Birth Center at PCC

At the intersection of four communities – Chicago, Berwyn, Cicero, and Oak Park – the Birth Center at PCC stands as the first free-standing birth center in Illinois. The Birth Center at PCC is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where mothers can birth their babies. Birth Centers are integrated in the health care system and are proven, safe options for qualifying women. At PCC we practice an integrated care model, enabling birth center patients to access primary care, behavioral health care services, oral health care, and financial counseling during and after their pregnancies.

Women coming to PCC for prenatal care may choose the Birth Center at PCC for their deliveries if they meet low obstetrical risk requirements. Prenatal care for birth center patients is provided along the same timeline as PCC patients who deliver in the hospital, becoming more frequent in the last trimester of pregnancy. Care is focused on prevention of complications and vigilant monitoring of risk factors to allow for appropriate referrals when indicated.

PCC midwives enable women to utilize their own strength to birth naturally in the center without pain medication. In addition, patients have access to birthing tubs and other tools for pain management. A mother’s support persons are welcome to remain at the center throughout labor, either in the patient’s room or in the family waiting area. Care will be given to ensure the birth center space remains a safe and comfortable environment for the laboring mother. After the birth, mother and baby remain together at all times to encourage bonding and successful breastfeeding.

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