Women and Infants Center

Delivering Miracles and caring for their moms


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been delivering babies for more than 143 years and continues to serve as the hospital of choice for families seeking a family-centered, high quality, maternity experience. We realize that mothers have choices about their delivery, including where to deliver. At St. Elizabeth’s, we consider it a privilege to be able to assist families with one of the most memorable and intimate moments of their lives. That’s why we hold ourselves to higher standards, guided by our Core Values of RESPECT, CARE, COMPETENCE and JOY to give patients region leading, high-quality obstetric care.

From the individualized care we provide for mother and baby, to the educational programs we offer expecting families, we offer a wide range of resources, services and special touches to celebrate deliveries, including:
 

Getting to Know Us

If you are interested in learning more about delivering with us, we invite you to participate in a group information session, which includes a tour of the Women and Infants Center. The sessions are approximately one hour and are available twice weekly on varied days and times. You may attend one of these sessions anytime during your pregnancy by calling 618-234-2120 ext. 31260. Registration is required.  

If you are a scheduled Cesarean Section, please call us at 618-234-2120 ext. 31260 for a private pre-admission appointment with a tour.
 

Pre-Admission Process

To assist in a smooth admission, please call the Pre-Access number at 618-222-4639, press #2 after 28 weeks of pregnancy.  The Pre-Access colleague will need your demographic information to prepare for your admission to the hospital.
 

Labor and delivery

The Women and Infants Center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital provides quality care to pregnant women and their families throughout the birthing process. Our anesthesia providers are available 24 hours a day to provide epidural placement and other pain management, as needed. Hydrotherapy tubs are available for mothers-to-be, (who meet safety guidelines), as a pain relief alternative to epidural treatment.

After you and your closest loved ones have welcomed your new baby in your private labor, delivery and recovery room, you will be transferred to your private post-partum room. We encourage rooming in for you and your baby. Dads are encouraged to stay as well!
 

Welcoming the new arrival


A diverse team, including a childbirth educator and a clinical resource nurse are available to you after the birth of your baby. Our maternity nurses are skilled at helping new moms and babies learn how to breastfeed, and our lactation counselors provide extra support. We smooth the transition to home with individualized instruction and a customized education program, including educational tools you can view in the privacy of your room.

Private Rooms. Private rooms allow mothers, babies and families to enjoy their time together in privacy. During this time, we are conscious of your need for privacy, and you will find staff knocking before entering your room.

Well Baby Nursery. We believe all new parents should have choices. One of these options is our Well Baby Nursery, available whenever you need rest. The amount of time your baby spends in your room is your choice, and the dedicated colleagues of the Women and Infants Center will work with you to accommodate your wishes. Our Nursery staff is flexible and willing to provide comfort and safety so you are able to be well rested prior to going home.

Intermediate Care Nursery. The Intermediate Care Nursery provides private rooms with a recliner, sleeper sofa, and refrigerator for breastmilk storage, which allows family to bond with their baby and participate in his or her care. Plus, a dedicated bathroom, with a shower, allows family members convenience of immediate access and the ability to maximize the amount of time with their new infant if health needs extend their stay.
 

Amenities and special touches

  • Hydrotherapy. All Labor & Delivery Rooms include a Hydrotherapy tub for mothers-to-be (who meet safety guidelines) as a pain relief alternative to epidural treatment. Immersion in warm water can promote relaxation and decrease pain in the early stages of labor. The water provides a soothing stimulation of nerves in the skin, promoting increased blood flow and reducing pain causing signals. Hydrotherapy can also increase uttering blood flow, decrease maternal blood pressure and shorten labor.
  • Nitrous Oxide Pain Management. We additionally o¬ffer a nitrous oxide pain management program as an alternative to an epidural and IV pain medications. Expectant mothers like using Nitronox because it does not require IV access and is self-administered, empowering them to safely and e¬ffectively help manage the discomfort of labor and post-birth procedures while remaining alert and conscious. Plus, it can be quickly eliminated from the body so it does not a¬ffect the baby’s central nervous system or breathing and has not been shown to alter or slow the labor process.
  • Lullaby Time. Lullaby Time takes place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. each day, which allows new parents to either enjoy uninterrupted time with their newborn, or sleep if needed.
  • Room service for visitors to the Maternity Unit. Any visiting guest of the new mom may order a meal from our room service menu for the low cost of $6.00, payable in cash to the room service attendant.
  • Photography. Mom365 brings beautiful newborn photography right to your hospital room. Free portrait sessions are provided, with the comfort of viewing portraits within minutes. Custom portrait packages are available and if you desire, we can we can post your baby’s pictures to the Mom365 WebNursery®.
  • Spiritual Care. Our spiritual care department is available to provide spiritual support for the new mom and family at the mother’s request.
  • Questions from home. Once you’re home, new questions often arise. Nurses are available 24/7 to assist you with lactation or other questions. Call 618-234-2120, ext. 31260.
  • Other amenities include: Wi-Fi access and TVs in each room.

 




 

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