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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Labor and Delivery

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Labor and Delivery

At Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, we know that pregnancy is a journey that can begin before you are pregnant and continues after delivery. That is why we offer family planning to postnatal classes, and everything in-between.

Our Obstetric Unit at Kishwaukee Hospital offers exceptional care by experienced, compassionate nurses. Our goal is to help you have a safe, rewarding birth experience that meets your personal preferences.

Our clinical team of OB/GYNs, nurses and patient care technicians can also address your special needs, from pain relief options, and delivery method to postpartum counseling.

The maternity suites at Kishwaukee Hospital are specially designed and equipped to allow you to labor, deliver, recover and receive postpartum care (LDRP) in one spacious, comfortable room throughout your stay.

Take a video tour of the Obstetrics Unit at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.

For more information, watch a video Q&A led by an expert from Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Breastfeeding Center.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Doctors Available via Telemedicine

Parents in Greater DeKalb County have access to Lurie Children’s Neonatologists thanks to a telemedicine expansion at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.

Patient and Visitor Information

Hours of Operation

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Learn more about our visitor restrictions.

Northwestern Medicine encourages you to spend time with your loved ones and friends during their hospital stay.

During the Sacred Hour, friends and family may wait in the family waiting area. The Sacred Hour is the first hour after birth, which promotes bonding, skin to skin, and initiating breastfeeding in a gentle and soothing environment.

Following baby’s birth, visitors are encouraged to allow three to four hours recovery time before visiting. You, the patient, can tell us when you would or would not like to have visitors.

State regulations do not allow visitors under age 12 unless they are the brother or sister of the newborn. An adult must accompany children who visit at all times.

Individuals who have temperatures, colds, sore throats or any contagious diseases should not visit patients.

If you have questions or want more information about the Sacred Hour and our initiative to promote breastfeeding, please ask a Kishwaukee Hospital Maternity Suites nurse.


To promote health healthy pregnancy and safe environment for you and baby a brief checklist is available to you. If you have concerns or questions about any of the resources, you can reach out to your physician or the Kishwaukee Obstetrics Department 815.766.7467.

Northwestern Medicine also offers a variety of prenatal classes. Contact Community Wellness for more information on classes, events and support groups.

Delivery registration

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

Obstetric and Neonatal services

Labor and Delivery services include:

  • Anesthesia services available 24/7
  • Obstetrician on site 7 pm–7 am (Kishwaukee Hospital only)
  • Level II Special Care Nursery
  • Dedicated cesarean section operating room with post anesthesia care unit
  • Specialty trained registered nurses in house 24/7
  • Certified lactation counselors/consultants available
  • Private neonatal procedure room in nursery
  • Advanced fetal monitoring
  • Social workers, registered dietitians and spiritual leaders, including postpartum counseling
  • Breastfeeding support while you’re in the hospital
  • Access to the free Breastfeeding Center at Kishwaukee Hospital once you’re home

Each room is staffed by highly trained, caring nurses and many amenities including:

  • Rooming-in for baby
  • Large private bathroom and closets
  • Complimentary WiFi access for personal/mobile devices
  • Birthing chair
  • Birthing bar
  • Birthing ball
  • Wireless fetal monitoring
  • Nitrous Oxide – a safe and non-invasive option to help manage anxiety and pain during labor, while allowing continued mobility
  • Use of IPads to help keep remote loved ones present for the labor and birth experience

Every mother who gives birth at Kishwaukee Hospital will receive a mom/baby care booklet upon discharge. There are also medication information sheets used when new medications are given. Kishwaukee Hospital also offers an expansive menu for hotel-style room service for moms to take advantage of during their stay.

The Kishwaukee Hospital maternity suites follow the guidelines of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization to improve the health of women and infants through education, support and the promotion of breastfeeding.

Hospital safety and baby tracker services

In addition to your baby rooming in with you, he or she will have a computerized tag for identification and location purposes. The maternity suites are locked for the safety of the infants and their families. Security staff is available 24/7.

Newborn photography

Beautiful newborn photos done by Bella Baby photographers at Kishwaukee Hospital will be keepsakes you and your family will cherish forever. The photographer comes to your hospital room and sets up several poses. A slide show is then available for you to view and order for 2 weeks. With your permission, your baby pictures are then posted on the photographer’s online baby gallery so family and friends can view.

Breastfeeding Center

Our goal is to help you address concerns and overcome obstacles through your baby’s first year. The Breastfeeding Center in DeKalb serves all new moms in Northern Illinois, no matter where you delivered.

Why Choose Us

Northwestern Medicine facilities offer access to world-class patient care across the greater Chicagoland area and Northern Illinois. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, 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.