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Indiana University Health physicians improve women’s well-being through personalized, patient-centered healthcare. Our highly skilled physicians provide services throughout Indiana, offering convenient care for women at every stage of life. We place special emphasis on preventive medicine and early detection of health problems.
At Indiana University Health North Hospital, we provide the full spectrum of maternity care and highly advanced treatment for female pelvic floor disorders. Our specialty physicians collaborate to ensure you receive comprehensive care for the best outcomes.
Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are able to bring the latest discoveries in women's health research to our patients. Patients with pelvic floor disorders may be eligible for clinical trials.
At IU 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 IV 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 twins and 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 and infants with medical or surgical problems.
Labor and Delivery
Triage may be your first stop when you arrive at IU Health North Hospital for labor and delivery. Triage includes five private rooms on the third floor. You will be assessed before being admitted to the labor, delivery and recovery unit or the antepartum unit. While in triage, you and your baby's status will be evaluated by a team of skilled nurses and physicians.
The 11-bed antepartum unit is for women with high-risk pregnancies. Women who are admitted to this unit receive around-the-clock care by an on-site perinatologist who monitors the health of mother and baby.
Labor, delivery and recovery is a 12-bed all-private unit. Seven of the labor, delivery and recovery rooms also include whirlpool tubs for pre-birth relaxation through hydrotherapy. You stay in a private room from admission through recovery. The baby remains with you through the recovery stage, and then you are transferred together to the postpartum 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 and VCR, Internet access, a refrigerator and a daybed for family members. Family and friends may visit at any time. During your postpartum stay, we will provide you with a bottle of sparkling grape juice commemorating the birth of your baby. Little Dreamers Portrait Studio is available on site to take photos of your beautiful bundle of joy, for a fee. In addition, Ology Spa/Aesthetics/Medicine provides in-room massages and manicures, for a fee.
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 always stay in our nursery so you can sleep through the night. The nursery provides a soothing environment for newborns. Nursery staff is available 24 hours a day 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:
- Breastfeeding support group. Once you are discharged, you are welcome to attend our free breastfeeding support group held every Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 am on the first floor of IU Health North Hospital. This is a great way to meet other moms who are breastfeeding and discuss a wide range of topics under the guidance of an experienced lactation consultant. In addition to the support group IU Health North Hospital is the home to the IU Health Expressions store that provides breastfeeding options to fit your lifestyle.
- Outpatient consultation. If you prefer one-on-one time with a lactation consultant, we offer weekday consultation appointments at our lactation clinic on the fourth floor of IU Health North Hospital. Many pediatricians recommend these consultation appointments for help with breastfeeding issues such as nipple pain, signs of infection and low weight gain for the newborn. There is a fee for this appointment. To schedule an outpatient appointment, please call 317.688.2680.
- Breastfeeding Coalition of Hamilton County. The Breastfeeding Coalition of Hamilton County was formed in 2009 under the umbrella of the Indiana Breastfeeding Alliance. The coalition seeks to increase the number of mothers successfully breastfeeding by creating a culture that is supportive of breastfeeding. The coalition meets monthly at IU Health North Hospital. Anyone who lives or works in Hamilton county is invited to participate. For more information, please email us.
Additional services provided by IU Health North Hospital during your postpartum stay include:
- The Strength of Friends. A new, 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.
- Infant security. All maternity units at IU Health North Hospital utilize an infant abduction alarm. 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.
Car Seat Installation
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 follow the instructions provided to schedule your appointment.
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. Our bereavement counselor will visit you at the bedside to offer support. Our staff also meets with families to determine how best to celebrate your child's birth and life, which may include creating a care package with photographs and other mementos.
The Perinatal Loss Bereavement Program at IU Health North Hospital is a program designed to give families experiencing the loss of their pregnancy and baby support and guidance while grieving. This relationship often begins in the hospital and continues during the inpatient stay and post-discharge. At times, the relationship is on an outpatient basis during the pregnancy.
