The warm, comfortable Family Birthing Center at OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center provides everything you need right here close to home to make the birth of your newborn a memory to cherish. The caring, dedicated staff provide you a high level of attention and treat you like family. They make every effort to address your needs and meet your expectations for your labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum experiences.
Our free OB Nurse Navigator Program helps expectant moms feel confident and comfortable before the big day arrives. It delivers a unique level of care and attention beginning around 20 weeks of pregnancy – or at whatever point you need the support – to well after you’ve gone home. Our navigators act as a personal guide to pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care. For your convenience, you can meet with a nurse navigator at OSF Saint James or at the OSF Center for Health in Streator.
Dr. Shai Nyi, an OSF HealthCare obstetrician and gynecologist, and certified nurse midwife Lorel Mayer-Neal, APRN, collaborate with the birthing center staff to ensure you have the birthing options that best fit your needs.
Call for an appointment to have them with you throughout your pregnancy.
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About Our Delivery Rooms
The Family Birthing Center has four private labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) rooms, where moms typically spend their entire stay, from admission to discharge.
The LDRP rooms create a warm and relaxing environment and allow us to provide family-centered care, where you and your family are encouraged to spend time bonding with your newborn. The rooms have a birthing bed, sofa bed for your support person, rocking/glider, television, free Wi-Fi, a closet for you to store your items from home and a private bathroom. We also have three additional antepartum/postpartum rooms equipped with similar amenities, should we need to make an LDRP room available for another mom in labor.
In addition, one of the postpartum rooms is equipped with a whirlpool tub that will help soothe and relax you in the time following your baby’s birth. The center also has a kitchenette with a selection of food and drinks to provide you with snacks following your baby’s arrival.
Take a Tour
The Family Birthing Center welcomes you to take a tour and meet the staff. Call (815) 842-4972 to schedule a tour.
What Our Patients Say
Shannon Barichello, has delivered twice at the Family Birthing Center
“Touring the Family Birthing Center convinced me I had come to the right place to deliver my two children. For moms looking to deliver, the birthing unit is important. We look at the size of the rooms and bathrooms – and the private bathroom with a walk-in shower in the rooms at OSF Saint James are amazing. My room provided me the personal privacy I needed to get breastfeeding assistance and have my family there to visit. The care I received … everyone was very supportive. I recommend them to everyone. Everyone was just amazing.”
Parenting and Birthing Classes
We offer a variety of classes to help you and your family prepare for your little one's arrival.
All of the nurses in the Family Birthing Center are certified breastfeeding consultants and are here to support and empower your choice. We provide personalized care – from early education, help with breastfeeding and in-person assistance.
Circle by OSF app
Motherhood brings a lot of questions. Circle by OSF, a free mobile app from OSF HealthCare, supports mothers and their partners with helpful pregnancy and parenting information.
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The OSF HealthCare Health Library provides a wealth of information on everything to expect before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth. Topics include planning a pregnancy, prenatal care, hormones during pregnancy, common tests, labor and delivery, breastfeeding and more.
Blue Distinction Center
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has recognized OSF HealthCare Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center with the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation 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.
Leaving the Hospital
Before leaving the Family Birthing Center, your nurses will need an order from your obstetrician and your baby’s pediatrician, to process all of the necessary paperwork.
We will review with you instructions and information on what to expect over the next few weeks to ensure your needs are met and your questions are answered. Medications will be called or electronically prescribed and sent to the pharmacy of your choice.
The entire discharge process will likely take several hours. We take the time to make sure you are fully prepared to go home with your new baby. Your nurse will check your baby’s identification tags for the medical record.
When you are ready to leave, your support person should bring the car to the front entrance of the hospital. You will be escorted in a wheelchair by a member of our staff and we will check the car seat prior to discharge.
We know the first few days and weeks after giving birth can be overwhelming. We will continue to provide support and encourage you to call an OB Navigator, or the Family Birthing Center nurses at (815) 842-4972.
The OSF Call Center will give you a follow-up call to check on you and your baby after you have been home for a day or so. In addition, the Family Birthing Center staff welcomes your calls at any time for help and advice on caring for yourself and your baby.
In the days following your return home, you will receive a patient satisfaction survey. We encourage you to take the time to return the survey. Our staff uses this feedback to improve care, address concerns and recognize employees who deliver exceptional service.
Hours and Location
The Family Birthing Center is open to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is located on the second floor of the hospital. Outside the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., patients must enter the hospital through the Emergency Department.
OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center
2500 W. Reynolds St., Pontiac