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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
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
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
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
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
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 light
Trying... 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 is used on the outside of your body. Two disks are placed on your abdomen. They may be held... Read more
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
The healthcare you receive during pregnancy is important for the overall well-being of you and your baby. Expecting mothers who follow prenatal care guidelines supplied by their healthcare providers often deliver healthier babies. Some guidelines for prenatal care:
Schedule an appointment with your obstetrician/gynecologist for an... Read more
Every newborn is a blessing, and every birth is unique. Part of our goal at the Family BirthPlace is to encourage your family members to participate throughout your entire pregnancy. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are part of a major life change, and the process can be... Read more
At the Saint Francis Medical Center Family BirthPlace, we believe that offering the right care begins with the right information. We are here to help you through the entire process, from pregnancy to childbirth, to make sure you and your baby are healthy and safe.
From the... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Family BirthPlace was designed around the needs and desires of expectant moms.
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... Read more
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 in Cape Girardeau addresses women’s lifelong health issues with a comprehensive array of programs and services delivered... Read more