PCC recommends comprehensive prenatal care that begins in the first trimester of pregnancy. Included in regular prenatal care are routine ultrasounds. An ultrasound is usually performed around 20-22 weeks gestation to take a closer look at your developing baby. These are most often performed at the radiology department of West Suburban Medical Center, Westlake Hospital, or Norwegian American Hospital. We also refer patients with complex issues to these specialty departments.
Sometimes, your provider might recommend an early ultrasound to determine your due date. These ultrasounds are most accurate when completed early in pregnancy. Early ultrasounds can be performed directly with a PCC provider at our Ultrasound Clinic. Our providers are family medicine physicians who have completed advanced training in the care of pregnant patients.
We also can provide antenatal testing for higher risk patients that require more monitoring. This consists of ultrasounds for fluid level, placental location, and baby position as well as Nonstress Testing of the baby. Additionally we offer pre-operative evaluation for patients that may require a D&C secondary to early pregnancy loss. Referrals from a PCC provider are required.
At PCC, we provide birth centered around you. This means that patients have a variety of birthing options conveniently linked within one health system. We work with a collaborative team of certified nurse-midwives, family medicine physicians, and OB/GYNs to ensure the health and safety of the mother and baby.
For low-risk mothers, we offer midwifery care in hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Midwives perform deliveries at West Suburban Medical Center (Oak Park) and the Birth Center at PCC (Berwyn). Water birth is available in each location.
Any patient may choose physician care if desired. Physicians deliver at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, and West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, depending on the health center where they provide prenatal care. PCC’s providers offer patients natural birth options, vaginal deliveries with the assistance of pain medication, and Cesarean sections.
Choosing a Provider: Physicians and Midwives
One of the most important decisions you will make early in your pregnancy is choosing the right provider. Many mothers choose an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) or a family medicine physician because they expertly care for mothers and babies before and during delivery. You may choose to work with a doctor who has been your OB/GYN or your family physician for a long time and with whom you have developed a strong relationship. Doctors can help you manage high-risk complications and can assist you with Cesarean births, if necessary.
For low-risk expectant mothers, you have another option: a certified nurse-midwife (CNM). CNMs provide all of your prenatal care. Midwives see birth as a normal process and minimize the use of technological interventions. They can deliver your baby at West Suburban Medical Center or at the Birth Center at PCC. If your pregnancy changes from low to high-risk, your midwife can consult or collaborate with a physician, or transfer your care to the doctor.
If you cannot decide between a doctor and a midwife, you should consider interviewing one of each. Whichever you choose, rest assured that each provider will respect your birth preferences and deliver your baby in a safe environment.
A healthy birth begins with care during your entire pregnancy. PCC’s pregnant patients receive prenatal and postpartum care at one of our health centers.
Prenatal Care Schedule (regular visits with your provider):
Standard prenatal care includes the following screenings and tests:
Birth naturally in the home-like Birth Center at PCC, located in Berwyn.*Mothers presenting with low risk are eligible to deliver in the birth center with the support of certified nurse-midwives.
Please discuss your interest in the birth center with your provider.
*If a patient or her newborn will be better served in the hospital, they will be transferred to a PCC provider at nearby West Suburban Medical Center.
We offer free childbirth education classes for PCC patients. These classes are available to pregnant patients and their partners, family members, friends, and other members of the support team. We offer four-week series as well as intensive, four-hour Saturday classes that include all topics in one session.
*Required topics for Birth Center at PCC patients
Advanced registration is not required, but you must check in with the front desk when you arrive.
If you have any questions, call Mary Sommers at 708-386-0845, Ext. 1009. Se habla español. Para más información sobre clases de preparación para el parto gratuitas en PCC, llame a Mary Sommers al (708) 386-0845, Ext. 1009.
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PCC is a lead agency for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) by the State of Illinois. We provide access for screening or diagnostic tests for breast and cervical cancer to all uninsured women.
Uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 qualify for mammograms and breast exams, and uninsured women between 35 and 64 qualify for pelvic exams and Pap tests.
On a case-by-case basis, younger, symptomatic women who meet the guidelines are considered for the program and could receive screenings free of charge.Phone: 773-836-2785, Ext. 6233
Well woman care can be given by an OB/GYN, family medicine physician, certifed nurse-midwife, or advanced practice nurse. At PCC, this gives patients many options to make sure to get regular attention to female health.
Well Woman Care includes:
PCC is a lead agency for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) by the State of Illinois. We provide access for screening or diagnostic tests for breast and cervical cancer to all uninsured women. Uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 qualify for mammograms and breast exams, and uninsured women between 35 and 64 qualify for pelvic exams and Pap tests. On a case-by-case basis, younger, symptomatic women who meet the guidelines are considered for the program and could receive screenings free of charge.