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Health Services

Labor & Lamaze Breathing

Breathing is an unconscious activity that can be deepened and controlled through concentration. Our respiration patterns give us insight into how we are feeling. Notice how your breathing changes when you are tense versus when you are relaxed. Slow, deep breathing produces the best results. You... Read more

Role of the Labor Coach

Knowing how to comfort mom during labor can help her, and you will feel like an active participant in the birth. Below are a few tips to help you perform the role of labor coach: Be calm and confident. Know what to expect physically and emotionally... Read more

Gynecological Services

Saint Francis Gynecology The specialists and surgeons at Saint Francis offer years of experience in caring for patients with the most complex gynecologic conditions. Using advanced techniques, surgeons can diagnose or treat patients, often using minimally invasive surgery techniques that do not require a major incision. Saint... Read more

Women & Children Medical Partners

Gynecologists in Southeast Missouri Saint Francis Medical Center has partnered with the following Cape Girardeau and southeast Missouri area gynecologists to offer women the best care. Many of these physicians perform daVinci Robotic Surgery, and several specialize in both obstetrics and gynecology.

Pink Up/Dig for Life

Saint Francis participates in several activities to raise breast cancer awareness and provide free mammograms in Cape Girardeau. You can join us in raising awareness through participating in Pink Up and Dig For Life. Pink Up Saint Francis Medical Center launched Pink Up in 2010 to raise awareness... Read more


Focused on Your Needs WomanCare focuses on the needs of today’s woman and provides you with peace of mind. Our physicians, on-site surgeons, specially trained nurses and radiology technologists educate, examine, test and treat your unique healthcare needs. The facility offers comfort and convenience, as well as... Read more


Menopause and Heart Disease Although menopause can start in your 30s or 40s, it can last into your 50s and even 60s. Due to lower levels of estrogen, heart disease is of special concern among postmenopausal women. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers heart care... Read more


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 provides education, examinations, testing and treatments through 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 shows that our technologists are certified, have... Read more

Women’s Health

Women’s Health in Cape Girardeau From childbirth to menopause and beyond, a woman’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are constantly changing. The need for skilled, compassionate healthcare remains constant. Saint Francis Medical Center addresses women’s lifelong health issues with a comprehensive array of programs and services delivered... 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 neonatologists Neonatal nurse practitioners Physical therapists Registered nurses Lactation consultants Respiratory... 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

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