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Women's and Children's Hospital

You and Your Baby’s Health

The Family Birth Center provides expert health care providers and state-of-the-art facilities to help ensure the health and safety of mothers and their newborns, whether they are in perfect health or require specialized medical care. The Family Birth Center includes labor and delivery rooms, postpartum and antepartum rooms, operating rooms and the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Your Health
It is important for the health of you and your baby to have regular check-ups and evaluations during your pregnancy. The Family Birth Center welcomes private and University of Missouri Health Care physicians who have privileges at the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so be sure to ask your doctor about delivering at the Family Birth Center. If you have not selected a physician yet, you can choose one of our Missouri OB/GYN Associates obstetricians, Smiley Lane OB/GYN obstetricians or one of our family medicine physicians.

Choosing a Doctor
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your physician:

  • Did the physician graduate from an accredited residency program and is he or she board certified?
  • Does the physician accept your insurance? What are the physician’s fees?
  • Is the physician’s office convenient to your home or office?
  • Do you feel more comfortable with a male or female physician? It is important that you are comfortable talking with your physician and asking questions of him or her.
  • Does the office have weekend or evening hours that fit your schedule, or will you need to take time off from work every time you need an appointment? Note how long you may have to wait to get an appointment.
  • How does the office handle questions that arise between appointments?
  • Will the obstetrician return your calls the same day, or will a nurse handle routine questions?
  • How does the physician handle after-hours emergencies?
  • Who is on-call when your physician is unavailable?
  • Is your pregnancy high-risk? If so, you'll want to deliver at a hospital with an NICU.

High-risk pregnancy
Having a baby is a joyous, exciting time. Most pregnancies proceed smoothly, but if you and your baby need specialized care, our maternal-fetal medicine staff can provide the very best care from the very beginning. Using the latest technology in a caring environment, the skilled physicians and nurses provide comprehensive obstetrical services including prenatal diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, targeted ultrasound, and high-risk pregnancy management and consultation.

Your Baby’s Health
After being delivered, there are several procedures and tests that your baby will go through before going home. These can include vital signs, a hearing screening, vaccinations, blood tests and additional procedures as needed. If you have any questions about these procedures or your baby’s health, do not hesitate to ask your nurse or physician.

After you are discharged from the hospital, you will 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 final three months of your pregnancy. If you have not selected a physician for your baby yet, you can choose one our general pediatricians, family medicine physicians or general internal medicine and pediatrics physicians.

Childbirth Education and Infant Care
The Family Birth Center offers a series of childbirth classes, publications and other informational materials for answering questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.

For your convenience, various classes and times are available to first-time parents, current parents and siblings age 2 to 10. We encourage a support person to attend classes with you. Experts teach classes covering topics such as relaxation and pain-management techniques during labor and delivery, Cesarean section, breastfeeding, how to cope with physical and emotional changes, car seat safety, infant safety and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the healthiest way of providing nourishment to your baby during his or her first year. Although breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby, it does not always come naturally to moms and newborns. That is why our highly skilled breastfeeding educators, including lactation consultants and nurses, offer assistance and information to help you have a successful breastfeeding experience.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Missouri Bariatric Services hosts monthly support groups for those who are post-op in their weight loss journey.
  • Mar
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    This class is designed for couples experiencing childbirth for the first time.