Women's Health

HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers special services for women from having a baby in our exceptional Family Maternity Center to getting your annual mammogram with our state of the art 3D Mammography technology.

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Michelle's Story

3D mammography services are now available at HSHS St. Francis Hospital. The new 3D mammography equipment is the latest imaging technology and increases the detection rate of invasive breast cancer by 40 percent. With a scan time of less than 4 seconds, this new machine is faster and more accurate as it reduces the need for follow-up imaging. 

Having a Baby

Online Breastfeeding Support Group - HSHS St. Francis Hospital Family Maternity Center offers support and education to mothers through a Facebook support group. Those interested in joining this online group need to have a Facebook login and then search Facebook for "HSHS St. Francis Breastfeeding Support Group" and request to join.

The overall goal of the Facebook support group is to allow expecting and breastfeeding moms to support one another by sharing experiences and asking questions. Tips and tricks will be provided from hospital colleagues experienced in lactation consulting who will be facilitating the group.

Whether you are expecting your first child, or even your third, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield has a class designed just for you.

  • Childbirth Class - By attending one of our childbirth classes, you’ll feel more prepared for your labor and delivery.

  • Sibling Class - To ensure that your children know what to expect when their little brother or sister comes along, we offer a sibling class.

To schedule a tour, sign up for a class or for more information, please call us at 217-324-8473.

The maternity surgical suite is a spacious operating room is located within the Family Maternity Center on the fourth floor. The location and flexible layout improves function and safety of patient care. It allows for faster patient transit time from patient labor/delivery rooms to the OR suite. The room has an optimal design for patient safety, comfort and convenience.

From pregnancy and childbirth to breast feeding and post-partum care, our experienced staff creates a comfortable, caring environment for parents to bond with their newest family member. Lamaze, sibling and breast-feeding classes are available to new moms and their families.
Once the baby is here, he or she will remain in your room throughout the day. At night, the baby may stay in your room or return to the nursery. All babies are brought to their mother's room for feedings on demand. The nursery is available at all times if needed
Our rooms are equipped for labor, delivery and recovery - so you won't have to move once you've been admitted. The rooms also promote a family-centered setting with a comfortable rocker and recliner. C-sections and VBAC (vaginal delivery after Cesarean section) deliveries are also provided as situations require.
We also work closely with the South-Central Illinois Perinatal Network in HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital. The Perinatal Center includes a team of Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine physicians who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology. Maternal consultation is offered twice a month at St. Francis with a referral from your OB Provider.

3D Mammography

We get it -- you're busy - but you are important, too. Put yourself first and schedule your annual mammogram. Consider this important fact: breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in America. It's also one of the most treatable when detected early.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers the most advanced technology to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages through 3D Mammography in our Imaging department.

Ask your physician about scheduling a 3-D mammography screening at St. Francis Hospital - or call (217) 324-8555 to schedule. Hours are 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday. (A physician's order is required.) 
That’s why HSHS St. Francis Hospital is transforming breast cancer screening and detection with the latest 3D mammography technology and a focus on your comfort. Our goal is to make breast health as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Instead of reviewing the breast tissue in a single, flat image, this technology folds together a series of images to create a 3D view, allowing doctors to see the tiniest details and find cancer in its earliest stages. 
The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Screening mammography offers the best chance of finding breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means more treatment options and a better chance for a cure.