Ways Work-at-Home Parents Can Balance Home and Family

 

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Working from home while juggling parenting responsibilities can be challenging. When you’re a full-time parent and a professional, some things tend to fall to the wayside. Here are some ways you can regain control and maintain a better work-life balance despite the chaos.

Focus on Efficiency in Your Workday

Spending extra hours on the clock isn’t going to cut it. Aim to get things done as efficiently as possible.

Outsource What You Can

You can’t do it all—and asking for help can make things easier. Outsourcing household tasks can free up your time for more important things.

Give Kids Extra Entertainment

Having an arsenal of kid-friendly entertainment is essential for smooth workdays. Offer up a range of options to keep kids busy.

While many parents are working from home these days, it can be tough to perfect work-life balance. Fortunately, with these resources, you can make some headway when it comes to cutting the chaos and keeping a level head. You might even find that this new balance affords you more time to spend and enjoy with your family.

Western Suburb Birthing Options

 

Sherman Hospital:

1425 N. Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
Midwife Care Available
Perinatal II+: Level 2 with Extended Capabilities: Hospitals with extended neonatal capabilities provide an intermediate level of care to pregnant women and more complex care to newborns when required. These hospitals do not have a neonatal intensive care nursery. Still, they do maintain a special care nursery that is covered by a neonatologist who is specially trained to treat newborns requiring special care.
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 24.7%
Primary C Section Rate: 12.0%
VBAC Rate 18.3%
Exclusively Breastfed when leaving: 70.49%
COVID-19 Support Policy: Updated 7/3
From an Advocate Aurora Health representative on 4/30: “Delivering mothers may be accompanied by a doula in addition to one support person (e.g. spouse or relative).” This policy is in place throughout the Advocate Aurora Health system. Doulas and families can follow-up with any concerns or questions by sending an email to: https://www.advocatehealth.com/contact-us/

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital:

300 Randall Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Classes: Breastfeeding, Carseat Installation, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, New Dads
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 29.6%
Primary C Section Rate: 16.3%
VBAC Rate: 11.9%
Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate at Discharge: 71.4%

COVID-19 Support Policy: Updated 7/1

From the Northwestern Medicine website:

All visitors or companions must be 18 or older. Inpatients at the hospital

  • Two designated visitors at a time are allowed between 10 am and 7 pm for patients not being treated for COVID-19.
  • Patients in the New Life Maternity Center can have one visitor.
  • Visitors must be identified by the clinical team during the registration process.
  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in the patient’s room.

Outside of visiting hours (10 am to 7 pm), visitors are not allowed except for the following:

Central Dupage Hospital:

25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Perinatal Level III: “Hospitals provide an intensive care approach for high-risk women who are vulnerable to complicated pregnancies and for at-risk newborns. They provide sub-specialty care for both high-risk pregnancies and for newborns at-risk, and are equipped with neonatal intensive care units.”
Many Classes for Pregnancy and Preparation: In-person classes are on hold presently
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 30.1%
Primary C-Section 15.4%
VBAC Rate: 10%
Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate at discharge 64.5%
COVID-19 Doula Support Policy: Currently allowing doulas to attend with proof of certification as of 7/21/20.

Elmhurst Hospital:

155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Midwife Care Available, Waterbirth Available

Perinatal Level II+: “Hospitals with extended neonatal capabilities that provide an intermediate level of care to pregnant women and more complex care to newborns, when required. These hospitals do not have a neonatal intensive care nursery, but they do maintain a special care nursery that is covered by a neonatologist who is specifically trained to treat newborns requiring special care.”

Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit:
“This kind of nursery has a clinical team who takes care of:

  • Babies born before 32 weeks who weigh less than 1,500 grams.
  • Babies of any age or weight who are critically ill.
  • Babies who need equipment to help them breathe to stay alive.
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 21.9%
Primary C Section Rate: 14.3%
VBAC Rate: 20.8%
Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate: 84.2%
COVID-19 Update:
One support person. Edward-Elmhurst loosened visitor restrictions on June 3. The policy for L&D and postpartum is still as stated below, however.
From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website (Visitor Screening and Restrictions)
Please see the revised Visitor Policy . . . and watch for more information as we broaden our visitor policy over the next several weeks. Please note these exceptions to the visitor policy:

  • Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, PICU, NICU, and the Special Care Nursery (patients under the age of 18), may have two visitors (parents only).
  • Patients in the Mother-Baby Unit may have one partner.
  • While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner or support person who may spend the night.

Hinsdale Hospital:

120 N. Oak St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Midwife Care available,  Waterbirth available
Perinatal Level III: “Hospitals provide an intensive care approach for high-risk women who are vulnerable to complicated pregnancies and for at-risk newborns. They provide sub-specialty care for both high-risk pregnancies and for newborns at-risk, and are equipped with neonatal intensive care units.”
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 25.4%
Primary C-Section Rate: 14.3%
VBAC Rate: 13.2%
Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate at Discharge: 70.5%
Hinsdale has updated their classes to include many virtual class options. See class listings here.
COVID-19 Support Update:
As of 7/3.One visitor, no exception for doulas. From the AMITA Health website, “I will be giving birth at an AMITA Health hospital soon”:
For the health and safety of all our patients and staff, AMITA Health hospitals are allowing no visitors (with very few exceptions) until further notice.
Patients arriving for childbirth or cesarean section are allowed one (1) support person to accompany them to the unit. That person will be identified upon admission. Once the support person is screened and receives an ID band, they must stay with the patient throughout their entire stay at the hospital. They will not be allowed to leave the unit or move about the hospital.

  • Bring all items with you at the time of admission, including what you will need after the baby is born (car seat, etc.)
    • If you’re missing or have forgotten anything at the time of admission, you will be allowed one opportunity to retrieve items from home
  • Do not leave the unit for any reason during your stay; you will not be allowed back in until the delivery of the baby
  • The support person will receive three (3) guest trays of food daily

Edward Hospital:

801 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
 Perinatal Level III – Level III perinatal care is provided by hospitals caring for high-risk mothers and newborns and women requiring care usually provided at a level I and level II perinatal care services. These hospitals operate NICU’s and can receive transports from other hospitals. Level III hospitals and RPCs shall return a newborn to the sending hospital when the condition has been stabilized, and return is medically appropriate.  Must transfer infants who require specialized services such as high-frequency ventilator or ECMO.
Overall Cesarean Section Rate: 30.9%,
Primary Cesarean Section Rate: 18%
VBAC Rate: 12.5%
Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate: 83.7%

COVID-19 Support Update:
One support person.
Edward-Elmhurst loosened visitor restrictions on June 3. The policy for L&D and postpartum is still as stated below, however.
From the Edward-Elmhurst Health website (Visitor Screening and Restrictions):
Please see the revised Visitor Policy . . . and watch for more information as we broaden our visitor policy over the next several weeks.

Please note these exceptions to the visitor policy:

    • Our pediatric patient population, including general pediatrics, PICU, NICU, and the Special Care Nursery (patients under the age of 18), may have two visitors (parents only).
    • Patients in the Mother-Baby Unit may have one partner.
    • While in Labor and Delivery, patients can have one partner or support person who may spend the night.

Burr Ridge Birth Center

7000 County Line Road | Burr Ridge, IL | 60527
A freestanding birth center scheduled to open at the end of 2020. Providing care from first periods through menopause and beyond, the Burr Ridge Birth Center will provide a “home-like environment.” They plan to have all manner of support available for those looking for low-intervention birth experiences who value a “high touch, low tech” birth. They plan to have tubs available for a water birth and plan to offer nitrous oxide for pain management.