To make an appointment with a physician, or to register for our pre-natal classes and orientation, please call (866) 938-7256.

The Family Birthplace

At the Irvin & Margaret Houck Family Birthplace, you, your family and your new baby will be treated with the utmost care and compassion by skilled doctors and specialists. Our Alternative Birthing Center offers women a variety of choices to manage their delivery, including water for labor and birth. You’ll be surrounded in a home-like setting with a queen-size bed for family bonding, along with many amenities, like a television, refrigerator and microwave, to make everyone feel more at ease.

West Suburban Medical Center also offers a multitude of Childbirth Education Classes.  Click here for a complete list.

Alternative Birthing Center

Your baby – your way! 

At the Alternative Birth Center, we put the mom in control of her birthing experience.

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.”

Please join one of our orientation classes to learn more and find out why modern moms are choosing our midwife-led and physician-supervised alternative birthing options.

Orientation classes are led by the renowned doula (birthing coach) Pamela Hays 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.

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


West Suburban Medical Center's midwifery services is one of the largest in the area. Our certified nurse-midwives are accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and offer a wide range of gynecologic care and birthing options.

Nitrous Oxide Use for Labor and Birth

Frequently Asked Questions

West Suburban Medical Center is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Chicagoland to make this option available to our patients!
  • What is Nitrous Oxide?

  • How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

  • Does it have any side effects?

  • Can I still be out of bed and use nitrous oxide?

  • Does it require extra fetal monitoring?

  • Is there a need for an IV?

  • Can nitrous oxide and intravenous narcotics be used at the same time?

  • Can nitrous oxide be used while in the tub?

  • Are there any reasons a patient would not be able to use nitrous oxide?

  • Does nitrous oxide affect the baby in any way?

  • Does a woman need to choose between either using nitrous oxide OR having epidural anesthesia?