University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago) [Midwife-Attended Birth] | BirthGuide Chicago

University of Chicago Medicine (Chicago) [Midwife-Attended Birth]

Address:
5721 S. Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(888) 824-0200

Hospital | Midwife-attended birth

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - 13.3%

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) - 11.7%

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

VBAC Rate (risk adjusted) - 32.7%

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 - 97.4%

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- 126
  • Epidural Rate - 73%
  • Overall Induction Rate - 30%
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 2 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 1%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

The rates reported above for overall c-section, primary c-section, breastfeeding, epidural and overall induction are for women who begin labor attended by the University of Chicago Medicine midwives.

The midwives do not perform ceseareans. The overall c-section and primary c-section rates above reflect the number of mothers beginning labor attended by a midwife who ultimately have a c-section. These rates are not risk-adjusted and should not be directly compared to rates for other Chicago-area hospitals. However, their population is well-screened and the midwives are expert at supporting physiologic (natural) birth. If you qualify for care and begin your labor here, the likelihood that you will have a cesarean birth is quite low.

The remaining outcomes reported above are for all births at the University of Chicago’s Family Birth Center, including births attended by both midwives and doctors. The midwives care for lower risk patients and also tend to have lower rates of interventions.

Episiotomy: “With little evidence supporting its benefit as a birthing practice,” episiotomies are rarely performed. If you can safely deliver without an episiotomy, your preference not to have one will be supported.

Maternity Care Overview

“At the Family Birth Center, we offer a customized birth experience in the comfort and privacy of our nurturing environment. Our team of experts supports pregnant women and their partners and families with compassion and respect through pregnancy, childbirth, bonding, breastfeeding and healing.”

“Midwives: With the expertise of our certified nurse midwives (CNM), the University of Chicago Medicine Family Birth Center offers a broader range of birthing options in the safety of a hospital setting. Nurse midwives play a unique role in optimizing the childbirth experience for women whose pregnancies are low-risk.”

“Midwives specialize in supporting the body’s intuitive progression of labor with natural and low-intervention birthing practices. When necessary or preferred, nurse midwives believe in judicious use of intervention — meaning an appropriate level of intervention at an appropriate time. Whether your experience is higher or lower on the spectrum of intervention, nurse midwives offer expertise in evidence-based practices to optimize the outcome for you and your baby.”

The Family Birth Center: “Specially designed with hospitality, comfort, flexibility and efficiency in mind, the Family Birth Center supports a nurturing and healing atmosphere for your birth experience your way. Conveniently located in the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, our birth center is equipped with contemporary amenities, including:

  • Private delivery suites
  • Two large natural birthing suites, both with built-in warm water immersion (hydrotherapy) tubs
  • State-of-the-art operating rooms to support an optimized cesarean birth experience, when necessary”

“At our Family Birth Center, we work hard to:

  • Help you fully understand your options, including potential alternatives
  • Understand your medical and environmental preferences in pain management, labor support, birthing options and postpartum care
  • Create a healthy and nurturing environment that optimally supports your customized childbirth experience”

Welcoming visitor policies: “At the Family Birth Center, we understand that your child’s birth is a peak moment of excitement for you and your closest supporters. We welcome spouses, partners, co-parents, intended parents, children and doulas, as well as other family members, friends and guests who you choose to include in your childbirth experience.”

Our visitor policies prioritize safety first, while allowing your loved ones to be at your side as much as possible. Each private suite is equipped with a convertible sleeping cot for your overnight visitors. With a maximum of three visitors at a time allowed in your suite, our Family Waiting Room is available to accommodate additional guests.”

Gentle C-Sections: “A C-section does involve surgery, but we understand that your experience is far more than an operation. At the Family Birth Center, our experts perform “gentle” cesareans that support an inclusive delivery and bonding experience for you and your family.”

Breastfeeding support: “The Family Birth Center is internationally recognized as a birth facility that offers optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Our designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital acknowledges our commitment to providing care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

“At the Family Birth Center, our entire care team is fully equipped with training and resources to offer extensive support for breastfeeding moms and babies, including:

  • Our free breastfeeding class for expectant parents
  • Access to our expert team of lactation consultants during your hospital stay
  • Baby Bistro, our free weekly lactation support group”

INSURANCE

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Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

The midwives care for women experiencing lower-risk pregnancies.  Guidelines are generally flexible and the midwives can accept women with certain risk factors into their care. However, you will be referred to the collaborating doctors if you have certain risk factors, including:

  • insulin dependent diabetes
  • chronic hypertension on medication
  • BMI > 45

 

Risk guidelines for VBAC

Your physician or midwife can help you understand your risk factors and whether or not a trial of labor after cesarean is a recommended option for you. It may depend on certain personal health factors, such as:

  • The type of uterine incision used with your previous C-section(s)
  • Whether or not you plan to have more children
  • Whether you have a maternal-fetal condition that could complicate vaginal delivery

If you have a history of uterine rupture or have had more than 2 prior cesarean births, TOLAC/VBAC will not be recommended for you.

MATERNITY SERVICE TOURS

The free Family Birth Center tour includes the Family Birth Center and Mother and Baby Care (postpartum) suites.

Space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees. Each attendee must register individually. Tours are limited to the expectant mother and one additional support person. The tour meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital lobby at 5721 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL.

You can see upcoming tour dates here.

You can also see a virtual tour of the Family Birth Center using the link below.

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

Nurse educators lead prenatal classes for expectant parents and families. Several of classes are free.

Registration is required to attend a class. See the list of course options here.

MATERNITY CARE CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

Designated as “Baby-Friendly”, the Family Birth Center is internationally recognized as a birth facility that offers optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Baby-Friendly designation acknowledges commitment to providing care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

The University of Chicago Medicine has received its 14th consecutive A grade in hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, making it the only academic medical center in Chicago to consistently earn the top score from the prestigious industry watchdog. The hospital is recognized as meeting or exceeding the standard of care for all five maternity-related measures assessed by Leapfrog.

 

 

Last updated: May 18, 2020
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