We understand the birth of a little one is an exciting time for everyone in the family. We also understand that with that excitement, expectant mothers are often anxious and unsure about what to expect during their pregnancy. That's why we at St. Francis Hospital work with each new mother (and father) to make them as ready and at ease as possible as they begin their journey to parenthood.

From pregnancy and childbirth to breast feeding and post-partum care, our experienced staff creates a comfortable, caring environment for parents to bond with their newest family member. Lamaze, sibling and breast-feeding classes are available to new moms and their families.


Whether you are expecting your first child, or even your third, the Family Birth Center at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield has a class designed just for you.

By attending one of our childbirth classes, you’ll feel more prepared for your labor and delivery.

Sibling class

To ensure that your children know what to expect when their little brother or sister comes along, we offer a sibling class.

Breastfeeding class
At our Breastfeeding Classes, you’ll have to opportunity to learn about how important breastfeeding is to you and your baby, along with techniques for success.

Call (217) 324-8473 for upcoming class dates.

By attending one or all three of these classes, you’ll have the advantage of knowing where the Family Birth Center is located within the hospital and a chance to get to know some of the staff members who will be caring for you and your family through your labor and delivery.


During the birth of your child, our nurses make the health of you and your baby their top priority. Our rooms are equipped for labor, delivery and recovery - so you won't have to move once you've been admitted. The rooms also promote a family-centered setting with a comfortable rocker and recliner. C-sections and VBAC (vaginal delivery after Cesarean section) deliveries are also provided as situations require.

Mother and baby post-partum care

Once the baby is here, he or she will remain in your room throughout the day. At night, the baby may stay in your room or return to the nursery. All babies are brought to their mother's room for feedings on demand. The nursery is available at all times if needed.

Specialized care network

St. Francis Hospital is part of the South-Central Illinois Perinatal Network. Mothers and/or infants who require the services of a specialist may be referred and/or transferred to HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL.

For more information on our Maternity Services, please call (217) 324-8473.