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Maternity

You're ready to take care of your little one. We're ready to take care of everything else.

From the moment you find out you’re expecting, everything you do for your health matters double—for both you and your baby.

IU Health offers maternity services to care for you and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy, childbirth and immediately after.

Whether you experience a normal pregnancy and routine delivery, a high-risk pregnancy and delivery, or a combination of both, the maternity care team at IU Health can provide you with the medical and emotional support you need.

Our maternity care team can include obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), certified nurse midwives, childbirth and lactation educators, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and ultrasound technicians. 

Your care team works together to help you have the safest and healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible.

Preparing for Birth

We go alongside you during your pregnancy journey, with services including:

  • Pre-pregnancy examination: If you are planning to become pregnant, you want to be as healthy as possible before conception. A pre-pregnancy examination includes an assessment of your overall health and identification of any possible risk factors that may complicate pregnancy.
  • Prenatal visits: 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: During your pregnancy, you may have an ultrasound to check on your baby’s development. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of your developing baby in the uterus.
  • Childbirth education: Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. We offer perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family. These include classes on preconception, early pregnancy, labor and birth preparation, parent classes and support groups. Sign up for a childbirth education class today.

Our Approach to Maternity Care

Whether you experience a normal pregnancy and routine delivery, a high-risk pregnancy and delivery, or a combination of both, the maternity care team at IU Health can provide you with the medical and emotional support you need.

Our maternity care team can include obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), certified nurse midwives, childbirth and lactation educators, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and ultrasound technicians. 

Your care team works together to help you have the safest and healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible.

Preparing for Birth

We go alongside you during your pregnancy journey, with services including:

  • Pre-pregnancy examination: If you are planning to become pregnant, you want to be as healthy as possible before conception. A pre-pregnancy examination includes an assessment of your overall health and identification of any possible risk factors that may complicate pregnancy.
  • Prenatal visits: 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: During your pregnancy, you may have an ultrasound to check on your baby’s development. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of your developing baby in the uterus.
  • Childbirth education: Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. We offer perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family. These include classes on preconception, early pregnancy, labor and birth preparation, parent classes and support groups. Sign up for a childbirth education class today.

At IU Health hospitals, our comprehensive services are designed with you, your baby and your family in mind. These services include:

  • Private delivery suites: Private delivery and post-delivery suites offer modern, comfortable home-like surroundings, including a pull-out or sleeper bed for your partner, for family bonding. In the delivery rooms, birthing balls, massage therapy and aromatherapy options are available to give comfort during your labor.
  • Wireless fetal monitoring: The wireless monitoring system allows you to comfortably move around the room and the unit as you labor.
  • Lactation consultation: Prenatal breastfeeding classes are available before the birth of your baby and a lactation consultant will visit your hospital room after you have given birth.
  • Security: After birth, your infant will wear 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.

Support Before, During and After

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 are here to provide advice and support, as well as help you choose breastfeeding 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

By partnering with Riley Children’s Health, IU Health is able to handle even the most complicated procedures. With expert care from around Indianapolis, you know you and your baby will receive the best care possible.

Your Birth Experience

At IU Health hospitals, our comprehensive services are designed with you, your baby and your family in mind. These services include:

  • Private delivery suites: Private delivery and post-delivery suites offer modern, comfortable home-like surroundings, including a pull-out or sleeper bed for your partner, for family bonding. In the delivery rooms, birthing balls, massage therapy and aromatherapy options are available to give comfort during your labor.
  • Wireless fetal monitoring: The wireless monitoring system allows you to comfortably move around the room and the unit as you labor.
  • Lactation consultation: Prenatal breastfeeding classes are available before the birth of your baby and a lactation consultant will visit your hospital room after you have given birth.
  • Security: After birth, your infant will wear 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.

Support Before, During and After

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 are here to provide advice and support, as well as help you choose breastfeeding 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

By partnering with Riley Children’s Health, IU Health is able to handle even the most complicated procedures. With expert care from around Indianapolis, you know you and your baby will receive the best care possible.

Patient Stories for Maternity