Women and Infants Center

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.  

Women and Infants Center Services 


Visitor Guidelines

  • Women and Infants Center general visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
  • All visitors are required to wear Women and Infants Center visitor badges.
  • A maximum of four visitors may be in the patient room at one time. This number does not include support person or the infant’s siblings
  • Visitors will not demonstrate any signs of illness, such as: free of colds, fever, rash, boils, draining lesions, diarrhea, etc.
  • Other support persons may relieve current support persons.
  • To ensure the privacy and safety of all patients, support persons must wait in the lobby or designated waiting rooms when not in the patient room. Visitors may not loiter in the hallways.
  • Siblings of the baby may be in the room if accompanied by an adult support person.
  • Support persons may photograph delivery events only at the approval of all physicians attending the mother and baby.
  • The support person may participate in activities only as permitted by the attending physician.
  • Support persons may be asked to leave at the discretion of the medical or nursing staff as the patient’s condition warrants.
  • Consent for presence of support persons is obtained on the delivery consent.
  • One designated support person may attend the cesarean birth at the discretion of the patient, physician, anesthesiologist and nurse.
  • The support person will enter the cesarean room only after initiation of regional anesthetic and approval of the anesthesiologist.
  • No support person may attend the cesarean birth if the patient receives general anesthesia.
  • The support person will be instructed by the nursing personnel when and where to change into appropriate operative attire.
  • The support person will remain in designated areas of the room.
  • Support persons may be present during the recovery period once the mother is deemed to be stable by the anesthesiologist.
  • Children under the age of 12, who are not siblings to infant, are not allowed to visit patient room and must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and in all areas of the unit.
  • One designated adult support person may spend the night.
  • Siblings of the baby are not permitted to stay overnight.
  • The manager of the unit must be notified of special circumstances.