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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. 

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 “couple.” Every mom and baby “couple” 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.

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.

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

Lactation services
Our lactation experts offer assistance and information to help you have 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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