Obstetrics Patient Resources

Congratulations on your pregnancy! We’re here to answer your questions. Whether your first baby or adding another child to your family, we know you may be feeling both excitement and nervousness as you contemplate giving birth and caring for a new baby. We are here to support you in having a safe and fulfilling birth experience with the expert care and guidance of our providers to help you prepare.

Memorial Medical Clinics are located throughout the area. We provide a combination of physicians, advanced-practice nurses, physician assistants, and other providers, so you get exactly the level of care you need. You can always find the right healthcare provider team including OB/GYN and pediatric care.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care is important for a healthy pregnancy – Both mother and child.

Prenatal Care is provided in the form of medical checkups, consisting of recommendations on managing a healthy lifestyle and the provision of medical information such as maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, biological changes, and prenatal nutrition including prenatal vitamins, which prevents potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and promotes the mother and child’s health alike.

Traditional prenatal care:

  • Monthly visits during the first two trimesters (from the 1st week to the 28th week).
  • Fortnightly visits from the 28th week to the 36th week of pregnancy.
  • Weekly visits after the 36th week to the delivery, from the 38th week to the 42nd week.
  • Assessment of parental needs and family dynamics.

Prenatal care will also include ultrasounds where you get to listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and even find out the sex of the baby. Besides the various tests and exams, your physician will discuss nutrition dos and don’ts, and mental health, and provide advice on what to expect during labor and delivery.

Additional information on prenatal care »

All About Your Delivery

All About Your Delivery.

Childbirth is a blessed event and Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Christopher Jones is now credentialed and has privileges at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL, to provide you with high-quality care during your delivery. While Memorial Hospital in Carthage no longer offers delivery, we will remain by your side throughout your entire pregnancy journey. Dr. Jones will continue taking obstetric patients; additionally, he is credentialed and has privileges at Blessing Hospital to deliver in their labor and delivery unit. Dr. Jones will continue providing all the services he has always provided in the clinic, including prenatal, post-partum, and women’s health.

Blessing Hospital Maternity Unit is called Blessed Beginnings with an expert and empathetic care team committed to providing high-quality care to you and your baby during labor and delivery. Our team at Memorial Medical Clinic will help you prepare for your Blessing Hospital delivery with a seamless transition, so your delivery experience is everything you’ve envisioned.

Contact Information & Directions

Delivering at Blessing Hospital – Call 217-223-8400 Extension 8450.
Blessing Hospital Maternity Unit – Blessed Beginnings
11th & Broadway, 4th Floor (South), Quincy, IL 62301
Recommended Steps:

  1. Park in Lot 6.
  2. 5 am-8:30 pm – Enter at the Main Entrance.
  3. After 8:30 pm – Enter at Emergency Department
  4. Follow signage directions to Blessed Beginnings Labor and Delivery.
  5. Take Elevator A to the 4th floor, turn left, then right.

Online directions to Blessing Hospital »

What to expect during labor and delivery »

After Care

Aftercare – we remain by your side for you and baby.

Memorial Medical Clinics offer a wide array of providers every step of the way. Helping you make post-delivery medical decisions, being there for you for all your aftercare needs, like lactation consulting, health and wellness tips, and providing pediatric care for your baby.

Information on postpartum/after care »

Memorial Medical Clinics are recognized as a vital force in establishing and maintaining the well-being of the residents in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Clinics are owned by Memorial Hospital.

Know Our Medical Providers.

Baby on its way! Whether the first or adding another child to your family, as you prepare for the birth and care of a new baby, you will want to get to know our Medical Providers and establish your care team.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Women’s Health Specialists

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones, MD, OB/GYN, FACOG

Jeff Leon

Jeff Leon PA-C

Gina S Chestnut Bell

Gina Chestnut-Bell, OB/GYN

Kate Ruebush

Katie Ruebush, PT, DPT

General Contact Info/Helpful Resources

Memorial Hospital
1454 North County Road 2050, Carthage, Illinois

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Delivering at Blessing Hospital

Call 217-223-8400 Extension 8450.

Blessing Hospital Maternity Unit – Blessed Beginnings
11th & Broadway, 4th Floor (South), Quincy, IL 62301
Directions to Blessing Hospital »


Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities Hotline

Establishing Paternity & Other Concerns
Toll-Free: 1-888-855-2858
TTY: 1-800-526-5812
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information, visit: www.ilchildsupport.com



Text4baby is a free mobile health education service for pregnant women and mothers with an infant under one year of age. Free, evidence-based, brief health messages – led by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). Messages provide important support to moms in taking care of their health and giving baby the best possible start.

  • Moms sign up for the service by texting BABY for English (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411.
  • Moms receive three free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
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