Advocate Christ Medical Center believes in empowering women to be able to make intelligent health care decisions. Since women's health encompasses so much more than childbirth, we've designed our program to offer a complete line of specialty services to address women's health care needs across the life span. Our role is to educate women about the state-of-the-art options available at Christ Medical Center, the leading provider of health care services to the Chicagoland area.
Christ Medical Center is home to numerous family practice, internal medicine and pediatric physicians who can manage the wellness concerns of you and your family. These physicians have offices on the medical center campus and at the Christ Women's Health Center and at a variety of private offices conveniently located near you.
Our obstetrician/gynecologists can conduct annual exams and help you plan your pregnancy and delivery. Sometimes, help is needed to start a family. Christ Medical Center is staffed with reproductive endocrinologists (fertility experts) and other specialists in the areas of prenatal testing, high risk pregnancy and genetic counseling to give nature a helping hand.
More than 4,000 familes choose Christ Medical Center each year as the place to have their babies - second in the Chicagoland area. We offer a complete roster of prenatal classes for parents-to-be - and even some for big brothers and big sisters. Our Baby Advocate program offers newsletters that provide tips on pregnancy and keeping your baby healthy until age two. As a service to patients, mothers-to-be are automatically enrolled in this program if they are delivering at Christ Medical Center.
To make labor and delivery as comfortable and as special as possible, we offer family-centered care. Moms and babies are cared for by the same nurse in labor-delivery-recovery (LDR) suites that offer many of the comforts of home. Should complex needs arise during delivery, our status as a Level III perinatal center (the highest designation possible) provides access to experts in the fields of perinatology (specialists in maternal fetal medicine) and neonatology (specialists in newborn care). You won't find expertise like this at many other hospitals. In fact, many hospitals across Chicagoland and as far away as northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin transport infants to our neonatal intensive care unit. As a new parent, you don't want to have to think about having to use these services. But it provides peace-of-mind to know the capabilities are there.
Once you return home, you can still access lactation consultants through the The Lactation Center for breastfeeding support and guidance. We also offer a Post-Partum Depression Support Group, to those having trouble adjusting to Motherhood.
To choose a pediatrician for your child, you don't have to look any further than Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn, located on the campus of Christ Medical Center. Advocate Children's Hospital is home to more than 140 pediatricians representing over 30 specialties. The hospital is home to The Heart Institute for Children, that performs more pediatric open heart surgeries than any other children's hospital in the state of Illinois. The hospital also specializes in pediatric hematology/oncology, critical care (Level I pediatric trauma center - highest designation possible), surgery and rehabilitation and development.
A woman can experience incontinence at any age. What's important for her to know is that it's not an inevitable part of life. In fact, the urogynecologists at Christ Medical Center perform cutting-edge urogynecological surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat this condition that can restore your quality of life.
Women facing many types of cancer can find a wide spectrum of care - from prevention and diagnosis to surgery and treatment options at Christ Medical Center. We treat a variety of cancers, among them are breast cancer and cancers of the female genital tract (gynecologic oncology).
When it comes to breast health, the Christ Medical Center Breast Health Center combines the medical expertise and services in one convenient setting. The center performs mammograms and offers advanced diagnostic capabilities, state-of-the-art treatment options, genetic risk counseling and bone density screening for osteoporosis. It is also home to the breast health conference, a weekly meeting of Christ Medical Center breast cancer experts from across the continuum of care who gather in one place to confidentially discuss women's diagnoses and options for care. A patient's care is coordinated for her - so she can concentrate on her condition. A breast health specialist is available 24 hours a day by pager to answer any questions or concerns patients have.
Uterine fibroids are the most common cause of premenopausal hysterectomies, accounting for one-third of all hysterectomies in the United States. Such prevalence has made uterine fibroids a major public health issue. Christ Medical Center's interventional radiology program offers the most state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose and treat uterine fibroids, including Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a non-surgical treatment used to eliminate tumors, giving patients piece of mind and providing patients much needed relief from pain.
Providing educational assistance along the way are the:
- Medical center-sponsored classes and screenings - providing lectures and events on a variety of health topics of interest to women of all ages.
- The Lactation Center - more than just a library, the center offers a variety of print and electronic resources and is staffed by registered nurses who specialized in women's health issues. Nursing bras and specialty clothes for premature infants are available for sale. Breast pumps are available for sale or rent.
- Senior Advocate - a program for both women and men age 65 and older focusing on health and wellness programming, screening and navigating today's health care environment.