Family Birth Center
Your child's delivery is a special moment for your family, and we're pleased to be a part of it. Every one of us at Lake Regional Family Birth Center strives to create a warm, friendly environment where you can give birth in comfort, supported by our experienced team.
Level II Nursery
Lake Regional Family Birth Center provides Level II nursery services. This higher level of service designation allows the team to care for infants requiring antibiotics, IV fluids, respiratory support and much more. As a result, babies are only transferred to another facility if they require neonatal intensive care.
Comfortable, Private Suites
Caring for the comfort of the mother-to-be is one of our top priorities at the Family Birth Center. We offer homelike private suites for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, allowing you to experience the entire birth process and hospital stay without changing rooms. These suites include a private bathroom and shower. We strongly encourage "rooming in" during your stay. This means instead of going to our nursery, your baby can sleep in a crib next to your bed. This enhances bonding and helps the new family get better acquainted.
Breast-feeding provides important health benefits for infants and mothers, and we will help you get started with this wonderful natural process. We are proud to be designated a "Show Me 5" Hospital by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This means we have adopted five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breast-feeding initiation and duration:
- Help mothers initiate breast-feeding within the first hour of birth
- Practice "rooming-in," allowing infants to stay in the same room as their mothers
- Limit breast-feeding infants to breast milk (and no other liquids), unless medically indicated
- Do not give pacifiers or artificial nipples to breast-feeding infants
- Foster the establishment of breast-feeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge
Our licensed lactation consultant, Annie Havner, R.N., BSN, IBCLC, is available to help you with breast-feeding during your stay and after you go home. For questions, call 573.302.2999.
Take Five: Amazing MOMS (Mother's Own Milk Support) is a breast-feeding support group for breast-feeding mothers and women who are pregnant and want to learn more about breast-feeding. For more information, call 573.302.2999.
The same staff who provide care in our Family Birth Center also teach our Happy Prenatal, Childbirth 101 and Breast is Best classes. This ensures you will be familiar with our facilities and staff when your special day arrives.
Learn more about our three prenatal classes.
To protect the health of our patients, no one should visit the Family Birth Center with signs of illness or infection, such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea, or symptoms of cold or flu, such as cough, runny nose or sneezing.
For patient and staff safety, visitors who have been given authorization to stay after visiting hours must register and obtain a visitor's badge at the OB desk.
Small children are allowed with close supervision of an adult. Visiting children must be in good health and have had no signs of illness within the last 48 hours.
The coach/significant other is welcome at all times, unless special circumstances make this unsafe for the mother or baby. Visitors also are allowed throughout the day and evening; visiting hours, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., are enforced only in special circumstances.
All visitors must adhere to strict handwashing practices.