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Family BirthPlace

Saint Francis Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Family BirthPlace was designed around the needs and desires of expectant moms. We deliver more babies than any other hospital in the southeast Missouri region—a testament to the level of care and expertise we provide.

Family BirthPlace is home to the region’s first labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum (LDRP) suites and incorporates an array of beneficial features to make childbirth a more warm, relaxing, comfortable experience for mothers and their families.

Family-Centered Care

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace was designed around the unique needs of expectant moms. The family-focused birthing center is a refreshing combination of high-tech and homelike comfort—just right for welcoming a new life into the world. Our LDRP suites are a wonderful and welcome departure from typical hospital settings. Patient amenities include:

  • Private whirlpool bath and/or shower
  • Specially designed comfortable bed
  • Spacious guest accommodations
  • Daily quiet time to promote mother-baby bonding
  • Celebratory continental brunch prior to discharge
  • Gift basket for moms
  • Our365, a service that provides a professional photographer to capture your growing family

Experience You Can Trust

Working together, the Family BirthPlace’s skilled experts meet the total needs of mothers, babies, and families. Our highly experienced staff includes obstetricians/gynecologists, neonatologists, perinatologists, family practitioners, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and other specialists who are familiar with the latest technologies and techniques for childbirth.

Expectant mothers and their families also have access to these resources:

  • The region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical suites for cesarean sections
  • Maternity beds for antepartum/postsurgical care
  • Triage area for increased efficiency
  • Hospitality suites for waiting families

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Family BirthPlace’s Level III NICU provides the most sophisticated care for premature or critically ill newborns. It is staffed by board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists, offering the reassurance of specialized care to families if their baby should need it.

Having this high level of care in Cape Girardeau means that infants can receive the attention they need while staying close to their family and home, which is why so many mothers choose to deliver their babies at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Learn more about the Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Rewarding Classes

We offer an array of helpful childbirth education classes at the Family BirthPlace for every step of the childbirth journey—pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and even after delivery. Whether it’s your first baby or you have experienced the miracle of childbirth before, these classes provide valuable information and benefits for you and your little one on the way:

  • Pregnancy Basics
  • Breastfeeding classes
  • Comfort During Labor
  • Childbirth classes
  • Sibling classes
  • Preparation for Childbirth
  • Infant Care class
  • Mother-Baby Tea
  • Infant Massage class
  • Growing for Growing Families

Learn more about childbirth education classes offered at Saint Francis Medical Center.

BOE Women and Children’s Pavilion

The Family BirthPlace will be transforming during the Building on Excellence expansion and renovation project. We are creating more rooms for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, and we are also adding an easily accessible triage unit.

Our expansion will provide private NICU patient rooms to support best practices in neonatology. These rooms will be fully equipped for multiple births and also provide opportunities for families to stay with their little ones 24 hours a day.


To learn more about the Family BirthPlace at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 877-231-BABY (2229).