New Mom Pleased with Entire Package
of Care - Before, During and After Delivery

Heather Durham and Haley,
born in April 2008.

Heather and Jarrett Durham were a little surprised when their new baby, Haley, arrived a month early in April 2008.

At 5 a.m., Heather's water broke and the Bucktown couple headed to The Family Birthplace at Saint Joseph Hospital. Heather was 36 weeks along in her pregnancy, and full-term is considered 37 weeks (with average gestation at 40 weeks).

"When we got to triage, the nurses made me feel comfortable and definitely put me at ease," said the 30-year-old, noting she was nervous about going into labor early. Triage is the initial evaluation of mothers-to-be when they arrive at The Family Birthplace.

Everything else went smoothly, with the baby delivered by Maria Tam, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist in practice with Rose Diakos, M.D., and Barbara Diakos, M.D. Heather saw all three physicians during her pregnancy.

Perfectly Healthy

At 5 pounds, 15 ounces, Haley was perfectly healthy and her parents were overjoyed at having their first baby. A high-risk newborn specialist was in the delivery room, in case the baby required specialized care.

"I had the most outstanding experience and everyone was great," said Heather, a stay-at-home mom. "The nurses were more than friendly - how much they seemed to care was unbelievable."

Heather spent two days in the hospital, and had ongoing visits from a lactation consultant to help her with breastfeeding.

New Moms Support Group

Prior to delivery, Heather and Jarrett participated in the hospital's prenatal classes. A week after delivery, Heather joined the new moms weekly support group. About a dozen moms get together to talk about various topics, listen to speakers, weigh their infants and get one-on-one advice from a maternal child educator and lactation consultant who attend. This level of support has been helpful for Heather, who has made friends in the group and helped mentor the younger moms. She and Haley still occasionally attend the sessions.

"The whole package was great," said Heather, about her care before, during and after delivery. "I am greatly appreciative."

Additional Information

To schedule a test, call Central Scheduling at 773-665-3060.

Call 877-RES-INFO for Nurse Advice, Doctor Referrals or Class Registration Monday - Friday 8 am to 8 pm • Weekends 8 am to 4pm

Special Features

  • Top cardiovascular hospital

    Recognized as a 2014 Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. Learn more.

  • Accreditation Earned

    Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics earns national accreditation from the ACS.

  • Academic Center of Excellence

    Named an Academic Center of Excellence by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Learn more.

  • We need your voice!

    Our legislators are tackling issues that impact on our ability to live our mission. Learn more »

For Your Good Health

  • Stories of Patient Care

    Find out what our patients are saying about us here at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Saint Joseph Hospital has gone social