Saint Francis Women and Children's services

Family BirthPlace

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 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
  • MOM365, 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, a certified midwife, 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

Midwife Services

At Saint Francis Healthcare System, we understand there are many different types of patients who have different needs, and we now have an alternative option for giving birth. Midwives have gained popularity across the United States, as many women appreciate a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth.

Saint Francis provides expert midwife care to expectant mothers and their families. Our certified nurse midwife has a considerable amount of formal training and are board certified to deliver babies at the Medical Center, making her a trusted, knowledgeable resource for every mom-to-be. Midwives serve as primary caregivers for moms-to-be during pregnancy and labor and delivery — while staying in constant communication with a patient’s physician throughout a pregnancy.

Learn more about the midwife services offered at Saint Francis Medical Center.

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—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.

Family BirthPlace Class Listing

Visitor Guidelines

Please see our Visitor Guidelines page for complete details on our visitation policies.


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