Congratulations on your pregnancy! We are a team of doctors and midwives practicing collaboratively to personalize your care. Our goal is to partner with you and your family for a healthy pregnancy and safe and empowering birth. We look forward to working together.
Our doctors and midwives offer individualized care for the birthing process. We have a number of options for birthing families. Our hospital, DePaul Medical Center, is known for its personalized care, low cesarean rate and high breastfeeding rate. We have been welcoming babies in this hospital for over 20 years!
At WomanCare Centers, we honor the choices women make for birth from unmedicated births to epidurals. Our physicians attend births in Labor and Delivery and provide rapid and sensitive back up to all births attended by our midwives. Our midwives attend births in both Labor and Delivery and in our site birth center, The Midwifery Center at DePaul. Both of these units are located inside the Center for Birth on DePaul Medical Center’s third floor.
Medications in pregnancy (this is going to be a pdf attachment but I am working on an updated one right now and should have before the go live)
Pregnancy Advice & Classes
Fetal Movement Counting
Sometime later in your pregnancy you may be asked to assist in assuring your baby's well-being by doing fetal movement counting. It should be done in the following way:
Half an hour to an hour after dinner, lie down on your left side. Start counting the baby's movements and see how long it takes to count 10 movements. Normally, this will take somewhere between 5 and 30 minutes. As long as it takes the same amount of time each night to count the 10 movements, you and we can be reassured that your baby is doing well. If you ever have a night where it takes longer than one hour to count the 10 movements, we will want you to call us at the office number. This does not mean there is a problem but we will want to talk with you and may even have you come in to the hospital to be monitored. It is important to do the fetal movement counting under the same circumstances each time. If you try to do the movement counting while you are engaged in normal activities during the day, the number of movements may, in fact, be decreased. However, the results are not valid since it must be performed after a meal, while lying on your left side.
If there are any questions concerning fetal movement counting, please discuss if with your doctor at your next appointment.
- American Association of Birth Centers - www.birthcenters.org
- "Your Guide to Breastfeeding" from WomansHealth.org<
- La Leche League International - www.lllvawv.org
- American Academy of Pediatrics– www.aap.org
- Doulas of North America– www.dona.org