SGCMH Maternity Care

NATURAL CHILDBIRTH

If you are interested in a natural childbirth experience, the Women’s Health and Childbirth Unit staff are here to support you. In fact, we are the hospital of choice for women desiring natural birth and breastfeeding in the southeast area of Missouri.

Having a healthy baby is the most important goal in your exciting journey and we understand. So please, discuss your birth preferences with your physician in the early stages of your pregnancy. And remember births can be quite unpredictable, and babies as tiny as they are sometimes have plans of their own. So learn as much as you can about the natural childbirth experience.

Let’s Start with a Natural Childbirth Class

Sign up for one of our natural childbirth classes to prepare you for your natural childbirth. Taught by one of our experienced nurses, these classes will teach you about natural birth and give you valuable information and techniques to help you manage and cope through the labor experience.

Labor Nurse – Doula Friendly

You’ll find our staff is well versed in natural childbirth techniques. Our nurses feel it is a great opportunity to assist in natural deliveries, and will be with you for as much or as little time as you need during labor, and of course, through the delivery.

If you have chosen to have a doula to assist you with your birth, please know that our nursing staff welcomes doulas and will work with them to optimize your birth experience.

Movement and position changes are very helpful during natural childbirth, often they provide additional comfort. We encourage and support your ability to move around freely – whether it’s walking the halls, changing positions or rocking on a birthing ball. One of our staff members will gladly walk with you or a member of your family is welcome to do so. We also offer intermittent fetal monitoring or telemetry monitoring to allow for greater freedom of movement (if the circumstances of your labor and delivery permit). We have a number of options for you!

Birthing Suites Designed for Your Comfort

Our labor and delivery rooms were specially-designed to provide a peaceful, comfortable environment. You may bring your own music to help with relaxation. You may also choose to wear your own clothing or gown during labor.

Aqua therapy Options

For natural childbirth experiences, water can be very helpful during labor. Each room has a private shower and our waterbirth suite has a birth tub for immersion and aqua therapy during labor. Moms can also choose the option of waterbirth.

For more information on natural childbirth at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital call 573-883-5715, or email us.
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