Women’s Health

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Women’s Health is devoted to the health and well-being of women, infants, children and their families. Our highly skilled physicians provide personalized, patient-centered care for women at every stage of life.

We recognize that your physical and mental well-being are directly affected by the amount of family interaction and support you receive, which is why we offer family-centered care. Our services include preconception, prenatal care, obstetrics and gynecology as well as number of perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family.

Using a multidisciplinary team approach, we place special emphasis on preventive medicine and early detection of health problems. When needed, our physicians provide minimally invasive surgical options for conditions such as uterine fibroids and urinary incontinence. We also offer specialized imaging services for women, including mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These screenings help you and your physician detect problems early, giving you more treatment options and improving outcomes.

Birthing Center

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Birthing Center features separate labor and delivery, mother-baby and neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

Labor & Delivery

Expectant mothers and their significant others can experience childbirth in one of eight private suites for a family-centered atmosphere. The unit includes two fully equipped operating rooms, available 24-hours a day for patients needing Cesarean section (C-section) deliveries and other emergency procedures. An observation area enables our team to assess and manage pregnancy related or high-risk complications at any gestational age. A perinatalogist (an obstetrician who specializes in the care of high-risk pregnancies) is available for consult.

Our team includes highly qualified nurses experienced in electronic fetal monitoring and certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), neonatal resuscitation and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS). As a baby friendly hospital, our staff is also supportive in initiating and maintaining breastfeeding for those parents who desire to breastfeed. Mothers and babies are kept together during the entire delivery and recovery period and rooming-in is available for infants to promote bonding and establish breastfeeding.

Hydrotherapy is also available to provide relaxation during labor.

Mother and Baby Unit

After your delivery, and once you and baby are both stable, you will be transferred to the Mother and Baby Unit located on the same floor of the hospital.  

Our Mother and Baby Unit has 16 private rooms featuring:

  • A sleeping area for your partner in the private rooms
  • Comfortable seating accommodations
  • A baby crib stocked with newborn supplies
  • A TV with VCR/DVD
  • A bathroom with a shower
  • Movies and laptops from the library

Our trained lactation and nursing staffs are available daily to assist you in breastfeeding and infant care needs. Your partner or a designated support person may visit anytime, as long as you are in a private room. Other visitors are encouraged between 11am–9pm.

Once you go home, outpatient clinic visits are available daily from 8 am – 4 pm with our lactation staff for your breastfeeding issues. Our Mom-Baby Connections follow up support group meets at the hospital and offers education and support for moms and babies on different topics each week.

Safe Sleep Initiative

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is an advocate for safe sleep practices and actively educates parents on a baby’s safe sleep environment by using the ABC’s of Sleeping as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Alone: Babies can sleep in the same room, but not in the same bed as the parents.
  • Back: Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs.
  • Crib: Babies should be placed in a crib without dropped rails, with rails spaced less than 2 3/8 inches apart, with a firm mattress and fitted sheet, and with no bumper pads, stuffed animals or blankets.

All babies born at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital are provided with a HALO® SleepSack wearable blanket. HALO® SleepSacks provide a safer way to sleep by replacing traditional, loose blankets that can pose a risk in the crib. SleepSacks are a safer alternative because they have zippers or Velcro wraps to keep the sack positioned safely away from the baby’s face.

What is Safe Sleep?

Learn more about safe sleep practices.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Women’s Health includes a fully-staffed and equipped Level III neonatal intensive care unit and special care nursery should your baby require specialized care following birth.

Breast Health Services

The Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Breast Center, located at The Imaging Center, is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. We offer prompt evaluation and advanced technology in a caring and supportive environment. Our services include:

  • Digital Screening & Diagnostic Mammograms
    • Experienced mammographers & ultrasound technologists
    • High-risk screening assessments
    • Breast Ultrasound
    • 3D-Tomosynthesis (this technology can boost the accuracy of screening mammography)
    • Breast MRI
    • Ductograms
    • Image-Guided Breast Biopsy
  • 48-Hour Breast Cancer Consultation access for newly diagnosed breast cancer cases
  • Dedicated Nurse Navigator
  • Breast Surgery
    • Breast Specialists
    • Breast Reconstructive Surgery
    • Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference
    • Breast Surgery Recovery Program
  • Medical Oncology/Radiation Oncology
    • Research Protocols & Clinical Trials
    • Genetic Counseling & Testing
    • SAVI
  • Cancer Center Boutique with Certified Mastectomy Fitter (Bras, Breast forms, Wigs and Appearance Related treatment items)
  • Psychosocial Services

We offer guidance and support for your breast health, combined with clinical expertise. Our radiologists are dedicated to providing the highest quality advanced imaging and diagnostic services for breast disorders. We are east central Indiana's only facility to offer breast MRI, full-time breast health nurse navigators and local radiologists on site, to better serve patients and referring clinicians. 

Visit the Breast Health page to learn more.

Perinatal Center

One of only a few in the state, the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Perinatal Center cares for pregnant women with maternal and/or fetal complications and those who are at risk of developing complications during pregnancy. Staffed by specialists in perinatal care, the Center is directed by a board certified perinatologist and accredited in obstetric ultrasound by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council.

We offer a full range of services including:

  • Pregnancy consultation
  • Diagnostic testing including four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound
  • Treatment procedures
  • Genetic counseling
  • High-risk pregnancy management
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic

The facility's highly advanced ultrasound equipment enables us to examine, in detail, the fetus’ brain, heart and other vital organs. The center is also equipped to perform invasive fetal procedures and optional genetic screening.

Gestational Diabetes Clinic

Patients referred to the Gestational Diabetes Clinic are cared for by a team of professionals including a registered nurse, registered dietitian and a perinatologist.

Services include:

  • Development of a gestational diabetes education plan
  • Nursing consultation, glucose (sugar) monitoring, breastfeeding, exercise, diet and general information about gestational diabetes and insulin instruction, if needed
  • Medical nutrition therapy, including diet history, meal preparation, assessment and planning
  • A physician consultation, including counseling and coordination of care with the primary care doctor

Additional Contact Information

Breast Health Services
2598 W. White River Blvd.
Muncie, IN 47303

To Schedule a Mammogram: 765.751.2727
Open 7 am­ – 6 pm, Monday – Friday, select Saturday hours available.

For Questions about Breast Health: 765.282.7353

Perinatal Services