At St. Vincent, every day is a great day to welcome a new baby to your growing family! St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is a unique, separate-yet-attached facility offering women and their families a special place for the birth of their child and quick access to other hospital services if needed.With amenities like private birthing suites, your own personal birth consultant and massage available both before and after delivery, our goal is to provide you and your family with a truly exceptional experience.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children provides a Level III NICU and 24/7 on-site access to:
You can be confident that you and your baby will receive the most advanced care possible - whether you have a routine pregnancy, labor and delivery, or are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is a Baby-Friendly designated hospital. Through this designation, our facility and staff have been recognized by the Baby-Friendly USA Hospital Initiative for providing the optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
We want your stay with us to be a truly exceptional experience. It's important to all of us at St. Vincent Evansville that you are provided with the care and comfort you and your family needs during this special time.
In case of an emergency or if for any reason your OB/GYN isn't able to be at the hospital for your delivery, one of our OB Hospitalists is on-site 24/7.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women and Children is the only Evansville hospital staffed 24/7/365 days a year by board-certified OB hospitalists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, and obstetric nurses for all pregnancy needs including pre-term labor, complications associated with high-risk pregnancy, and abnormal bleeding.
If your newborn is experiencing a neonatal medical condition, our Level III NICU is on-site. The board-certified neonatologists become part your baby’s neonatal intensive care team.
Every mother hopes and plans for a healthy pregnancy and delivery and most experience just that. But in cases where special attention and emergency care is needed, St. Vincent has the team in place to care for both mother and baby.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is a Joint Commission accredited hospital for Perinatal Care.
For more information about maternity services talk to a personal birth consultant
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children helps you get ready to grow your family. Start by taking an online tour or call the Personal Birth Consultant to schedule an in-person tour, 812-485-6016.
Our OB/GYN physicians have offices conveniently located in Evansville, Ft. Branch and Henderson. If you don’t have an obstetrician, you can search for one using our online provider finder or call 812-485-4362.
The St. Vincent Personal Birth Consultant is a registered nurse who specializes in pregnancy, labor and delivery, baby care, and breastfeeding. She is dedicated solely to helping you prepare for the birth of your little one.
For more information call 812-485-6016.
Call St. Vincent Car Seat Hotline:
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages two to 12 in the United States. Properly installed car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. National studies have shown that as many as 90% of car seats are not installed or used properly.
To help ensure you are using your car seat correctly, St. Vincent Trauma Center operates a Car Seat Hotline. St. Vincent certified technicians will check your car seat, by appointment, to ensure its safety. The technicians are staff members of St. Vincent and have been certified through the National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Program.
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are dedicated to providing education to parents and caregivers of children for a safe and proper installation of car seats and child restraints.
The purpose of a car seat inspection is to reduce the injury and death to infants and children by increasing the proper installation of their seats as well as providing education to parents and caregivers of children. Our car seat technicians work with parents to ensure every child is properly secured and safe every trip, every time.
Call today to make your appointment. You will need to bring your car manual and the car seat manual to your appointment.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children wants to help you explore the questions you have about your healthcare and birthing needs. Understanding what's most important to you allows us to provide you and your family a positive birth experience.
As your Personal Birth Consultant, Terry Cooper, BSN, RN will guide you throughout your pregnancy into delivery and beyond. Terry is an experienced registered nurse and specializes in pregnancy, labor and delivery, baby care and breastfeeding. She is your key contact for information and resources.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the following, please contact Terry. She offers support, empathy and understanding during this very special time in your life:
Get connected with the Personal Birth Consultant!
Contact a Lactation Consultant.
Lactation consultants are available to mother and baby while in the hospital and afterward when you go home. We are here to help you successfully establish and continue breastfeeding.
Human milk is the best and the most natural way to provide nutrition to your new baby. Our lactation consultants are trained to help any woman who is seeking to breastfeed. We provide one-to-one inpatient and outpatient consultations at the hospital, including the NICU. We also have a weekly breastfeeding support group and monthly classes.
