Chicago's Best Hospital for Labor, Birth and Delivery
Where is the best place in Chicago to deliver my baby?
We get this question from clients a lot! The truth is, there's no quick and easy answer because it depends on a number of factors, such as:
- Your medical history and any problems with the pregnancy
- Whether or not you are expecting a baby that may be preterm or need the support of a NICU
- If you are seeking care from a doctor or a midwife
- What type of labor & birth experience you are hoping to have
- Your health insurance
Deciding where to give birth can be overwhelming, but we've put together a list that will help you to make the decision.
First, decide if choosing a HOSPITAL or choosing a medical PROVIDER (doctor or midwife) is more important to you. For example, are you looking forward to having the OB you've seen since your early twenties deliver your baby? In that case, you'll want to find out which hospital they have privileges at. Or, are you wanting the support of a state of the art medical teaching facility, such as Northwestern or Prentice, and are in search of a provider who has privileges there.
Second, try it out before you commit. Many providers offer non-medical consultation visits so that you can check out the office staff, see if you connect with your intended provider, and ask questions. You can also go on a hospital tour prior to committing to a hospital or provider to make sure it's the right fit for what you're looking for.
Third, check out the list of questions we've put together that you won't want to forget to ask. These questions are a great conversation starter with your doctor or midwife, can be used on a phone call to labor & delivery while looking into hospitals, or can be brought with you on a hospital tour.
We've been doulas at Prentice, University of Chicago, Northshore Evanston, West Suburban Hospital, Illinois Masonic, Adventist Hinsdale, Rush, Elmhurst Memorial, and more. Whether you're looking for a state of the art facility or the most natural childbirth experience possible, know that Chicago has an option for you.