Family Birth Center
The Family Birth Center. Where world-class care begins.
Because the Family Birth Center is located within the only Women's and Children's Hospital in Missouri, we offer the region's most experienced and comprehensive medical team for mothers and infants. We deliver constant care by providing an obstetrician and anesthesiologist on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer technology and facilities for prenatal monitoring, childbirth, neonatal care and women's health.
To ensure your privacy, the birth center offers all private rooms and baths and we pamper you with an array of amenities in celebration of your baby's arrival.
Our staff and employees have earned top marks for providing high-quality health care.
If you’re a family member or friend of a Family Birth Center mom, you can visit the online nursery.
Take a personal tour today, call 573-499-6101.
When to Come to the Hospital
If you think you are in labor, please call your physician or come to the Family Birth Center located at the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. You can enter through the Women’s Health Center at the front of the hospital or be seen in the OB triage area from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please enter through the emergency room on weekends or after hours. Short-term reserved parking is located in front of the Women’s Health Center entrance for emergency deliveries.
What to Bring to the Hospital
Preparing for the birth of your baby includes preparing for your hospital stay. We compiled the following list of items that might help make the delivery and your stay more comfortable for you, your baby and everyone else involved in the special day.
- Baby book
- Breast pads
- Birth plan
- Entertainment (The hospital rooms feature DVD players)
- Hair bands
- Insurance card
- Nursing bras
- Pajamas, if you prefer not to wear a hospital gown
- Car seat — Please review your car seat instructions for proper installation and have your car seat installed before you come to the hospital. Our staff members are not experts in car seat installation, so please have your infant car seat and installation checked by experts. Your baby must ride home in an approved infant car seat.
- Booties or socks
- Outfit to wear home
- Receiving blankets
For Your Support Partner
- Change of clothes
- Crayons, markers, paper and coloring books
- A pillow and blanket for naps. While there is plenty of room for siblings to be part of the experience, please do not plan on older brothers or sisters spending the night.
- A gift for them to give the baby
- A gift from the family to the big siblings
Your physician or nurse will inform you of your discharge time. We strive to discharge patients who are medically ready as early as possible on the day of discharge. However, we will not rush a discharge for the safety of you and your baby. Your nurse will give you a booklet of helpful information about your care as well as your baby's care when you are home. This book is a wonderful resource that can help guide you in the care of yourself and your baby for the first six weeks after delivery. If you have questions, please be sure to ask.
Car Seats and Clothes
Make sure you and your baby have comfortable, seasonally appropriate clothes to wear home. Also, your baby must ride home in an approved infant car seat as required by law in the state of Missouri. Please review your car seat instructions for proper installation and have your car seat installed before you come to the hospital. Our staff members are not experts in car seat installation, so please have your infant car seat and installation checked by experts.
Get Some Rest
When you get home, you may wish to be alone with your new family. Accept offers of help, but leave enough time to rest. "Sleep when the baby sleeps" is also a good rule to follow
What To Expect
- Cramp pains in your uterus will last a few days. These pains may coincide with breastfeeding.
- If you had an episiotomy, this area will be very sensitive when you first come home.
- Because of pushing during labor, hemorrhoids may now be a problem. Drink lots of fluids and eat fruits.
- As your milk comes in a few days after delivery, your breasts will become tender and large. Breastfeeding frequently will relieve the discomfort. Even for women who are not breastfeeding, wearing a supportive bra will help.
Call your health care provider if you experience fever, increase in vaginal discharge or bleeding, intense pain or cramping, feelings of depression or difficulty breathing.
You will need to see your health care provider about six weeks after delivery of your baby. This is a good time to ask follow-up questions about your health after delivery.
You will also need to have your baby seen by his or her pediatrician for vaccinations and regular well baby check-ups. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends selecting and visiting your baby's new physician within the last three months of your pregnancy.