University of Illinois Hospital & Health System (Chicago) [Midwife-Attended Birth] | Birth Guide Chicago

UI Health (Chicago) [Midwife-Attended Birth]

Address:
1740 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 413-7500

Hospital | Midwife-attended birth

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (risk adjusted) - 26.8%

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 (risk adjusted) - 16.5%

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) - 27.9%

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 - 37.0%

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- 110
  • Epidural Rate - no data provided
  • Overall Induction Rate - no data provided
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 4 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 1%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

The outcomes reported above are for all deliveries at the hospital, including births attended both by doctors and by midwives. Midwives care for lower-risk women and also tend to have lower rates of interventions.

Maternity Care Overview

“The Family Birth Place is focused on providing personalized care for mothers-to-be and their families during their pregnancy and on their delivery day.”

“Our nurse midwives: Nearly a third of the women who deliver their babies at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System receive their care during pregnancy and childbirth from UI Health’s nurse midwives service, the largest practice of its kind in the country. In all, the midwifery service has overseen approximately 12,000 births since midwives received delivery privileges at UI Health in 1992. The service currently includes 16 nurse midwives, all of whom have received advanced training that includes master’s degrees, certification as an advanced nurse practitioner and, in some cases, doctoral degrees.”

“The midwives act as patient advocates, seeing to it that, whenever possible and medically safe, each woman has the birth experience she wants, whether it’s an all-natural birth, a tub birth or a delivery with full use of anesthesia.”

“What makes the care we provide so exceptional?

  • Prenatal education
  • 24-hour in-house OB physicians, midwives, and specialized OB anesthesiologists
  • Nurses specialized in OB patient care
  • Secured units to optimize mother and baby safety
  • Private postpartum rooms
  • Highest level of intensive care for babies born premature
  • Birthing support options to maximize comfort while in labor
  • 24/7 breastfeeding services
  • Providers and follow up care arranged for mother and baby prior to discharge from hospital”

Labor support & pain management: Our team’s expertise in labor support techniques can help to improve comfort and decrease pain as you go through labor. Here at the Family Birth Place, we offer ways to ease your labor including birthing balls, squatting bars, birth stools, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and music. Beyond these techniques, we offer options for pain management. Pain medications, intravenous fluids, and epidural anesthesia are readily available if needed. The OB team is here to support you throughout labor and delivery to make this life-changing experience as comfortable as possible.

Bonding, skin-to-skin, rooming in: “After your baby is delivered, you are given time with your newborn to bond and cherish the irreplaceable first precious moments. After some recovery time, you and your baby will be taken to a private or semi-private room on our Mother/Baby Unit to continue skin-to-skin contact and join your family. Rooming with your baby strengthens the maternal-fetal bond and has numerous health benefits for the newborn. The care team provides support and guidance to help you become more comfortable breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and learning your baby’s hunger cues in preparation for bringing your baby home. Our experienced postpartum nursing staff will also teach you how to care for yourself postpartum.”

Postpartum rooms: “Our private postpartum rooms provide a quiet, family-centered experience following delivery for patients and their families. As a part of the Family Birth Place, the Mother/Baby Unit allows new mothers to “room-in” with their baby. This enhances the bonding experience between mother and newborn and also provides a comfortable space for breastfeeding and family visits. ”

Postpartum Care: “While on the Mother/Baby Unit, our team will be there to provide nurturing care, answer questions, and help support you and your baby during these treasured times. Your pediatrician will see your baby throughout your hospitalization, addressing questions you have about caring for your new child. For peace of mind, the Mother/Baby Unit is a secured unit using an infant security system.”

Breastfeeding support: “At UI Health, we agree that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed and nurture a baby; however, it is a learned art. Some new mothers benefit from knowledge and practical assistance to help them have positive breastfeeding experiences. The breastfeeding support programs at UI Health are designed to offer education, counseling and support so that breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for mom, baby, and the whole the family.”

INSURANCE

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MATERNITY SERVICE TOURS

You can view a virtual tour of the newly renovated mother baby rooms using the link below.

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

UI Health offers a number of classes to prepare you for childbirth and parenting, including classes in Spanish.

To see a schedule of upcoming classes and register on-line, click here.

Last updated: June 13, 2019