Childbirth

Whether you are a new mom, or have had children before, Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago is dedicated to helping guide you through pregnancy and childbirth, and caring for your newborn. We offer a private, home-like setting, with several amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible at our Family Birthing Center. During your stay, our expert, caring staff takes time to make sure your needs are met, and we are happy to answer your questions along the way.

Family Birthing Center 
Our Family Birthing Center is staffed with medical experts and offers a comfortable, home-like setting with privacy, security, pullout bed for dad or other support person, rocking chair, dinette area, computer hook-up and much more. Through our partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago give all pediatric patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital the very highest quality care and resources available in Chicago. Specialists from Lurie Children’s Hospital work on Swedish Covenant Hospital’s campus and collaborate with hospital staff to care for patients. For more information on the Family Birthing Center, call 773-989-3834.
 
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What’s the Family Birthing Center experience all about?  Ask an expert!
Eva Peroulas, RN, MSN, has been a nurse for 24 years, 15 of them at Swedish Covenant Hospital, and she remains passionately enthusiastic about her role as Quality System Manager for the SCH Family Birthing Center. Below, she answers questions commonly asked by expectant mothers.

Q: What is the difference between delivering a baby in a traditional hospital setting and delivering in a Birthing Center?
A: “There are many women who would prefer to deliver their baby at home. We try to bring that home feeling into our unit, but if there’s an emergency, we are ready. We think of our unit as a delivery-at-home experience with medical resources right there.”

Q: Can I go through labor and delivery in the same room?
A: “Yes. We consider the whole family’s experience in our Birthing Center rooms. We have a pullout bed for the mom’s partner or other support person to stay, a rocking chair—all amenities women have told us they want.”

Q: How many support people, such as doulas, friends, partners or family members are allowed to be with me in the labor and birthing room?
A: “Two at a time—three if one of them is a doula. We need to have enough room for additional staff to come in if we need to provide emergency care.”

Q. How does the Birthing Center help women manage pain during labor? What if I don’t want any drugs during my labor?
A: “It always depends on the woman’s preferences. Some women don’t want to feel any pain and ask for an epidural right away.  There are Jacuzzis in each room, as well as birthing stools, squatting bars, aromatherapy—all additional options for having a drug-free but less painful birth experience. Our staff model is to follow the mom’s wishes—but it’s up to the baby sometimes too!”

Q: How many women in labor does each nurse typically care for?
A: “We have one nurse caring for every two women in early labor, one-on-one nursing care for each woman during active labor and two nurses for each woman at birth—one for the mother and one for the baby. It is worth noting that Swedish Covenant Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet© hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which means our nursing staff has been nationally recognized for providing the highest quality of nursing care.”

Q: What kind of breastfeeding education and support is available to new moms?
A: “A lactation consultant sees every patient in the Mother and Baby Unit and all our nurses are required to have breastfeeding training. There is always someone available to help new moms learn how to breastfeed. We also have Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinics three days a week in the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Center.”

Q: Do you have any mandatory tests or procedures for newborns?
A: “We are required by law to do routine hearing tests and a congenital heart screenings on all babies before they leave. We also place babies with their mothers “skin-to-skin” for an hour immediately after they are born.”

Q: Does the hospital accept cord blood donations or arrange for them to be given to a public cord blood bank?
A: “Yes—as long the arrangements are set up before labor. There is no charge to donate to a cord blood bank, but there is a fee to store the cord for your own child, which is called “banking” the cord.”


We offer monthly tours of the Family Birthing Center, as well as an array of educational classes to help you prepare for baby and beyond. To explore these events, visit our Pregnancy and Parenting Classes.
The new Mother and Baby Unit provides a comfortable place for families to visit their newborn. Mother and baby can room together in a private, home-like setting with a pullout bed for dad or other support person. A dinette area with a refrigerator and entertainment center includes a flat-screen TV, completing the comforts of home. Additionally, a computer hook-up is available, allowing the new family to plug in a laptop and e-mail the good news of the baby's arrival.

Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago encourages expectant mothers to preregister for labor and delivery services with the hospital to reduce paperwork at the time of delivery.

To preregister, please read the following materials:

• Preregistration packet
• HIPAA Privacy Statement

Please complete and return the preadmission forms only. Do not return the HIPAA privacy statement.

Visiting Guidelines Hours and Guidelines
Swedish Covenant Hospital believes that the presence of family and friends is supportive and essential to our patients' healing process. Our visiting hours are designed to allow family members and friends to visit their loved ones at times that will protect all patients from disruption. 

Visitation is welcomed 24-hours, but suggested patient visiting hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., every day.

