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We provide a full range of advanced medical services and conveniences for you and your baby to keep both of you comfortable, healthy, safe and happy throughout the childbirth experience and beyond. As you get closer to your delivery date, your physician will provide you with a more detailed schedule and information about your stay.

Perinatal Care Support

A high-risk pregnancy can have a profound impact on patients and their families. The Perinatal Care Support Team provides comprehensive support for patients and families during complex, high-risk pregnancies. As an interdisciplinary team, we support the patient with coordination of care, crisis intervention, emotional support, family consultations, care plans and community resources during pregnancy, delivery and beyond.

Preparing for Delivery

To help prepare for the new arrival, NCH offers a wide range of classes, including birth courses in both English and Spanish, breastfeeding preparation, Baby Café, infant safety and CPR and breastfeeding classes. We also help get big brothers and sisters ready with a class for siblings.

You can also find helpful information and tools on the NCH Baby app powered by YoMingo. It provides educational articles, interactive videos, a journal for use during pregnancy and more.

Comprehensive NICU Followups

We have a series of evaluations and follow-up treatments for any baby who is discharged after spending time in our NICU.

NCH Labor & Delivery Tour

Join us for a virtual tour of a labor and delivery room, C-section surgical suite, women and infant’s unit and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Click here to read the information usually covered during an in-person tour.

Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin with you right after birth.

  • If you have a vaginal birth and there are no complications, your baby will be placed directly on your chest after delivery and will remain there until the first breastfeed or for an hour for the formula-feeding mother
  • If you have a cesarean birth, and there are no complications, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin with you as soon as you are stable and alert, usually in the recovery room. We also encourage skin-to-skin holding with the father or other labor support person
  • The mother-baby couplet is transferred together to a private room in the Women and Infants area. We encourage minimal separation during your stay

Skin-to-skin contact is important for all babies because it helps with bonding, keeps your baby warm, keeps your baby’s blood sugar in a normal range and gets breastfeeding off to a great start. Babies who are held this way also cry less. Skin-to-skin holding allows your baby a gentle entry into the world and assists your baby to progress through a number of amazing developmental skills.

  • Spacious, private, comfortable labor and delivery rooms that are equipped with the latest technologies and amenities for you and your child’s safety and comfort
  • Sofas, large in-room bathroom with shower, work area and storage space so your partner can comfortably stay with you overnight
  • Medical equipment is fully integrated into each private room to support the transition from labor to delivery or to accommodate emergency procedures
  • Special recessed, remote-controlled lighting for physician and staff during childbirth
  • Three C-section operating rooms are available on the unit, just in case

  • Warm and inviting area filled with windows, natural light and space to walk around
  • Large waiting area features laptop connection, a quiet area, a kids’ zone and a TV
  • Flexible visiting policy where the mother determines the number of guests visiting at one time
  • Lockers for partners are provided in the operating suite as well as centrally located in the unit
  • Cell phones can be used throughout the hospital to keep in touch—the only restrictions are in areas of high technology, such as the operating room
  • If your support person needs to leave the unit to visit the cafeteria, the staff will be happy to call his or her cell phone to keep in touch
  • A video-monitored indoor path for moms in labor who want to walk around

Anesthesia pain control is a very important part of the labor and delivery process. An anesthesiologist from Northwest Suburban Anesthesiologists will work very closely with your obstetrician and labor and delivery nurses to provide you the most state-of-the-art pain-control options available. The safety of you and your baby are our top priority, and our pain-management options are designed with this in mind. Therefore, NCH’s Anesthesia Department has an obstetrics-dedicated anesthesiologist available around the clock, every day of the year.


  • Our experienced staff is available to care for your baby anytime, day or night, if the need arises
  • We support the mother’s choice to send her baby to the nursery, but we encourage rooming in, as it is proven that mothers actually rest better if the baby remains with them

  • Specially trained nurses and board-certified obstetricians are in Labor and Delivery 24/7, working in conjunction with your attending OB during childbirth
  • Obstetric hospitalists are available to care for you in an emergency until your own obstetrician arrives
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians from NorthShore University HealthSystem make daily rounds and are available 24/7 to consult with your attending OB for high-risk pregnancies
  • An anesthesiologist dedicated to labor and delivery is available 24 hours a day
  • A neonatologist and NICU nurse attend all high-risk deliveries

  • Rapid-response teams are on standby at all times, just in case
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staffed by Lurie Children’s neonatologists deliver advanced care, attend high-risk deliveries and provide 24/7 on-site coverage to the babies in the NICU 
  • Advanced telemedicine system for additional consultations
Post-Birth Warning Signs

Most women who give birth recover without problems. But any woman can have complications after the birth of a baby. Learning to recognize these post-birth warning signs and knowing what to do can save your life. Trust your instincts. ALWAYS get medical care if you are not feeling well or have questions or concerns.

Call 911 If You Have:

Tell 911 or your healthcare provider “I had a baby on ______(date) and I am having _____ (specific warning signs).”

Call Your Healthcare Provider If You Have:
  • Bleeding, soaking through one pad per hour, or blood clots the size of an egg or larger
  • An incision that is not healing
  • A red or swollen leg that is painful or warm to touch
  • A temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • Headache that does not get better, even after taking medicine, or bad headache with vision changes

If you can’t reach your healthcare provider, call 911 or go to an emergency room.

Labor & Delivery Treatment Locations
NCH Hospital and Emergency Department
NCH Hospital and Emergency Department

800 W. Central Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005


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