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Having a Baby

Welcome to St. Luke's, where we deliver a third of all babies born in Idaho. That's a lot of babies, a lot of experience, and a lot of joy! You have changes ahead and choices to make, and we can help. We have the best care available for you and your new baby, ranging from certified nurse-midwives to our physician specialists. Beginning with your prenatal care, to the time you arrive at St. Luke’s in labor, through the emotional moment of delivery and recovering with your new bundle, we’ll take excellent care of you, your baby, and your family.


  1. Did you know that experts recommend preparing for pregnancy one to three months before conception? That’s because a healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy mom. With a little planning, you can eliminate a lot of the fear and worry that can accompany the early stages of pregnancy.

  2. Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Now comes the fun part. Discover what you can expect, and prepare yourself for the common challenges many parents face during the coming months. At St. Luke’s, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

  3. Labor and delivery can be intense and emotional, but it doesn’t have to be frightening. We’ll help you take the worry out of the experience by discussing your concerns, explaining your options, and respecting you and your baby. Find out how a little advanced planning can make the transition from pregnancy to parenthood easier.

    If this is your first baby, here are some tips to help you prepare before delivery. 

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  4. The six weeks after your baby is born, known as the postpartum period, are a time of great transition. You’ll need time to heal, bond with your baby, and adjust to this new stage of your life. We can help with everything from how to install a car seat to education on the signs of postpartum depression. Let us support you during this amazing period in your life.

Opting for the Nurse-Midwife Experience

Opting for the Nurse-Midwife Experience

Personal Care in a Hospital Setting

Our certified nurse-midwives are advanced-practice registered nurses who have specialized education and training in both nursing and midwifery. A nurse-midwife functions as the primary care provider for a woman and her baby during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Midwives most often provide care for healthy women whose pregnancies are uncomplicated and not high risk. They work closely with a physician at every stage of your pregnancy.

Adoption and Surrogacy Program

Adoption and Surrogacy Program

Compassionate Support for All Parties

St. Luke’s is dedicated to supporting all parties involved in an infant adoption or surrogacy arrangement with compassion and sensitivity. Our doctors, nurses, and staff are trained in the complexity of adoption and surrogacy, and are committed to respecting the unique needs of birth parents, intended and prospective parents, surrogates, and the newborns who connect them.

Support and Resources for Pregnant Women

Support and Resources for Pregnant Women

Part of St. Luke's Maternal Fetal Medicine

Pregnancy can be a joyous time, but it can also be stressful for women with concerns about substance abuse, prescription medications, chronic pain issues, or psychiatric needs.