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Nominating a legendary midwife for an excellence award in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

The Joyce Roberts Excellence in Midwifery Award is given to an Illinois Certified Nurse Midwife who has shown exemplary service to the Nurse Midwifery profession in Illinois. Established in 1999, it was created to honor a CNM hero who exemplifies excellence in practice, education, or research…

Covid Q and A, Version 3,986 or Maybe It Just Feels Like That in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

The COVID tornado keeps on spinning. Thankfully, most of us are following safety protocols and looking out for our fellow citizens. We’ve received hundreds of phone calls asking about testing, symptoms, quarantine, and much more. Here are some of the relevant things you should know…

When Picking Your Provider, You Have a Choice and a Voice in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Our author, award-winning midwife Beth Helme-Smith, has more than 20 years experience caring for mamas and babies. If you’re pregnant, you already have way too many people telling you what to do, what to eat, what vitamins to take, how to sleep, what crib to get, what you should never name your child, which preschools you should already be applying to, and where to buy those super-comfy stretch jeans…

Expert Tips for Fresh 48 Newborn Photography, Part Two in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Jamie Gertler is a professional photographer with a talent for capturing those perfect moments with your newborn. To see more of her work, click here

It Takes a Village to Help New Moms in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Preparing for the welcoming of a child into the family is a huge life event, especially with postpartum. Not only are there many changes physically and emotionally, it’s also the uncertainty of the unknowns that follow…

Expert Tips for Fresh 48 Newborn Photography Part One in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Preparing for the welcoming of a child into the family is a huge life event, especially with postpartum. Not only are there many changes physically and emotionally, it’s also the uncertainty of the unknowns that follow. Jamie Gertler is a professional photographer with a talent for capturing those perfect moments with your newborn. To contact her and see more of her work…

The Birth Partner Is Often an Expecting Mother’s Best Ally in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

There are so many unknowns when it comes to labor. When is it going to happen? What will it feel like? How will the labor unfold? Will the midwife or doctor that you want be at the birth? If birthing at the hospital, how will the nurse be?…

Dr. Slugocki Adds Obesity Medicine to Her Impressive List of Expertise in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Right now, we are all Tiphne Sharpe, standing in awe of her colleague, Dr. Kathleen Slugocki“I don’t know how she does it,” said Sharpe, an exceptional midwife with Women’s Healthcare of Illinois. “She accomplishes so much. It’s like she has more hours in the day than the rest of us.”…

Are Pre Pregnancy Test Jitters Common in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

When you’re actively trying to get pregnant, few things are more agonizing for wannabe mommies than the waiting for the results of your pregnancy test …

Coronavirus a Letter to Our Patients in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

The world is wrestling with how to best navigate the coronavirus situation, and those challenges are being felt right here at home. As your trusted healthcare voice in the community, we are relentless in our efforts to deliver exceptional care and guidance, especially during times of confusion…

Midwives Are Finally Getting the Royal Treatment in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

You can take our word for it … or you can listen to the Duchess of Cambridge. Earlier this year, Kate Middleton spent time in a maternity unit observing clinics and joining midwives attending to their patients…

Robin Ross Is Redefining the Value of the Doula in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

By standard definition, Robin Ross is a “professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.” Or simply: Robin is a doula…

Tips for Healthier Eating During Your Pregnancy in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Eating for a healthier pregnancy sounds simple. Eat more fruits and veggies, drink lots of water, and no more sneaking Twinkies out of your kids’ lunches. Easy. But if you ask any woman who has ever been pregnant, they’ll tell you eating healthier during pregnancy is anything but easy…

A Healthy Dose of Pregnancy Humor Is Just What the Doctor Ordered in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

We’re not saying you’re going to pee every time you cough, laugh, or sneeze while you’re pregnant, but you should be ready for it. Let’s face it, if we can’t find the fun in a little stress urinary incontinence, how are we going to stay sane when we leave the house with vomit in our hair or on our shirt?…

Postpartum Depression Is Real, but You Aren’t Alone in This Fight in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

When unrelenting nausea, constant sweating, and middle-of-the-night cravings for fast-food chili sound like happier times, you’re most likely in the depths of the postpartum stage of childbirth. For starters, most of us get the “baby blues” after bringing a child into the world. We cry (a lot), can’t sleep, feel stressed, and experience mood swings that make the family dog run and hide. Rest assured, these are normal, and may last as long as two weeks…

Pro Tips to Get You (and Baby) Through Trying Times: Part Three of a Three-part Series for New Moms in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

The final in our three-part breastfeeding series, this post features the insights and experiences of one of our midwives, Shawna Pape, MSN, CNM, WHNP. A Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Practitioner, Shawna earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, in addition to seven years of nursing experience in labor and delivery, and inpatient obstetrics and gynecology…

Mastitis and Other Breastfeeding Challenges: Part Two of a Three-part Series for New Moms in Evergreen Park and Mokena, IL

By Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Last week, we kicked off a three-part series to help moms understand breastfeeding challenges in the hopes of helping them prepare and make the best out of the breast…