U.S. News & World Report has recognized Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital in its inaugural list of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals, part of Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH), are among 237 of 2,700 hospitals in the United States considered high-performing in maternity care for 2021-22.
To determine its list, U.S. News used hospital data from 2019 involving uncomplicated pregnancies, not high-risk pregnancies, and considered five factors: scheduled early deliveries, C-section rates in low-risk women, newborn complications, rate of exclusive breast milk feeding and option for vaginal births after cesarean. U.S. News also took into account information about services and amenities, like private rooms, valet parking and availability of childbirthing classes.
In fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), Edward Hospital recorded 3,218 live births and Elmhurst Hospital recorded 2,719 live births. Both hospitals have been recognized for reducing the number of elective deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy by the March of Dimes, Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative and Illinois Hospital Association.
In addition, Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital provide:
Innovative, specialized treatment: Access to innovative technology, enhanced birthing methods and specialized care for high-risk births and multiples.
Medical expertise: Dedicated birthing teams include board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs), specially trained nurses and nationally certified midwives, who are advanced practice nurses. An OB/GYN, anesthesiologist and neonatologist are available 24/7. On-site perinatologists from EEH’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinics provide care for moms with high-risk pregnancies.
Personalized care: A nurse is assigned for one-on-one attention during active labor to listen to patients and let them guide their birthing plan.
Private rooms: Comfortable, deluxe, fully equipped birthing suites and mother/baby rooms.
Fully equipped nurseries: Access to the highest level of care provided in the Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Edward Hospital and extended capabilities in the Level IIe Special Care Nursery at Elmhurst Hospital.
Helpful resources: Access to a variety of classes and support groups to help prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care.
For more information about maternity care at Edward-Elmhurst Health, visit www.eehealth.org/services/pregnancy-baby