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Routine Obstetrics Treatment Information
From routine deliveries to extremely high-risk deliveries, IU Health Women’s Health offers a complete spectrum of maternity services to help you deliver a happy, healthy baby. Our services include:
- Preconception and prenatal care visits and testing. We offer pre-pregnancy examinations to assess your overall health and identify any possible risk factors that may complicate pregnancy. After conception, we offer prenatal checkups to monitor the growth and development of the fetus and provide counseling about proper nutrition, exercise, weight gain and other factors. We also test for and treat any complications that may arise during your pregnancy.
- Ultrasound. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of your developing baby in utero.
- Classes. IU Health Women’s Health offers a number of perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family during this special time. We offer a full range of educational services during your pregnancy and beyond, including classes on preconception, early pregnancy, labor and birth preparation, preparing for life with baby, family education, parent classes and support groups.
- Private, home-like rooms. Our rooms feature modern, comfortable surroundings, including a pull-out bed for your partner.
- 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 womb, 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. These alternative medicine options are provided to give comfort to women in labor.
- Wireless fetal monitoring. The wireless monitoring system allows the mother to comfortably move around her room and the unit as she desires.
- Self-hypnosis techniques via Hypnobabies Childbirth Preparation. This is a complete childbirth education course that teaches medical hypnosis techniques to mothers so that they can enter hypnosis, deepen it themselves and remain mobile and aware during birth while being completely comfortable at all times.
- Access to midwives and doulas. Holistic maternal care is an option provided by midwives and doulas. A midwife is a trained specialist in childbirth, postpartum and well-woman care. A doula, also known as a labor coach, is a nonmedical support person whose goal is to help the mother feel safe and confident during the childbirth experience.
- Lactation consultation. IU Health is committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding because the best first food for babies is breast milk. IU Health offers a number of services before, during and after birth to help prepare mothers to breastfeed. Prenatal breastfeeding classes are also available before the birth of your baby. In addition, visits to your hospital room by a lactation consultant will be made after you have given birth. After you leave the hospital, our lactation consultants are available via telephone and in person for consultations. Breastfeeding support groups meet weekly at various IU Health sites for continued support after you leave the hospital as well.
- Mother-infant bonding. At IU Health 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.
- Nursery. Although we encourage keeping mother and baby together throughout your stay, IU Health offers a nursery where your little one can go so you can sleep through the night. Nursery staff are available 24 hours a day to help you learn how to care for your baby and prepare you for your return home.
- Security. The labor/delivery and postpartum units at IU Health locations utilize an infant abduction alarm. Infants are equipped with an ID tag that will sound an alarm if not removed by a member of your care team before reaching the exterior doors 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.
- Family-centered care. The first few days after childbirth are a special time for you and your family to bond with your newborn. We welcome all visitors that you wish to entertain (except during flu season when we may limit the number of visitors).
- Support groups. IU Health offers many support opportunities for new parents. Topics include breastfeeding, postpartum depression and raising a toddler. Additionally, we offer groups for new moms and dads looking to share advice with one another.
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Routine Obstetrics Support Services
Resources and information for women desiring to become pregnant, who are pregnant or who are caring for a newborn child are available from a variety of organizations.
A Sampling of Routine Obstetrics Support Services
La Leche League International
This international organization promotes breastfeeding and provides support through encouragement, information and
American Academy of Pediatrics
This national organization of pediatricians is committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescent and young adults.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Part of National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) conducts research to study human development from conception to old age.
National Women's Health Information Center
This is the United States Department of Human Services’ website dedicated to women’s health information.