The Network

The Memorial Network has been more than 56 years in the making, and it’s an ever-evolving plan for better healthcare right here—in your community.

Memorial Network
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    Memorial Hospital

    With a team dedicated to your health and the latest in medical technology, we are setting the standards in high-quality healthcare.

  • Memorial Hospital East
    Memorial Hospital East

    Coming in 2016! This 94-bed hospital will have private patient suites, ICU, cardiac cath lab, surgical suites, and an obstetrics unit.


Memorial Medical Group is a physician-directed, community-wide organization, committed to improving the health of its patients.

For a full listing of all members of Memorial’s Medical Staff, click here

Memorial Medical Group

Memorial Foundation raises funds and enhances community support to assist Memorial in providing providing exceptional healthcare.

Memorial Foundation

Memorial offers employment in a patient-centered environment where dedicated staff work together to serve our communities.

View a full listing of Careers at Memorial.

Memorial Careers

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Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes

Classes for parents- and siblings-to-be

Understanding Birth

Our Understanding Birth class is designed to assist our parents-to-be in the journey through pregnancy and birth. Information on pregnancy changes, both physical and emotional, options for labor and delivery, and aftercare for mom, coach, and baby are included. Participation of both partners is encouraged and helps make this class beneficial and meaningful. Family-centered care is the focus throughout the class.

All participants are automatically enrolled in our Special Delivery Program and are able to take full advantage of its benefits.

Participants are encouraged to register before the fifth month of pregnancy. There is a $30 per couple fee. Visit our Events Calendar or call (618) 257-4826 for class dates. Registration is available online.

Cesarean Birth Education

A planned pre-admission/pre-testing date will be scheduled for you one to two weeks before your surgery date. You will receive a letter with the date/time from your provider's office prior to the date. The Special Deliveries nurse will call you to remind you of the date/time and location of appointment.

Better Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides your baby with a strong nutritional start and helps with emotional development. Breast milk is an easily digested, perfectly matched nutrition source filled with antibodies that protect against infection. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding and contributes to a special, loving relationship with your newborn.

Call (618) 257-4826 to talk with a certified lactation consultant. An appointment is necessary.

The Family Care Birthing Center offers monthly breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers, which is taught by certified lactation consultants. The class reviews breastfeeding techniques and is ideal for new mothers or as a refresher course. If you are considering breastfeeding or have chosen to breastfeed your baby, this class will provide information, encouragement, and support for a successful breastfeeding experience. There is a $10 fee per couple. Both parents are encouraged to attend. Visit our Events Calendar or call (618) 257-4826 for class dates.

Sibling Class

The Family Care Birthing Center offers the Sibling Class to prepare older siblings for the changes to expect as their family grows. This class will help them feel they are a very important part of the family as the older brother and sister. The classes are designed for children ages 2 to 12 years old.

Through videos and class participation, children will learn to safely assist in caring for their new sibling (using lifelike dolls) and how being a part of the family makes the older sibling a special part of their family. All children will tour The Family Care Birthing Center, make a special gift for their new baby, and a craft to take home. Parents are encouraged to stay.

There is a small library of books for children and parents to view before or at the end of the class. Children who are sick or coughing/sneezing should reschedule for another class.

Additional preparation for siblings in the delivery room will be arranged through an individual request to the Nurse Manager.

There is a fee of $5 per child. Class size is limited and reservations are requested. Visit our Events Calendar or call (618) 257-4826 for class dates.

Refresher Education

This education is given or reviewed during your Special Deliveries visit in your third trimester. You may schedule this appointment by calling (618) 257-5853.

The Family Care Birthing Center

4500 Memorial Drive
Belleville, Illinois 62226
(618) 257-5855

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Special Delivery Newsletter

Special Delivery Newsletter

This is a newsletter for parents and parents-to-be from The Family Care Birthing Center at Memorial.

Obstetrics/Birthing Classes

From Understanding Birth to Better Breastfeeding, we have the class for you!

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