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Women's and Children's Hospital

Why Choose the Family Birth Center?

The Family Birth Center offers the region’s most experienced and comprehensive medical team for mothers and infants. 

All Private Rooms
Every room includes its own temperature control and bathroom as well as a daybed for an overnight guest, TV, and ample closet and drawer space. We strongly encourage rooming in, which means your baby stays with you in the room. Babies want to be with their mothers. Studies show babies cry less, lose less weight, and mothers report that the quality of sleep they get is actually better with their babies in the room with them. If you or your baby are unwell, we have a newborn observation unit that will care for your baby. 

We strive to keep you and your baby together throughout your hospital stay so you can get to know each other in the privacy of your own room. Physicians and nurses practice in-room rounding. This enables you and your family to ask questions about your newborn from the best providers in mid-Missouri.

24/7 In-house Anesthesia
The Family Birth Center is the only birthing facility in mid-Missouri that has an anesthesiologist on site 24/7. Whether you arrive during the day or night, you can have access to pain management as soon as requested.

Couplet Care
To ensure quality care and effective communication among families, staff and physicians, our philosophy is that every mom and baby be cared for as a “couplet.” Every mom and baby couplet is cared for by the same nurse during their stay at the Family Birth Center.

Best Beginnings
At the Family Birth Center, we believe it is important for new babies to be with their families as much as possible, so we practice “best beginnings.” Babies spend the majority of their first days rooming with mom and spending time with family.

The Family Birth Center follows evidenced-based practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to care for mom and baby couplets. Our practices include placing well babies on their mother's chest immediately after delivery. This helps newborns feel safe and stabilizes their breathing and temperature. Even if the mother has a cesarean section, she does not lose this experience. A special transition nurse assists the mother in holding her baby on her chest in the operating room. Routine procedures are done at the bedside, including finding out baby's weight and giving baby his or her first bath.  

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our team at the NICU offers state-of-the-art comprehensive Level-III neonatal intensive care that can be lifesaving for families facing the unexpected. We care for hundreds of premature infants and babies born with congenital abnormalities or long-term complications. With a reputation for innovation and excellence, we regularly accept babies from hospitals throughout mid-Missouri. Family Birth Center babies also have access to Children’s Hospital physicians who provide care in more than 30 specialties including cardiology, pulmonology, surgery, and neurology.

Security
Our state-of-the-art security system ensures that our babies are where they should be at all times. The post-partum floor is secured 24/7.

Lactation services
All couplet nurses have special education and experience to help breastfeeding mothers and babies during their hospital stay. Internationally Board-Certified Consultants (IBCLC) are on staff to ensure the best start to a successful breastfeeding experience.

After you leave the hospital, you can visit our breastfeeding clinic for support, supplies and education. Our clinic is located at the South Providence Medical Park building. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 573-882-4730

Access to live language interpreters
Our Language Services Department is available 24/7 to ensure that non-English speaking or limited-English speaking patients, or patients with a hearing impairment, receive free language assistance.

On-site pharmacy with breastfeeding supplies
The Mizzou Pharmacy - Keene Street is conveniently located at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so you can have any prescriptions for you or your baby filled before you go home. The pharmacy is also stocked with breastfeeding supplies and the friendly staff can help answer any questions you might have.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    5
    Saturday
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    This class is designed for couples experiencing childbirth for the first time.
  • Sep
    21
    Monday
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    This class is designed for couples that are planning to breast feed or are undecided about how they will feed their baby.