Birthing made beautiful

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Memorable time: The three Community Healthcare System hospitals - including St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, and Community Hospital in Munster - offer services and accommodations to make the day of becoming a parent one to treasure forever. | Supplied photo


Bring your baby into the world in a beautiful way. At the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, we have everything you need to make one of the most important days in your family’s story a beautiful beginning. Private, comfortable home-like surroundings, advanced medical technology and our highly skilled, expert staff can deliver a birthing experience that is stress-free and unique.

Each hospital has its own beautifully appointed accommodations and specialized services - including the region’s most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care unit, water birthing, certified nurse midwife options and certified lactation counselors - all designed to make your first days as a family a time you will forever treasure.

“When looking for the right health-care facility to deliver your new bundle of joy, it is important to know that advance medical care and services are available in case the need should arise,” said Michelle Cherry, R. N., BSN, nurse manager, Community Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Nursery.

Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Center includes a Level III nursery with extended neonatal capabilities, advanced monitoring equipment, technology and techniques. It is the only Northwest Indiana hospital with board-certified neonatologists - affiliated with the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital - in-house, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

They are supported by Community Hospital’s skilled team of neonatal nurses and respiratory, occupational, physical and speech therapists to provide intensive intervention for infants with special medical needs. All of these services will soon be located within the hospital’s new tower, opening in July, 2014.

The Family Birthing Center at St. Catherine Hospital features a home-like environment perfect for this special time in the lives of families. Labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care take place in the comfort and privacy of your beautiful room. Each suite features a private bathroom, whirlpool tub and a state-of-the-art birthing bed, with advanced medical equipment necessary to ensure safe labor and delivery. Baby can stay in the room with mothers around the clock, enhancing mother-infant bonding. Additional nursing care is always available for moms or babies who need extra rest.

“Our nurses are cross-trained in all aspects of labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care,” said Lisa Zvyak, R.N., nurse manager at St. Catherine Hospital. “We’re here throughout the birthing process, providing a smoother transition and better continuity of care.”

At St. Mary Medical Center, the Family Birthing Center offers progressive delivery options, the latest technology and certified expertise to women during pregnancy and birth. In addition to the welcoming home-like atmosphere for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care, the unit features state-of-the-art birthing beds, four triage beds, water birth options, private bathrooms with showers, infant security system and skin-to-skin bonding techniques. The Center also offers certified lactation consultants and certified nurse midwives on staff. Women can make informed decisions about their plan of labor with their physicians or midwives, and know that the center has the facilities and team of experts on staff to carry it out with care.

“Our staff is extraordinarily committed to helping families make this life-changing event as natural and beautiful as it was meant to be, providing the highest quality care in a comfortable, soothing environment,” said Alicia Hart, R.N., nurse manager at St. Mary Medical Center.

Education and preparation are important parts of parenting; if you need help before, during or after your pregnancy, be sure to take advantage of free and low-cost classes and special programs. For a complete listing of classes, visit our website at

Free tours of our Family Birthing Centers are available by calling (219) 836-3477 (Munster), (219) 392-7900 (East Chicago), and (219) 947-6462 (Hobart).

Provided by Community Healthcare System