Maternity

More moms trust Indiana University Health to deliver their babies than anyone else in the state.

Throughout your pregnancy journey, you can count on our team at IU Health to provide around-the-clock care. From before conception through delivery, we’re here for you.

Our IU Health hospitals offer comprehensive services for you and your baby. We’ll answer your questions and address any pregnancy or birth concerns.

Our Approach to Maternity Care at IU Health

You may have a routine pregnancy and routine delivery. You may have a high-risk pregnancy and delivery. Whatever pregnancy journey you are on, our team at IU Health will be by your side for every step.

Your care team may include the following:

We'll work together to help you have the safest and healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible.

What to Expect

Pre-pregnancy Examination

If you are planning to become pregnant, you want to be as healthy as possible before conception. During this exam, we'll look at your overall health. We'll also note possible risk factors that may complicate your pregnancy.

Prenatal Visits

Once you are pregnant, we offer checkups to watch your baby's growth and development. We'll help you learn about proper eating habits, exercise, weight gain and other factors. We also test for and treat any complications that may arise.

Pregnancy Ultrasound

You may have an ultrasound to check on your baby’s development. This test uses sound waves to create an image of your baby in the uterus. An Ultrasound does not use radiation and is completely safe.

Other tests like a biophysical profile (BPP), fetal heart monitoring, nonstress and birth defects test are available to ensure your baby is healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Childbirth Classes Near You

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Sign up for a childbirth education class as IU Health Arnett Hospital, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Riley Maternity Tower, or another location near you. We offer many classes to support you and your family. They cover topics such as:

  • Preconception
  • Early pregnancy
  • Labor and birth preparation
  • Parent classes

In addition, we also offer many support groups related to topics like breastfeeding, grief, and more. Visit our Classes & Events page to find support groups near you.

Preparing to Give Birth at IU Health

Pre-pregnancy Examination

If you are planning to become pregnant, you want to be as healthy as possible before conception. During this exam, we'll look at your overall health. We'll also note possible risk factors that may complicate your pregnancy.

Prenatal Visits

Once you are pregnant, we offer checkups to watch your baby's growth and development. We'll help you learn about proper eating habits, exercise, weight gain and other factors. We also test for and treat any complications that may arise.

Pregnancy Ultrasound

You may have an ultrasound to check on your baby’s development. This test uses sound waves to create an image of your baby in the uterus. An Ultrasound does not use radiation and is completely safe.

Other tests like a biophysical profile (BPP), fetal heart monitoring, nonstress and birth defects test are available to ensure your baby is healthy throughout your pregnancy.

Childbirth Classes Near You

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Sign up for a childbirth education class as IU Health Arnett Hospital, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Riley Maternity Tower, or another location near you. We offer many classes to support you and your family. They cover topics such as:

  • Preconception
  • Early pregnancy
  • Labor and birth preparation
  • Parent classes

In addition, we also offer many support groups related to topics like breastfeeding, grief, and more. Visit our Classes & Events page to find support groups near you.

At IU Health hospitals, our comprehensive services, birthing suites, and facilities, are designed with you and your family in mind.

Private Delivery Suites

Our delivery and post-delivery birthing suites have modern, comfortable home-like surroundings. They include a pull-out or sleeper bed for your partner. In the delivery rooms, birthing balls, massage therapy, and aromatherapy options are available.

Wireless Fetal Monitoring

The wireless monitoring system allows you to move around the room and the unit as you labor.

Lactation Consultation

We offer breastfeeding classes before the birth of your baby. A lactation consultant (someone who gives you breastfeeding help and advice) will visit your hospital room after you have given birth.

Maternity Department Security

After birth, your infant will wear an ID tag. Your baby will wear this until you leave. Someone on your care team will remove the tag before you leave. An alarm will sound if your baby is wearing the ID tag and reaches the exterior doors of the hospital floor.

Support Before, During and After Giving Birth

New parent support 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.

Breastfeeding Support

Our breastfeeding experts will help you with advice and support. They can also help you choose supplies and accessories so you can make breastfeeding work for you and your baby. Learn more about the breastfeeding support services we offer.

You can receive your breast pump through IU Health Expressions Home Medical Equipment. With a variety of pumps to choose from, we will find the best for you. Call Expressions at 844.231.1627 or learn more about breast pumps.

Riley Children's Health Partnership

IU Health partners with Riley Children’s Health to handle even the most complex procedures. The Riley Maternity Tower is an advanced birthing center with a range of birthing options. Learn more about water birth, midwifery, and other services on the Riley Children’s Health website.

Your Birth Experience at IU Health

At IU Health hospitals, our comprehensive services, birthing suites, and facilities, are designed with you and your family in mind.

Private Delivery Suites

Our delivery and post-delivery birthing suites have modern, comfortable home-like surroundings. They include a pull-out or sleeper bed for your partner. In the delivery rooms, birthing balls, massage therapy, and aromatherapy options are available.

Wireless Fetal Monitoring

The wireless monitoring system allows you to move around the room and the unit as you labor.

Lactation Consultation

We offer breastfeeding classes before the birth of your baby. A lactation consultant (someone who gives you breastfeeding help and advice) will visit your hospital room after you have given birth.

Maternity Department Security

After birth, your infant will wear an ID tag. Your baby will wear this until you leave. Someone on your care team will remove the tag before you leave. An alarm will sound if your baby is wearing the ID tag and reaches the exterior doors of the hospital floor.

Support Before, During and After Giving Birth

New parent support 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.

Breastfeeding Support

Our breastfeeding experts will help you with advice and support. They can also help you choose supplies and accessories so you can make breastfeeding work for you and your baby. Learn more about the breastfeeding support services we offer.

You can receive your breast pump through IU Health Expressions Home Medical Equipment. With a variety of pumps to choose from, we will find the best for you. Call Expressions at 844.231.1627 or learn more about breast pumps.

Riley Children's Health Partnership

IU Health partners with Riley Children’s Health to handle even the most complex procedures. The Riley Maternity Tower is an advanced birthing center with a range of birthing options. Learn more about water birth, midwifery, and other services on the Riley Children’s Health website.

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