We are here to help you create a positive breastfeeding experience and to learn techniques that will make breastfeeding a more fulfilling experience for all.
Place baby skin-to-skin with you as soon after birth as possible. Place baby on your chest in between the breast with a blanket covering the two of you. Early skin-to-skin contact with mother increases success of breastfeeding.
Offer breast as soon as hunger cues are observed. Babies are very patient at this time. The following are a newborn's way of telling you they are hungry:
Offer the baby a chance to latch during the first hour of life. Baby will be very alert during this time. Keep baby with you as much as possible. This will allow you to observe hunger cues and feed on demand. Frequent feedings will give you and baby lots of practice.
Avoid giving bottles and pacifiers during the early weeks. The use of artificial nipples has been shown to increase nipple pain in mothers. Breastfed infants need to nurse frequently for the first few weeks to establish a good milk supply for mothers.
Choose a position that is comfortable for you and baby. The cross-cradle hold works well for newborns. See the section on positioning to find a position that works well for you.
Nipple should be at the level of the baby's nose to encourage the baby to look up at the breast when latching. This helps to achieve a deeper latch.
Brush the nipple above the top lip to encourage the baby to open wide like a yawn. Once baby opens wide, place nipple in the top 1/3rd of the mouth. Nipple should be pointed to the roof of the mouth.
You should feel a strong tug with each suckle, not pain. If pain is felt, break the latch by using gentle pressure at the corner of the mouth and attempt the latch again. Baby should be latched well onto the areola, not just the nipple. Baby should not be making smacking sounds while nursing and cheeks should be full and round, not dimpled.
Some moms experience tenderness at the beginning of each feeding (approximately 15 - 20 seconds), but that subsides during the first week. We encourage moms to check the shape of the nipple after each feeding. The nipple should be elongated, but still round. If nipple is oval in shape, has lines or creases thru the end, baby is probably smashing the nipple between the roof of the mouth and the tongue. This can lead to painful cracked nipples.
Cracking, bruising, blisters, and pain the entire feeding are not normal and signs of an incorrect latch. Sometimes simple changes in positioning can fix the problem. Please feel free to contact us for assistance at any time.
Baby's need to nurse often in the beginning to help moms establish a good milk supply. Watch baby for hunger cues and offer breast when observed.
Breast milk changes throughout the day in amount and consistency. This means that sometimes digestion happens faster with some feedings than others. Therefore it is very normal for babies who are breastfed to nurse frequently and sporadically in the first few weeks.
Frequency can be anywhere from 1 - 3 hours for newborns and should be determined by hunger cues from baby. Duration of feedings should also be determined by the baby. All babies eat at different rates just like adults. Only allowing baby to nurse a set number of minutes at each feeding can affect weight gain and your milk supply. Watch baby for cues of satisfaction to determine when they are finished. Baby's arms usually will straighten out or at least relax, and fists open up.
Feeding as often and as long as the baby desires will lead to a great milk supply and a happier baby.
Start by positioning baby and yourself tummy to tummy. Baby's ears, shoulders, and hips should be in a straight line. Baby should not be trying to latch with head turned to the side. If nursing at the left breast, support your breast with your left hand. Your hand should be shaped like a C with your fingers under the breast and thumb on the top. Try not crowd the nipple and areola by leaving an area of skin between the edge of the areola and where you place your hand to support the breast.
Supporting the breast will decrease nipple discomfort. Support the baby with your right arm along the baby's back. Right hand should also make the letter C. Place this around the baby's neck with the palm on the top of the shoulder's and the fingers close to the baby's ears. Avoid placing your hand or fingers on the back of the baby's head. Once in this position, your baby's nose should be across from your nipple. This will encourage the baby to look up when latching which will assist in getting more of the nipple and areola in the baby's mouth. Baby should be supported just below the level of your breast.
