Indiana University Health physicians improve women’s well-being through personalized, patient-centered healthcare. Our highly skilled doctors provide services throughout Indiana, offering convenient care for women at every stage of life.
Our physicians have advanced training and years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. We place special emphasis on preventive medicine and early detection of health problems. Our services include Pap smears, pregnancy care, contraception counseling, gynecologic surgery and menopause treatment. These services are also available at the conveniently located Visiting Specialist Center on the hospital campus. The center regularly schedules specialiasts in obstetrics and gynecology to facilitate patient needs and provide advanced, specialized care.
Our physicians provide minimally invasive surgical options for conditions such as uterine fibroids and urinary incontinence. We work with you to develop treatment plans that fit your lifestyle and health needs. We also offer specialized imaging services for women, including digital mammography. These screenings help you and your physician detect problems early, giving you more treatment options and improving outcomes.
Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital offers a family-focused childbirth environment for you and your entire family, featuring one room for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (often called LDRPs). We encourage partners, siblings and even grandparents to be part of the excitement.
Visiting hours for the maternity unit are noon – 2 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm. However, partners, spouses, grandparents and siblings may visit at any time.
At IU Health Paoli Hospital, all newborns are encouraged to room-in with their mothers. This promotes mother and newborn bonding. Rooming-in means the baby remains in your room, and you provide care for the newborn, including feedings, diaper changes and a daily bath. You are responsible for informing the nursing staff when the baby eats and the number of wet/dirty diapers you change. Our excellent nursing staff will be available to assist with care and to answer any questions you may have.
Your baby may be taken to the nursery after delivery for an initial checkup by your physician and the nursing staff. The baby will be returned to your room as soon as possible. Your baby will also be taken to the nursery for any procedures that need to be done, such as circumcision or blood draws. When necessary, the nursing staff may request the newborn be returned to the nursery for evaluation and observation. If you require a Cesarean section (C-section) delivery, the baby will be watched in the nursery until you are ready to take over care of your baby. While in the nursery, the baby will be brought to your room for frequent visits and feedings.
IU Health Paoli Hospital is more than prepared to assist you should you need to give birth via C-section. Sometimes you will know in advance that a C-section is necessary, and we can schedule your delivery. Other times, your physician may help you decide that you need a C-section during labor. For your safety and convenience, a surgical suite is located just steps away from our labor and delivery area.
IU Health Paoli Hospital is proud to use the latest technology to ensure the safety of your newborn. The HUGS and KISSES system allows an electronic connection between mother and baby through wrist and/or ankle bands. If a newborn is removed from the secure area, multiple alarms will sound. The system also ensures that mother and baby are correctly reunited if separated for any length of time.
Although there are exceptions, the length of stay for routine vaginal deliveries at IU Health Paoli Hospital averages between 24 to 48 hours following delivery. Patients who receive C-sections are typically with us for 48 to 72 hours.
All newborns receive a hearing screening before discharge. This helps staff and parents determine whether he/she has any hearing deficits. The sooner hearing problems are discovered, the quicker appropriate treatment can begin. Any newborns found to have hearing problems will be referred by their doctor or healthcare provider for follow-up treatment.
The New Life Center offers free prenatal classes for expectant parents who are planning to deliver at IU Health Paoli Hospital. Parents learn about prenatal care, labor, delivery and newborn care. Childbirth classes are offered the first and second Tuesdays of each month from 6 pm – 9 pm at no charge. Sibling classes, to help adjust to the new baby, are offered the third Tuesday of every month from 7 pm – 8 pm.