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Best Hospital to Have a Baby...? Worst?

I'm still working on the getting pregnant part but my body is having some issues (ie. a 70+ day cycle.) My practice just closed their office near us and so if I'm going to switch doctors, I would prefer to do it now before I even get pregnant. We live in O'Fallon/St.Peters but I don't mind a drive. I know my mom had a great experience at St.Luke's with my "baby" brother about 11 years ago, but that was 11 years ago. So anyway, I'm looking for recommendations and also warnings for local hospitals. Thank you very much!

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Thank you so much for all of your replies! I actually already went to Dr. Matuszek for my first *female* appointment when I was 18, the only reason I switched was because we moved away and when moved back I was a little uncomfortable with her not having any partners. I switched to a larger practice and I do like them (Genesis) but now that they've closed their St.Peter's office, I've pretty much decided to switch back to Dr.Matuszek who has better options for hospitals anyway. I'm not really comfortable going to a practice with males-at least for now- but thank you all for the suggestions! Hopefully they can help others too.

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I have always heard St. Lukes is the best. I DO NOT recommend St. Joseph is St. Charles. That is where I had my son and I will not go back.

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Christopher Ahering is a great OB, he is located in St John's Medical Building on Ballas Rd . I have had children in St John's and St Luke's Hospitals and both were great experiences.

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I have always heard St. Lukes is the best. I DO NOT recommend St. Joseph is St. Charles. That is where I had my son and I will not go back.

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Christopher Ahering is a great OB, he is located in St John's Medical Building on Ballas Rd . I have had children in St John's and St Luke's Hospitals and both were great experiences.

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Best place I've had a baby so far was St. Johns Mercy, though I have heard wonderful things about St. Lukes. My ob at St. Johns is Dr. Marsha McBride. She's awesome! Willing to answer any questions you may have. St. Johns treated me with much love and respect. My little girl ended up having a few problems when she was born and they were most helpful! Do NOT go to St. Joes in St. Charles. Bad place to have a baby. Hope this helps and if you have any questions please msg me!

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my DIL and several other people I work with - in just the past few months, have all had great experiance with St Luke's. and my DIL and one other girl went to Dr V(can't remember the full name) but she is at St Luke's in suite 603 I do believe. I went with her to several of her appts and was very pleased with her care and she gave us alot of information.

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I had all four of my babies at St. John's Mercy. That hospital is sometimes referred to as the Ballas Baby Palace or the Baby Factory - in disparaging terms because they deliver so many babies. That one hospital delivers about 25% of all babies born in the St. Louis area. I wanted to go with experience. I was a little concerned that going to a hospital that delivers sooooo many babies, that I would not be treated special - just one of many. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. I had my first baby there in 1989 and had many difficulties, and was treated extremely well. I had my second in 1992 and the experience was even better. The third in 1994 and the fourth in 1995 - and when the last one was born, I felt like I was giving birth in a luxury hotel.

Even though the staff handles births all day every day, they seemed genuinely excited about my baby. I felt very special and very well cared for, and I knew my baby was being treated exceptionally well.

For me, the reason for going to St. John's was that they are so experienced, that if anything were to go wrong, they would know exactly what to do. They wouldn't have to transport the baby to another hospital or call in specialists. They have a great neonatal care unit and they're prepared for the worst.

My own OBGYN became ill and had to leave her practice but a few others are still in in the OBGYN Inc. practice I went to. Dr. Walsh and Dr. Rice are both wonderful female OB's who work out of St. John's.

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I have had wonderful experiences all 4 times at St. John's. They have caring nurses and treat you like you're the most important person there!
Good luck and may God give you the gift of a baby.
M.

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I go to Dr. Matuszek. She is located in St. Peters. The phone number is ###-###-####. Julie Schweitzer is the Nurse Practitioner and she is awesome! I delivered my son at Missouri Baptist. If you're looking for a more "natural" friendly hospital that is the one to go to. I was told by Dr. Matuszek as well as Jule Scheitzer not to go to St. Johns because they are a "baby factory". My OB recommends St. Lukes and MOBAP. I hope this helps. Good luck getting preggers!!

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I had my son at MO Bap last July. It was wonderful!!! My OB/GYN is located there (Dr. Scott Biest) and he is great too! MO Bap's staff is very friendly and ready to help you with whatever you need. I asked for my epidural when I started getting uncomfortable and the anistestiologist was there in less than 5 minutes!!! He did a great job too.

The aftercare was the best. I didn't want to leave because the food was SO delicious!! NO KIDDING!!! You get a full restaurant style menu and can order at any time!

One other awesome thing was a couple of weeks after my son's birth I received a card in the mail from MO Bap with a $75 gift certificate for Westfield Shopping Center!!! I have no idea why I received it (it said something to the effect that "we promised this to you. Sorry it is late.") but I went ahead and spent it! It might have something to do with the birthing classes I took there???

HTH! Good luck!

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I've had 3 babies at St. Lukes and great experiences each time. The reason I chose St Lukes is that they don't have "rules" on when you can get your epidural. My OB told me that and said I could get my epidural when I wanted it so that's what helped me choose them and I've been pleased with my experiences there.