Families experiencing a loss are typically introduced to this program while in the hospital at the time surrounding the death of their baby or loss of their pregnancy. They are supported for up to one year and, in most cases, also during their next pregnancy. Patients may be contacted by phone, email or snail mail and are invited to events such as the Infant Memorial Services held twice a year at IU Health North Hospital, the Burial of Ashes service held twice a year at IU Health North Hospital, and the Walk to Remember event.
Most families have told us that this level of support has helped them heal from their loss. Our goal is for families to feel remembered and supported during a difficult time in their lives.
IU Health North Hospital offers a wide range of procedures related to pregnancy and childbirth. It is best to consult a physician if you have any questions about the procedures listed below.
A vaginal delivery is the birth of a fetus through the mother's birth canal. A few hours after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, you can get up and move around. If you had an episiotomy, you may feel the need to spend a day resting. An episiotomy incision will heal in one to three weeks. The vaginal area is sore for several days. Women are generally advised to avoid having sex for four to six weeks after giving birth in order to allow the vagina and the area around it to fully recover. Recovery from a vaginal delivery is usually easier and quicker than from a cesarean section.
A cesarean section, or C-section, is the surgical delivery of an infant through an incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. The incision may be made across the bottom of the abdomen above the pubic area (transverse) or, in certain situations, in a line from the navel to the pubic area (vertical). In many cases, a woman delivering by C-section can remain awake during the childbirth and be with her newborn soon afterward.
While many infants benefit from surgical rather than vaginal delivery, a mother who delivers by C-section has a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery period than with a routine vaginal birth. Possible complications include infection, heavy blood loss, gallbladder problems, and surgery-related injury to the mother or infant.
If she becomes pregnant again, a woman with a cesarean scar may not have the option to deliver her next baby through vaginal birth. This is because there is some risk of the cesarean scar tearing open during labor.
Dilation and Curettage
A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure that is done to remove tissue from inside the uterus. During a D&C, an instrument is inserted into the vagina through the cervix and into the uterus to remove tissue from the lining of the uterus. A D&C may be performed to:
- Remove tissue that remains after a woman has had a miscarriage.
- Remove tissue that may be causing abnormal vaginal bleeding. The tissue can then be examined for any abnormalities.
- End a pregnancy.
A D&C is usually done in a hospital on an outpatient basis. Pain medication is given before the procedure. Many women choose to have a general anesthetic that puts them in a deep sleep during the procedure.
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that makes a woman unable to become pregnant. A tubal ligation blocks the fallopian tubes so that eggs cannot travel down the tubes to be fertilized by the sperm. If a woman decides to reverse the tubal ligation in an attempt to become pregnant, the fallopian tube can be reopened to allow sperm through. However, scar tissue may prevent an egg or a fertilized egg (either of which is larger than a sperm cell) from passing through the tube to the uterus. A fertilized egg trapped anywhere other than the uterus results in an ectopic pregnancy. Therefore, a tubal ligation reversal puts a woman at high risk for an ectopic pregnancy.
At IU Health North Hospital, 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.
Women of all ages can have problems with the muscles or organs in the pelvis. We rely on input from you to determine the most effective treatment, depending on your symptoms and conditions. Our fellowship trained urogynecologists use a practical approach to care. We start a comprehensive, low-risk approach to your condition and, if necessary, progress to other treatments to achieve results.
IU Health North Hospital offers the following treatments for pelvic floor disorders:
- Counseling on lifestyle modifications for pelvic floor health
- Medication management
- Physical therapy
- Use of a pessary device to hold up the bladder, vagina or bowel
- Outpatient surgeries for urinary incontinence, including sling placement and collagen injection
- Pelvic organ prolapse surgery, which can be performed vaginally, abdominally, laparoscopically and robotically using the da Vinci Surgical System®
- Graft placements to enhance the effectiveness of pelvic organ surgeries to correct prolapse
- Sacroneuromodulation for bladder dysfunction, which involves placing an electrode on the sacral nerve responsible for bladder function
- Stimulation and decompression of the pudendal nerve
- Fistula repair
- Botulinum bladder injection
- Clinical trials