West Suburban Alternative Birthing Center (Oak Park) [Midwife-Led Birth Center] | BirthGuide Chicago

West Suburban Alternative Birthing Center [Midwife-Led Birth Center]

Address:
3 Erie Court
Oak Park, IL 60302
(888) 888-2872

Midwife-Led Birth Center

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - 14%

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) - 10.5%

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) - 26.4%

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

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate - 52.9%

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
  • Number of VBAC deliveries per year- 53
  • Epidural Rate - 18%
  • Overall Induction Rate - 7%
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 0 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 1%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

Rates of all interventions in the Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) are low. The midwives are skilled at helping you to labor effectively and naturally by supporting physiologic birth and avoiding the use of unnecessary interventions.

C-Section: Cesarean births are not performed in the ABC.  However, as an in-hospital birth center, a surgical suite is down the hall.

The cesarean rates reported above reflect the number of mothers who began labor in the Alternative Birthing Center and ended up having a cesarean birth in the Irvin & Margaret Houck Family Birthplace. This rate is not risk-adjusted, and should not be directly compared to rates for Chicago-area hospitals. However, if you qualify for care and begin your labor in the ABC, the likelihood that you will have a cesarean birth is very low.

VBAC: The combined VBAC success rate in the ABC and the Family Birthplace was 81% in 2017: 75 mothers tried for VBAC  and 61 succeeded.

Breastfeeding rate:  This exclusive breastfeeding rate is for the ABC and the Family Birthplace combined.

Epidural rate: Epidurals are not offered in the Alternative Birthing Center. If you decide in labor that you want to have an epidural, you will transfer down the hall to the Family Birth Place. The epidural rate reported above reflects the number of epidurals among mothers who begin labor in the Alternative Birthing Center and then transfer to a Labor and Delivery room and end up choosing an epidural.

Episiotomy rate: Overall episiotomy rate is 1.6%. Excluding shoulder dystocias, the episiotomy rate in the ABC and Family Birthplace is .06%.

Maternity Care Overview

[includes information from an interview with the Nurse Manager for the ABC and the Family Birth Place]

“At the Alternative Birth Center, we put you in control of your birthing experience. We offer you a variety of choices to manage their delivery, including water for labor and birth.”

“Midwife-attended birth: All births in the Alternative Birthing Center are attended by Certified Nurse Midwives who practice the midwifery model of care. If you hope to deliver naturally, we can help you to labor without intervention and birth your baby in a way that feels right to you.”

Family-centered: “Many women prefer natural childbirth in the company of family. The Alternative Birthing Center provides families with the room and resources to create a welcoming, home-like setting for natural childbirth.”

“Our two ABC rooms offer a comfortable, family-friendly setting to support women who are seeking a physiologic birth. Each spacious room has a homelike atmosphere, with a private labor / birth tub and a queen-sized bed where you and your partner and newborn can bond during the hours after birth. Each room also has a television, free wifi, a microwave and fridge for your convenience and that of your guests.”

Water birth: “The Alternative Birthing Center is one of only a small number of facilities in the Chicago-area offering you the option to labor AND deliver your baby in water.”

VBAC: “We are strongly supportive of mothers who want a VBAC and we have the expertise to help you achieve your goal.”

Nitrous-oxide: “West Suburban Medical Center is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Chicagoland to offer nitrous-oxide to our patients! Nitrous oxide does not affect your baby. It is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the body through the lungs, so as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous effect is gone within a breath or two.”

INSURANCE

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Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

The Alternative Birth Center is for women who are seeking and qualify for a no / low intervention birth. If you are planning to have an epidural, you will be cared for in a Labor and Delivery room.

Common factors that might disqualify a patient from delivering in the ABC include gestation less than 37 weeks, babies who are small for gestational age, multiples, malpresentation (breech, transverse, etc), high blood pressure, uncontrolled gestational diabetes, very high body mass index, and so on.

All mothers hoping to birth in the ABC are required to take attend the free orientation.

Risk guidelines for VBAC

Trial of labor may be an option for women who have had up to 2 previous c-sections, depending on type of incision, clinical history and provider discretion.

TRANSFER OF CARE AND TRANSPORT

    West Suburban Medical Center provides comprehensive obstetrical care supported by additional neonatal expert care from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

    MATERNITY SERVICE TOURS

    A free orientation class is required for all mothers who want to give birth in the Alternative Birthing Center. The orientation is offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the West Suburban Medical Center Labor & Delivery Classroom on the 6th floor in the hospital.

    Call 866.938.7256 to register.

    CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

    West Suburban Medical Center offers a number of classes for expectant and new families, including an orientation class for the Alternative Birthing Center, prepared childbirth classes for first-time and experienced mothers, pain management and breastfeeding classes. You can learn more about upcoming support groups, classes and other health events at West Suburban by clicking here and selecting “Maternity services” in the Class/Topic box.

    If you have any questions, call 866.938.7256.

    MATERNITY CARE CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS

    West Suburban Medical Center has been recognized by the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative for excellence in care for severe range hypertensive pregnant patients.

    Last updated: June 16, 2019
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