I also highly recomend my OB she's in St. Peters and has a 2nd office in Chesterfield I believe. Her name is Janet Matuszek and she has a nurse practiioner in her office that is great as well as another OB who was added since her pratice has grown so much.

L.

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I am a little over 6 months along right now and I am planning on going to Progress West (the new hospital at K and 40). My drs office is there too. A friend of mine had a baby there in Feb. and it was so nice, since it is a newer hospital there aren't alot of people going in and out. My sister has delivered at St. Johns and St. Lukes and by far St. Lukes got here vote. St. Johns just has too many babies being born there and so much going on. By the way I love my dr his name is Dr. Chen he is very friendly and is available ANY time, and the nurses in his office are amazing.

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I HIGHLY recommend NOT going to St. John's Mercy. They are DEFINITELY a "Baby Factory," in fact, they have SO many babies born there that their nurseries are spread out over 4 floors! Here's MY beef with them....it may not bother you or other people, but it DEFINITELY bothered me. I went to St. John's after my cousin had her baby, she was still on the 2nd floor, labor and delivery, awaiting a room to open up for her on the 5th, 6th, or 7th floor. Anyway, she told all of us that her son was in the 6th floor nursery, so off we go to the 6th floor nursery escorted by the daddy. We get there and they inform us that he was moved down to the 5th floor! No one was else was as bothered by this as I was. But, in my opinion, I carry this beautiful child for 9 months, I labor, I deliver, I better DANG well KNOW where my child is at all times. At no point did any staff members inform my cousin that they were moving her son from floor to floor. I, personally, have a BIG problem with that!

So, I delivered my son at Missouri Baptist and will HIGHLY recommend GOING there! All of the labor, delivery, and postpartum rooms and the nurseries (Healthy babies and Special Care)are on the SAME floor! So, you ALWAYS know where your precious bundle of joy is at all time. All babies get a little ankle bracelet to wear and if anyone tries to take the baby to close to the elevator, alarms go crazy and the elevators shut down. When you're in PostPartum, you have ONE nurse that cares for you AND your baby, so you only deal with ONE nurse instead of two. And, the kicker for me, my son was born with low blood sugar, so at 4 days when I was ready to go home, he wasn't quite ready. He needed to stay another 2 days, I was allowed to STAY in my room the extra 2 days so I didn't have to go home empty handed!!! I didn't have nurses or meal service anymore, I was on my own. It was kind of like being a hotel, but I could STAY with my baby!! And, the best part, it was 100% free of charge for me to stay those extra 2 days!!!

I will forever and always recommend Missouri Baptist for babies!!!!!!

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I recommend Missouri Baptist. I've had 2 children there and the staff were wonderful!!

I was pg with my last baby and my youngest daughter was very sick off and on for 1 month. I spent alot of the time in the ped. ER with her and got to know the nurses and doctors. The day my baby was born, I had to have an emergency c-section and seconds before I went to sleep, the ped. doctor came over to me and said "remember me from taking care of your other daughter, don't worry I'll be taking care of your new little one in a few minutes". I went to sleep knowing all would be fine. She was born 6-6-06, staff loved the date too and didn't say bad things about the 6s as others were.

I also had my son (19 years ago) at Barnes St Peters, and while it's a good hospital, Missouri Bap. is so much better.

Good Luck

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HI A.,
Well I have a daughter that is almost 2 and we wanted a natural delivery. If your doing that then you might want to find a doctor and hospital that does the natural deliveries. My doctor nor St. Johns, as much as I love both, did not like that I wanted to do it naturaly. I had been with this doctor for 12 years before I got pregnant and when I told him we were doing the Bradley Method he told me no I was not. I was like who does he think he is this is my day and I'm going to have it the way I want it. My pregnancy was a surprise so I didn't get to ask these questions before I got pregnant. That doctor is still my moms but I will not go back to him to have another baby, or to that hospital again. That was only a little of the bad experiance I had.

I had both of my babies at St. Luke's. It's a great hospital. The Doctors and nurses there are wonderful. I would definitely recommend going there.

Best Wishes and Good Luck!

I delivered my son at St.Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo. I loved the staff and my experience. I was so scared and nervous about having a baby and getting an epidural for the first time, but everything went so smooth! The hospital was very clean, organized, newer, and they even have a Slushie Machine on the Maternal Floor :) I give St. Clare a A++++

I delivered my son at St. Lukes. My doctor's name is Dr. Pearse and he is the head of obstetrics there. I have been going to him since I was 18 and I cannot say enough good things about him. My husband even liked him and he trusts him. That is huge for us. He has a female partner named Dr. Voiglte (pronounced Vechlie) (Not sure if I got the spelling right, but I do know that is her name). The hospital and the staff were wonderful to us. I had a great experience there and like I said I cannot say enough good things about them!

I love Barnes St. Peters. I had all my kids there and they are wonderful. However I've heard alot bad about St. Joseph's

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