Individualized obstetric care is provided by a highly skilled and diverse team of nurses and physicians.
Services provided in the Family Birth Center include labor and delivery, post-partum care, well newborn nursery care. The Center features a state-of-the-art centralized fetal monitoring system and a secure, limited-access nursery.
The family birthing center is staffed by experienced registered nurses who are all certified in neonatal resuscitation. Lactation consultants and childbirth education courses are available.
Southwest Memorial Hospital Family Birthing Center is open 24 hours a day.
Epidurals are available as well as 24/7 anesthesia.
C-sections can be performed.
Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia.
As you prepare yourself for “labor day,” try to learn as much as possible about pain relief options so that you will be better prepared to make decisions during the labor and birth process. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help you in your decision-making during the course of labor and delivery.
For more information, visit http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/epidural/.
Kameo Smith, DO
Southwest Medical Group, Chestnut Street
Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Women’s Health
118 N. Chestnut Street,
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency: Greeley, Colorado
Directed a community health center in Socorro, New Mexico
Now accepting new obstetrical patients.
Marcelyn LePique, MD, OB/GYN
Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Obstetrics, Women’s Health
20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Dr. LePique grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and went to college in St. Louis at Washington University on a full scholarship. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado, receiving her MD in 1986. She did her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee Wisconsin where she delivered LOTS of babies (over 10,000 to date)! Dr. LePique practiced for 10 years in Alaska, where she was Chair of the OB/Gyn Department, Chair of the OB Risk Management Committee, and also a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. LePique is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and has been Board Certified since 1993.
Dr. LePique loves pregnant women, and pregnant dogs. She has been a breeder of Golden Retrievers since 1980. When she is not delivering babies or puppies she likes to spend time with her husband, train and hike with her dogs, and swim. She is also an avid reader and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.