New moms and their babies are encouraged to return to our Postpartum Care Center about a week after having their baby for a free follow-up visit.
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After your baby is born (postpartum)
After you've had some time to recover from delivery, you will be moved to one of our 16 private postpartum rooms, where babies are welcome to room in with their mothers and fathers. Grandparents and other family members are invited to visit at any time. Complementary snacks, drinks and movies are also available for mom and family members in the galley.
A special security system, including electronic video monitoring and automated door locks at all exits, offers added safety.
During your stay, you will be offered a free celebratory lunch/dinner for yourself and your spouse/partner.
While your baby may stay with you in your room as much as you want, there will be times when he or she is taken to the nursery, such as his/her first pediatrician exam. You may also choose to send your baby to the nursery at times to give yourself some rest. The nursery is staffed by highly experienced neonatal nurses, many of whom are certified in their field.
St. Anthony's Medical Center and Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center work together to provide around-the-clock neonatal care for your baby. A neonatal nurse practitioner is on-site at St. Anthony's 24 hours a day and neonatologists from Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center care for babies in the Special Care Nursery.
A certified lactation consultant is available before, during and after your hospital stay to assist you with breast feeding your baby. No fee is charged for any lactation service.
Newborn hearing screenings are performed on every newborn delivered at St. Anthony's Family Birth Center.
After your discharge
New moms and their babies are encouraged to return to St. Anthony's Postpartum Care Center about a week after leaving the Family Birth Center for a free follow-up assessment. This assessment by one of our qualified maternity and neonatal nurses will assess the physical and emotional well-being of both mom and baby. St. Anthony’s is the only hospital in the St. Louis area to offer this free service. The visit offers the opportunity to ask questions and obtain information. In addition, postpartum care nurses are available for phone consultations 24 hours a day.
Our New Moms Network enables you to connect with other moms and swap information or ask questions — it's an extended circle of friends to help you as your family grows! New moms (and their babies) meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Hyland Education and Training Center conference room.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.