Q. How do I take a tour of the Birth Center?
Tours are offered Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. To arrange for a tour of the unit, please call 573-468-1961. You can also take a virtual tour of our Birth Center.
Q. Do you offer Childbirth Education Classes?
We are updating our prenatal classes and should resume offering classes in the near future.
Q. What should I do if I go into labor?
Going into labor can be scary, especially if this is your first baby. First, try to remain calm; you want to time each of your contractions so you can know how often you’re having them. Then, contact your physician to let him/her know what’s going on. Your physician will need to ask you some really important questions to determine whether you need to come to the hospital or if you can wait.
Q. What if I want an epidural, natural childbirth, or C-section?
We advise you discuss your birth plan with your physician, particularly your delivery preference. The nurses are happy to ensure that you have the type of birthing experience you desire. We have anesthesia available to manage your request for an epidural. If you desire to have a natural childbirth, the nurses are here to support you in your decision and provide alternative forms of pain relief, such as the use of the shower and the birthing ball.
Q. How do you treat high-risk moms?
All of our patients are given one-to-one nursing care during labor. Depending upon your gestational age and any complication(s) involved, you and your physician will discuss your birth plan and select the delivery that will ensure the best outcome for you and your baby.
Q. How long do I stay in the hospital?
Your stay depends on what type of delivery you have. If you have a vaginal delivery, you are allowed to stay for two days. For a C-section, however, your stay is four days. We encourage our moms to take advantage of the length of stay as it gives you time to rest and benefit from any and all educational teaching we provide.
Q. Do you offer a professional baby photographer?
Yes, we have a photographer that comes on scheduled days. With the consent of the parents, the photographer will be happy to take photos of your newborn. Photos are available for purchase. Click here to link to the photographer's Website.