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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Care During Childbirth

Pregnancy Assessment Center

The Pregnancy Assessment Center is a screening center open 24 hours a day. The center is available to women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant to use as a resource for any questions and concerns. If you think you are in labor, please come to the Pregnancy Assessment Center on the 5th floor instead of the emergency department.

The Fetal Care Center

For some babies, treatment begins while still in a mother's womb. These babies are treated at The Fetal Care Center, a comprehensive center in the Midwest that offers a fully integrated patient experience in advanced fetal diagnostics, fetal surgical interventions before and after birth, and newborn medicine -- all on one medical campus.

The Fetal Care Center is a unique partnership among St. Louis Children's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University physicians.

Labor and Delivery

The birth of your baby is an exciting time. The team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is here to help make your childbirth experience wonderful and fulfilling.

At Barnes-Jewish, the latest technology is enhanced by a sensitive, caring touch. The warm nature of our care has been carried through to our comfortable, private rooms. Our experienced team is used to caring for healthy and high-risk pregnancies.

Women in labor can use our birthing balls, labor bars or a variety of water therapy techniques. After birth, new moms are encouraged to bond skin-to-skin with their babies, even after a Cesarean delivery.

For mothers requiring a c-section delivery, we have two operating rooms dedicated to labor and delivery patients. If necessary, your baby can also have direct access to our Level II Special Care Nursery or the Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (the highest level of care for sick babies) at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Your new baby will be just down the hall and can easily be visited by loved ones.

After a brief recovery in the labor and delivery room, mom and baby will stay on the mother-baby unit. Under normal circumstances, you will not need to be separated from your baby for any extended period. During this time, you and your baby will be able to become familiar with each other in a safe and caring environment. At Barnes-Jewish, you can expect to have the hearing test and the baby’s first bath in your room, to keep mom and baby together as much as possible.

In an effort to help new mothers who choose to breastfeed, certified lactation consultants are available seven days a week. Certified lactation consultants have advanced training in breastfeeding education and offer help in the feeding of high-risk infants. Our nurses can help you start and maintain breastfeeding, answer any questions and provide additional emotional support.

On the mother-baby unit, neonatologists and pediatricians from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and experienced nurses staff the well-baby nursery. If you prefer, the nursery is able to care for your baby for a short period.

Women & Infants nurses with newborns

Antepartum Unit

The antepartum unit provides inpatient care for women experiencing complications with their pregnancy and who require in-hospital bed rest or 24-hour care prior to the delivery of their baby. 

Women & Infants Ultrasound Antepartum Unit

Special Care Nursery

The Level II special care nursery is a unit dedicated to babies requiring extra care. The same expert pediatric physician team as the Level 4 Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital also staffs the special care nursery.

The admission of a baby to the special care nursery may be overwhelming and surprising to new parents. While your baby is in the nursery, our team will work to help you understand your baby's plan of care. Most babies in the special care nursery are often smaller than full-term babies and need a little extra care but do not need to go to the intensive care unit.

With a goal of getting babies healthy enough to go home, our team of physicians, nurses and other specialists will work to assess, evaluate and teach new parents to care for their newborns before they leave the hospital.
  Women & Infants nurse with baby

Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Whether your child is born prematurely, suffers from a medical condition or has a birth defect, the experts at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are ready to provide the very best possible care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition, nationally known surgical and medical specialists, including heart specialists, brain specialists, spinal cord specialists, kidney specialists and many others are available to help with any need that arises for your baby.

362-MOMS Resource Line

As an additional personal resource, you can call our answer line: 314-362-MOMS (362-6667) Monday through Friday during regular business hours to be directed to various resources at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals.

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