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BERWYN, Ill. – The Birth Center at PCC welcomed its 100th delivery on Sunday, June 12. Baby Sawyer takes the honor of being the 100th baby born at the Birth Center at PCC. Brittani Chodl and her wife, Mary, welcomed Sawyer with the support of Sawyer’s older sister, Mia, and great-grandmother.Birth Center at PCC 100th Birth - Lightened

“The facility is beautiful and from the moment I walked into my birth, the midwives put my mind at ease,” said Chodl. “The midwives are wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone.”

Tera Martin, a certified nurse-midwife at the Birth Center at PCC shared, “It was an honor to be present with Brittani and her family during their birth. I love being able to support parents outside of the hospital setting, in the comfort of the birth center.”

The Birth Center at PCC is located within PCC South Family Health Center at 6201 Roosevelt in Berwyn and remains the only freestanding birth center in Illinois. It is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where low-risk women can give birth with minimal medical intervention.

Throughout pregnancy, care is provided by certified nurse-midwives who specialize in low-risk pregnancy and out-of-hospital birth. Midwifery-led care within birth centers is associated with increased natural delivery and breastfeeding and is known to lower the risk of Cesarean birth as well as various complications for mother and baby.

On Friday, June 24 the Birth Center at PCC will host “Women’s Night Out,” a free community event that will foster community, model self-care techniques, and introduce health concepts such as nutrition or physical activity for women and mothers. The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Birth Center at PCC. The event is baby-friendly and does not require an RSVP.

For further information, or to schedule a tour of the Birth Center at PCC, please call 708-317-3035 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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BERWYN, Ill. – March 18, 2015 – On Friday, PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) held a grand opening for the Birth Center at PCC , Illinois’ first free-standing birth center.

Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Camille Lilly showed their support at the grand opening.

At the grand opening, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Representative Camille Y. Lilly (D, 78th District) spoke to over 80 attendees about the importance of birth centers and adequate healthcare access.

"America cannot go wrong investing in healthy moms and healthy babies," Durbin said.

Other participants in the event included Mary Sommers, Birth Center Director of Clinical Operations, and several mothers who had given birth at the center along with their babies.

“Our patients are receiving great care and the community is noticing,” said Robert J. Urso, PCC president and CEO.

Ronald Austin, Jr., Chair of PCC’s Board of Directors, complimented PCC’s leadership in their efforts to establish and license the center. He also thanked Sommers and Clinical Director Cecelia Bacom, who lead a midwifery team to provide patient-centered care in the facility. So far, 27 babies have been delivered in the Birth Center at PCC.

Clinical Director, Ceal Bacom,CNM, reunites with some of the first babies born at the Birth Center at PCC.

The facility is located at the corner of four communities—Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero and Oak Park—yet patients are traveling from as far as Elgin and Park Forest to deliver at the Birth Center at PCC.

Birth centers are proven, safe options for low-risk patients. However, despite widespread usage of birth centers across the United States, it took Illinois 25 years to pass birth center legislation. Now signed into law, the Alternative Health Care Delivery Act (Public Act 095-0445) establishes birth centers in Illinois and regulates them.

The Birth Center at PCC remains the only free-standing birth center in Illinois. It is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where women can give birth with minimal medical intervention. As a prerequisite for birth center care, pregnant patients must be considered low-risk and otherwise healthy. Patients also attend prenatal classes preparing them for an out-of-hospital birth.

Patients stay at the Birth Center at PCC throughout the duration of labor, delivery, and early postpartum. Whenever mothers and newborns require hospitalization, they will be transferred into the care of PCC providers at West Suburban Medical Center, (WSMC) located six minutes away. PCC provides 24-hour labor and delivery services at WSMC with at least two PCC physicians always available in-house, including a provider to perform Cesarean sections.

“This is only the beginning,” said Sommers. “Through our birth center, more and more women will be empowered to take an active role in making decisions about their children’s births.”

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OAK PARK, Ill. –

October 28, 2014 – The first newborn cries were heard in the Birth Center at PCC, Illinois’ first free-standing birth center, as two families welcomed their babies on the rainy fall morning of October 18. Sophia Azalia, daughter of Delilah Noyola and Ivan Ramos was the first baby born at the birth center, located at PCC South Family Health Center in Berwyn. Less than one hour later, Natalia and Roberto welcomed their son, Ryland.

First baby born to Illinois birth center, Sophia Azalea, with her parents Noyola and Ramos.
Noyola, Ramos, Bacom

“I was really shocked I was the first one; I loved it!” exclaimed Noyola. Although she knew early in her pregnancy that she wanted to deliver in the birth center, Noyola knew she needed to await the birth center’s final licensure from the Illinois Department of Health. Luckily PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) was licensed on October 8, in time for her to labor and deliver in one of two birthing suites at the center.

Each patient had access to a birthing tub, full size bed, and proficient midwifery support. “All the midwives were really supportive. How well they took care of me will never leave my mind,” says Noyola. “Everything is going well and the experience was like no other.” Proud father, Ramos, agrees that the midwives were attentive and effectively calmed his nerves. “I truly believe that natural birth is good, and at the birth center, they have it down to a science,” says Ramos.

Both families opted for birth center deliveries because they desired natural births free of pain medications, in a home-like setting. Natalia describes the atmosphere at the birth center as warm and welcoming, for both herself and her family. “Being in the birth center helped me to connect to my baby,” remembers Natalia. “My main focus after birth was to concentrate on my baby and relax.”

The opening of the birth center comes after over 25 years of advocacy and public health

Baby Ryland shares a birthday with Sophia.
Natalia and Family
initiatives in Illinois. With the support of local politicians and advocacy groups like the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group , legislation was approved in 2007. Another five years passed until Rules and Regulations were finalized in 2011.

Ceal Bacom, CNM, the Director of Advanced Practice Nurses and Midwifery at PCC, first introduced PCC to birth centers in 2011. “When Ceal suggested that PCC open a birth center at PCC South Family Health Center, I knew that it would be a great fit because obstetrics has always been a significant part of PCC,” says Robert Urso, President and CEO at PCC. “Ceal’s dream became PCC’s dream.”

Bacom has long wanted to offer an out-of-hospital experience for natural birth that was available to all women. “When we relocated the health center, we were given an opportunity to offer another birth option in the spectrum of maternity care that has been long absent in Illinois,” she says.

Bacom explains that there are numerous advantages to natural births and midwifery care. Midwifery care within a birth center is associated with increased natural delivery and breastfeeding rates. Because the Birth Center at PCC is integrated into the health care system, mothers have streamlined access to physician consultation, and if needed, hospital care at nearby West Suburban Medical Center. PCC midwives and physicians have a long-established practice at the hospital and can easily support one another when additional care is required.

PCC has worked collaboratively with Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to ensure the first birth center in the state would serve as a strong model for future centers. “PCC is very excited to have established the first free-standing birth center in Illinois.” says Urso. “We recognize that our success was due in part to leadership at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as our collaborative team at PCC.”

“This is a new era for birth in Illinois,” says Mary Sommers, Birth Center Director of Clinical Operations. “We understand that mothers can give birth in the appropriate settings based on their risk factors.” Sommers encourages anyone seeking more information about the Birth Center at PCC, or birth centers in general, to contact her at 708-386-0845, Ext. 1009 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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