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Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital Labor and Delivery

In Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital


Prentice Women’s Hospital offers a variety of resources to help you prepare for the birth of your child.

The top 10 things to do before you deliver your baby at Prentice Women's Hospital:

  1. Pre-register for your delivery.
  2. Choose a pediatrician affiliated with Northwestern Medicine by calling our Physician Referral department at 312.926.1000.
  3. Review the Healthy Start pamphlet and learn about rooming in and breastfeeding.
  4. Inform your family and friends about Northwestern Medicine’s visitation policy and discuss your wishes, too.
  5. Keep your car gassed up and ready to go. Plot out directions and plan alternate routes to accommodate traffic or road closures due to construction or community events. You may want to take a practice run (or two).
  6. Pack your hospital bag and pack a bag for your partner, too. See "What to bring" below.
  7. Ensure you know when to call your physician or midwife, and that you know how to get in touch with them when the office is closed.
  8. Take prenatal classes.
  9. Discuss your birth expectations with your physician and/or midwife.
  10. Practice comfort techniques that will be helpful during labor.

View your prenatal visit schedule.

For more information about delivering your baby at Prentice Women’s Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, please call 312.926.2000.

Parking and Transportation

Parking is available at discounted rates for patients and visitors of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Download Parking Map

Parking Rates

Standard Parking

Up to 7 Hours: $12 7 to 24 Hours: $26


Up to 3 Hours: $27 3 to 7 Hours: $30 7 to 24 Hours: $37

Parking Validation

Parking garage tickets must be validated each time a car is parked. Without validation, regular garage rates will apply. You can validate your ticket at the customer service desks on the first and second floors.


There are multiple transportation options to serve you. Find convenient transportation to and from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including taxis, public transit and train transportation.


Northwestern Medicine is committed to providing a hospitable environment for all. We offer the following accessibility resources to accommodate your stay or visit:

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Wheelchairs
  • Patient escorts
  • Language interpreters
  • Resources for the hard of hearing
  • Service animals

Learn more about our accessibility resources.

Patient and Visitor Information

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The Labor and Delivery entrance is the front door of Prentice, 250 E. Superior Street. The door is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We understand how eager friends and family will be to meet the new baby. Please review the following visitor guidelines for labor and delivery.
Labor and delivery unit visitor policies 

  • Your partner may be present 24 hours a day
  • Other visitors, including brothers or sisters of any age, are welcome 9:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Children under age 12, except baby's siblings, may not visit, due to Illinois Department of Public Health regulations.
  • A safe and secured environment is our highest priority. Our nurses will review our security and safety protocols.
Security reminders:
  • You should never leave your baby alone in the room. If the need to leave the room arises, our staff can care for the baby in the nursery.
  • You should never give your baby to anyone unless he or she is wearing a Northwestern Medicine employee ID badge.
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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.