Thinking about labor and delivery can be one of the most stressful parts of pregnancy. At Rush University Medical Center moms-to-be can expect high-quality care in a nurturing environment.
Part of the new Rush Family Birth Center and located in our new hospital building, the Tower, the new labor and delivery facilities offer birthing suites that are designed to give moms a healthy and comfortable space to welcome their child to the world.
We also have state-of-the-art operating rooms equipped for cesarean section (C-section) births and emergency procedures, if needed.
Designed around families
Our new labor and delivery suites provide high-quality care and comfort to moms, babies and their families. You can expect the following from our new spacious labor and delivery rooms:
- Large windows that offer impressive city views and natural light.
- Amenities, including birthing balls and showers, to help support the labor process.
- Located just steps away from our new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to ensure that our specialized neonatology team can immediately care for babies who need more intensive care within minutes after they enter the world.
Labor and delivery support
Our highly skilled labor and delivery team provides individualized high-quality care and support to laboring mothers throughout the entire birthing process. This includes but is not limited to use of a birthing ball, shower, and supportive lightening.
The labor and delivery nursing team at Rush provides extraordinary care with knowledge, skill and compassion, and they are available to moms-to-be throughout the labor and delivery process. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving both adults and children to achieve Magnet status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence.
- Natural childbirth: If a mother wishes to have a natural childbirth (using no pain medication), our labor and delivery team will help provide support with relaxation tips, breathing techniques and other natural ways to relieve pain during labor.
- Pain relief medications: Our labor and delivery team works with anesthesiologists at Rush to administer an epidural block and/or local anesthesia to provide pain relief to laboring mothers.
- Relaxation and breathing exercises: Our Women’s and Children’s Resource Center offers childbirth classes that teach relaxation methods and breathing techniques prior to delivery.
Skin to skin after delivery
Rush promotes skin to skin during the “golden hour,” the first hour immediately after delivery.
- A healthy baby will be immediately dried off and placed directly onto mom’s chest, with baby’s skin against mom’s skin.
- For C-section deliveries, the baby may be placed skin to skin on the mom, or if not available, held by the dad skin in skin to skin until mom is ready and able.
Spending the first hour right against mom’s skin makes it easier for baby to adapt to the outside world. Benefits of skin to skin include the following:
- Stabilizes mom’s blood pressure and bleeding
- Regulates baby’s temperature and blood sugar
- Stabilizes baby’s heart rhythm and breathing
- Supports baby’s brain function and immune system development
- Encourages breastfeeding soon after birth
Even after the first hour, skin to skin remains beneficial and should be continued by moms or dads during the baby’s first month of life.
Rush supports exclusive breastfeeding, with breastfeeding support beginning immediately after delivery.
- Skin to skin encourages breastfeeding soon after birth.
- Bedside breastfeeding support [link to breastfeeding support page once it’s up] in the mother-baby unit.
- Lactation consultants are available throughout recovery and your stay.
When you go into labor
If you are in labor and planning to deliver your baby at Rush, go directly to OB registration, located on the first and fourth floor of the Brennan Pavilion in the Tower. For information about preregistration procedures, call the preregistration desk at (312) 942-0234.
After delivery, moms will be transferred to the mother-baby unit (link to mother-baby unit page) to recover before being discharged home.