Elmhurst Hospital (Elmhurst) [Midwife-Attended Birth] | BirthGuide Chicago

Elmhurst Hospital (Elmhurst) [Midwife-Attended Birth]

Address:
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(331) 221-1000

Hospital | Midwife-attended birth

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (risk adjusted) - 22.7%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

Primary C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - 12%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

instrumental delivery rate - 2.5%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

VBAC Rate (risk adjusted) - 20.8%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate - 84.2%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low
  • Number of VBAC deliveries per year- 59
  • Epidural Rate - no data provided
  • Overall Induction Rate - 25%
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 0 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 3.9%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

Overall C-Section Rate: Our midwives do not perform c-sections. The overall c-section rate reported above is for all births at Elmhurst Hospital, including mothers who began labor in the care of our midwives and births attended by our doctors.

Primary C-Section Rate: The primary cesarean rate reported above reflects the number of mothers who began labor in the care of our midwives, who had not had a previous c-section, and who ended up having a cesarean birth. This rate is not risk-adjusted, and should not be directly compared to rates for Chicago-area hospitals. But if avoiding a cesarean birth is a high priority for you, the midwives at Elmhurst Hospital are an excellent choice. If you qualify for care and begin your labor attended by our midwives, the likelihood that you will have a cesarean birth is very low.

VBAC: The VBAC rate reported above is the rate of successful VBACs for all women who had a prior c-section and who delivered at Elmhurst Hospital, including those who did not opt for or qualify for a trial of VBAC and those cared for by our doctors. For those women who opted for a trial of labor with our midwives, the VBAC success was 87% in 2018.

Overall induction, early elective induction and episiotomy rates: The overall induction, early elective induction and episiotomy rates reported above are for women who were attended by our midwives.

 

Maternity Care Overview

“We recognize that no two families, and no two births, are alike. You may be a single mother. You may be a surrogate mother. You may have a spouse or a partner. Every family is looking for something different.”

“The Family Birthing Centers at Edward-Elmhurst Health provide expert care from the minute you decide to have a baby until well after your child is born. But we don’t stop there. In this beautiful place where babies enter the world, you’ll find something beyond clinical expertise. Here, you’ll find respect for individual choice.”

“Midwifery Care: At Edward-Elmhurst Health, we respect your personal choices, and believe in giving you options for your birthing experience. One of these options includes midwifery — offered exclusively at Elmhurst Hospital. Our team of nurse midwives provides personalized care and expertise in a welcoming environment that fosters safety, mutual understanding and respect.

Our nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses (APNs) who are nationally certified and licensed by the state of Illinois. They are specialists in low-risk pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and women’s health. Our midwives also help care for newborns and assist mothers with breastfeeding.

Edward-Elmhurst nurse midwives support choice in birth, so you can take control of your birthing experience, instead of letting the experience happen to you. Count on your midwife to support your choices, cultural preferences and unique needs. The result: an empowering experience with personalized care at its center.

Midwifery and Women’s Health of Elmhurst Clinic offers compassionate and holistic care to low-risk pregnant women and delivers babies exclusively at Elmhurst Hospital.  Your midwife will care for you during all stages of pregnancy and childbirth. At Elmhurst Hospital, we support a natural, personalized experience with alternative comfort measures and pain relief during labor, such as hydrotherapy and warm water immersion for labor and birth (should you choose this approach), as well as a VBAC supportive environment for women with previous C-sections who would like to trial labor (and warm water immersion for those meeting specific criteria).

The health of you and your baby are of utmost importance. Should complications arise, your midwife will work with a board-certified obstetrician and the rest of your birthing team to ensure you and your baby are safe and healthy throughout the delivery process.”

“What makes us different: Many expectant parents have trusted us with their care, and it shows. Edward-Elmhurst Health welcomes over 5,500 babies into the world annually.”

At Elmhurst Hospital, “we respect you and honor your birthing choices. Our individualized approach allows you to guide your birthing plan your way. From innovative, specialized labor and delivery services, including midwifery [], to private birthing suites, deluxe family amenities and highly-equipped nurseries, our Family Birthing Centers combine state-of-the-art technology with personalized, expert medical care — all wrapped in the comforts of home.”

“Edward-Elmhurst provides a full range of pregnancy and baby services, including:

  • Innovative, specialized treatment: You’ll have access to ultra-innovative technology, enhanced birthing methods and specialized care for high-risk births and multiples.
  • Medical expertise: You’ll have your own dedicated birthing team, including board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists, specially trained nurses and nationally-certified midwives, who are advanced practice nurses.
  • Comfortable private rooms: You’ll have your own private, deluxe, fully-equipped birthing suite and mother/baby room so you and your family feel at home.
  • Fully-equipped nurseries: Your baby will have access to extended capabilities in the Level IIe Special Care Nursery at Elmhurst Hospital.
  • Helpful resources: You’ll have access to a variety of classes to help prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your newborn. We also know the transition to parenthood can trigger a wide range of emotions and we’re here to help with our Mommy Baby Hour and Nurturing Moms programs.”

