Family Birth Center
Your child's delivery is a special moment for your family, and we're honored 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.
Expect the Best
The new Lake Regional Family Birth Center provides a completely modern experience for expectant mothers, their newborns and their families. Mothers deliver in a beautiful private suite with soothing artwork, state-of-the-art safety features and comfortable furnishings for an overnight guest. Each of our private suites is equipped for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care — which means you will check into one room and be in that same room throughout your entire stay.
We are committed to giving you the best experience possible. Expect the following support while in our care.
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This is a life-changing moment. There’s a lot to learn and do, but we’re here to help. We offer three interactive classes in two convenient locations — Osage Beach and Eldon. You will learn how to make healthy choices during pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth and the basics of breastfeeding and newborn care. Learn more about our classes.
Labor and Delivery
We love helping moms deliver babies, and we’ve done it for decades. Our nurses receive excellent patient satisfaction scores, including for controlling pain and for treating our patients with courtesy and respect. You will work with our staff before the big day to create a personalized birth plan. This plan puts you in control of details ranging from room lighting to pain management. We want your birth experience to be all that you want it to be.
Recovery and Postpartum Care
Your birth experience will focus on family and the precious, intimate moments of welcoming a newborn. You and your baby will benefit from:
Skin-to-skin time. Within moments of delivery — including after most C-sections — babies can be placed belly down, directly on the mother’s chest, and covered with a warm blanket. Not only does this skin-to-skin time give moms and dads time to experience the wonder of their newborn but it also has important health benefits for the baby. Compared to babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer and calmer, cry less, and have better blood sugar levels. Plus, skin-to-skin snuggling encourages nursing.
A “golden hour” after delivery. The time immediately following delivery is precious. We encourage family and visitors to remain in the waiting room during this first hour after birth. We postpone all tests and procedures that aren’t immediately needed, and we turn down the lights. The atmosphere is quiet, private and peaceful — perfect for bonding.
Rooming in. Instead of sending your newborn to the hospital nursery, you are encouraged to keep your baby with you. When a mother and her baby are together around the clock, it helps with bonding and it helps mothers learn their babies’ hunger cues. As a result, rooming in helps with breastfeeding. It also helps you feel more prepared when it’s time to take your baby home because you have already practiced responding to your babies’ needs.
Breastfeeding support. Your support starts before birth with a free Breast is Best class, led by our board-certified lactation consultant. This same lactation consultant is available to breastfeeding mothers while they are in the hospital. Plus, all of our nurses are trained to support breastfeeding. Learn more about breastfeeding support.
Open visiting. Not long ago, there were strict rules about who could visit moms and newborns. Now, most decisions about visitors are left up to the mother. To protect the health of our moms and newborns, we still ask that anyone with signs of illness or infection not visit. But other than that, we let the mother decide who she wants to visit and when. We welcome siblings, and our staff is very good at making them feel special, too.
We love to give you a little extra pampering throughout your time with us, so look forward to a complimentary celebration meal, a mini-fridge stocked with your selections and featured room service options.
This precious time with your family means the world to us. We are honored to care for you.
Ready to Meet Us?
Call us today at 573.348.8244 to learn more about our personalized services and to schedule a tour.