At no cost to you, Nurses for Newborns will send a registered nurse to visit you at home to check up on both you and your baby’s health. The nurses are a wonderful source of information for new and experienced moms about infant care, feeding, and signs to look for that indicate you may need to call the doctor. If you have ongoing concerns about your baby’s health, or you need ongoing support, your nurse will continue to visit as needed. If you are struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety, please tell your nurse so she can provide additional recommendations. We suggest you call before you discharge or shortly after you return home to set up the first appointment.
The Behavioral Health Response is a locally based 24-hour helpline. If you are feeling depressed, are experiencing an emotional crisis, difficult moods, or need someone to talk to, call the 24-hour helpline at 314-469-6644. A counselor will be available at any time of the day or night to talk, provide intervention, and if necessary help with establishing a care plan. If you are in an immediate emergency, please call 911.
St. Louis County: 314-953-8030
St. Charles: 636-947-0600
If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, are concerned about your and your child’s safety, or find yourself struggling with difficult emotions to the point that you feel you temporarily cannot care for your child, call Crisis Nursery 24 hours a day. A trained professional will provide help, resources, and emotional support. If necessary, Crisis Nursery will provide safe, emergency care for children ages birth through 12 years old.
Missouri Phone: 314-602-5184
Illinois Phone: 224-800-1492
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed now that your baby is here? Postpartum Support International provides extensive information for moms and families seeking guidance and community following pregnancy. Postpartum Support International is a great place to call if you would like to talk to a volunteer who is a mom and had her own emotional struggles after birth and now wants to help other moms experiencing similar issues. The website is also a wonderful place to numbers for call-in support groups, and even information about groups for dads.
Parents as Teachers works through the MO and IL school districts, a representative at this line can give you the information for your district.
We encourage every parent to give Parents as Teachers a try. At no cost to you a trained specialist will visit you and your child at your home once a month. You and your educator will interact with your baby together. The educator can offer tips and interactive games you can play with your baby to make the most of your little one’s development. While the service can be stopped at any time, you and your child may stay in the program until they are 5 years old.
Safe Connections provides free, professional counseling as well as support groups for those who are currently experiencing, or in the past have experienced, domestic violence or an abusive relationship. Abuse can be physical, verbal, or emotional. For quick help and support during a crisis, or for more information, call the 24-hour hotline at 314-531-2003 and a trained professional will always be available. If you believe you are in immediate danger, call 911.
The AWARE program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital seeks to reach out to those experiencing partner abuse or partner violence. You will have one on one contact with an AWARE counselor who will support you and work alongside you to create a plan to change the situation.