As a reminder, visitors who are experiencing fever or other flu-like symptoms are discouraged from visiting patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Child Visitors
It is suggested that children under the age of 12 (per IDPH guidelines) visit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

• For the safety of child visitors, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (other than the patient) at all times. Children left with a patient are considered unsupervised. 

• For the safety of child visitors, parents/guardians will ensure that their children behave in a manner appropriate for the healthcare setting (no yelling, running, jumping on furniture, or any other behavior that poses a safety risk to other patients, visitors, and staff members.) Hospital Staff may ask Parent/Guardians to monitor their children's behavior. 

 • For the wellbeing of the child and patient, infants and children under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting patients under isolation precautions. 

 • During a public health incident or during influenza season (October-May), children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit patients on any hospital unit. 

 • Children should not be used as interpreters unless the patient is experiencing a highly urgent medical emergency. Interpretive service is available as a courtesy to hospital patients.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these guidelines. Your cooperation will help to keep our patients, staff and community healthy.
 
Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago offers a number of educational programs for new and expectant mothers, including:

  • Prepared Childbirth 
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Baby Care and Infant CPR
  • Family Birthing Center Tour
  • A Prenatal Visit with the Pediatrician
For more information, or to register for an event, call 773-878-6888 or visit our Pregnancy & Parenting classes.

Pregnancy and Newborn Classes 
Baby Care + Infant CPR Class 
The Baby Care and Infant CPR Class is offered in two different formats: a one day marathon class on a weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or a two-part series on a weekday evening (two classes from 6 to 9 p.m.).

This class is ideal for expectant, new, or adoptive parents. Learn about baby care basics including cord care, circumcision care, jaundice, diapering and bathing. We also go beyond the basics and include essential information on cloth diapering, ‘green baby’ tips, using your car seat correctly, and techniques to calm a crying baby, including instruction on Dr. Karp's 5 S's. You will also learn infant CPR/choking during this class. Participants receive a newborn care DVD, a CPR booklet and more.  
 
What to bring to class:  Please bring your infant car seat carrier and vehicle manual to class (if taking the two-part series, please bring to class #2). Minimal snacks are provided, so you may wish to bring your own additional snacks. There is also a 45-minute break for lunch on your own (during one-day marathon sessions only). 
 
Cost is $75 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options.
 
Do you have a FSA account? This class may be covered – call your specific FSA agent to find out.
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Breastfeeding Class 
In this course, first-time parents will receive individual instruction on breastfeeding and learn techniques for success from our board-certified lactation consultants. Partners are an integral component to build confidence and support and are strongly encouraged to attend this class.

In order to provide quality instruction, space is limited. Please register in advance and plan to take this class during your third trimester.

Cost is $20 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options.
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Prepared Childbirth 
The prepared childbirth class is offered in two different formats: a one day marathon class on a weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a three-part series on a weekday evening (three classes from 6 to 9 p.m.).

Topics include what to expect during labor and delivery, birthing options, admission to the hospital, epidurals and pain management, vaginal and C-Section births, common interventions and scenarios, and much more.  A tour of the maternity unit is also provided as part of this class.

What to bring to class: Please bring a pillow and an exercise ball if you have one (if taking the three-part series, only bring ball to class #2). Minimal snacks are provided, so you may wish to bring your own additional snacks. There is also a 45-minute break for lunch on your own (during one-day marathon sessions only). 

Not sure which format is right for you?  The three-part series is a slower pace, provides more discussion and networking amongst participants, and offers more time to practice comfort measures during the class, with instructor coaching. Those who take the one-day class will also learn comfort techniques but will have less practice time during class.  Please note that newborn care and breastfeeding are not included in this class.  Participants are highly encouraged to sign up for our Breastfeeding and Baby Care and Infant CPR classes.

Cost is $75 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options. 

Do you have a FSA account? This class may be covered – call your specific FSA agent to find out.
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Family Birthing Center Tour 
Swedish Covenant Hospital nurses will conduct a guided tour, providing general birthing information and a look around the Family Birthing Center, including the labor and delivery units and postpartum floor.
The entire session lasts 60-90 minutes. It begins with a 30-minute guided tour of the facility and concludes with an informational session, during which attendees are encouraged to ask any questions they have about the Family Birthing Center or the childbirth process at the hospital.

Tours are available each month at the following times: 10 a.m. on the first Sunday, 6 p.m. on the second Sunday and 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday. For late cancellations or inquiries about class availability, please call 773-878-8200, ext. 2125.

Please note: if you are planning to attend Swedish Covenant Hospital's Prepared Childbirth Class, you do not need to attend this tour since the Prepared Childbirth Class includes a tour of the Family Birthing Center.
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