Support Group

Center for Women and Infants Tour St Francis Hospital  




Arrival & Parking

  • Follow your Providers guideline for reporting to the hospital.
  • Hospital Main Lobby is open from 4:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Free Parking is available in the Hospital Parking Structure. Enter on Euclid Avenue.
  • From the Parking Structure, enter the back of the hospital under the canopy. From 8 p.m.-6 a.m. this entrance is locked but can be accessed by ringing a doorbell for security to assist you. 
  • The Emergency Department Entrance is open 24 hours a day.
  • Once you are in the hospital, take the main set of elevators (across from the Gift Shop) to the 4th Floor.

Labor & Delivery
  • Once you arrive on the unit, follow signs to 4 East Labor & Delivery.
  • Use the phone on the wall to gain access to the locked unit.
  • We offer 24/7 coverage for anesthesiology and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners with a Special Care Nursery. 
  • LDRPs are a single room for labor, vaginal delivery, recovery, and postpartum stay. They contain a private bathroom with shower, infant warmer, fetal monitor, labor & delivery bed, TV/DVD player, free WiFi, glider rocker, birthing ball, peanut ball, birthing bar, couch with pull out sleeper for support person with pillows and linen, room phone, etc.
  • Some rooms contain a jetted whirlpool tub for use with your Provider's approval.
  • Consider bringing comfortable clothes, warm socks, slippers, toiletries, comfort objects, hair ties, hairbrush, lip balm, massage oil or lotion, nursing bra, comfortable pajamas, robe, chargers for electronics, etc. 
  • During labor, your nurse will monitor contractions/labor progress, communicate with your Provider, administer medications, support your comfort and include you in the plan of care.
  • After delivery, a nurse will monitor your recovery for 1-2 hours, assess you and baby, help you initiate skin to skin contact, assist with breastfeeding and transition your room for the rest of your hospital stay.
  • Cesarean deliveries are performed in a surgical suite on the unit. Usually, mom is awake and is able to have one support person at her side for delivery. 

Mom & Baby

  • Any guest will check-in at the unit desk when visiting. A Visitor Lounge is available with vending, TV, seating and a coffee station.
  • Hospital stay for an uncomplicated vaginal birth is 48 hours from the time of birth and 3-4 days for a C/section.
  • Items provided include pads, ice packs, underwear, perineal bottle, analgesic spray, etc.
  • Items for baby include disposable diapers, diaper wipes, blankets, sleep sacks, shirts, items for bathing and feeding supplies if bottle-fed. Please bring clothes, blankets and a car seat for going home.
  • Rooming-in with your baby is the standard in our unit.
  • If your baby's doctor does not have hospital privileges, the hospital NNP will care for your baby until discharge.
  • Your nurse will care for both you and your baby. She's a great resource; don't be afraid to ask questions!
  • Care for your baby may include Vitamin K (for clotting), eye ointment, bath, hearing screen, state blood screen, congenital heart screen, jaundice screen, immunizations and more!
  • Talk to your OB Provider about the benefits/risks of circumcision. A nurse will teach you about circumcision care before discharge.
  • Foodservice is available 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Your tray will arrive during scheduled times. A dietary ambassador will work with you for dietary needs. You are welcome to have food brought in. Your support person can pay for meals or can bring in food for themselves.

Visiting guidelines have recently changed for your protection. Currently, the hospital allows only one person in labor and delivery for support. After your baby has arrived, your support person is the only one allowed to visit. Given the concern for community health, the unit is also requesting that your support person limit the number of times moving in and out of your room. You may want to keep this in mind when arranging childcare or pet care options while you are hospitalized.

FREE tour offered at all hospitals. Familiarize yourself with the location and see first hand the amenities in our Birthing Center.

Tours are provided in English unless otherwise stated. If you require language assistance please let us know when you call or register. We are happy to support your communication needs through interpreter resources.

Contact:  Michelle Uttke, BSN, RN, Perinatal Outreach Supervisor at 414-447-2622 or 414-975-0209, send an email

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