24-Hour Neonatologist Coverage
Neonatologists are pediatricians with special training to care for newborns who are premature or ill.
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 when our neonatologists step in.
The first moments after birth can be critical for stabilizing an infant who is premature or fragile. At Northwestern Medicine, we are committed to having board-certified neonatologists in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They perform the following critically important services:
- Attending births deemed high-risk or at the request of an obstetrician
- Caring for infants in the Level II intermediate care nursery
- Performing infant exams for healthy, full-term infants at the request of a pediatrician or hospital staff
Lactation Counseling and Support
Recognizing the significant health benefits that breastfeeding provides to mothers and babies, Palos Hospital supports and advocates for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available before and after your delivery to provide you with the education and skills needed to support your breastfeeding choices. They focus on the needs of the couple and are committed to promoting positive bonding experiences through professional and individualized education and support.
Take advantage of our before and after delivery educational classes to learn more about your labor and delivery expectations as well as caring for your baby.
Palos Hospital offers ongoing guidance following discharge through the Nursing Moms Network where mothers share their experiences and receive education and support from experienced maternal child health nurses and lactation consultants.