Maternity

Indiana University Health offers comprehensive maternity services and professional, compassionate care for both mother and baby. As soon as you know you are expecting, you can access our prenatal services such as routine checkups, childbirth education classes and tours of our birthing centers. No matter which of our convenient locations you choose to give birth, IU Health maternity services provide a family-centered and personalized experience.

IU Health is committed to providing exceptional care to our patients. Our goal is to provide the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art obstetrical care in one physical location—Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

At the IU Health Methodist Hospital Maternity Center, our team of obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, obstetric (OB) hospitalists and nurses offer you a full range of birthing options that include support for high-risk patients, as well as the latest medical interventions, should the need arise.

When intensive medical attention is needed for babies born prematurely or with serious problems, neonatologists from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provide care to critically ill babies in one of our neonatal intensive care units.

In addition to obstetricians (OB), we have several certified nurse midwives on staff supported by a team of OB hospitalists. We also have several family medicine physicians who are trained to care for both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

We offer Perinatal Outreach Education classes to IU Health registered nurses (RN) and to RNs outside of IU Health. To obtain a current class schedule of perinatal education classes, please email the Perinatal Education Team.

Each of our private, home-like rooms provides modern, comfortable surroundings, including a pullout bed for your partner.

Depending on the medical needs of you and your baby, you may choose from these options:

  • Hydrotherapy and water birth. The use of warm water, or hydrotherapy, often decreases labor discomfort. You may labor in a tub and then deliver in a birthing bed or you may elect to deliver in the water. Water birth is a gentle way of welcoming your baby into the world. Water birth benefits babies as well. After months of living in the watery environment of a uterus, being born into a tub of water is a comfortable transition. Of course, if you have complications, medical help is immediately available.
  • Birthing balls, massage therapy and aromatherapy
  • Wireless fetal monitoring
  • Self-hypnosis techniques via Hypnobabies Childbirth Preparation. This complete childbirth education course teaches medical hypnosis techniques to mothers so they can enter hypnosis and remain comfortable, mobile and aware during childbirth.

When medical needs do not allow for these options, you are surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment needed to support both you and your baby during childbirth.

Caring for You & Your Baby

As you anticipate the birth of your child, we can help every step of the way. As soon as you know you are expecting, contact your physician or nurse midwife to schedule your first prenatal visit. Ideally, this visit should take place in the first three months of your pregnancy. You can also sign up for our prenatal childbirth education classes. Our classes educate you about pregnancy, childbirth and the early months of parenting. We can provide education and support if you are expecting multiple births, as well. You may also schedule a tour of the maternity center.

New parents want to give their babies the very best. When it comes to nutrition, the ideal first food for babies is breast milk. IU Health Methodist Hospital is committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding and is proud to be a Baby Friendly designated Hospital––the first in Indiana. 

We are here to help you and your baby have an enjoyable breastfeeding experience so you can reach your breastfeeding goals. The Breastfeeding Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital provides seven days per week lactation care by registered nurses who are board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, the gold standard in lactation care. 

At IU Health Methodist Hospital, we support the childbirth recovery process with extra attention devoted to infant bonding time in our Mother-Baby Unit. We do not separate mothers from newborns unless there is a safety or medical need. You waited almost 10 months to meet your baby and we give our families the opportunity to recover together. Please enjoy this time to bond with your infant.

What to do when it’s Time to Welcome your Baby

The first step for you will be the triage department within the maternity center. From the main entrance, take the East Elevator to the third floor. Your support person can park in Garage 1. You may have one visitor with you in triage.

Please bring the following with you to the hospital:

  • Mother’s  social security number, picture ID and insurance card
  • Father’s social security number and picture ID
  • Cell phone with changer
  • Money or credit card for the parking garage
    • One free parking pass will be provided on day of discharge
  • Car seat for your baby to go home in
  • Clothes for mother and baby to wear home – keep in mind the weather to be sure your baby has clothes and blankets to keep warm
  • Money or credit card for medication fills

A Look Inside the Maternity Center

Labor/Delivery/Recovery Room

At IU Health Methodist Hospital, you’ll labor, deliver and spend your initial recovery hours in the same room before moving to the mother/baby postpartum unit. Right after delivery, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin on you which will help keep your baby’s temperature, blood sugar and breathing normal.


These rooms are designed to comfortably accommodate the birth experience of your choice, as well as take care of baby’s immediate needs post-delivery.

You may have up to four visitors with you in this room at one time, although there may be times when visitors will be asked to leave your room for your care team to attend to you.  All children must be accompanied by an adult, and those under 14 must be siblings of the baby. One support person over age 18 may stay overnight with you.  For the safety of you and your baby, anyone ill should not visit.

Water Birth Room and Tub

The use of warm water, or hydrotherapy, often decreases labor discomfort. You may labor in a tub and then deliver in a birthing bed or you may elect to deliver in the water. Water birth is a gentle way of welcoming your baby into the world. Water birth benefits babies as well. After months of living in the watery environment of a uterus, being born into a tub of water is a comfortable transition. If you are interested in a water birth, please talk with your physician or midwife during your prenatal visits to determine whether this option is right for you. Of course, if you have complications, medical help is immediately available.

Water birth rooms are limited; please make arrangements in triage for one of these rooms.

Mother/Baby Postpartum Room

After your delivery, you’ll be moved to a mother/baby postpartum room, where you’ll spend the following days recovering from your delivery, bonding and learning to care for your baby. Riley Children’s Health pediatric hospitalists and nurses, who are trained to care for both you and the baby, will provide ongoing health assessment, and provide training  and support on everything from how to breastfeed your baby to how your body will recover post-delivery.  Babies are encouraged to stay in the room with you.

The mother/baby unit is a locked unit to ensure the utmost safety for our patients. Each patient is given a pin code for the door to provide to visitors. From the main entrance, visitors can take the West Elevator to the third floor. Eight visitors are allowed at one time during normal visiting hours, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. A pull-out couch is available for one support person, over age 18, to stay overnight. Take this time to bond with your baby before heading home.

While we encourage you to keep your baby in your room as much as possible, IU Health Methodist Hospital does have an infant treatment room, where your babies may go for medical procedures, such as circumcision or hearing tests.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

If your baby is expected to require intensive support after birth, a special team from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will be present at your delivery to provide the care your baby needs. We have a Level III NICU staffed by neonatologists from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to provide care for critically ill babies. If your baby needs the support of the NICU, you will be able to be at your baby’s bedside as soon as you are recovered and medically stable. Our staff will also help you prepare for your baby's special needs as you return home.

Pathways Support Program

The Pathways Support Program at IU Health Methodist Hospital offers compassionate care for families who face serious complications with their unborn baby or experience a loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage, stillbirth or death soon after birth. We will be your guide and companion throughout this overwhelming and life-changing experience.

Families have taught us that grief is personal. Caregivers offer personalized options for care before admission, throughout your hospital stay and after discharge, for as long as you need it. 

As a Pathways Caregiver, we promise to:

  • Stay connected through phone calls and cards
  • Suggest ways to work through grief, such as reading, writing, finding Internet groups or community support groups, etc.
  • Offer resources about coping with grief
  • Understand and honor your grief and remember your baby even when others may “move on”

Please call Kim Taylor, our Pathways Support Coordinator, at 317.962.8153 for more information about these services. 

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Additional Contact Information

For Patients and Physicians

IU Health Maternity Center
IU Health Methodist Hospital
1701 N. Senate Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.962.1478