Whether you are a new mom or already have other children, you deserve a unique, memorable birth experience.

MU Health Care Family Birth Center is located within the only Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Missouri. We offer mid-Missouri communities the most experienced and comprehensive medical team for mothers and infants.

mom and baby

Our birthing center offers technology and facilities for prenatal monitoring, childbirth, neonatal care and women’s health. We offer exceptional care by providing an obstetrician and anesthesiologist on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have earned the Baby-Friendly® designation, setting us apart from other hospitals in the area and demonstrating our commitment to forming lasting bonds between mothers and babies. We provide personalized support for infant feeding and early bonding, including encouraging skin-to-skin contact in the operating room in the event of a caesarean section. To ensure your comfort, our birthing center offers all private rooms and bathrooms. Our doctors, certified nurse midwives and staff have earned top marks for providing high-quality health care for mothers and babies.

Natural childbirth option

If you have a low-risk pregnancy and want the option to have a natural, non-medicated birthing experience with minimal medical intervention and technology, the Low-Intervention Birth Program at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital might be a great choice for you.

Although the program specializes in helping women choose an unmedicated delivery, it also cares for women who want to have an epidural but still want fewer medical interventions. Find out if the Low-Intervention Birth Program is right for you.

woman in labor

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. 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. Routine procedures are done at the bedside, including finding out baby's weight and giving baby his or her first bath. 

There when you need us

As the big day draws closer, we offer nurse-led classes and community learning events such as Tiger Tot Mommies. Also, if it's 3 a.m. and you suddenly have a question for your doctor, you can send a quick email through out secure patient portal

women in family birthing center room

Lactation services

Our 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.

On-site pharmacy

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.

Take a tour

Would you like a personal tour of our birthing center? Please call 573-499-6110.

Newborn hospital photos

Family members and friends of Family Birth Center moms can view newborn hospital photos. Note that a passcode is required for access.