Labor and Delivery
Your Birthing Experience at Central DuPage Hospital
They call it expecting when you are having a baby. We want to be sure you know exactly what to expect! At Central DuPage Hospital, we are always thinking of ways to put your mind at ease. When you choose CDH, you have chosen excellent medical and nursing care, outstanding resources and a beautiful, family-centered environment for labor, delivery and recovery. With more than 3000 deliveries each year, our team is experienced in routine and complicated pregnancies and childbirth. We are also ready to address the needs of every newborn baby.
Services for the Common and the Complicated
Most pregnancies and deliveries are without complications, but some pose risks for the mother or the developing infant. The obstetricians and maternal-fetal specialists at CDH specialize in the care of women with different levels of need - from low-risk to high-risk. For example, women with conditions such as hypertension or diabetes receive close monitoring and, if necessary, intervention during pregnancy and delivery.
In addition, our team has significant experience with multiple births such as twins and triplets. Our interest in these special siblings does not end when they go home from the hospital: we have targeted classes, resources and support for parents of twins and other multiple births.
CDH offers 24-hour-a-day care for newborns needing high-level services in our state-designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The specialists in the NICU treat infants with special needs related to premature birth, low-birth weight and other medical conditions.
Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby Team
Our patients benefit from personalized and compassionate care provided by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals* including:
- Physicians and specialists, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology*
- Maternal-fetal specialists*
- Other specialists as needed*
- Specially trained registered nurses
- Perinatal nurse practitioners
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Specialized labor & delivery surgical technicians
- Certified Lactation consultants
- Social workers
- Spiritual leaders
A Comfortable Setting for Childbirth, and Recovery
We pride ourselves on safe and family-centered care. The elegant and pristine labor/delivery/recover rooms (LDRs) and Mother Baby suites at CDH balance state-of-the-art resources with soothing and comfortable surroundings for mother, baby and family. Each of the private suites has an extra sleeping accommodation for the father or support person. After delivery, mother and baby move to a suite in our Mother Baby area where you can relish your time together. Read more about the amenities we offer new mothers and babies.
Helping your Family
Our goal is to help parents learn about their new infant's needs. Each evening our Mother Baby staff hosts a "hands-on" class with parents and babies. We teach cord care, diaper changing, bathing and how to take an axillary temperature. In addition, before leaving the hospital, parents are invited to attend a discharge class. This presentation, designed to help moms (and dads) thrive in their new role, recently won a national award from Professional Research Consultants (PRC).
We know you are anxious to share your baby with family and friends from the moment you are admitted to the hospital. Support persons and visitors are welcome during labor. Timing and number of visitors will be dependent upon the birthing process. In the Mother Baby unit, visitation is not limited; however, getting some much needed rest and spending quiet time with your baby is important. To help you rest, we encourage your visitors to come between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Our visitation policy is designed to promote a safe and comforting environment for babies and families. It is important to arrange for childcare of any older children during the birthing process. After your delivery, brothers and sisters of your newborn are welcome to come see you and their new sibling. Other children must be over age 12 to enter the unit. Please check with the staff for more specific details on our visitation policy.
Ensuring Safety for all Babies
Safety of our babies is one of our top priorities. Entrances to all units are secured. Infants are fitted with tamper-proof bracelets that enable an automated infant protection system. The hospital also has extensive surveillance equipment and personnel trained to provide extra safety for our Women and Infant Services.
To access labor and delivery, postpartum and neonatal services at Central DuPage Hospital, enter through the Women and Children's Entrance (Entrance 3 off Winfield Road).
For more information or to make an appointment with an obstetrician or maternal-fetal specialist, call 630.933.4234 (4CDH). TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.
* In the spirit of keeping you well informed, they physicians identified are neither agents nor employees of the hospital or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for patients.