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Indiana University Health offers comprehensive maternity services and care for mother and baby. As soon as you learn you are expecting, you can access our prenatal services, like routine checkups and tours of our birthing centers. IU Health Maternity provides a family-centered, personalized experience.
Our highly-skilled team looks forward to guiding you on your journey from labor to delivery to motherhood. Our obstetricians and nurses offer you a full range of birthing options, including support for high-risk patients as well as the latest medical interventions, should the need arise. Our primary goal is to provide you and your baby the highest quality of care and build a relationship of trust and respect.
To help prepare for this experience, IU Health North Hospital offers a variety of childbirth education classes, designed to educate and enlighten you. Come see the environment where your little one will be welcomed into the world. Visit us for a tour of Indiana Univeristy Health North Hospital; no registration is needed.
At Indiana University Health North Hospital, you receive comprehensive maternity services that include:
IU Health North Hospital has a maternal-fetal medicine team who is uniquely qualified to educate and care for women with genetic risks, first- and second-trimester prenatal diagnoses, fetal abnormalities, maternal medical conditions and other past or present obstetrical complications. We also provide acute care for women who develop an unexpected, urgent need for high-risk obstetrical care.
Should your newborn require special medical attention, the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with highly skilled staff who will provide the care that your baby needs. There are 23 private NICU rooms, and conjoined rooms are available for families of multiples. The NICU is staffed 24 hours a day by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers who provide the most advanced and comprehensive care for newborns born with medical problems.
Labor and Delivery
Triage may be your first stop when you arrive at IU Health North Hospital for labor and delivery. Upon arrival, you and your baby's status will be assessed by a team of skilled nurses and physicians.
Labor, delivery and recovery is a 12-bed all-private unit. Seven of the labor, delivery and recovery rooms also include whirlpool tubs for relaxation during your labor. After birth, your baby remains with you through the recovery stage, and then you are transferred together to the postpartum mommy-baby unit.
Should you require surgery, IU Health North Hospital has two surgical delivery rooms for cesarean section (C-section) deliveries and obstetric complications. They are located just steps away from the labor, delivery and recovery unit.
The postpartum unit at IU Health North Hospital has 28 all-private rooms. Each room has a flat screen television, a DVD player, Internet access, a refrigerator and a daybed for family members. Family and friends may visit at any time.
The focus is on family-centered couplet care, meaning the baby remains with you and your family throughout your stay, unless separation is required to provide medical care. Although we encourage family-centered couplet care, your newborn can occasionally stay in our nursery, as well, allowing you to get some rest. The nursery provides a soothing environment for newborns. Nursery staff is available to help you learn how to care for your baby and to prepare you to care for your infant's special needs when you return home.
A lactation consultant will also assist you while you learn to nurse your newborn. Once you share your breastfeeding goals and preferences with us, we make it our mission to give you the information and positive support you need to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
Additional breastfeeding services provided by IU Health North Hospital include:
Additional services provided by IU Health North Hospital during your postpartum stay include:
- Infant security. All maternity units at IU Health North Hospital utilize an infant abduction alarm system. Children and infants are equipped with an identification tag that sounds an alarm if the child or infant is taken outside of your hospital floor. If the alarm is sounded, elevators will temporarily cease operation and members of our protective services team will investigate the alarm.
- Wireless monitoring. In the maternity suites, a wireless monitoring system is used for fetal surveillance. The wireless monitoring system allows the mother to comfortably move around as she desires.
- The Strength of Friends. A free website offered through IU Health. The Strength of Friends is designed to help a team of family and friends respond in an organized and helpful way when a loved one is hospitalized. It can be used to coordinate schedules for meals, child care, pet care or errands. You can also post photos and messages.
IU Health North Hospital offers a wide range of procedures related to childbirth, including vaginal birth, cesarean section and tubal ligation.
In addition, our physicians have advanced training and years of experience in urogynecology, a subspecialty within obstetrics and gynecology which combines gynecologic training with urologic and colorectal surgery. Through this subspecialty, our highly skilled physicians treat disorders of the pelvic floor in women. The pelvic floor refers to the system of muscles, nerves and connective tissue that supports a woman's internal organs and helps them function correctly. A variety of risk factors, including childbirth, disease and aging, can weaken the pelvic floor and cause bladder and fecal incontinence, prolapses and pelvic pain.
Consult a physician if you have any questions about these procedures.
IU Health North Hospital offers inpatient support services for families facing serious complications with their unborn baby or the loss of a pregnancy or newborn baby.
Most families have told us that this level of support has helped them greatly. Our goal is for families to feel remembered and supported during a difficult time in their lives.
It is important to have your baby's car safety seat installed properly and inspected by a child safety seat technician. Schedule your appointment early in your pregnancy—at least eight to 12 weeks before your due date.
Local child safety seat fitting stations and car seat clinics can be found on the Automotive Safety Program website. Visit the page to find the fitting station that is convenient for you, and then follow the instructions provided to schedule your appointment.
Becky & Lucas's Story
Meet new parents Becky and Lucas Kramm and daughter Annabelle! Learn about the Kramms’ birth experience at IU Health North and see how you can create your own birth experience.
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