You and Your Baby's Health
The Family Birth Center at MU Women's and Children's Hospital encompasses expert health-care providers and state-of-the-art facilities to help ensure the health and safety of mothers and their newborns, whether they are in perfect health or require specialized medical care. The Family Birth Center includes labor and delivery rooms, postpartum/antepartum rooms, operating rooms and the Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
It is important for the health of you and your baby to have regular check ups and evaluations during your pregnancy. The Family Birth Center welcomes private and University of Missouri Health Care physicians who have privileges at MU Women's and Children's Hospital, so be sure to ask your doctor about delivering at the Family Birth Center. If you haven't selected a physician yet, you can choose one of our Missouri OB/GYN Associates obstetricians or one of our Family Medicine physicians.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing your physician.
- Did the physician graduate from an accredited residency program and is he or she board-certified?
Does the physician accept your insurance? What are the physician's fees?
- Is the physicians's office convenient to your home or office? If you become pregnant, you'll visit the physicians more than a dozen times-maybe more if you have a high-risk pregnancy-so make sure that getting to the office isn't a hassle.
- Do you feel more comfortable with a male or female physician? It is important that you are comfortable talking with your physician and asking questions of him or her.
- Does the office have weekend or evening hours that fit your schedule, or will you have to take off from work every time you need an appointment? Note how long you may have to wait to get an appointment. Additionally, how does the office handle questions that arise between appointments? Will the obstetrician return your calls the same day, or will a nurse handle routine questions?
- How does the physician handle after-hours emergencies? Who is on call when your physician is unavailable?
- Is your pregnancy high-risk? If so, you'll want to deliver at a hospital with an NICU.
When to come to the hospital
If you think you are in labor, please call your physician or come to the Family Birth Center located at MU Women's and Children's Hospital. If it is Monday through Friday, 7 a.m to 10 p.m., you can enter through the Women's Health Center entrance at the front of the hospital to be seen in our OB triage area. If it is a weekend or after hours, please enter through the emergency room. Short term reserved parking is located in front of the Women's Health Center entrance for emergency deliveries.
Your Baby's Health
There are several procedures and tests that you baby will go through before going home. These can include vital signs, a hearing screening, vaccinations, blood tests and any addtional procedures as needed. If you have any questions about these procedures or your baby's health do not hesitate to ask your nurse or physician.
After you are discharged from the hospital, you will need to have your baby seen by his or her pediatrician for vaccinations and regular well baby check ups. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends selecting and visiting your baby's new physician within the last three months of your pregnancy. If you haven't selected a physician for your baby yet, you can choose one our general pediatricians or Family Medicine physicians.