Asked why the Childbirth Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center is the first choice of so many expectant moms for labor and delivery, Dr. David Weinstein will quickly describe its many advantages, but it is his sincere regard for the Center’s obstetrics team that is so compelling.
Weinstein, who has practiced at Missouri Baptist since 1989, was appointed chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital in January. “As an obstetrician, I always knew that MoBap was a special place for a woman to have a baby,” he explains. “In my new role, I understand a little more about what makes it so special. Working with the staff every day, I see their incredible dedication firsthand. They are well-educated, experienced advocates for the patient and they really love their work.”
Missouri Baptist has the second largest obstetrics program in the St. Louis area, delivering more than 4,000 babies each year. “It really is the place to go!” Weinstein says. “One important reason, I believe, is the quality, experience and commitment of our nursing staff. Many of them have been here for 20 years or more, and they are very dedicated to delivering personalized care.” Quite often, women returning to Missouri Baptist for a second or third delivery will request the same nurse who cared for them when they had their first child, Weinstein adds. “And the wonderful thing? These moms will say, Can I have Karen or Christy? and the Christies and the Karens are still here and can’t wait to take care of them.”
Individual, personalized care is another important reason for the hospital’s popularity, Weinstein says. “It’s not cookie-cutter care, where one size fits all. Our staff provides patients with the labor, delivery and postpartum experience they want.” Safety and comfort are enhanced with ambulatory fetal monitoring. “This allows the nurses to monitor the safety of the baby while the mom is up and walking, as opposed to being confined to the bed,” he explains.
Bedside care from experienced nurses also means increased safety. “Our labor and delivery nurses spend most of their time in the patient’s room, not at a central nursing station with monitors,” Weinstein explains. “That’s a huge safety factor because if problems arise, they can often come up quickly and our nurses are right there in the room. They can recognize what’s happening and intervene in time to prevent complications, instead of reacting to emergencies. For example, if the baby’s heart rate drops, they know what to do, and Mom is not automatically raced off for a C-section.”
With a Level IIIA neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Childbirth Center is recognized as one of the best choices for multiple or high-risk births. “We have a strong relationship with Saint Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine physicians. Their neonatologists, specializing in the delivery of premature and high-risk infants, are present 24/7 in the Childbirth Center.” Weinstein says the personalized care of a smaller hospital, combined with the safety net of the latest technology and facilities, is unique in his experience. “I have been to a lot of hospitals around the country and just about every one in St. Louis. In my opinion, this is the best of the best. Our patients enjoy first-class service and world-class care.” LN
On the Cover: Missouri Baptist Medical Center has the second largest obstetrics program in the St. Louis area, delivering more than 4,000 babies each year. The Childbirth Center, with its Level IIIA NICU, also is recognized as one of the best-equipped for high-risk and multiple births. For more information, call 996-5433 or visit MoBapBaby.org. Photo by Elizabeth White