The midwives of West Suburban Midwife Associates attend births at West Suburban Medical Center’s Family Birthplace, which features both traditional birthing rooms and 2 Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) rooms. Each of the ABC Rooms include a free-standing birthing tub, a queen-size bed, bathroom with shower, microwave, refrigerator, and free wireless internet. The ABC rooms are located on the 6th floor of West Suburban Hospital, in between Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Units.
WSMA nurse midwives admit almost all patients to the ABC, including Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) candidates .
Admission and use of the Alternative Birth Center rooms has some basic requirements:
Adequate prenatal care
Completion of a childbirth education course (such as Bradley Method, Informed Beginnings, Brio Birth, Hypnosis for Childbirth or community based program). We do not recommend weekend crash courses.
Attending the ABC Orientation Class at West Suburban Medical Center
Full-term pregnancy (37 weeks)
A reassuring admission fetal non-stress test (NST).
There are some circumstances that risk out of using the Alternative Birth Center rooms:
Induction of labor
Current infection or fever on admission
Prolonged rupture of membranes without labor