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 to help you alongside your pregnancy.

Your team begins with our highly rated OB/GYN physicians who are trusted by more moms to deliver their babies than anyone else in Indiana. Our IU Health hospitals offer comprehensive services for you and your baby.

We’ll work with you to provide all the support you need.

Our Approach to Maternity Care

You may have a normal 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

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. 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 during your 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

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Sign up for a childbirth education class today. We offer many classes to support you and your family. These include classes on topics such as:

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

In addition, we also offer many support groups. Visit our Classes & Events page to find support groups near you.

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. 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 during your 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

Learn what to expect before, during and after birth. Sign up for a childbirth education class today. We offer many classes to support you and your family. These include classes on topics such as:

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

In addition, we also offer many support groups. Visit our Classes & Events page to find support groups near you.

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

Private Delivery Suites

Our delivery and post-delivery 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.

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

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. With expert care from Indiana's only nationally ranked pediatric health system, you can be reassured 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

Our delivery and post-delivery 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.

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

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. With expert care from Indiana's only nationally ranked pediatric health system, you can be reassured you and your baby will receive the best care possible.

As an expectant mother you may have a little more anxiety these days. We want to reassure you that you, your baby and our team members are our first priority. As the largest healthcare system in Indiana, we are well positioned to adapt our approach to best meet your pregnancy care needs. Each patient’s care will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Visit our COVID-19 online resource center for the latest updates from IU Health. We value the trust you have placed in our skilled physicians, nurses and team members. We are proud to be your partner during this time. We will continue to bring an unwavering commitment to providing you and your baby with the compassionate, safe and quality care you deserve.

We know you will likely have questions. We have answered the following questions to help ease concerns about your labor and delivery at this time.

COVID-19 FAQs

As an expectant mother you may have a little more anxiety these days. We want to reassure you that you, your baby and our team members are our first priority. As the largest healthcare system in Indiana, we are well positioned to adapt our approach to best meet your pregnancy care needs. Each patient’s care will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Visit our COVID-19 online resource center for the latest updates from IU Health. We value the trust you have placed in our skilled physicians, nurses and team members. We are proud to be your partner during this time. We will continue to bring an unwavering commitment to providing you and your baby with the compassionate, safe and quality care you deserve.

We know you will likely have questions. We have answered the following questions to help ease concerns about your labor and delivery at this time.

COVID-19 FAQs: Pregnancy & Childbirth

If you are admitted to an IU Health hospital and in labor, one visitor is allowed with you.

The visitor must be the same person throughout the entire stay and must screen negative for COVID-19. We encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through video conferencing apps available to you.

View Updated Hospital Visitor Policies

Pregnant women are in the same high-risk category as the elderly, as well as women who are within 6-8 weeks after delivery due to immune system concerns. Data suggests that pregnant women are not more likely to experience severe symptoms of COVID-19 if they become infected.

View Complete IU Health Pregnancy & Childbirth FAQs

Yes. A doula is considered part of your healthcare team and can also be allowed in addition to your support person.

View Complete IU Health Pregnancy & Childbirth FAQs

No. All patients and visitors are screened for COVID-19 upon entry. Patients with symptoms will not be near you or your newborn. You will be directed or escorted to the labor and delivery unit upon arrival. Additional personal protective equipment like eye wear and face shields are being worn by our providers.

If you test positive for COVID-19, we can help you take steps to reduce the risk of infecting your baby. We will make sure you receive the follow-up care you need to best manage potential symptoms and complications of infection. Babies who test positive for COVID-19 generally recover completely, but it is a new illness and the risk to newborns is not entirely understood.

Postpartum care will remain relatively the same in hospital. Depending on your location, the nursery may be closed, in which case rooming-in will be encouraged. Well-check appointments and postpartum check-ups will be moved virtually if appropriate.

We will conduct some routine office visits by video or telephone based on your care needs. We have been reducing in-person visits to decrease the amount of in-office traffic. We are working hard to communicate changes before your visit, but please call your doctor’s office if you have any questions about your appointment.

View Complete IU Health Pregnancy & Childbirth FAQs

Depending on your location, classes, tours and visits have been cancelled or moved virtually. To view all virtual classes and events, visit iuhealth.org/classes-events. For further details, talk to your provider or call your office.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for all people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant now or in the future.

The CDC also says pregnant people with COVID-19 have an increased risk of severe illness compared with non-pregnant people. Pregnant people with COVID-19 also might be at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared with pregnant individuals without COVID-19. There is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.

IU Health supports the recommendations from the CDC. IU Health recommends that people who are pregnant or breastfeeding consult with their doctors on the right course of action for them. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting ourshot.in.gov.

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