Expert and Compassionate Maternity Care
The Family Birthplace of West Suburban is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most satisfying birth experience possible. Our hospital is conveniently located in a park-like setting, and parking is easy and ample. Way-finding is simple, visitors can easily navigate our facility, and they are always welcomed by a friendly staff member.
Our Family Birthplace blends the comfort and intimacy of a home delivery with the resources of a modern hospital, so you’ll feel both comfortable and secure. We also believe in providing you with options so you’ll feel empowered to determine your own experience. Our partnership with Lurie Children’s Hospital offers our patients direct access to the most advanced care for premature and critically ill infants as Lurie Children’s neonatologists are on staff at West Suburban Medical Center’s Level II Nursery.
West Suburban Medical Center has been named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. This designation means our maternity care program is now ranked among the best in the United States, and as one of the top three in Illinois, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Learn about the Best Maternity Hospitals ranking.
Expert Care For You and Your Baby
Creating the Feeling of Home
The Family Birthplace offers 12 private birthing suites for labor, delivery, and recovery, as well as 20 private rooms for postpartum recovery. All rooms are designed to provide the feel of home while offering you and your baby modern medical care.
While West Suburban Medical Center has recently been recognized by the March of Dimes for our work to eliminate elective C-sections or non-medically indicated inductions before 39 weeks of gestation, our parents-to-be feel more secure knowing that our surgical suite is always ready for emergency Cesarean births.
Encouraging Family Participation
During labor and delivery, it’s important that you get the support you need from loved ones. West Suburban Medical Center encourages participation during the entire labor and delivery process to provide support and share in the joy of childbirth. Comfortable cots and sofas provide a convenient place for significant others or family members to rest. In addition, within guidelines, siblings and immediate family are welcome in the birthing room during labor. If family members aren’t present or available, our caring nursing staff will provide you with support.
Studies show that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth is very beneficial to the baby. The newborn is happier, her/his temperature is more stable and more normal, and the heart and breathing rates tend to be more stable, and breastfeeding/chestfeeding outcomes are improved. West Suburban Medical Center encourages uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth for both vaginal and C-section deliveries.
West Suburban Medical Center promotes the family’s role as the primary caregiver for the newborn. In support of this, we encourage rooming in after birth. That means that the newborn baby stays in your room with you, as opposed to spending the majority of the time in the hospital’s nursery. Here are some benefits of rooming in:
- Babies cry less and are easier to calm.
- Parents learn baby’s feeding cues quicker and can respond faster.
- Supports the production and transition of breast milk.
- Parents are in control of the care they want for their babies (e.g. no pacifiers, bottles, etc.).
Special Services and Staff
One nurse provides continuity of care for both you and your baby. Our medical team is always ready to offer you the support you need and includes:
- Registered nurses, certified in neonatal resuscitation and CPR, are on staff 24 hours a day.
- Neonatologists are on staff 24 hours a day.
- Surgical suite for emergency Caesarean birth
- Surgical recovery room
- Anesthesia services
Ensuring Your Safety
The Family Birthplace has taken special protections to ensure the safety of both you and your baby. Our infant security system requires that babies are identified in the labor and delivery room and banded before being removed. In addition, The Family Birthplace is in a secured wing with around-the-clock camera surveillance. Visitors must identify themselves prior to entry.
Lurie Children’s Neonatologists at West Suburban Medical Center
Neonatologists provide the most advanced care to premature and critically ill infants and are on staff at West Suburban Medical Center’s Level II Nursery.
Maternity Classes and Tours
A variety of programs are available for you and your family. To learn more about The Family Birthplace at West Suburban Medical Center or to register for any of our free education programs, call 708-763-6604.