The Women’s Group of Northwestern is a group practice. Our providers have varied schedules. There are days they are in the office, days they are at the hospital for deliveries, as well as days off. The advantage of a group practice is that we create an opportunity and encourage you to schedule your regular prenatal visits with multiple providers so that you will be familiar with other providers should your primary care provider not be on-call when you go into labor and deliver your baby. Additionally, we have an excellent team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are well versed in general obstetrics to see you for routine or problem visits in order to accommodate all of our patient’s scheduling needs. Our entire team is dedicated to you and your baby.
Prenatal Visits and Appointments:
Prenatal visits will be scheduled as follows:
- 8-10 weeks: New Obstetrical visit with your physician includes a physical exam, pap smear if due, blood tests and screening cultures. An interview with the OB coordinator is necessary.
- Every 4 weeks until 30 weeks
- Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
- Once a week until delivery
- Scheduled C-section: PLEASE Read below “Preparing for your scheduled C-Section“, prior to your surgery, it contains important information.
Scheduled Cesarean Delivery:
In years past, once a woman had a cesarean delivery, it was expected that all subsequent deliveries would also be by cesarean delivery. It is now felt that some women who have had a C-Section may be able to safely delivery vaginally. If you have had a prior C-Section, you will discuss the pros and cons with your physician and together decide which route of delivery is best for you
Preparing for your scheduled C-Section:
Pre-registration with the hospital should be completed as early as possible in your pregnancy. Your C-Section could be put onto your physician’s schedule as soon as your first OB visit. However, your C-section cannot be scheduled until you are registered with the hospital for this delivery. Hospital Registration: Labor and Delivery: 312.472.3610 Link to registration – If your due date is within the next 90 days please fax your pre-registration forms to 312-472-0127. If your due date is greater than 90 days please fax your pre-registration forms to 312-472-3505
Three days before your surgery:
- Check with your physician about the use of any daily medications you take to see if you should stop them prior to your surgery.
One day before surgery:
- Complete any lab tests ordered by your doctor. You may be required to go to the hospital the day before your scheduled C-Section to have blood drawn (a type and screen) if you are Rh negative, have placenta previa or have had a prior myomectomy. If you are unsure if this is necessary for you, please ask at your next office visit. Failure to complete this could result in your C-Section getting delayed or cancelled.
- A labor and delivery nurse may call to confirm your arrival time and answer any questions.
The day of surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before your scheduled surgery time. This includes gum, hard candy and water. If you eat or drink during this time, your surgery time will be delayed or cancelled.
- Arrive 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time and check in at Prentice Women’s Hospital L&D Triage Unit on the first floor.
What to bring to the Hospital:
- Leave all valuables at home, including jewelry, credit cards and money
- List of all allergies
- List of all medications
- Photo ID
- Insurance card
- Camera – your partner may bring a camera, but no pictures may be taken during the actual birth
Please review the C-section document below from Northwestern to review more details about what to expect during and after your scheduled C-Section.
Obstetrics Educational Material:
- OB Packet (PDF)
- OB calendar (PDF)
- Prenatal Classes
- Hospital Classes
- Book List (PDF)
- Common discomforts of pregnancy (PDF)
- Suggestions for Relief of Morning Sickness (PDF)
- 3 hour glucose test instructions
- Cesarean Delivery Northwestern Memorial Prentice Hospital Patient handout (PDF)
- External Version (PDF)
- Medication List (PDF)
- Educational Pamphlets – American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Cord blood
Helpful Information for Obstetrical Patients of The Women’s Group of Northwestern:
Hospital Registration: Labor and Delivery: 312.472.3610 Link to registration – If your due date is within the next 90 days please fax your pre-registration forms to 312-472-0127. If your due date is greater than 90 days please fax your pre-registration forms to 312-472-3505
Anesthesia Consultation: 312.695.2500
Fetal ECHO: 312.472.4156
Prentice Ultrasound: 312.926.7657
Galter Ultrasound: 312.695.8095
Northwestern Lake Forest Ultrasound and NST: 312.694.8973
NST: 312.926.7000, Select option #4
Prenatal classes: 877.926.4664 Visit Website We recommend that all new parents take the Great Expectations, Infant CPR, Breastfeeding (if you are planning to breastfeed), Newborn Care and Pediatric Care classes. The best time to call and sign up for classes is at 20 weeks.
Billing/Financial Questions: If you have questions regarding your hospital medical bill(s) or would like to talk with a financial counselor, please call the Financial Counseling Department at 312.926.6906.
Medical Records: If you would like to obtain copies of your baby’s medical chart or part of it, please contact the hospital Medical Records at 312.926.3375
Cord Blood and Tissue:
Your baby’s cord blood has stem cells in it which can be used to treat a number of different blood diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, other blood cancers, inherited anemias, bone marrow failure after chemotherapy. The chance of your baby developing one of these diseases is 1/700 in their lifetime (if there is no history of these diseases in your family). There is also research on many other diseases that may someday be treated with stem cells; these areas of research include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and many others.
Family Banking: Via Cord
Family Banking: Cord Blood Registry
After delivery and prior to leaving the hospital, you will schedule a follow-up appointment in our office. For a vaginal delivery you will need to be seen 6 weeks post partum. After a cesarean section you will need a 2 week incision check and a 6 weeks post partum visit.
Prior to any visit, if you are experiencing unusual pain, bleeding, lactation issues, or feelings of depression, please call the office to schedule an earlier appointment.
Post-partum instructions, click here
Depression can occur during as well as after pregnancy. Many women experience mood changes after their delivery. This most commonly starts 2-3 days after delivery and usually goes away by 2 weeks. Changing hormones, anxiety about caring for the baby, and lack of sleep all affect your emotions. It is important to eat properly, get adequate sleep and reduce stress during this time to help with symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms require treatment especially if mom is not bonding or enjoying her baby; unable to care for herself or the baby; feeling excessive sadness, depression or anxiety. If you ever feel you may hurt yourself, the baby or someone else you should go to the emergency room right away. If you or your partner has any concerns that you may be depressed, please contact us for evaluation.
- Meridian Psychiatric Partners 211 E. Ontario, Suite 1195 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 640-7740 * Participates with BCBS PPO
- Wellsprings Health Associates 1 E. Erie Street, Suite 355 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 573-0900 / Jennifer Levy and Joey Miller (formerly Cuden) ***perinatal loss
- Psychiatric/Psychologist Referrals PDF
After Delivery Educational Material:
Please call our office to schedule an appointment with us or click here to access our secure patient portal to request an appointment on-line.