Maternity Services to Fit Your Needs

Indiana University Health offers a wide range of comprehensive maternity services, for both mother and baby, across the state at a location convenient for you. Select a service below to learn more.

Services

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a completely natural way to feed your baby. It provides many advantages for a baby’s current and future health including significant cost savings and vital antibodies for the infant.

Indiana University Health encourages UNICEF "Baby-Friendly" practices to improve the experience and success of breastfeeding. "Baby-Friendly" practices include:

  • 24-hour rooming in policy
  • Parent to infant skin contact
  • Supplemental feeding

Many of our hospitals have lactation consultants available 24 hours a day for assistance and all maternity staff are trained to provide basic breastfeeding support.

Classes/Childbirth Education

Childbirth education classes provide evidence-based materials in childbirth education to the community. Childbirth education shows expecting parents how to best prepare for pregnancy, labor and birth to ensure they have the best experience possible. These educational opportunities provide:

  • Evidence-based information
  • Hands-on practice
  • Peer and parental support
  • Hospital tours

IU Health provides convenient locations across the state that offer a variety of childbirth education classes. Classes are community based, specifically tailored to mirror each hospital’s birthing philosophy and experience, and are presented in various interactive class formats. Classes cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Newborn basics
  • Labor and delivery options
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mother support
  • CPR and first aid

To learn more about our various class offerings, view a list of available classes or sign up please visit iuhealth.org/childbirth.

Doula

A doula is a birth and labor coach who provides mothers with assistance and labor support. Doulas provide the mother with valuable information and techniques such as:

  • Childbirth options
  • Relaxation techniques
  • CPR and first aid

You are welcome to bring in your own doula to support you throughout your birthing experience.

Expressions: A Store for Women

Expressions: A Store for Women at Indiana University Health is a nonprofit store working to improve women’s health through care, education and services.

Expressions has three convenient IU Health locations as well as an online store. Expressions stores provide a variety of support services and products for mothers and infants, with a special emphasis on services and products for women undergoing chemotherapy or with breast cancer. Services and products include:

  • Breast cancer support
  • Breast prosthesis fittings
  • Wigs, hats and skin care items
  • Breast feeding accessories
  • Lactation support
  • Boutique products

Expressions stores carry a full line of unique products including clothes, books, gifts, flowers, aromatherapy products and much more. Expressions also holds events, such as “Fit Events” twice a month for mastectomy bras and prosthetics. Please visit Expressions online store for more information or to schedule an appointment for an event.

Bereavement

We offer both inpatient and outpatient perinatal loss and bereavement support services including compassionate education and guidance from skilled professionals dedicated to caring for families experiencing loss. Even up to a year after your return home, our specially trained nurses can continue to provide support services to help you and your family work through this difficult time.

Interpretation Services

Interpreters address language barrier issues between the family and medical team to ensure comfort and care. Interpreters act as a direct connect between the mother and medical team before, during and after labor.

You are welcome to bring in your interpreter to support you throughout your birthing experience.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

In cases of high-risk pregnancy, labor or delivery, IU Health employs the state’s largest group of highly skilled Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians specializing in high-risk pregnancies.

Women with an increased risk of high-risk pregnancy who may need hospitalization prior to labor and delivery may have conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Multiple fetuses
  • Previous miscarriages
  • Underlying issues with the unborn baby

Our MFM physicians are equipped to support any type of high-risk pregnancy or infant through our advanced technologies and specialized care including:

  • Preconception counseling
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Genetic counseling
  • Management of recurrent miscarriages and multiple gestations
  • Advanced diagnostic screenings and procedures

We provide additional assurance through our affiliation with Indiana University Health LifeLine, who is available to transport critically ill infants throughout Indiana and neighboring states to our affiliated Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health or the closest, most appropriate Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) .

Midwifery

If you decide to experience natural childbirth, IU Health has the largest group of Certified Nurse Midwives in the state to assist you and your baby. Our Certified Nurse Midwives are trained and certified in both nursing and midwifery, and supported by obstetric hospitalists in the labor and delivery process within the hospital setting.

Newborn

There are many important procedures that take place to ensure newborns are healthy and receive specialized care if needed. These newborn procedures include weighing the infant, preventative eye treatments, a vitamin K injection and a state-mandated newborn screening (a blood test required to detect 47 different newborn conditions that can be treated effectively if detected early).

To facilitate mother and newborn bonding after delivery, IU Health encourages a 24-hour rooming-in philosophy to support parents as they bond with their infants and learn to recognize infant feeding cues.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your newborn is premature or high-risk, IU Health offers Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), the highest level of care designation for a NICU in the state, through our affiliation with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health North Hospital.

Our NICUs are fully equipped to care for critically ill infants with medical or surgical needs, providing the greatest variety of comprehensive services and technologies. It is staffed 24 hours a day by specially trained physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.

Indiana University Health LifeLine aircraft and mobile intensive care units are also available to transport critically ill infants throughout Indiana and neighboring states to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health or the closest, most appropriate NICU.

Obstetrics

Before conception and throughout your pregnancy, IU Health offers primary care obstetricians to provide regular prenatal exams and partner with you to develop a plan for your pregnancy. IU Health obstetricians will connect you with any specialists, prenatal educators or counselors, social workers or any other care providers to assist you during your pregnancy.

During delivery, IU Health hospitals provide fully equipped labor and delivery units across the state for both low and high-risk pregnancies. Our labor and delivery units are equipped for a variety of delivery options, from natural birth to cesarean sections to water births.

Preconception Care & Counseling

Even when a woman is not actively reproducing, it is important to optimize reproductive health through preconception care and counseling. Preconception care focuses on leading a healthy lifestyle and different aspects of pregnancy through:

  • Regular gynecological appointments
  • Education
  • Counseling

In order to prepare the body for pregnancy in the future, women should:

  • Have active checkups
  • Increase vitamin intake, such as prenatal vitamins to increase folic acid
  • Establish healthy lifestyle habits, such as weight control, not smoking and increased exercise

IU Health provides board certified physicians and an array of comprehensive gynecological services to assist you with any of your preconception needs. Our physicians will create a tailored plan for your individual needs to help prepare your body for pregnancy when you are ready.

Water Births

A water birth is the process of labor and delivery in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to go through both the labor and delivery process in water, while other women will choose to get out of the tub to deliver in a birthing bed.

A water birth provides a similar environment to the amniotic fluid sac (where your baby has been for the past nine months) allowing a comfortable transition and decreasing stress to both the baby and mother during delivery.

For women who choose to get out of the tub to deliver in a birthing bed, several IU Health hospitals provide tubs for hydrotherapy during labor. Hydrotherapy provides a soothing, calming and relaxing effect as a coping mechanism for women during the labor process prior to delivery. If a medical emergency were to arise during a water birth, you can be assured IU Health has a medical team immediately available to provide the best care for both you and your baby.