Pregnant women can track their baby’s growth and find answers to all their questions through Saint Francis Healthcare System’s SFMC 4 Moms app.
The free app is a convenient way for women to access information about Saint Francis’ Family BirthPlace, childbirth classes and physicians on staff at... Read more
The death of a baby is devastating for the family and friends. Infant mortality is the number of deaths of children under the age of one year per 1,000 live births.
With almost 10 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, Southeast Missouri’s rate is about 50 percent higher than... Read more
Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Certified Nurse Midwives Program offers a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Our certified midwives, the first in Cape Girardeau County, are trained specialists who provide individualized care to patients through each stage of pregnancy. This care includes education, clinical care, advice and... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff.
Grant D.... Read more
When babies are born before 36 weeks’ gestation, they are often unable to begin oral feeding because their brain is not yet mature enough to initiate the suck-swallow-breathe response. However, the staff at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) strives to... Read more
Babies at risk for developmental problems benefit from periodic visits with a neonatologist. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Developmental Clinic, neonatologists follow up with babies after they are discharged.
Dr. Laura E. Al-Sayed, MD, FAAP
“We see all babies who were... Read more
A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age:
0-3 months – “You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally,” says Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at... Read more
Parents of sick babies now are able to view their little ones even when they are away. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has five cameras that can be set up in infants’ rooms and connected to a secure Web address.
“Many of... Read more
Parents whose newborns are in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need not feel alone: Neonatologists at Saint Francis use information gathered from nearly 1,000 NICUs to help optimize care for each infant.
The Medical Center is part of the Vermont Oxford Network... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff.
Kimberly K. Roos,... Read more