Pregnancy & Birth
We're the #1 Place to Start a Family in Will County!
When you start your family at Silver Cross, you're in good company! In fact, more families choose our Birthing Center than any other hospital in Will County.
That’s because we've created a very unique place for your special arrival—the Women and Infant Services Birthing Center, where you and your family are at the center of everything we do. From the personal attention of our highly trained staff to the comfort and luxury of our private mother-baby suites, we've designed it with you in mind.
Special Touches Designed with Your Comfort in Mind
Everything's ready for you from the moment you arrive—even complimentary valet parking and shuttle service.
Each of our 12 birthing suites has soft lighting and soothing décor designed to put you at ease with thoughtful touches you’ll appreciate. The moment you walk in, you’ll feel at home. Every private birthing suite has an easily adjustable labor bed and labor ball available.
Other amenities like private bathrooms with showers and immersion tubs, blanket warmers, in-room refrigerators, DVD players and a gift bag add to your comfort.
What's more, each room has wireless internet access, a 30" flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor. There's also a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock.
We offer a variety of pain relief methods including breathing techniques, medications, and epidurals provided by an anesthesiologist available in-house 24 hours a day.
Everything for Your Peace of Mind
Obstetrician/gynecologists and our experienced team are on alert to help at any time. In fact, there is an obstetrician/gynecologist in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon your arrival, you’ll be "partnered" with a specially trained obstetrical nurse certified in electronic fetal monitoring who’ll assist you through delivery. Our new unit also features mother/baby couplet care, which means that the same experienced nurse will care for both mother and baby until it is time to go home. This ensures continuity in care and improved communication between the patient, family, nursing staff and physicians. At Silver Cross, we also have several certified lactation consultants available for support to new mom's who choose to breastfeed their babies. They offer education and support before and after delivery as well as when you return home.
LEVEL 2 Skilled Newborn Nursery
Pregnancies range from the routine to the delicate, and our staff is ready to take care of problems that may arise. The Birthing Center at Silver Cross has a Level 2 Nursery with Extended capabilities. This means that our staff is specially trained to care for low-birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and infants on mechanical ventilators. Few babies ever need to be transferred to specialized neonatal care centers.
In addition to our superb nursing staff, we've partnered with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to ensure that a specially trained neonatologist or pediatric hospitalist is onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having a doctor from Children’s present is a benefit since they can provide expert specialty care to newborns that may otherwise need to be transported to Chicago or a specialty center outside the community. And if your baby needs follow-up specialist care, Lurie Children's outpatient clinic is conveniently located in Pavilion A, which is connected to the New Hospital.
While the birthing suites are fully equipped for labor, delivery, and recovery, some deliveries require surgery. And that’s why we have two complete Cesarean suites in our Birthing Center.
For your added peace of mind, another feature offered by the Silver Cross Birthing Center is Baby Care Connect PDF and Baby Care Connect-Spanish PDF, which is a telemedicine program in conjunction with the Lurie Children's cardiologists. Telemedicine is a cutting-edge diagnostic tool that allows pediatric cardiology specialists to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real-time through a video linkage with Silver Cross.
Safe, Secure Environment
We have a state-of-the-art infant security system along with secured entrances to the Birthing Center to give you peace of mind.
Everything You Need to Know
Our experienced nursing team offers you personal counseling and education before, during and after you give birth.
We offer a variety of childbirth education programs including:
Advanced registration for childbirth classes is required online.
During Your Stay
For safety reasons, latex balloons are NOT permitted in the hospital. A selection of fresh flowers are available in the Childerguild Gift Shop.
Open visiting for Father/Support Person during labor. Two support people may be present at the delivery. Maximum of 3 visitors allowed in Labor room, including support person. Children: Only Siblings of new baby allowed in Labor/Delivery.
There is open visiting for the fathers and significant others. General visiting for mother/baby is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Children are welcome to visit during general visiting in the company of an adult who is not the patient. No children are allowed to spend the night visiting on Mother-Baby.
Special Care Nursery
Open visiting for the parents of the baby. In special circumstances, other visitors will be allowed at the discretion of the charge nurse. Grandparents may visit as long as a banded parent support person is present. Siblings 12 and older are allowed to visit in special care nursery. Visiting will be restricted during nursery report times: 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and during times of emergency situations for patient confidentiality.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic
Schedule a private, one-hour consultation with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant to discuss your breastfeeding concerns such as if your baby is getting enough food, latching on properly, eating often enough, or if you are experiencing engorgement/breast issues or difficulty with pumping. This service requires an order from your physician and will be scheduled through Silver Cross Hospital Central Scheduling. Your insurance will be billed for the visit. Clinic occurs on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (815) 300-1531.
New parents can announce the arrival of their newborn on our website. If you choose to participate in this free service provided by Bella Baby, your baby’s photo will be taken while you’re in the hospital and posted on the Silver Cross Online Nursery for family and friends to share in your joy.