Preparing for your little one and the changes he or she will bring is a big part of your pregnancy. We’re proud that 95% of moms who have their babies at St. Clare Hospital - Fenton say they would recommend us to a friend! At the Family Birthplace at St. Clare Hospital - Fenton, we combine a relaxing, family-oriented setting with innovative technology and the highest level of obstetrical care. We strive to make being in the hospital feel less like “being in a hospital."
We welcome any choice you make, whether you want epidural anesthesia or a low-intervention birth. For low-intervention or "natural" births, our nurses will support you and offer coping techniques to help you throughout birth. Doulas are also welcome.
Before delivery, your nurse will talk with you about your birth plan. We’ll work with your doctor to accommodate your wishes unless it becomes medically necessary to change the plans.
At St. Clare Hospital - Fenton, obstetricians, anesthesiologists and pediatricians from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital are available to assist your obstetrician 24 hours a day. We offer state-of-the-art equipment, testing and procedures, such as continuous fetal monitoring, regular and advanced Level II ultrasound, amniocentesis and external cephalic version, a procedure to try to turn the baby if it’s breech. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists from Saint Louis University School of Medicine are available to care for high-risk mothers. They work in partnership with your obstetrician and are available for consultation any time.
For infants who require specialized care, St. Clare Hospital – Fenton offers a Level II Newborn Nursery with around-the-clock neonatologist coverage. This nursery can care for babies born as early as 32 weeks, or who need an IV for antibiotics or fluid.
Babies with more serious conditions may be transferred to the Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Birthing Suite Amenities
The Family Birthplace at St. Clare Hospital - Fenton offers a welcome alternative to traditional hospital delivery. In our fresh, comfortable setting, we provide personal one-on-one attention for Mother and Baby that includes care and instruction from highly trained nurses.
All phases of childbirth — labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum — take place in one room: a specially designed private suite. A quiet, private room offers a peaceful environment for you to bond with your newest family member, and get plenty of rest.
Our patient-family suites were also designed to promote safety and a faster recovery. For example, your medication is bar-coded and stored in your suite, which is more efficient and safer. An in-room computer securely stores medical records for real-time physician and care team updates.
Our Infant Protection System is designed to ensure the safety of your baby. Each infant born at the Family Birthplace wears an electronic tag, which will sound an alarm when placed near an exit. The tags are hypoallergenic, comfortable and tamper-proof.
St. Clare Hospital – Fenton also offers At Your Service® room service dining for our patients. You may order meals or snacks anytime between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm daily.
Please view the updated visitor policy for new rules about joining loved ones in the Family Birthplace at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton during this unprecedented time.
For your family and friends that are out of town or otherwise unable to visit, they can catch a sneak peek of your little one through our secure WebNursery®.
Board-certified, experienced lactation consultants are here to assist you before and after the birth. For more information or for assistance, please call 636-496-2402.
Join us for Weigh-In Wednesdays, a free support group for breastfeeding moms and babies. Weigh-in Wednesdays is free, open to the public and doesn’t require any registration. Sessions are led by a Certified Lactation Consultant every Wednesday.
Childbirth Education Classes
To best prepare you and your family for the arrival your new baby, we recommend that you participate in at least some of the childbirth, parenting or infant care classes we offer. Support groups from breastfeeding to bereavement are also available.Take the next step to prepare for your little one’s arrival by attending an online childbirth education class.
In-person guided tours of the Family Birthplace at St. Clare Hospital - Fenton are un-available at this time, but we are offering virtual tours of the Family Birthplace, so expectant mothers and their support person(s) can become familiar with SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton.
Whether you’re expecting, or trying to conceive, trust the team at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Fenton. We’ll partner with you on this exciting new chapter in your life. Find the nearest OB/GYN today and get started.