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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I pre-register before I go into labor?

Yes, there is a form you can fill out ahead of time.

Is there an anesthesiologist on duty?

An anesthesiologist is available specifically to the Birthing Center every day and night - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Are you a teaching hospital? Will medical students or residents attend the birth?

The only residents the hospital has are from our family practice residency program. Your physician may request that residents be part of your health care team. If you have any questions, please be sure to speak with your physician.

Do you have neo-natologists on staff?

Yes, and they are immediately available should a need arise.

Can my baby stay with me or does he or she have to be in the nursery?

Your baby can stay with you as much as you like, as long as your condition or that of your baby does not dictate otherwise. If your baby needs special monitoring, we have a Level III (highest level) nursery. We also want you to be rested. The nursery is available as a safe haven for baby while you rest.

Do you have birth balls or squat bars available in the rooms?

We do have birth balls and a squat bar.

Can my partner be with me at all times including operating if I need a C-section?

Yes, as long as your condition or that of your partner does not dictate otherwise.

How many people can be in the delivery room?

This is up to the discretion of the doctor and your particular health situation. We will work to maintain your privacy.

Is videotaping allowed during delivery?

We do not allow videotaping during delivery at this time.

What sources are available such as lactation or new family classes?

We provide Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Basics classes prenatally. Lactation consultants are available, and prenatal exercise pool classes are available through our Paulson Rehab Center in Willowbrook. A doctor’s order is required. We also have a breastfeeding support group that you can join for up to six months after delivery. A complete list of classes is available on the Family Education page.

When can family and friends visit the baby and me?

The visiting hours in the Birth Care Center are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for grandparents and siblings. All other visitors are welcome between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visitors must be in good health.

For more information, call the Birck Family Birth Center at 630-856-4900.