Start by placing baby tummy to tummy, right below the level of your breast. If you are nursing at the left breast, the baby should rest in your left arm. Baby's head should rest on top of the bend of your elbow. This allows the baby to flex head and look up at the breast when latching. You should not let the baby latch when the baby's chin is resting on its chest. This will make the latching difficult and often results in sore nipples.
Baby is in the correct position if the chin is off the newborn's chest and the neck is exposed. Also, before attempting to latch, place the baby with the nose across from your nipple. This encourages baby to look up when latching to assist with a deeper, more comfortable latch. You may hold your breast in your right hand to assist with the latch. Be sure to use the C-hold described in the cross cradle positioning.
Start by placing a pillow behind your back on the opposite side you desire to nurse from. This will allow extra space for the baby's feet and legs. In the football hold it is still important to start with baby facing you; in this position baby will be at your side. Baby will be supported just below the level of your breast.
If you are nursing on your left side, you will hold baby in your left arm supporting baby's head by placing your hand around the back of the baby's neck with the fingers and thumb by the ears. Palm of the hand should be on the shoulders and the top of the back and the rest of the baby supported by the forearm. Again, in this position, it is important that the baby's chin not rest on its chest. Position the baby so that baby is looking up when attempting to latch to assist with a deeper, more comfortable latch.
Start by finding a comfortable place to rest on your side. Your pillow should be under your head only. Turn to the side you wish to nurse from. Place the arm on the side you are nursing from under your pillow up out of the way. Hold your breast using the C-hold described in the cross cradle section. Have someone place the baby next to you on its side. Nipple should be across from the baby's nose to encourage baby to look up when latching. This will help with a more comfortable latch.
Breastfeeding helps a mother's health and healing following childbirth and may lead to a lower risk of developing these health problems:
Breastfeeding provides many known health benefits, including nutritionally balanced meals, some protection against common childhood infections, and better survival during a baby's first year, as well as a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Research shows very early skin-to-skin contact may have physical and emotional benefits.Source: National Institutes of Health
Breastfeeding supplies and breast pump rentals can be arranged through the St. Vincent Medical Equipment store located at the St. Vincent Evansville Hospital near the main lobby.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children wants your birthing experience to be one of the most memorable events in your life. Our family-oriented maternity program allows you to share this miracle with your loved ones.
The labor and delivery suites are designed for labor, delivery, and recovery. After you deliver, you and your family will reside in one of our comfortable, private, postpartum Mother-Baby Suites.
Our beautiful Mother-Baby Suites offer:
Lactation consultants are available to mother and baby while in the hospital and afterward when you go home. We are here to help you successfully establish and continue breastfeeding. For more information, call 812-485-4322.
Monday and Wednesday
from 2 pm - 4 pm
Massage by a certified massage therapist is available for mom or a family member before and after delivery.
This gentle and nurturing massage focuses on your needs as a new mother. Massage can help relieve the stress of sore muscles and help you regain the vital energy needed in caring for your newborn. The benefits of massage include:
Emily Sandullo has worked with Bodyworks Massage Institute since 2006 as a nationally certified massage therapist, with her focus being fertility, pregnancy and postpartum massage. She has worked with the massage training institute as a Student Massage Clinic Supervisor since 2007; she teaches Massage Theory and Practice as a part-time instructor; and she instructs Spa Treatments weekend workshops.
100 N. W. Second Street
Evansville, IN 47708
Professional photography services are offered to the parents of all newborns during your stay at St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children.
Kerri Zeien Photography is the exclusive newborn photographer for St. Vincent. Kerri specializes in newborns, children and families bringing her own unique & creative style.
For the privacy of mother and the baby, the online baby photos are password protected. The password can be provided by the newborn's mother to those she wishes to allow access to this area.
Baby-Friendly Hospitals are recognized for their outstanding maternity care practices that follow current evidence-based research for infant nutrition and mother/baby care. Through practices like skin-to-skin, rooming-in and focused education and support on feeding your baby, we are here to ensure your family experience with St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is outstanding and provides you the support you need for your new family. It is important to share that Baby-Friendly Hospitals support all mothers no matter how they choose to feed their baby! All levels of staff at St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children are specially trained to provide your family with the information, confidence and skills you need to successfully begin and continue breastfeeding or to safely feed formula.
