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OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center
1100 E. Norris Drive
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Phone: (815) 431-5438

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The OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Family Birth Center has been decorated with your comfort and convenience in mind.

Our private Labor, Delivery and Recovery Rooms (LDR) offer a soothing, home-like atmosphere. We also offer a specialized birthing suite for Cesarean delivery.

The birth experience also includes an individualized birthing plan. Our staff works with each family to help prepare a unique plan that accounts for your personal preferences concerning educational programs, facilities, security and labor pain management. 

Our standard of care includes mother/baby skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, rooming-in and supporting breast feeding as much as possible during your stay. 

Other features of our Family Birth Center include:

  • Level 2 nursery
  • Infant security
  • Newborn screenings
  • Car seat safety checks
  • King and queen’s meal
  • Newborn channel
  • Fetal monitoring system
  • Whirlpool hydrotherapy
  • Baby care instructions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Souvenir birth certificates
  • Pastoral Care

Blue Distinction Center+

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has recognized OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center with the as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Education

The Family Birth Center offers a variety of education programs and services.  To view the 2018 schedule, please click the following link:   Family Birth Center 2018 Class Offering and Schedule (PDF - 433.5 KB) .  All programs and services are offered to couples delivering at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center at no charge.  Registration is required for each class.  To register, please call (815) 431-5269.

 

Childbirth Preparation 5-Class Series
The series is offered every other month with each class taking place from 7 – 9 p.m. in meeting room 1 in the OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.   It is recommended that new and experienced parents participate in the five-class Childbirth Preparation Series in the last three months of pregnancy.

  • Childbirth Preparation (Classes 1, 2, & 3)
    This session focuses on the physical and emotional changes you can expect during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Labor support techniques, including relaxation and breathing exercise, as well as options for reducing pain, will be discussed.  This class include a tour of the Family Birth Center.

  • Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition  (Class 4)
    This session focuses on breast feeding basics, infant nutrition, and how to be successful in your breastfeeding journey.

  • Newborn Preparation (Class 5)
    This session focuses on newborns, their care, concerns, and safety issues.

“I’m a Star, Too!” Sibling Class

This one-time class is designed for brothers and sisters, ages two to seven, to prepare them for the adjustment to their new sibling and the initial visit to the hospital after the baby is born. This class is offered every other month from 6 - 7 p.m. in meeting room 4 in the OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

 

2018 Private Sessions and Support Programs

Private Sessions

Private, instructional sessions are available by appointment only.  To schedule, please call (815) 431-5269.

  • Cecarean (C-Section)
  • Child Safety Seat Checks

Support Programs

  • Postpartum Support
    Support is available for mothers who may feel overwhelmed, uncertain, and frustrated during or after pregnancy. There is no reason to suffer silently. For assistance with medication or counseling, call our Behavioral Health CHOICES outpatient clinic at (815) 434-4382.
  • Dietary Education
    For question about nutrition during pregnancy or after delivery, you may contact an OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center dietitian at (815) 431-5290.
  • Lactation Support
    Please contact the Family Birth Center at (815) 431-5440 or contact Brandi, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Lactation Nurse, at (815) 431-5285.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
    Join the Mothers of Beautiful Babies group each Tuesday from 10 a.m. - noon in room 336 of OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center for open discussions about breastfeeding and motherhood with other mothers and the OSF HealthCare Lactation Nurse, Brandi. For more information, please call (815) 431-5285.

Midwifery

You may opt to use a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for the birth of your child. 

A registered nurse with graduate education in midwifery, a CNM offers care for women of all ages, through all stages of life.

A midwife views pregnancy and the birthing process as a normal life event and typically does not utilize medical procedures unless there is a specific health concern.

Expectant mothers who choose a midwife are assured personalized care that is focused on education and making informed decisions.