At Carle Health Methodist Birthing Center, we know that birth stories can be sentimental, hectic, comical and stressful. We're here to help make yours everything you want it to be. We serve the Peoria area, and we're located just 12 miles from Pekin.
The Birthing Center at Carle Health Methodist Hospital is the perfect place to welcome your wonderful new baby. Our labor and delivery team takes care of you from the moment you check in.
Methodist Birthing Center delivers nearly 2,000 amazing babies each year. Our team of health care professionals treats each delivery as a unique experience. The Birthing Center gives you personalized care and support from the start of your pregnancy through your first months at home with your baby.
We work with your physician or midwife to help you deliver your baby and share the joy with your family. We support low-intervention birth choices while being prepared for the unexpected.
Why Have Your Baby at Methodist Birthing Center?
Depending on your birth plan, you might welcome your baby into the world through natural birth, vaginal birth using pain medications or C-section. Our birthing center offers comprehensive services and amenities to support your delivery choice. You'll experience:
Supporting Your Birth Choices
Your personal birth choices are our mission. If you are planning a natural birth, we offer the latest in low-intervention labor and delivery options. Our nurses are all trained in drug-free (non-pharmaceutical) birthing methods.
Some of the many birth choices we offer are:
If you are planning a medicated birth, you have options, including the flexibility to change your mind. Some women find that they tolerate labor better than they anticipated. Either way, our staff will work with your doctor and monitor you and your baby throughout the birth.
A C-section, planned or unplanned, is very stressful. We have advanced technology available in all of our birthing rooms and specialists on-site 24/7.
Your birth choices include planning for your family. We'll provide options to shape your future, including tubal ligation and other procedures. Specify all of your choices in your birth plan.
Comfort, Privacy and Family
We strive for a safe, comfortable labor and delivery. You'll experience:
Ready for the Unexpected
Labor and delivery complications are uncommon, but they can be stressful. Our team of specialists is available 24/7, including:
Our certified Level II Nursery with Extended Neonatal capabilities is available to provide specialized care anytime a baby has a problem. We care for at-risk babies born at 32 weeks' gestation or later. In the rare cases that a baby requires highly complex care, we'll quickly transfer them to the appropriate Level III facility. Learn more about how we support families when labor gets complicated.
Inviting Postpartum Spaces
To make childbirth a more intimate experience for you, your partner and your baby, we guarantee a private postpartum room. Learn how we offer baby-friendly first days.
Our modern and updated spaces are comfortable for your family, so you can include them as you welcome your new baby to the world. Your support person should be comfortable too. Our rooms offer a comfortable, in-room bed for a homelike experience.
As a new mom, you deserve special attention. At Methodist, new mothers have access to room service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Choose your favorite meals, snacks and desserts from our full-service menu during your recovery time. We have tasty options available if you deliver at other times of the day.
Our nurses, case managers and lactation specialists work closely with you and your midwife or physician. Having your baby at the Birthing Center means modern rooms and technology designed to make your birth experience comfortable and safe.
And while it's rare, sometimes things don't go as planned. We have your back (and your baby's). A neonatologist and other essential members of our team are available 24/7 in case of labor complications.
Our breastfeeding support programs and other programs help keep you and baby healthy when you go home. We offer services for family planning, too. We want to be your partner in building your family, your way.
Low-Intervention, Personalized Care: What's Available at Methodist?
You've done the research and made choices about your baby's birth. You may be planning a natural birth, or you might decide you need pain medications or will have a C-section. No matter how you are welcoming your new baby, we have the tools to make it happen.
Start getting ready for your delivery now. We can help you understand what to expect and plan your preferred birth experience. Get to know us when you: