractions are regular (about every 5 minutes) and getting more painful; your water breaks.
Your Newborn Baby Sleeping, eating, crying, cooing - your new arrival will keep you busy. You'll soon figure out his or her patterns and preferences.
When Baby Needs Special Care Sometimes a baby has a difficult birth or arrives prematurely. If that happens, treatment can begin right away - in the delivery room.
Feeding Your Baby For the first four months, breast milk or formula provides your baby all the nutrients that are needed to grow.

About Center for Women's Health at Heart of Florida

Spacious birthing suites and private rooms: Our all-new Center for Women’s Health on the fifth floor of Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center offers beautiful, spacious birthing suites. All rooms are private to help create an intimate and memorable birthing experience.

Board-certified obstetricians, gynecologists and Certified Nurse Midwives: Experienced, caring physicians and nurse midwives care for you at the Center for Women’s Health. Click here to learn more about the providers on staff at our women’s center or call our Physician Referral Line at (863) 419-2341 for additional assistance.

Optional VIP Package for new moms: For new moms who want to create an even more memorable experience, our optional VIP Package delivers many comforting amenities. This selection can be made through your medical provider’s office or at the hospital, and includes:

  • Special VIP treatment for you and your partner
  • Welcome basket 
  • Robe and slipper socks
  • Scrubs for coach
  • Upgraded bath products & linens for use in your private suite
  • Celebration dinner for two on day of delivery
  • Candlelight dinner the day of discharge
  • Memento blanket and infant onesie
  • Luggage tag/diaper bag tag
  • Refrigerator in each suite
  • Free photo package of your new arrival
  • Concierge service (scheduling OB/Pediatric appointments)
  • VIP Package fee is just $200

Delicious Celebration Dinner: Served in your room with white linens – complete with a rose – your meal arrives hot and fresh. You and your partner are treated to this private dinner, which you select from our specially prepared menu, to celebrate your new arrival together.

Licensed lactation consultant: The Center for Women’s Health has a licensed lactation consultant on staff for new moms who need a little assistance with breastfeeding. While it’s a natural occurrence, breastfeeding does not always come easily and often requires some coaching. Our lactation consultant is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for one-on-one assistance, and offers a class once each month as part of the Childbirth Education Series. Additionally, a breastfeeding support group is held monthly at the Davenport office of our partner, Heart of Florida OB/GYN Associates. It is lead by the Center for Women’s Health breastfeeding specialist and offers discussion of the benefits, technique and helpful hints from other local moms.

Expanded nursery: With our new fifth floor location comes a new, expanded nursery for our beautiful newborns. An expansive viewing area allows family members to admire your baby when he/she is not in the room with you. The Overnight Nursery is available with the Pamper Package. This secure area always has safety as a first priority.

Special Hugs® security system: As part of the floor’s construction, a Hugs® security system has been installed. Babies wear a lightweight ankle bracelet while in our Center which causes the doors to close and lock if carried too close to them. Rest assured that comfort and safety are our priorities for your healthcare experience at the Center for Women’s Health.

Nationally certified registered nurses: Our nurses at the Center for Women’s Health at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center have specialized training in birthing and women’s care. They have an average of 23 years obstetrical experience and are experts at caring for you before, during and after the delivery of your baby. In addition, we are trained to meet the needs of all women from motherhood to maturity. Our nurses have passed a national certification exam (RNC) to demonstrate their expertise in the field of obstetrics, infant care and women’s health. In addition to meeting this rigorous requirement, all nurses must continue the education process annually in order to be knowledgeable of current research and advances. We provide you with the most expert care to meet your unique health care needs.

Childbirth Education Classes: There are so many things to know when transforming from pregnancy to motherhood, and our Childbirth Education Classes help prepare you for your new role. Offered monthly over four evenings, the class package is $40 per couple. You may attend the breastfeeding class only for $15. To register, call (863) 419-BABY. You will be asked to pay at the hospital’s Business Office, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and bring your receipt to the first day of class. The classes cover many topics including:

  • True labor vs. false labor; when to come to the hospital
  • What to expect during labor
  • Pain medications or natural labor?
  • What to expect postpartum and at home
  • Breastfeeding
  • What is normal for a newborn?

CuddleBugs® free maternity program: CuddleBugs® is a free program designed to provide answers to new and expectant moms from the earliest stages of pregnancy through post-delivery – including guidance for newborn care. For more information or to enroll in the free program visit CuddlebugsBaby.com.

Baby Photos: You want to capture every memory possible from this special time and our in-house photography service, provided by Our365, is on hand to help you do that. Professional photographers offer photography sessions to every mom and family at no charge. Photos are uploaded to a secure online nursery and can only be accessed with a name and password that you provide. If you choose to purchase print packages, they are available in all price ranges. No purchase is ever required. (A photo package is included with the VIP Package.)

Trusted Care for Moms and Babies

Becoming a mother is a special time in a woman’s life, and at the Center for Women's Health at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing women and newborns with exceptional care. Our experienced labor and delivery specialists provide everything from prenatal to postpartum care plus a full range of educational resources and support to meet the needs of new parents.

Contact Us
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
40100 US Highway 27 Davenport, FL 33837
(863) 422-4971