You can start your prenatal care at VNA as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. We’ll help you understand how to have a healthy pregnancy and what to expect during both labor and delivery. VNA recommends that you have about 15 visits during your pregnancy. You’ll see your provider once a month on average up to your twenty-eighth week. You’ll then visit every other week up to week 36. After that, you will come to VNA every week until your baby is born. Regular visits help ensure your provider can spot any problems early and treat them so you can have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
We expect you’ll have plenty of questions. Our obstetricians, midwives, doulas, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses will be glad to answer them at each visit. If you have a partner or labor coach, you may want to bring that person with you to some of your appointments.
VNA now offers pregnancy ultrasounds in Aurora and Elgin. VNA also provides ultrasounds in partnership with local hospitals in Joliet and Bolingbrook. Ultrasounds can be used for a variety of reasons during pregnancy including to confirm pregnancy, check the fetal heartbeat, estimate the due date, determine the baby’s sex, check for multiple pregnancies, and to check for birth defects.
When it is time to deliver your baby, you will go to either Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, or AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center Joliet. When you come to VNA for your prenatal care you will have a multi-disciplinary care team on hand to ensure that you get the best care possible and your baby will be delivered by your VNA provider. VNA hospital liaisons will visit you during your stay in the hospital to assist in coordinating your follow-up care at your nearest VNA Health Center.
VNA offers TOLAC (Trial of Labor after Cesarean) and VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean) services which you may consider after consultation with your obstetrician.