Frequently asked questions

This section includes answers to common questions families have asked about the Family Birthing Centers at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Can I take a tour of the Family Birthing Center?

Of course! We welcome you for a visit. Touring the hospital’s Family Birthing Center before you deliver is a great way to remove some of the mystery and help reduce any anxieties about the process.

During the tour, you and your partner will get to see one of the labor and delivery rooms and a mother/baby room, and become familiar with the services we offer. We also offer tours for siblings (ages 2 and up), so they can see what a hospital room looks like and hear more about becoming a big brother or sister.

To register for a free tour of the Family Birthing Center, call 630-527-6363 for Edward Hospital or 331-221-2273 for Elmhurst Hospital.

Where is the Family Birthing Center?

Our Family Birthing Centers have two convenient locations: Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital.

Edward Hospital is located at 801 South Washington Street in Naperville.

  • If you arrive during the daytime (before 9 p.m.), park in the North Parking Deck and enter through the North hospital entrance.
  • If you arrive at night (after 9 p.m.), enter through the South Emergency Room entrance.
  • Stop at the information desk.
  • Proceed to the Labor & Delivery entrance on the first floor.

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Elmhurst Hospital is located at 155 E. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst.

  • Park in the “Green” parking lot.
  • Go to the East Entrance.
  • Take the East Elevator to the third floor.
  • Exit the East Elevator to your right and follow the signs to the Family Birthing Center.

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Who can be in the delivery/birthing room?

The adults you choose to accompany you in the birthing room are there to support you during labor. Determining who is present during delivery is a decision you can make with your physician or midwife. However, if complications arise, we may ask visitors to leave. Caring for you and your baby is our top priority.

What are the visiting hours before, during and after I have my baby?

Labor and delivery

Visitors during labor are at your discretion.The number of people you can elect to be in the room during labor, actual delivery or c-section delivery varies by hospital. Please speak with your nurse about each hospital’s particular requirements, and make your decision with your physician or midwife. If you want your children to attend the birth of their sibling, you’ll need written permission from your doctor and the “Sibling at Birth” class is required for the family.

After your baby is born

Your primary support person is allowed 24-hour visitation. Siblings are welcome during regular visiting hours except between 2-4 pm, which is designated as “quiet time,” or after 8 p.m. All children need to be under the supervision of another adult. 

For your baby’s safety, please tell visitors who are sick, or had a cold or fever in the past 24 hours, to refrain from coming to the hospital. If your baby is in the NICU at Edward Hospital or the Special Care Nursery at Elmhurst Hospital, your nurse will discuss visitation with you.

Is there quiet time for me and the baby?

Yes, both Edward and Elmhurst hospitals schedule “quiet time” for mom and baby from 2-4 p.m. each day. During this special time, you’re encouraged to rest and bond with your baby. We ask that you limit visitors, including your other children, if possible. Your spouse, significant other or support person may stay in your room during quiet time.

How long will I be in the hospital when I have my baby?

For vaginal births, the average length of stay is two nights. For Cesarean births, plan for at least one more night's stay in the hospital.

What happens when I am discharged?

Physicians try to make early visits on the day of discharge so that patients can leave the hospital by 11 a.m. All required lab work must be completed for both mom and baby, including the baby's hearing screen, newborn screening (PKU) test, and any other tests or immunizations that your baby's doctor has ordered, and the baby's birth certificate form must be completed and signed.

You will need to have a properly installed car seat to take your newborn home. Plan ahead. A good time to install the new car seat is before you have your baby. Have local law enforcement or the fire department conduct a car seat safety check so you’re all set when baby arrives. Learn more about car seat safety.

Learn more about caring for your baby once you’re home

Learn more about postpartum care after you have a baby

How can I request a copy of my child's birth certificate?

Prior to your discharge from the hospital, you will be given a form that you can mail in to request a copy of your baby's birth certificate. After mailing in the form, it may take several weeks to obtain the birth certificate copy.

You may also request a copy of your baby's birth certificate by contacting one of the following:

How can I get a Social Security card for my newborn?

Your baby's birth certificate form must be completed and signed prior to discharge. On the form, a box requesting your baby’s social security number will be automatically checked. The social security card will be mailed to your address approximately 12 weeks after birth.

Get more information on how to obtain a social security card for your child

Why should I take prenatal classes?

Here are just a few reasons why a prenatal class could help you:

  • Reliable information - Although there are many websites and other sources of information about childbirth and infant care, not all of the information you receive is reliable or relevant. Our Prepared Childbirth classes combine features from the three most common methods of childbirth education taught today: Lamaze, Bradley, and Grantly-Dick Read. You’ll learn what’s normal during the birth process and why it happens, the important role of the labor support partner, comfort measures to use during labor, and relaxation and breathing techniques to help you get through labor.
  • Hands-on practice - Studies show that you only remember about 10 percent of what you read, but up to 90 percent of what you see, hear, and do. Therefore, we strive to use various teaching techniques to get you involved in learning. Our instructors will use a wide variety of visual aids, videos, demonstrations, comfort tools for you to try, and activities to increase your learning and understanding.
  • Social interaction and peer support - In prenatal classes, you will be part of a community of people who share your same concerns, fears and hopes. You can learn from each other’s questions and discussions. You also prepare together as a couple for this big event, often creating lasting memories of this special time together.
  • Reduced anxiety - The fear of the unknown causes anxiety which can increase the discomfort of labor. By learning about the birth process and what to expect, you can help to reduce the anxiety associated with this experience. We include a tour of the Family Birthing Center as part of the Prepared Childbirth class, including where to come for admission, the birthing suites, postpartum rooms and newborn nursery.

When should I take prenatal classes?

We offer a free online pregnancy class "Steps to a Healthier Pregnancy," which we recommend you take as early as possible in your pregnancy. The best time to take your childbirth, baby care or breastfeeding classes is early in your last trimester. You should plan to finish your class by about four weeks prior to your due date.

If you are expecting multiples, plan to take your childbirth class even earlier in your pregnancy, such as at the beginning of your second trimester, in case you are placed on bed rest toward the end of your pregnancy.

Classes fill quickly, so register as soon as possible so you can get the class option of your choice.

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Which childbirth class should I take?

We understand each expectant mother has different learning needs and scheduling needs, so we offer several options for classes to prepare you for childbirth:

  • Prepared Childbirth (4-week series)
  • Prepared Childbirth (2-week series)
  • Prepared Childbirth Marathon
  • Prepared Childbirth Express
  • Prepared Childbirth Refresher
  • Multiples
  • Cesarean Birth

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