Whether you are coming in for routine gynecological care, to deliver a baby or to receive treatment for infertility or pelvic floor disorders, University of Missouri Health Care is here for you. Our family focused providers offer more treatment options and expertise than any other practice in mid-Missouri.
Personalized Women's Health Care
Women's health is a personal journey. That's why our women's health team takes the time to help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision, whether you're deciding among birth control options, infertility treatments or whether to have a medicated or non-medicated childbirth.
MU Health Care provides a full range of routine services for adolescents and women of all ages — from annual wellness exams to family planning and birth control. We also treat gynecologic disorders, such as endometriosis and irregular periods. Our team approach to care means you'll have access to your gynecologist and additional specialists to provide you the care you need.
Learn more about gynecology services.
Prenatal care is designed to ensure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy. Because no two pregnancies are alike, MU Health Care offers women choices for prenatal care. We have certified nurse midwives and family nurse practitioners as well as physicians, and they all are focused on helping you feel supported and confident throughout your pregnancy journey.
Learn more about how to pick a good prenatal provider.
Group prenatal care
We also offer group prenatal care, which brings together women in their second trimesters for sessions of care and learning. Medical appointments, education and support take place with a group of eight to 12 expectant mothers and partners over 10 sessions, each of which is approximately 90 minutes to two hours long. Research shows that group prenatal care has positive outcomes for mothers and babies, such as engaged learning opportunities, building a community of other moms and babies, and more time with your doctor.
Learn more about group prenatal care.
In addition to routine gynecological and obstetric care, our Women's Health team offers several specialty services, including:
- Maternal fetal medicine. These specialists care for pregnant women who have preexisting medical conditions that could lead to complications during their pregnancy.
- Reproductive medicine and infertility. Sometimes the path to a baby requires a little extra help, and our fertility team is here to guide you through it all. We offer a range of treatments — including in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination — to help you build your family. We also provide care for conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that may interfere with conception.
- Continence and advanced pelvic surgery. This team is here to help women experiencing any type of pelvic floor disorder. We offer surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help you overcome these common conditions that cause pain and bowel or bladder control problems.
Our Family Birth Center
Our Family Birth Center is designed to create an environment where pregnant women can have the best delivery experience possible. We emphasize choices, and our team helps moms-to-be feel confident no matter what type of delivery they envision.
Low-Intervention Birth Program
We are the only hospital in the region that offers a Low-Intervention Birth Program, where staff members are focused on making non-medicated deliveries possible. This program offers prenatal care and education, labor and delivery, as well as postpartum care with a low level of medical intervention.
Learn more about the Low-Intervention Birth Program.
For women whose birth plan calls for a caesarian section, we offer a gentle, calming environment that allows mom to feel more connected and involved in the birth experience. Dimmer lighting and a peek-a-boo drape allow mom to watch the birth of her child.
Learn more about the gentle C-section.
MU Health Care has earned the Baby-Friendly® designation, proving our commitment to providing compassionate, leading-edge care to women and babies. We have a written breastfeeding policy and encourage breastfeeding whenever possible. We provide lactation consultant services and train all health care staff in the skills necessary to help new mothers be successful if they choose to breastfeed. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed are also supported in their decision.
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) care
If your baby requires special medical attention after birth, he or she will receive treatment in our state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. The unit is staffed by a team of specially trained nurses, physicians, respiratory care practitioners, advanced practice nurses, social workers and pharmacists.
Learn more about our NICU.