Women and Infant Services Birthing Center
Choosing where you’ll deliver your baby is no small decision. At Silver Cross Hospital, we understand your concerns. That’s why we created a very unique place for your special arrival—the Women and Infant Services Birthing Center in the new Silver Cross Hospital.
Nothing is more precious than the gift of life. And that’s why we’re so proud of our Birthing Center. We have brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make your baby’s birth all the more memorable. When you have your child at Silver Cross, you automatically become part of our family.
Our 12 luxurious birthing suites are designed for Labor, Delivery and Recovery so you have the convenience of staying in the same room followed by a stay in one of our 30 private mother-baby suites.
Everything for Your Comfort
Everything will be ready for you from the moment you arrive—even complimentary valet parking and shuttle service. Each of our birthing suites has soft lighting and soothing décor designed to put you at ease with thoughtful touches you’ll appreciate. The moment you walk into one of our suites you’ll feel at home. Every private birthing suite has an easily adjustable labor bed and labor ball available.
With other amenities like private bathrooms with showers and immersion tubs, blanket warmers, in-room refrigerators, DVD players and a gift bag, you will feel pampered immediately. In addition, each room has wireless internet access, a 30" flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor. There is also a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock.
We also 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
Our outstanding obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYN) and experienced medical team is on alert to help at any time. In fact, there is an OB/GYN 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 breast feed 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. In addition to a typical nursery, 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, Silver Cross Hospital has 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.
Another feature offered by the Silver Cross Birthing Center is the 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
As a one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation, we pride ourselves on providing you and your baby with a safe 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:
- AHA Heartsaver CPR & AED
- Baby Basics
- Birthing Center Tours
- Breastfeeding Class
- Breastfeeding Support Group
- Prenatal Class
- Prepared Childbirth Class
- Sibling Class
Advanced registration for childbirth classes is required online or by calling
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.
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.
If you’re thinking about having a baby or already expecting, please call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) more information.
Silver Cross Physician Referral (obstetrician/gynecologist and pediatrician)
To Save Your Due Date and pre-register for your stay, call (815) 300-7076.
Postnatal Physical Therapy Screenings
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital offers free screenings for women six weeks to one-year post-childbirth.