From family planning to ensuring a successful delivery, we take care of you every step of the way with comprehensive obstetric and neonatal services always ready for your special delivery.
Each of our hospitals provides a safe, comfortable home-like environment for your childbirth experience. We support these outstanding amenities with 24/7 in-house obstetricians and pediatric coverage. In many cases, maternal-fetal medicine specialists are available, should a delivery become complicated, and neonatologists are also available for bedside consultation.
Childbirth Education and Preparation
We prepare you and your family for your new arrival with a variety of educational and support programs. After your child is born, our nursing teams support you with information about breastfeeding, newborn care and everything you need to make a smooth transition to life with your new baby. These are just some of the many reasons why some of the area’s most respected physicians refer their expectant mothers to an SSM hospital for the childbirth experience. View a complete list of educational programs, or call toll-free 866-SSM-DOCS (866-776-3627).
In-house physician coverage
We have obstetricians, pediatricians and nurses available to you around the clock. Our high-risk doctors are always available to you and your obstetrician. Through our strong partnership with Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, we can rely on the expertise of maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric specialists.
SSM Health is committed to providing quality and accessible Maternal and Fetal Medicine services. Through the use of telemedicine, patients are able to receive high quality care from our Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians and medical staff at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - St. Louis in the convenience of their community. Our telemedicine services connect patients to our physicians through the use of high quality video, audio and file transfers in real time. View a complete list of TeleTouch locations and services provided, or call 888-MFM-SMHC.
Natural Family Planning
Certified natural family planning instructors are available to assist couples in understanding their fertility. Our program teaches the Creighton Model Fertility Care System, which provides a couple with the knowledge and understanding of their combined fertility in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy. Many women benefit from the identification of gynecological conditions through natural family planning charting. Our program consists of an introductory session in which the scientific basis of ovulation method is taught in a group session. Individualized subsequent follow-up sessions are scheduled for the first year to allow the couple to gain confidence in using this method. For more information or to register for the group session, call 314-768-8017.
Maternal fetal medicine specialists provide genetic counseling to women and families who may be at risk for having a child with an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome. Counseling includes research and discussion of the chances of having children who will be affected. We provide comprehensive genetic testing when called for, and help families understand birth defects and how inheritance works. Genetic counseling is recommended for:
- Women who are age 35 and older and pregnant or considering pregnancy
- Couples who already have a child with a birth defect
- Couples with a baby that has been diagnosed with a genetic disease
- Pregnant women whose testing has shown an increased risk for birth defects
- Women who have had three or more miscarriages
For more information about genetic counseling, call 314-768-8730.
SSM Maternity Care and Saint Louis University School of Medicine physician specialists offer pre-conception counseling to guide couples who are considering a pregnancy. Pre-conception counseling can help identify health and risk potentials before attempting to become pregnant. Couples considering a pregnancy may wish to schedule pre-conception counseling about three to six months prior to attempting conception. Counseling may identify issues that can be rectified before achieving conception, thereby reducing the risk for problems during pregnancy or for the child. The process can identify existing or emerging illnesses or disease, existing risks to the woman who may become pregnant, and potential risks to the fetus should the woman become pregnant. To learn more, call 314-977-7455.
Couples who have difficulty conceiving may benefit from the infertility services of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. As many as 20% of couples experience difficulty conceiving a child. The causes of infertility can be equally attributed to males and females. Our infertility services include specially trained physicians who provide testing, counseling and a customized treatment plan to help achieve conception.
To learn more, call 314-977-7455.
The MOMS Line Peer-Support Program
While life with a new baby can be thrilling and rewarding, it can also be stressful at times. The physical and hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can compound feelings of anxiety and sadness, too. To help support new and expecting mothers, SSM Health has developed a peer-support program called The MOMS Line.
View more information about The MOMS Line or visit our contact us webpage to reach out to a peer-support volunteer.