The Family Birthplace
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Presence Saint Mary Campus
2233 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Excellent Care – Right from the Beginning
It's perfectly normal to be a little anxious about giving birth. At Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), you'll find a family-friendly atmosphere providing a high level of comfort, excellent care and a safe environment. The Family Birthplace offers outstanding care – right in your neighborhood, close to home. Our facility provides:
- Private labor/delivery/recovery suites
- Private in-room bath with shower
- Subdued lighting
- An oversized guest chair that converts to a bed
- A large, heated water-immersion pool for women choosing water for labor immersion or birth – within a private birth suite.
A Team of Specialists, State-of-the-Art Technology
The Family Birthplace provides comprehensive, around-the-clock care by a team of specialists who are highly skilled, compassionate and multi-lingual. Our team includes board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) by the American College of Nurse Midwives and a neonatologist with special training in caring for high-risk newborns. We also have anesthesiologists on site to provide medical pain management, such as an epidural, if you choose. Our physicians and CNMs have delivered thousands of babies at our medical center. Here is a look at what we offer:
- Advanced care nurseries (Level II+) with state-of-the-art monitoring and neonatal intensive care
- Trained nurses for select high-risk and pre-term babies
- A special fetal assessment area for diagnostic testing before the baby is born
- Electronic fetal monitoring of the baby
- State-of-the-art security system
- C-section surgical suite with post-anesthesia recovery room – both located within the maternity suite
A Family Birthing Experience
We know how important the birth of your baby is to your entire family. That's why we encourage the baby's father, siblings, grandparents and other relatives to be as involved as they wish – before, during and after the birth. We allow dad and one other support person to be present for the delivery from beginning to end. Our liberal visiting hours allows family members to spend plenty of time with mom and the new baby. Typically, newborns are with their moms in the room around the clock. However, if your baby needs specialized medical attention, we have an advanced nursery available within the unit.
Tours, Educational Programs
Making sure you're prepared and confident about the entire birth experience is very important to us. So, we're here for you each step of the way – before, during and after delivery. Before birth, we offer tours of the unit and prenatal classes such as breastfeeding, birth preparation and infant care. Once you have your baby, we will provide you with all the help you need. If you're breastfeeding, we have available specially trained nurses in breastfeeding to guide you. We also offer an infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class.
When you go home, you may have questions and even some concerns. We offer the resources of many affiliated physicians who will be glad to talk with you any time of the day or night. Your nurse will provide you with our Parent Helpline number before you leave.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) Available
If you are interested in having a CNM provide prenatal care and deliver your baby, we have board-certified midwives on staff. With graduate degrees in advanced practice nursing, our CNMs offer university-level expertise in a community-hospital setting. They have extensive training and expertise in midwifery and women's health. Our CNMs serve as faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing. They provide prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care, as well as women's health care throughout their lifespan.
Our CNMs deliver babies for healthy low-risk women. If there are any unanticipated complications, PSMEMC has obstetricians and neonatologists on the unit 24 hours a day. The nurse-midwives also offer water birth deliveries for appropriate patients in The Family Birthplace. For more information, please call the CNM practice in the Professional Office Building at 312-405-9948 or the 24-hour answering service at 312-491-5092.
For Families Without Adequate Health Insurance
If you do not have adequate health insurance coverage, we offer Maternity Savings Plan and Kid Care programs. For example, if you are a family of four with an annual income below $30,000 and without health insurance coverage for your children, you may qualify for the State of Illinois Kid Care Program. For information on the Maternity Savings Plan or the All Kids Program, call our toll-free number at 877-RES-INFO (877-737-4636).
If You Have Questions
For more information about PSMEMC's The Family Birthplace, call us toll-free at 877-737-INFO (877-737-4636).