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Maternity

Helping you stay healthy and comfortable as you welcome your newest addition

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. 

Our Approach to Maternity CareSlice

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.

Our Services

Maternity services at IU Health include:

Preparing for birth

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. 

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.

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.

Midwifery and doulas

Holistic maternal care is an option provided by midwives and doulas at some IU Health locations. 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.

Childbirth education

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Childbirth classes and personal tours of our facilities will help you feel comfortable before the big day arrives. IU Health Women’s Health offers a variety of perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family, including classes on preconception, early pregnancy, labor and birth preparation, preparing for life with baby, family education, parent classes and support groups.

Some IU Health locations offer self-hypnosis techniques via Hypnobabies. This complete childbirth education course teaches techniques so that you can enter hypnosis, deepen it yourself and remain mobile and aware during birth while being completely comfortable at all times.

Your Birth Experience

Private delivery suites

Private delivery and post-delivery suites offer modern, comfortable home-like surroundings, including a pull-out 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

Breast milk is the best first food for babies. 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. 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.

Nursery

You waited almost 10 months to meet your baby, so there’s no need to separate after birth unless there is a medical need. Although we encourage keeping mother and baby together throughout your stay, IU Health offers a nursery where your little one can go when needed. 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

During your stay in the hospital 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. If the alarm is sounded, elevators will temporarily cease operation and members of our Protective Services team will investigate the alarm.

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.

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.

Our Services

Maternity services at IU Health include:

Preparing for birth

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. 

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.

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.

Midwifery and doulas

Holistic maternal care is an option provided by midwives and doulas at some IU Health locations. 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.

Childbirth education

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Childbirth classes and personal tours of our facilities will help you feel comfortable before the big day arrives. IU Health Women’s Health offers a variety of perinatal and parenting education classes to support you and your family, including classes on preconception, early pregnancy, labor and birth preparation, preparing for life with baby, family education, parent classes and support groups.

Some IU Health locations offer self-hypnosis techniques via Hypnobabies. This complete childbirth education course teaches techniques so that you can enter hypnosis, deepen it yourself and remain mobile and aware during birth while being completely comfortable at all times.

Your Birth Experience

Private delivery suites

Private delivery and post-delivery suites offer modern, comfortable home-like surroundings, including a pull-out 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

Breast milk is the best first food for babies. 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. 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.

Nursery

You waited almost 10 months to meet your baby, so there’s no need to separate after birth unless there is a medical need. Although we encourage keeping mother and baby together throughout your stay, IU Health offers a nursery where your little one can go when needed. 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

During your stay in the hospital 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. If the alarm is sounded, elevators will temporarily cease operation and members of our Protective Services team will investigate the alarm.

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.

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