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Perinatal center

Rachael Beaulieu holds baby Jakoby during a happy reunion with some of the Perinatal Center staff that treated her.

Perinatal Center: We are family

The Perinatal Center offers advanced care and the latest technology to women who have conditions that may be considered high-risk during pregnancy.

"It definitely gave us peace of mind that Jakoby was okay." - Rachael Beaulieu


Rachael Beaulieu was worried. She had progressed during her pregnancy from feeling her baby move all day long, to noticing his movements only a couple times a day. Her obstetrician/gynecologist, James Brennan, M.D., referred her to St. Anthony’s Perinatal Center.

“On my way over, I was so scared that I was going to get bad news, because I had lost two pregnancies before,” recalled Rachael, 25, of Red Bud, Ill. “Jill Castleberry, R.N., was the first nurse I met at the Perinatal Center. She was so pleasant and friendly: she made me feel a lot better.”

The Perinatal Center offers advanced care and the latest technology to women who have conditions that may be considered high-risk during pregnancy, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, hypertension, blood clotting disorders, multiple births or history of pregnancy loss. The center also offers genetic counseling.

“We've had a good experience with the Perinatal Center – they’ve always given us good service, and most times will call back the same day with their diagnosis on the patient,” Dr. Brennan said. “The nursing staff is very friendly as well, and that makes for excellent rapport with our patients.”

Rachael received an ultrasound, with normal results. During the last three weeks of her pregnancy, she was monitored twice a week with a non-stress test, “which reassures us of the fetal well-being,” said Castleberry, a staff nurse. “Healthy babies will increase their heart rates with movement. They must have adequate oxygen via their placenta and umbilical cord for fetal activity. Rachael was a wonderful patient.”

The visits were worth the hour-long drive twice a week, Rachael said: “It definitely gave us peace of mind that Jakoby was okay.”

Since 1999, Castleberry has divided her work hours between the Perinatal Center and the Family Birth Center. She notes that it’s the best of both worlds, because she gets to know the moms first, and later the babies. The nurses in Labor and Delivery often make a special visit to the new arrivals and their parents, if they are not on the floor when the delivery occurs.

“That’s our goal from both the Perinatal Center and Labor and Delivery: healthy, happy babies and moms,” Castleberry said.

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