Your Care Comes FirstWith 2,100 babies delivered every year, Community Hospital is the most experienced family birthing center in Northwest Indiana and one of the leading facilities for newborn care in the state. Whether you opt for a natural, Cesarean, or water birth, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are in control of choosing what is right for your child. Our expert team will you support you through every step of the process.
The Comfort of Your Home, with Advanced Care
Your stay with us begins in a private, state-of-the-art birthing suite that is specially equipped for labor and delivery, and designed with your privacy and comfort in mind. Our accommodations provide the comfort of a luxury hotel with modern conveniences that help to make your stay restful and stress-free.
- Custom designed private bathrooms
- Private closets with built-in security safes
- Adjustable delivery beds with controlled lumbar pillows
- Walk-in showers with bench seats, relaxing lumbar jets, and effleurage massage wands
- Convertible sofa-bed for guests
- Built-in desk with WiFi access
Parents and families can rest assured they are in a safe, secure environment at all times. Wireless fetal monitoring allows our trained staff to keep a close watch on baby at all times, even when mom-to-be is walking in the unit or enjoying hydrotherapy. The mother/baby care unit is protected by an advanced surveillance system and locked entry, with documentation of all individuals entering or leaving the unit.
In addition to the modern conveniences and amenities of the Center, patients have the opportunity to purchase spa services such as a manicure or pedicure. These services are offered by Community Hospital's SpaPointe and Hair Studio, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of the mom's room. Spa services may also be purchased as a gift for the new mom during her stay.
Interested in visiting our center? Schedule a tour by calling 219-836-3477.
Neonatal Care: Dedicated to Your Baby’s Health
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Community Healthcare System has Northwest Indiana’s only team of skilled nurses, respiratory therapists and board-certified neonatologists who are in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our neonatal specialists follow up with you to help with your baby’s transition home and ongoing care so that your newborn develops into a healthy child.
Our Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit offers premature newborns all the nurturing they need. Housed at Community Hospital, the NICU houses 32 neonatal beds and is outfitted with features that keep newborns healthy and safe, including:
- Two isolation rooms
- Two parent overnight suites
- State-of-the-art incubator beds with environmental controls
- An advanced security surveillance system
- Private lactation rooms and support seven days a week
- Relaxing family lounge with nourishment
- Locked entry
Critical Care Transport
When a critically ill or premature baby needs to be transported to a facility for advanced care, it can be stressful and time-consuming. Community Healthcare System sponsors a neonatal transport system that allows us to care for premature and critically-ill babies from the other area hospitals at Community Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, or transport them to a children's hospital for subspecialty care or surgery.
Our critical care transport team, which includes a respiratory therapist, physician, nurse practitioner, a physician assistant and nurse trained in specialty care medicine, is specially trained to monitor infant patients with intensive care needs. Each transport is assigned certain members based on the individual patient’s situation. The transport vehicle, a fully equipped intensive care level ambulance, enables the team to provide non-stop monitoring and vital life support.
Cuddler ProgramNICU stays may last as long as three months, and many parents can’t afford to be there on a full-time basis. Through our Cuddler Program, we offer parents peace of mind with volunteer “cuddlers” who spend time with your baby when you can’t. Research has proven that the extra attention and care these cuddlers show an infant—in between parental visits and physician and nurse rounds—leads to faster weight gain, shorter hospital stays, and improved social, emotional and physical development. You can take solace in the fact that our NICU cuddlers are available to provide the human touch that babies need. By simply holding the babies and quietly reading or singing to them, our cuddlers can help babies develop and grow. Despite the cute title, these specialists are highly trained, maintain strict hand washing and infection control practices in the NICU, and adhere to all hospital policies and confidentiality requirements.
Development Follow-Up Program
Community Hospital provides follow-up assistance for babies who need special care after birth, are at risk for developmental delays, or have ongoing medical issues. This program is very important during a child’s first three years, when he or she is growing quickly and learning new skills.
Our multi-disciplinary team includes a pediatrician, neonatologist, pediatric nurse clinician, physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and, as necessary, a pediatric neurologist. We work together to evaluate your infant's development and recommend ways to manage any health or developmental concerns as they arise.
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The mother/baby unit is open for general visit every day from 11 AM to 8 PM. Each mother’s support person or significant other is granted open visitation. Siblings and grandparents may visit the mother’s room from 7AM to 10PM.
LABOR & DELIVERY
Labor and delivery visitation is limited by the mother’s wishes and the physician’s discretion. The mother is allowed up to three support visitors at any one time. Sibling visitation can be arranged through the nurse’s station.
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