Yes! Although we encourage rooming-in (the practice of keeping healthy babies with their mothers as many hours of their hospital stay as possible) we still have staff who are able to care for your baby away from your room if needed. It’s important to us that you are supported if you decide you need some time alone.
No. Baby-Friendly Hospitals work hard to provide you the education you need about both breastfeeding and formula feeding so you can make a well-informed decision on what your nutritional goals will be for your baby. Our goals are to provide an atmosphere that promotes, protects and supports successful breastfeeding, to promote better bonding and to help teach the proper way to mix formula and start bottle-led feedings if you choose.
We support our moms in a wide variety of ways:
When it comes to caring for the tiniest and sickest babies, NICU experience is everything. At St. Vincent, we have more than 30 years of experience. Our Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is the most advanced NICU in the southwest region.
The St. Vincent NICU team is trained to care for babies born weighing less than one pound. Our tiniest NICU graduate weighed 10.9 ounces at birth (the weight of a can of soup), was 9 inches long and is now enjoying life at home with her family.
Overall, our NICU's neonatal survival outcomes are higher than the national average. Babies born four months early at St. Vincent have an 81% chance of survival; babies born three months early have a 98% chance of survival.
Our comprehensive, cutting-edge NICU services include:
At St. Vincent, an experienced neonatologist is always in charge of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and provides direction for the NICU team. A neonatologist is a pediatrician with specialized training in the care of high-risk babies - those born prematurely and/or with potentially serious medical problems. These physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified in Neonatology.
At least one neonatologist is present in the hospital 24/7/365.Babies are cared for by specially trained:
Your family's spiritual needs are also of great importance to us. Our pastoral care staff is available any time day or night.
Evansville's Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to St. Vincent campus to provide a "home away from home" for the families with critically ill or injured children.
St. Vincent provides rooms designed for parents and babies to stay together just before discharge. This allows parents to become comfortable caring for the newest members of their families and attending to any special needs, with the reassurance of knowing the NICU staff is nearby, before taking their babies home.
Features of the House include:
Mood and anxiety support is available to NICU families during this stressful time. Talk to our Personal Birth Consultant about services that fit the needs of your family. For more information, call 812-485-6016.
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is Evansville's first Joint Commission accredited hospital for Perinatal Care.
Programs like ours that submit, track and adhere to Joint Commission core performance measures may demonstrate reductions in:
St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children is baby-friendly. This prestigious designation from Baby-Friendy USA, Inc. means our hospital is recognized for outstanding maternity care practices that follow current evidence-based research for infant nutrition and mother-baby care. By using practices like skin-to-skin, rooming-in, and focused education and support when feeding your baby, we are encouraging a stronger family experience.
Baby-Friendly Hospitals support all mothers no matter how they choose to feed their baby. All levels of staff at St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children are trained to provide your family with the information, confidence and the skills you need to successfully begin and continue breastfeeding or to feed formula safely.
Our message to Indiana women: You deserve some “me” time that’s personalized for your health needs.
Make St. Vincent Women’s Health a destination to de-stress, and meet with women’s health specialists. If you are planning a family or pregnant, make it a “Beautiful Beginning” with Maternity Services.
Now is the time to focus on you.
You may have a condition that can result in birth defects or pregnancy loss, or your age indicates to your obstetrician that advanced prenatal tests are required.
Whatever your condition, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Physician is dedicated to providing world-class care to the high-risk mother and her unborn child. Through early diagnosis and intervention, we can help bring your baby safely into the world.
St. Vincent has a comprehensive, statewide network of maternal fetal medicine (MFM) care in Indiana. Our MFM physicians are OB/GYNs board certified in maternal fetal medicine. Their specialized training manages the obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy for both the mother and baby (fetus).
The St. Vincent “Spirit of Caring” brings a holistic approach to every patient, caring for the body, mind and spirit.