Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago

2900 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657 (Directions)

Our expert team of childbirth experts are ready to make your experience the happiest it can be for you and your new baby.

The Family Birthplace at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

We offer high-quality care for expectant mothers and their new babies at the Family Birthplace. Our team includes board-certified physicians, specialists, nurses and other caregivers who provide personalized, one-on-one care before and during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Families throughout Chicagoland come to Presence Saint Joseph because we offer:

  • Level III Perinatal Facility: The Family Birthplace at Presence Saint Joseph is a Level III Perinatal Facility. Our care teams have the expertise to care for high-risk mothers, including women of advanced maternal age, women with co-existing medical conditions and women carrying multiples.
  • Labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) suites: Stay in the same room with your new baby and enjoy the comforts of home. Each room has:
    • A full, private bathroom with shower
    • Flat-screen TV with an English/Spanish channel for newborn education
    • Portable bed for a visitor to spend the night
  • 24-hour access to specialists: Our childbirth specialists are in-house around the clock and include:
    • Specially trained obstetricians
    • Maternal-fetal specialists
    • Anesthesiologists
    • Neonatologists (high-risk newborn specialists)
    • Pediatricians
    • Respiratory and physical therapists for neonatal care in the NICU
  • National recognition: We have earned designation as a Baby Friendly hospital, following guidelines set forth by UNICEF and the World Health Organization for breastfeeding and family bonding.
  • Labor and delivery nurses: Many of our registered nurses are certified in mother-baby or obstetrics care. An advanced practice nurse supports your care and answers your questions.
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): We provide a high level of care for critically ill newborns with the most complex needs. We care for babies:
    • As young as 23 weeks
    • Who have low birth weight or congenital abnormalities
    • Who require ventilator assistance, surgery and care for other medical complications
  • National recognition: We have earned designation as a Baby Friendly hospital, following guidelines set forth by UNICEF and the World Health Organization for breastfeeding and family bonding.

Childbirth Team at Presence Saint Joseph

In addition to our physician specialists, your team includes:

  • Multidisciplinary care teams: Specially trained occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers or case managers provide education and support.
  • Breastfeeding support: Lactation consultants are available to work with new moms.
  • Certified diabetes educator: We provides individualized management and support for women with gestational or other diabetes.

We are Certified as Baby-Friendly, Promoting Breastfeeding for All Babies


Breast milk provides optimal nutrition and antibodies protection. Scientific evidence indicates that breastfeeding offers important health benefits for mothers and babies.

  • Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfed babies have lower incidents of diarrhea, ear infections, lower respiratory tract infections, obesity, type 1 and type 2 Diabetes, childhood leukemia, necrotizing enterocolitis and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

What makes us special?

  • As a designated Baby-Friendly facility Presence Saint Joseph Chicago offers the highest level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

How We Support Breastfeeding

  • We have a breastfeeding and maternity care policy that guides our clinical practice
  • Staff receive evidence-based education about breastfeeding
  • Pregnant mothers are educated about breastfeeding benefits and management
  • Skin to skin is initiated immediately after birth
  • Breastfeeding assistance is given within one hour of birth
  • Mothers are assisted to maintain lactation if separated from their baby
  • We promote exclusive breastfeeding or breast milk feeding
  • Mothers room-in with their baby 24 hours a day
  • Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed on demand with no time restrictions
  • Breastfed babies are not routinely given pacifiers
  • We provide follow up care and a support group after discharge

We have certified breastfeeding counselors on staff, as well as Lactation Consultants and additional specialists who offer a wide range of services, including a prenatal breastfeeding class, childbirth education class, Newborn Care Class, warm-line support, follow up calls, and Mom Network group.

  • Nikki Genelly, Lactation Consultant and Perinatal Educator: 773.665.3278

 Additional Comforts at the Family Birthplace

  • Rest and relaxation: To enhance your bonding time, each afternoon you’ll enjoy a quiet 2 hours with minimal staff interruptions, followed by tea and scones.
  • Room-service meals: Our a la carte menu has a wide variety of foods that appeal to all tastes and diets, delivered at your request for you and a guest.
  • Family support: We provide refreshments in our Family Hospitality Lounge. The flexible visiting policy enables you and your guests to share your special time.

Supportive Services for Families at Presence Saint Joseph

  • Safety and security: We keep you and your baby secure with methods such as controlled-access units, monitoring devices and programs to ensure safety throughout the Family Birthplace.
  • Prenatal classes: Our childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and baby care classes provide education for you and your family. For more information about classes and tours call Nikki Genelly at 773.665.3278.
  • Photography: We offer a photo shoot scheduling through out partner, Bella Baby Photography, for your newborn with complimentary online access and the ability to buy the photos.
  • Support when you return home: Our care continues even after you leave the hospital.
    • A nurse expert will call you a few days after you and your baby go home. And our team is always available to answer your questions by phone or email. 
    • The Warm Line serves to address any postpartum concerns.
    • The Mom Network is a weekly drop-in group for new mothers and their babies.


Contact Us

We can help make your childbirth experience an occasion that you’ll always remember. Call us at 773.665.3210 to learn more about having your baby at the Family Birthplace at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital.

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
The Family Birthplace
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657

View a map and directions. We offer low-cost parking in our lots and parking garage.


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