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The birth of a baby is a special time and each experience is unique. That's why the Women and Infants Center (formerly Birth Center) at HSHS St. John's Hospital offers highly personalized care and the support moms and babies need throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and after delivery.

As a Level III Perinatal Center, St. John's can provide the highest level of care for mothers and babies in south-central Illinois. Our Women and Infants Center welcomes more than 1,800 babies every year. The antenatal unit (located within the Women and Infants Center) is staffed by maternal/fetal medicine specialists 24/7 for expectant mothers who may need extra care during their pregnancy for issues such as pre-term labor or high blood pressure. If an emergency should arise, a board-certified obstetrician is in the hospital at all times.

Should your baby need special care St. John’s has a 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staffed 24 hours a day by neonatologists specially trained to care for babies born too early, as well as babies born with a serious illness. Nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation specialists, pharmacists and dietitians all work together on the unit to provide your baby the best care.  



Visiting hours

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Visitor Policy 

For the safety of women and their babies:
  • Only the support person, plus two other visitors, are allowed in the room at the time of delivery. Only hospital staff are allowed to exit or enter the delivery room.
  • There is a maximum of four visitors, in addition to the support person, allowed on the Women and Infants Center unit at one time. There is an additional waiting area on the second floor (main lobby), if needed.
  • Visitors MUST obtain a visitor's badge at the front desk before entering the unit. Badges must be visible at all times. 
  • One adult visitor (over the age of 18) will be allowed to stay overnight on the unit. 
  • No children under the age of 12 are allowed on the unit unless they are a brother or sister of the infant. 
  • Visitors may be limited, if necessary, to ensure the health of the mother and her infant.