|The Birth Place|
For more than 159 years, Mercy Hospital has cared for Chicago’s moms-to-be with compassion and commitment, and our tradition of excellence continues today with our state-of-the art Birth Place.
Expert Care from the Beginning
Start your pregnancy off right with prenatal care from our highly skilled and experienced obstetricians. From tips on nutrition and exercise to sophisticated prenatal testing and imaging, our prenatal team provides comprehensive pregnancy care for both Mom and baby.
If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or have a condition that could lead to a high-risk pregnancy, access to high-quality diagnostic testing and services throughout your pregnancy is essential. The Pre-Birth Place at Mercy Hospital offers comprehensive specialty care for high-risk pregnancies. Our highly trained and experienced team of prenatal specialists provides high-level, personalized care to each patient.
A Unique Labor Experience
No matter what your labor is like, you can rest assured that that our experts are trained and experienced in all types of deliveries. What’s more, we are one of a select few hospitals offering advanced obstetrical pain management so that laboring moms can remain as comfortable and pain-free as possible during labor and delivery.
If a new baby requires specialty care, Mercy offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where skilled neonatologists deliver care for premature and special needs babies. Our highly trained staff has years of experience caring for babies with health concerns, and the size of the nursery (just 16 cribs) ensures that both babies and parents receive attentive, compassionate care.
A nurse midwife is a registered nurse who has completed an advanced degree and specialized training in women’s health care and pregnancy. Nurse midwives care for women throughout the life cycle from adolescence through adulthood, providing primary and general wellness care as well as routine gynecological and pregnancy care. They perform wellness screenings, prescribe medications, order tests, and provide care for minor illness such as colds, ear infections, and rashes. Through the course of providing care, nurse midwives help identify minor as well as acute illness and diseases early and when required, will refer patients to an appropriate physician or specialist.
Are you experiencing low moods, decreased energy, or a feeling of hopelessness? You’ve been told having a baby should be the best time of your life—and it’s not? You may be experiencing perinatal depression. Statistics show 1 in 5 pregnant women will experience depression and 1 in 10 will experience postpartum depression. Often referred to as the “baby blues”, depression can occur during or after pregnancy with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Although perinatal or postpartum depression does not take the same form for every woman, all of the symptoms can be equally distressing and often leave the woman feeling ashamed, guilty and isolated.