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Preparing for Baby

 

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, but we understand that it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. We are here to help you.  See below for information that can help with planning and preparing. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at 618-526-5423.

Labor and Delivery

 

The Women and Infants Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital provides quality care to pregnant women and their families throughout the birthing process. Our anesthesia providers are available 24 hours a day to provide epidural placement and other pain management, as needed. We now have PCEA pumps, which are patient controlled epidurals – a method of pain control supports the mother’s desire to be involved in the management of her pain during labor.   

A new hydrotherapy tub is also available for mothers-to-be, (who meet safety guidelines), as a pain relief alternative to epidural treatment. Upon request, we can provide music to help with relaxation.

Our Women and Infants Center also has birthing balls, squat bars and our nurses can recommend techniques to help laboring moms with pain relief.

Welcoming Baby

 

After you and your closest loved ones have welcomed your new baby in your private labor, delivery and recovery room, you will be transferred to your private post-partum room. We encourage rooming in for you and your baby. Dads are encouraged to stay as well!

Our maternity nurses are skilled at helping new moms and babies learn how to breastfeed, and our certified lactation consultants provide extra support. We smooth the transition to home with individualized instruction and a customized education program, including educational tools you can view in the privacy of your room.

Private Rooms: Private rooms allow mothers, babies and families to enjoy their time together in privacy. After delivery, you will stay in a private room, until you go home. During this time, we are conscious of your need for privacy, and you will find staff knocking before entering your room.

Well Baby Nursery:  It is encouraged that you room-in with your baby, but we also believe all new parents should have choices. Our Nursery staff is flexible and willing to provide comfort and safety so you are able to be well rested prior to going home.

Critical Care for Special Situations

 

State-of-the-art and ready for anything, the Women and Infants Center offers mother and baby:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners onsite 24/7 with special training in resuscitation and care of high-risk infants.

  • Immediate, real-time ultrasounds and consultations with SLUCare neonatologists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital through telemedicine technology

  • Advanced ultrasound evaluation and continuous monitoring during labor.

  • 24-hour consultation service with expert perinatologists from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon

  • Level II nursery for:

    • Moderate-risk newborns who don’t require intensive care

    • Infants with low birth weight or mild to moderate respiratory distress at birth

    • Babies transferred from Level III (Tertiary Care) facilities

Should the need arise, Level II nursery staff are trained to stabilize infants who need to be transferred to a tertiary care hospital. Air transport teams from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon and Children’s Hospital are a telephone call away; the Women and Infants Center is 15 minutes away from these tertiary care hospitals via helicopter.

Having A Baby

Should the need arise, Level II nursery staff are trained to stabilize infants who need to be transferred to a tertiary care hospital. Air transport teams from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon and Children’s Hospital are a telephone call away; the Women and Infants Center is 15 minutes away from these tertiary care hospitals via helicopter.

St Joseph Breese Woman holding sonogram photo