“We know you want the best for you and your baby. Count on Edward-Elmhurst to provide an experience that’s second to none. We’re committed to providing you with a safe, optimal birthing experience geared toward your individual needs and preferences. Because that’s what every new mom deserves.”

More about Elmhurst Hospital:

Private birthing suites: When you have your baby with us, you get your own private birthing suite. It’s as close as you get to the comforts of home, combined with expert medical care and technology, for a first-class experience. Your luxurious, modern suite comes with a private bathroom, a flat screen TV, and a couch that converts into a bed for your partner’s comfort.

Each room has a birthing (exercise) ball and a comfortable chair for you to use during labor if you desire. For those seeking additional comfort and enhanced relief during labor, some suites come equipped with whirlpool/bath tubs with Jacuzzi jets while others have walk-in showers with hand-held wands.

While you’re here, smart pumps deliver, monitor and balance your medications for safe administration. Also, ID badges track when your doctors and nurses enter and leave your room to ensure you receive the assistance and attention you need.”

Comfort measures: “During labor, we’ll help you achieve the comfort level you desire. Some women give birth with mild pain or discomfort, controlled by comfort measures, relaxation and breathing techniques. Others prefer medication to control pain. Elmhurst Hospital is also the first in DuPage County to offer nitrous oxide as a pain relief option for women in labor, and it has been adopted by both the hospital’s OB-GYNs and the Elmhurst Clinic midwives. Unlike systemic drugs that can cause unwanted effects, nitrous oxide (a tasteless, odorless gas inhaled through a mask) is considered safe to use during labor and can be beneficial for both pain relief and anxiety relief. It also has a quick onset and quickly exits both the mother’s and baby’s system.”

“One on one nursing care:  A nurse will be assigned to you one-on-one during active labor. We truly listen to you and let you guide your birthing plan.”

“The Golden Hour: After delivery, you and your baby will stay in your private birthing suite for approximately two hours to recover. This is a great time for you and your partner to get to know your newborn. It’s also an important time for mom and baby bonding. Skin-to-skin contact with your baby has scientifically proven benefits: baby’s temperature, heart rate and blood sugar stabilize faster. And both mom and baby’s stress hormones are reduced by skin-to-skin contact. This is a good time for you to start breastfeeding, if desired. For these reasons, we generally discourage visitors during the first hour after birth.”

“Memento: At Elmhurst Hospital, new moms receive a large water mug.”

“Baby portraits: We work with experienced photographers to capture your baby’s first photograph with a natural, artistic style. Your professional mini photo shoot can take place right in the comfort of your private room and can also include other family members.”

INSURANCE

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Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

Your doctor and/or a midwife will assess your individual situation to determine if you’re a good candidate for midwifery. While most women are good candidates for midwifery, some aren’t. Those who have diabetes, heart conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other high-risk factors are not appropriate for midwifery care during pregnancy and childbirth.

 

Risk guidelines for VBAC

Guidelines for a trial of VBAC will be determined by each individual provider.

MATERNITY SERVICE TOURS

Elmhurst Hospital offers tours for you and your partner to see one of the actual birthing rooms. The hospital staff will explain the various monitors, equipment and services offered.

Click here to see a schedule of tours.

To learn more about the Family Birthing Centers, you can watch this video.

 

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

Edward-Elmhurst offers classes for expectant families on a range of topics, from  breastfeeding basics to learning about childbirth, infant massage, infant CPR and more. The hospital suggests that you register early in your pregnancy because space is limited and classes fill up quickly.

You can see a schedule of classes by clicking here.

To register for a class or learn more about childbirth and parenting classes and programs, visit www.EEHealth.org/OBClasses  or call 630-527-6363 for more information.

 

MATERNITY CARE CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

  • Joint Commission Accreditation—the “gold standard” seal of hospital approval in healthcare.
  • Edward-Elmhurst Health was recognized as one of IBM Watson’s Top 15 Health Systems 2020
  • Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Edward Hospital earned in 2005 and was re-designated in 2010, and 2014 and 2019. Elmhurst Hospital earned designation in 2015 and was re-designated in 2020.
  • Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals were recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois with Blue Distinction Center+ and Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care respectively.
  • Edward Hospital was designated as a Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit — the highest level of care available in Illinois to treat the sickest and most fragile newborns — with board-certified neonatologists and experienced neonatal nurses available 24/7.
  • Elmhurst Hospital was designated as a Level IIe Special Care Nursery with extended capabilities, recognized by Illinois for our ability to care for premature infants at 30 weeks gestation or more —with board-certified neonatologists and experienced neonatal nurses available 24/7.
  • Edward Hospital earned Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Pre-Term Labor, which demonstrates a commitment to excellence in caring for pre-term labor patients.
  • Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals have been recognized for reducing the number of elective deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy by the March of Dimes, Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) and the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA).
  • Member of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC), which works to improve the health of pregnant women, mothers and infants through perinatal quality improvement initiatives.
Last updated: April 14, 2021
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