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Northwestern Medicine Huntley Family Birth Center - Labor and Delivery

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Northwestern Medicine Huntley Family Birth Center is the destination for labor and delivery in McHenry County.

When it comes to having a baby, our team understands you want every piece of the puzzle—sweet memories, the safest labor and delivery, and a little bit of pampering, too. We offer expert clinical care so you can focus on getting to know the newest member of your family.

The Northwestern Medicine Huntley Family Birth Center also provides special programs, including childbirth and infant care classes, and birthing options to make your delivery and stay memorable.

Parking and Transportation

Onsite parking is available for patients and visitors.


View the Family Birth Center

In person tours will be held at 2 pm every Sunday.

We encourage each mother and her partner to visit the Northwestern Medicine Family Birth Center to familiarize themselves with the unit before the big day arrives. Family Birth Center tours are at 2 pm every Sunday. Tours meet in the Family Birth Center waiting room. It is recommended to call ahead to ensure a nurse is available to give a tour. Please understand that patient safety and care come first and at times, a nurse may not be available or restrictions (influenza) may limit visitation to the Center.

To tour the Family Birth Center at Huntley, call 224.654.0330.

Amenities at the Northwestern Medicine Huntley Family Birth Center:

  • Spacious rooms
  • Every baby receives a complimentary Halo Sleep Sack
  • After the birth of your baby, the Brahms Lullaby will be heard over the hospital’s paging system
  • “At Your Request” room service features an expansive menu for you and your significant other to enjoy
  • Bath and body gift set
  • Quilted cooler for milk storage
  • Expectant mother parking is also available for your convenience throughout pregnancy as well as newborn follow-up visits
  • Delicious take-home meal
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Leading in Baby Sleep Safety

Cribs for Kids® recognized Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital as a National Bronze Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. This celebrates our work to reduce sleep-related infant deaths (SIDs) through establishing a sleep safety policy, training staff, educating families and more.

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Leading in Baby Feeding Care

Baby-Friendly USA recognized Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital as a Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital.northwestern-medicine-leading-in-feeding This indicates that we practice all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants are specially trained in lactation and breastfeeding. At Huntley Hospital, these experts are available 7 days a week to support you and your baby.

Planning Ahead

Being pre-registered saves you a step once you go into labor. Take this opportunity to fill out your pre-registration information online.

We will ask you these questions when arriving at the Northwestern Medicine Family Birth Center to make childbirth as stress free as possible.

  • Will you breastfeed your baby?
  • What type of pain management do you desire?
  • Do you want your son to be circumcised?
  • Have you selected a pediatrician?

Also, remember your baby cannot be sent home without a car seat. Please take the time to read the instructions included with the car seat and have it properly installed before it is time to go home.

Special Care

Every parent hopes for a normal, full-term birth for their child. Some infants, however, may need more help in their first moments to get off to a strong start. That’s where our team can help.

24-hour Coverage by Neonatologists at the Huntley Family Birth Center

The first moments after birth can be critical for stabilizing a premature or fragile infant. That’s why at Northwestern Medicine we are committed to having board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with special training to care for premature and sick newborns) present in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Northwestern Medicine, we have partnered with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Lurie Children’s performs the following critically important services for our fragile babies:

  • Inhouse 24/7
  • Attendance at high risk births or at the request of Obstetricians
  • Caring for infants in the Level II- intermediate care nursery
  • Performing infant exams for healthy, full-term infants at the request of the pediatrician or hospital

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A Dedicated, Compassionate Team

Many healthcare professionals are involved in the care of sick and/or premature infants. In addition to ours team of neonatologists, the unit has a specially trained team of care providers dedicated to providing your baby the highest level of specialized care possible. This team includes nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, specially trained nurses, case managers (social workers), pharmacists, dietitians, hearing screen technicians, and more.

Whether expected or unexpected, the admission of your baby to the special care nursery can be a stressful time: we are here to ease the burden for you. Prenatal consults, nursery tours, and educational sessions are available for you to plan and prepare for your stay. Whether your visit is quick, or if your baby needs some extra time to grow strong, rest reassured that at the family birth centers, you and your family are in good hands.

Newborn Photography

To capture those first precious moments with your baby, Huntley Hospital arranges for professional photos of your newborn to be taken in the comfort of your hospital room.

Bella Baby® photographers create beautiful pictures that you can cherish forever. You can access your photos online for 14 days by using a protected password. Share your password with select friends and family members who wish to view or order photos of your baby by using a protected password.


Why Choose Us

Northwestern Medicine is proud to have five hospitals ranked among “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the only Illinois hospital on the national Honor Roll for 12 straight years, our clinical and administrative staff and medical and science faculty come together every day with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

With Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, we’re dedicated to consistently providing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-focused care. We seek to improve the health of the communities, individuals, family and friends we serve by delivering a broad range of services with leading medicine and compassion. Because what makes us better, makes you better.