Pediatrics at UI Health is committed to providing the best possible care to your child. Whether your child has an appointment in one our specialty clinics or is being treated on our designated pediatric hospital floor, our teams work together to address your family's medical and emotional concerns.
Our pediatric floor features 98 pediatric beds, including 30 Level III NICU beds, where we care for more than 900 infants each year. In addition, we offer primary pediatric care and services for more than a dozen pediatric specialties in our clinics. Our diverse, multidisciplinary teams are focused on giving your child the attention they deserve in a safe, familiar setting, and we emphasize preventive care through medical management and patient education. We work with you and your child to develop a shared responsibility in your child's long-term health.
The goal of this comprehensive care is to ensure your child grows up healthy and develops properly, from infancy into young adulthood.
Should I breastfeed my baby?
Breastfeeding benefits my baby:
- It provides warmth, closeness, and the physical contact that helps you to create a special bond with your baby.
Human milk has many benefits.
- It is free, clean, always available, and always just the right temperature.
- It changes as your baby grows — it has all the nutrients, vitamins, and calories that your baby needs to develop strong organs.
- It has antibodies and other nutrients — that formulas lack — to help protect your baby from diseases and infections.
- Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, lung infections, diarrhea, and viral infections.
- Breastfeeding protects your baby against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and some cancers.
Breastfeeding benefits you:
- It helps to release hormones that promote mothering behavior; you can feel proud to know that your baby is growing healthy and strong because of your milk!
- It helps your uterus to return to normal size and helps you to burn calories, which can help you lose the weight that you gained in pregnancy.
- It can reduce risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and keep your bones strong.
- It can help to delay your menstrual period, and keep your blood strong.
- It can help provide birth control if:
- You are breastfeeding at least eight times every 24 hours and not giving your baby formula
- Your baby is less than 6 months old
- Your period hasn't started
For more information, visit https://hospital.uillinois.edu/primary-and-specialty-care/family-birth-place/mother-baby-unit/lactation-services.
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)
UI Health provides a variety of services for obstetric and gynecologic healthcare, including well-woman exams, family planning advice, prenatal care, and minimally invasive procedures for women of all ages. Our team of OB/GYN specialists are committed to helping women achieve their best health and address complex issues related to fertility, pregnancy, and birth, in addition to gynecological concerns - including urinary incontinence, hysterectomies, ovarian cysts, heavy periods, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause, and sexual health. We listen to each woman's specific needs and are here to provide support, advice, and medical, expertise so you can focus on your health and well-being.
Our team, which includes some of the best female gynecologists in Chicago, has expertise in providing a wide range of women's health services, including:
- Well-woman exams and preventive care
- Family planning and contraception counseling
- Maternity and high-risk pregnancy care
- Fertility treatment, including treatment for women who've had cancer and those who've had recurrent miscarriages
- Gynecologic cancer treatment, including treatment for ovarian and cervical cancer
- Urinary incontinence treatment
For more information, visit https://hospital.uillinois.edu/primary-and-specialty-care/obstetrics-and-gynecology.
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Request An Appointment
To make an appointment, please fill out the online form or call 312.996.7416.
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