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What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is weakening of the bone mass that occurs when your bones lose calcium. About 44 million people in the United States are at risk of developing this disease, which is responsible for more than 2 million broken bones annually. The disease Osteoporosis is... Read more

Incontinence Treatment

Incontinence Statistics & Stigma Most of the estimated 10 to 15 million Americans with urinary incontinence are older women. This disorder affects between 10 and 35 percent of adults over age 50 and half of all nursing home residents, but it can happen at any age. Many... Read more

Breast Health

A Comprehensive Breast Health Center Womancare at Saint Francis Medical Center provides education, examinations, testing and treatment at its state-of-the-art facility, which offers both comfort and convenience. The American College of Radiology (ACR) designates Womancare as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This ACR recognition ensures patients... Read more

Women’s Health

Caring for Women of All Ages From childbirth to menopause and beyond, a woman’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are constantly changing. However, the need for skilled, compassionate healthcare remains constant. Cape Care for Women in Cape Girardeau addresses women’s lifelong health issues with a comprehensive array... Read more

Children’s Center

The state-of-the-art Children’s Center at Saint Francis Medical Center provides compassionate, comprehensive care to children of all ages (17 and under) suffering from various illnesses and injuries. Parents can rest assured their children will receive high-quality medical and surgical care from leading specialists who understand pediatric... Read more

Social Services

Support for Individuals and Families Social Services at Saint Francis Medical Center works closely with patients and their family members to improve their overall well-being. Highly trained personnel from Social Services are a resource to patients for various needs, including: Counseling from therapistsEducationAdvocacyDischarge planningSupport groupsFinancial services referrals for... Read more


The Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center provides transport services for premature infants and newborns throughout the region. Under most circumstances, babies are flown to Saint Francis Medical Center by ARCH, a regional transportation system of emergency medical helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts serving much of... Read more

Premature Infant Treatments & Technology

Leading-Edge Infant Care in Cape Girardeau Caring for premature infants and newborns in a state-of-the-art facility, the highly trained staff in the Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center provides advanced treatments and procedures, including: Antibiotics Drugs used to treat a suspected or identified bacterial infection. Most common... Read more

Premature Infant Conditions

The Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center offers leading-edge treatments for various disorders related to premature infants and newborns, including: Apnea A period of 15–20 seconds when your baby doesn’t breathe, usually related to prematurity. Birth Defects A condition present at birth resulting in an abnormal structure, function... Read more


The southeast Missouri region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace. The 18-bed Level III NICU is staffed by highly-trained, compassionate caregivers: Board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologistsNeonatal nurse practitionersPhysical therapistsRegistered nursesLactation consultantsRespiratory therapistsSocial workersSpeech therapistsOccupational therapistsDischarge plannersTechniciansMassage therapists The... Read more

Family BirthPlace Physicians

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... Read more

Parenting Classes & Support Groups

The Family BirthPlace at Saint Francis Medical Center offers an array of rewarding childbirth education classes for every step of your journey. Whether this is your first baby or you’ve experienced the miracle of childbirth before, our step-by-step pregnancy, childbirth, and baby classes will provide great... Read more

Parenting Community Resources

Many community resources are available that offer support to parents in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City, and other areas in southeast Missouri, including: Answers to Parenting Questions Cape Girardeau Public Library, 573-334-5279 Generations Family Resource Center, 573-651-5825 Jackson Public Library, 573-243-8141 Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of... Read more

Family Birthplace Safety & Security

The safety and security of your newborn are shared responsibilities. You, your family and friends, and the Saint Francis Medical Center all play an important role. Family BirthPlace Responsibilities Family BirthPlace staff has special ID badges that are different from the staff working in other areas of the... Read more

Family Birthplace Visiting Guidelines

Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace staff encourages friends and family to visit mothers and their new babies. When planning your visit, please keep these guidelines in mind: Visitors can access the Family BirthPlace from Entrance 5, by taking the elevators to the 3rd floor. All... Read more

Breastfeeding Information, Tips and Classes

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the best food for a baby. Rich in antibodies, breast milk can help protect newborns from bacteria and viruses after they are born. One of the most amazing aspects of a mother’s body is that milk production is... Read more

Newborn Health Screenings

Screenings for Proper Infant Development Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace provides newborn screenings (which require a blood sample) to detect potentially serious health disorders that could lead to developmental disabilities, mental retardation, or death. If and when any of these disorders are detected, the Missouri Department... Read more

Caring for Your Newborn

Development and Milestones Your Saint Francis provider will ask questions about your newborn, and he or she will observe the baby to get an idea of the infant’s development. By this visit, your newborn is likely doing some of the following: Blinking at a bright lightTrying to lift... Read more


Medical Care During Labor and Delivery The following are some of the more common medical procedures used at Saint Francis Medical Center during labor and delivery. External Monitoring External monitoring is used on the outside of your body. Two disks are placed on your abdomen. They may be held... Read more

Labor & Delivery

Early Signs of Labor You may experience some signs to let you know labor is approaching. They may be noticeable several days or even weeks before your due date: Braxton Hicks, or false labor, contractions prepare the uterus for labor and may cause some effacement (thinning) and... Read more

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