Labor and Delivery
The birth of your baby is an exciting time. But, it can also be stressful both physically and emotionally. 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, home-like rooms. All rooms have a television with a variety of network channels, movies, and free in-room educational programs on childbirth and baby care. The 24-bed unit offers private, family-friendly rooms. Our experienced staff is accustomed to caring for high-risk pregnancies.
For babies requiring a Cesarean delivery, we have two operating rooms located in our birth center. Women in labor can use our birthing balls or a variety of water therapy techniques. After birth, new moms are encouraged to bond skin-to-skin with their babies. If necessary, the unit also provides direct access to our Level II Special Care Nursery or the Level 4 NICU (the highest level of care for babies) at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
After a brief recovery in the birthing room, mom, baby and support person will be transferred to the mother-baby unit. The 30-bed unit offers a self-contained newborn nursery – but under normal circumstances, you will not need to be separated from your baby for any extended period of time. During this time you and your baby will be able to become familiar with each other in a safe and caring environment.
In an effort to help new mothers with breast-feeding, Barnes-Jewish Hospital offers certified lactation consultants seven days a week. Certified lactation consultants have advanced training in breast-feeding education, and also offer help in the feeding of high-risk infants. Our consultants can help you start and maintain breast-feeding, answer any questions and provide additional emotional support.
On the mother-baby unit, the well-baby nursery is staffed by neonatologists and pediatricians from St. Louis Children's Hospital and our experienced nurses. The newborn nursery is available for medical observation and assessment. If you prefer, the nursery is able to care for your baby for a short period of time.
Pregnancy Assessment Center
The Pregnancy Assessment Center is a screening center open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The center is available to pregnant women 20 weeks or beyond to use as a resource for any questions and concerns.
The 15-bed antepartum unit provides inpatient care for women experiencing complications with their pregnancy and who require 24-hour management prior to the delivery of their baby.
Special Care Nursery
The Level II special care nursery is a highly specialized 26-bed unit, providing exceptional care to babies requiring specialized care. The unit's equipment and supplies are geared to the needs of these infants. The special care nursery is staffed by the same expert pediatric physician team as the Level 4 unit at St. Louis Children's Hospital and the nursing staff is specially trained, with an average of 15 years experience.
The admission of a baby to the special care nursery may be overwhelming and frightening to new parents. While your baby is in the nursery, our nursing and medical staff will work with you to help you understand your baby's individualized plan of care. The staff will also help you to have as much time with your baby as possible while he or she is in the nursery.
With a goal of getting babies home, our team of physicians, nurses and other specialists will work to assess, evaluate and plan, teach and care for newborns from birth to their discharge.
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. The unit is staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses and also includes pediatric residents and neonatal fellows (physicians who are specializing in treating children and treating sick newborns).
In addition, nationally known surgical and medical specialists, including heart specialists, brain specialists, spinal cord specialists, kidney specialists and many others are available to consult on any problem that arises for your baby. The NICU nursing staff are registered nurses with an average of 5 years of nursing experience and have completed a seven-week orientation program. Clinical nurse specialists who have Master's degrees and extensive neonatal experience and training are also very involved in both the clinical care of infants and in nursing education, research and administration in the NICU.
The 70-bed NICU provides state of the art treatment and monitoring equipment, including ECMO (a heart lung machine that can be used temporarily to permit recovery when acute heart and/or lung failure occurs), surfactant therapy (a medicine that helps prematurely born babies to breath more easily) and high frequency oscillatory ventilation (a type of breathing machine that is necessary for some infants to help their lungs develop and heal).
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.