Having a baby is a very special, emotional and life-changing experience. The first touch of your newborn’s hand or yawn on her tiny face is unforgettable. At Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers, we believe that being part of your baby’s birth is a privilege. From your first visit to an ob/gyn, throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby, you’ll notice our primary focus is on you and your newborn’s well-being and comfort.
For questions about our Family Birthing Suites, call 815-705-7301.
A Focus on Family
We get to know you by name and listen to your needs throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. We also recognize the importance of having the support of those you love around you and invite your family to become involved and help celebrate the birth of your baby. These are just some of the reasons moms love delivering at Morris Hospital.
The obstetricians, pediatricians and obstetrical nurses at Morris Hospital are highly trained health care experts who love what they do, and it shows. In addition, anesthesiologists are readily available at all times to provide pain relief.
Our experienced nursing staff is cross-trained in the aspects of labor, delivery, postpartum and infant care, so the same nurse can care for you and your baby. This provides an important continuity of care. In fact, moms can count on receiving one-on-one nursing care throughout the labor process. Plus, year after year, the staff in the Family Birthing Suites receives national recognition for achieving excellence in patient satisfaction.
When you arrive at Morris Hospital to have your baby, you will settle into one of our private family birthing suites that make you feel more like you’re at home instead of a hospital. With soft lighting and modern, comfortable furniture, along with beautiful woodwork and large windows, our family birthing suites provide a welcoming atmosphere. Each suite is complete with a large private bathroom and shower, personal sink and vanity, large wardrobe, TV and DVD/CD player, and sleeper sofa so a support person can stay overnight. Nutrition stations, which offer beverages, ice and light snacks, are close to every suite and available to patients and their support persons 24 hours a day.
When it’s time for delivery, your suite can be converted into a delivery room within seconds. Each suite is equipped with special lighting and equipment that’s hidden behind panels in the wall and ceiling.
The entire OB unit, including the Nursery, has discreet but strict security measures to ensure that babies and moms are safe and secure.
We also offer one complimentary celebration meal for Family Birthing Suites patients and one guest.
For patients who require a cesarean delivery, our cesarean surgical suite is located right within the Birthing Suites. The cesarean suite contains everything needed for a cesarean delivery, whether planned or unplanned, without leaving the unit. After a c-section, patients are transferred to a birthing suite for their recovery and postpartum stay.
We are committed to providing our laboring moms a variety of alternative pain relief methods, including: birthing balls and aromatherapy oils. Experienced obstetrical nurses are available to help coach patients through the labor process. In addition, anesthesiologists are on call and readily available at all times.
From the moment your baby is born, we foster an environment that allows you to bond with and learn how to care for your baby. We think of you and your baby as a “mother/baby team”and encourage you to be together for all those important learning and bonding moments. All nursing care for your baby – including the very first bath after birth – is done at your bedside. Each suite is equipped with a bassinet for baby so families can spend as much time with their newborn as possible. However, should you need time alone to rest, we’re happy to care for your baby in the nursery.
As a Level II perinatal care provider, we have the necessary qualifications to care for women who have the potential or likelihood for complicated or high risk deliveries, as well as newborns who may require specialized services. The nursery is located within the Family Birthing Suites, and both mom and dad can visit the nursery at any time. For mothers and babies who require an even higher level of care, Morris Hospital has a perinatal affiliation agreement with Loyola University Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading Level III perinatal care providers with a neonatal internsive care unit. Babies who have to be transferred are able to return to us sooner because of our Level II designation.
We are committed to providing breastfeeding moms with all the education and support they need to have a successful breastfeeding experience. Our certified lactation consultants, who are also obstetrical nurses, are available to provide breastfeeding assistance. These professionals can assess your baby’s feeding style, help solve breastfeeding problems and make sure you and your baby get off to a good start. For your convenience, breast pumps may be purchased in the hospital gift shop. We are happy to teach you how to use a breast pump before you go home.
Morris Hospital provides a number of prenatal classes and other educational opportunities to help women and their families prepare for this special time in their lives. Each class is taught by a Morris Hospital obstetrical nurse, allowing expectant moms the opportunity to get to know our OB staff before they have their baby. Follow this link to the schedule of prenatal classes.