Dynamic families relocating from the best neighborhoods in the city of Chicago are drawn to our communities, usually after the birth of their first child or around the time a second bundle of joy is on the way. Oftentimes, these families have had a good experience with Prentice Women’s Hospital, and many plan on making the trip back downtown to deliver the new baby.
Yet, with all the good things happening at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (AHH), it makes sense to consider having the baby closer to home. The Birck Family Women’s and Children’s Center is a comprehensive program, providing top-level maternity and neonatal care at AHH.
The Center offers a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery, the highest obstetrics rating available, to stabilize and provide intensive medical and surgical care for critically ill newborns. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Center provides state-of-the-art care to women with high-risk pregnancies.
AHH also offers excellent care for low-risk pregnancies. There are seven certified nurse midwives (CNM) who are affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, continuing a 30-year tradition of midwife care. A CNM is a registered nurse with a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited university and who has passed a national board certification exam. They are considered “advanced practice nurses” and are legally recognized nationwide.
Illinois Midwives, who always work in collaboration with OB-GYN physicians, believe that pregnancy and birth are normal events that usually occur without major medical complications. They follow a low-intervention protocol, seeking to actively engage women to play a dynamic role in their own care and create the birth experience they envision.
Four of the CNMs on staff at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital are part of a particularly vibrant practice in Hinsdale: OMG Women’s Healthcare (OMGWH). Women working with OMGWH can choose a CNM or physician for their care at any stage in their of their life, whether they are pregnant, post-natal or looking for annual checkups. OMGWH Midwives collaborate with Dr. Steven Dawbe, a longtime resident of Hinsdale.
Choosing a midwife is a comforting option for many women in the practice because her midwife remains by her side throughout the entire pregnancy and delivery.
If a pregnancy becomes high-risk due to diabetes, age, genetic, or biological reasons, a midwife will co-manage with a physician. The Maternal Fetal Medical Center at AHH provides state-of-the-art care to women with high-risk pregnancies. A mother-to-be will not “risk-out” of midwife care at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “You never lose your midwife,” confirms Beth Helme-Smith, MS, CNM of OMGWH Even after pregnancy, your midwife remains with you for family planning and ongoing gynecological care.
The dedicated birthing rooms lend themselves to midwifery. Midwifes will start with little intervention, but should a mother desire an epidural or other medicine, everything is right there.
The hospital, building on a history of firsts, including delivering the area’s first baby in a hospital setting, establishing birthing rooms, and offering childbirth classes, lactation consultants, and midwives, has recently added jetted tubs by Kohler to the suites, giving mothers yet another option for delivery. “The midwives were instrumental in choosing the type of tubs and advising on where they were placed in the rooms,” says Betty Sue Netzel, director of women and children’s services at AHH.
“We really like Hinsdale Hospital,” Beth says, adding, “The dedicated birthing rooms facilitate a good experience for mother and baby, and the addition of water therapy for water births is really great for labor.”
Of the women who deliver at AHH, about 26 to 27 percent do so by cesarean section, which is lower than the national rate of 33 percent. OMGWH mothers have a much lower rate of C-section, less than 10 percent. This percentage reflects the positive influence CNMs have on delivery. It also reflects the availability of doula care at OMGWH. When the family is looking to maximize the likelihood of achieving an unmedicated birth, three birth doulas work alongside the midwives and Dr. Steven Daube, DO.
Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth. These women provide physical and emotional support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas also provide information to the mother and advocate on her behalf. Having a doula by your side during delivery offers support without dragging in issues or old conflicts as you might experience when relying only on your spouse or even your mother. A doula will acknowledge what you are feeling and help you work through it, without introducing the thought that you need to be stoic or digging up body image dilemmas you might have experienced in your teenage years.
Whatever type of birth experience the families in our area are seeking, AHH is equipped to provide it. Betty Sue says, “I love that we offer all these choices, from high-risk to low-intervention. I love that continuum. Every mom has an idea of what delivery will be. We want to offer that experience to all moms whenever possible.” We are fortunate to have such family-focused resources accessible to us as we welcome our newest little residents.
The Greatest Gift
In April of last year, the new 100,000-square-foot, five-story patient care pavilion with 261 spacious, private patient rooms opened at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Units are designed to place caregivers closer to patient bedsides with modern workstations, improving patient privacy.
AHH has now named its new patient pavilion the Koplin Pavilion, in honor of the generosity of Alfred N. Koplin and his wife, Jean. Hinsdale residents for more than 50 years, the Koplins have made a gift in excess of seven figures to the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation for the new pavilion. Their contribution is the largest single-gift contribution ever received by the Foundation.
“We are extremely grateful to the Koplins for their unprecedented gift and thank them for their tremendous support of the hospital and the community that it serves,” Foundation Executive Director Susan S. King says.
“The Koplins’ gift is a reflection of a true philanthropist’s belief in the future,” Adventist Midwest Health President and CEO David L. Crane says. “Al and Jean have ensured access to the best possible care in a setting that will serve our community well for years to come.”
To learn more about AHH, visit keepingyouwell.com. For more on the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, call 630-856-2000, or visit hinsdalehospitalfoundation.com.