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Low-Intervention Birth Program

The Low-Intervention Birth Program at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital offers women with low-risk pregnancies the option to have a natural, unmedicated birthing experience at the hospital with minimal medical intervention and technology. It is the only program of its kind in central Missouri. 

Features of the program

The program includes birthing suites that offer a home-like atmosphere with ample nurturing for expectant moms and limited technological monitoring.

Women who meet program qualifications have the option of receiving care from certified nurse midwives on staff at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Patients also can choose to have a physician care for them during pregnancy and still take advantage of the Low-Intervention program and delivery suites.

What to expect

Expectant mothers who choose to have low-intervention births at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital have regular prenatal check-ups. Their newborns receive the same testing, monitoring and postnatal care as other babies born at the hospital.

Patients are invited to bring their own doulas or birth coaches who can work with the health care team at the hospital.

All labor and delivery nurses have received specialized training in natural labor and birth support. This training focused on how to provide emotional and physical support to a mother before, during and after childbirth. 

How to find out more

The low-intervention birthing program is open to all women who meet the low-risk pregnancy qualifications.

For more information on qualifications, please call MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s low-intervention birth program at 573-817-3535.

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