St. Luke's Family-Centered Maternity Care focuses care around the mother, father and baby, as well as involving siblings and grandparents during this happy time. In order to provide maximum family time, we offer open visiting hours. The new mother determines the visiting hours for friends and family members. Children are welcome to visit, but must be accompanied at all times by an adult.
Before holding the new baby, family members and any other visitors should thoroughly wash their hands. All visitors should be free of colds or infections.
For the well-being of both mother and baby, St. Luke's is a smoke-free environment and visitors may not smoke in the hospital.
Safety and Security
All newborns are cared for in a safe and secure environment. Mother and baby are given special security IDs during their stay. Access to the Well Baby and Special Care Nurseries is limited.
Babies born at St. Luke's Hospital are screened for a variety of conditions, as required by the state of Missouri, including phenylketonuria (PKU), galactosemia, thyroid disease, sickle cell disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. In addition, all babies have their hearing tested using the latest technology. The hearing screening is non-invasive and painless.
Breastfeeding provides your baby with a strong nutritional start and helps with emotional development. Breast milk is an easily digested, perfectly matched nutrition source filled with antibodies that protect against infection. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding and contributes to a special, loving relationship with your newborn.
Through our onsite Lactation Center, St. Luke's offers a wealth of resources and support for mothers who choose to breastfeed. The Center is staffed by certified lactation consultants. They are available to provide one-on-one care, instruction and support for mothers during their hospital stay. Our lactation specialists at St. Luke's are so well respected that patients from other hospitals often seek their care and support.
Conveniently located within the Birth Care Suites, the Lactation Center also offers a variety of services and products, including nursing bras, breast shields and breast pumps, for before and after childbirth.
More on breastfeeding support, available on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Baby's First Photos
Baby's first photos are a keepsake for life. For that reason, St. Luke's Hospital brings experienced photographers from Bella Baby Photography to the hospital to capture your baby's precious first photograph with a natural, artistic style. Your professional mini photo shoot can take place right in the comfort of your hospital room.
Learn more and see some of the precious baby photos
Car Seat for Baby
Another thing you will want to be sure to buy before baby is born is a car seat. You will need a car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital. Be sure to bring your infant's car seat to the hospital when it is time to take baby home.
Information on choosing and installing car seats