Mercyhealth Birthing Center

"Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the Mercyhealth Birthing Center at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue. We are confident that you will find a wide array of services which are unmatched in the northern Illinois region."
Phillip Higgins, M.D., M.B.A. Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology


The Mercyhealth Birthing Center offers the highest level of care for both mom and baby. With obstetricians and anesthesiologists available in the hospital 24-hours a day, seven days a week, we are ready to help you at any time.

Our facilities at the North Rockton Avenue campus include a Labor and Delivery unit with 12 labor rooms, 5 delivery rooms, and 2 C-section rooms. Once your baby has arrived, you will be moved to our Women & Infants unit with 21 postpartum rooms.

Our services, which are unmatched in the area, include:

A maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) department and high-risk perinatal (HRP) unit The department of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue is part of the Northwest Illinois Perinatal Network, a state-designated center for the care of mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies and their newborns. We are dedicated to providing patients and physicians with the latest and most advanced resources in prenatal diagnosis and therapies. State-of-the-art technology is available to help manage complicated pregnancies, while maintaining a warm, caring environment. MFM is staffed by highly trained perinatologists, registered diagnostic sonographers, a certified diabetes educator, certified nurse midwives, and registered nurses with advanced obstetrical training to care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies.

A Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue is home to the highest-rated Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) providing care for premature, critically ill, and injured newborns from throughout the region. Our 46-bed NICU is staffed by a multidisciplinary care team of physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, neonatal nurse practitioners, pediatric therapy services, and consulting physicians. All have extensive training in the care of premature and ill infants. Neonatologists provide 24-hour in-house coverage, and registered nurses must complete a comprehensive 18-week orientation program. In addition, dedicated NICU staff provides neonatal transport services for infants requiring transfer. Visit our NICU web page

Certified lactation consultants for breastfeeding support If you have any questions about breastfeeding, our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available during your hospital stay as well as in an outpatient setting. There is no charge for your first post-delivery visit. To find out more about our lactation clinic or to schedule an appointment, call (815) 971-5020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Baby-Friendly Hospital
We believe breastfeeding is the best thing you can do to help your baby get a healthy start on life.  We earned the Baby Friendly designation, a worldwide breastfeeding quality improvement project created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). To learn more about this program, see Ten Steps in Our Baby Friendly Journey. Click here to see the success of the program. Watch this video to learn more about our Baby Friendly journey.

Certified Nurse Midwives Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) help more than 300,000 women give birth each year in the United States. They provide healthcare to women all through life, including:

    • Prenatal care;
    • Birth;
    • Care after birth;
    • Care for the new baby;
    • Annual exams;
    • Family planning;
    • Menopause; and
    • Health counseling.

We offer CNM services at our N. Rockton Avenue and Mulford locations.

Call (815) 971-2000 to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Nurse Midwives:

Centering for Pregnancy RHS offers Centering for Pregnancy, a group prenatal care and education program. Women who are 12-16 weeks pregnant are placed in a group which continues throughout the pregnancy.  Each group consists of 8-12 women who will have their babies around the same time. Each session begins and ends promptly out of respect to your schedule. While it allows you to meet other women and make new friends, it also allows you more time with your midwife. Currently, the groups are meeting at the North Rockton Avenue campus. If you would like to join a group, tell your provider that you are interested.

Skin-to-Skin – The Golden Hour
Stable newborns will be placed skin-to-skin with mother after birth. Newborn benefits of skin-to-skin contact can include: newborns who are less likely to cry long-term, increased maternal/child bonding, and maintenance of stable temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Skin-to-skin contact should continue for at least 60-90 minutes after birth. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, skin-to-skin is a great way to start bonding with your baby! Click here to see the success of the program

Rooming In The purpose of rooming in is to allow mothers and infants to be cared for together by their nurse in the mother’s room, with a goal of staying together at least 23 hours each day. The doctor caring for your baby will come to your room for exams and answer any questions you may have about caring for your baby. This practice provides the opportunity for parents to learn baby’s hunger cues and night behaviors with the support of their nurse as well as increases bonding before discharge home. A special care nursery is available if your baby should need to be out of your room for health reasons. Click here to see the success of the program.

Classes and Tours At Mercyhealth, we are committed to providing the information and education our community needs to stay healthy. That’s why we hold community outreach events and offer classes on a variety of topics, including:

Click here for our complete class schedule. For more information about the classes we offer or to register, call (815)971-1999.
If you are interested in touring our maternity center, we would welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour.  To request a tour, call (815) 971-5344.

Valet Service Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue provides valet services, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Learn more about how to care for yourself and your new baby in our ebook, A New Beginning.

Additional Resources
Delayed or Not Enough Milk Production

Milk Expression Techniques
Moving Toward Breastfeeding