Choosing a Care Provider
No matter who you choose, many of our providers are supported by physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are specially trained in caring for you while you’re pregnant. If you pregnancy should require special medical attention and care, our perinatologist is available for consultation or referral.
Obstetricians are doctors who specialize in the healthcare needs of women. Our obstetricians will guide and manage your normal or high-risk pregnancy, as well as support your ongoing and changing needs. At Carle Foundation Hospital, an obstetrician is in the hospital 24 hours a day, adding a level of safety and security during labor and delivery.
Our obstetricians offer a comprehensive array of obstetrical, gynecological and surgical services to meet your every need. This includes: breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, fetal monitoring, premature labor therapy, ultrasound evaluation, biophysical profiles, nonstress testing, treatment for diabetes and other medical conditions during pregnancy, amniocentesis and genetic counseling. The department provides full surgical expertise including laser and microsurgery and gynecologic oncology. PMS counseling and therapy are also offered, as is AIDS testing and counseling. For couples who are experiencing difficulty conceiving, Carle offers state-of-the-art fertility treatment and assisted reproduction.
Perinatologists (Maternal Fetal Medicine)
A perinatologist, or maternal fetal medicine subspecialist, is an obstetrician who has received specialized training in the care of women with high-risk pregnancies. The perinatologist also diagnoses and treats the fetus with birth defects. Maternal fetal medicine offers a variety of services including comprehensive targeted ultrasound evaluation, fetal echocardiography, genetic counseling, chromosomal analysis, amniocentesis, analysis of pregnancy loss, and prenatal/prepregnancy counseling for medical, hereditary and genetic disorders. Carle’s perinatologist works closely with obstetricians, family practitioners and certified nurse-midwives to treat those women needing special care and medical attention. Appointments must be made by your doctor or nurse midwife.
Carle offers the largest midwifery practice in downstate Illinois. With more than 50 years of combined experience, Carle's certified nurse-midwives offer a safe, satisfying family-centered childbirth alternative based on a philosophy of total physical and mental wellness in which birth is a natural event. For women with low risk pregnancies, nurse midwifery provides sensitive, personal care in a hospital setting by highly skilled healthcare professionals with degrees in nursing and nurse-midwifery. Carle's nurse midwives guide you through pregnancy, work with you through labor and childbirth and care for you after delivery. Nurse midwives also work closely with women throughout their reproductive years. They are specially trained in labor support and patients can choose from a variety of coping methods during labor and delivery.
Carle nurse midwives also provide women's healthcare education and preventive health care exams for annual check-ups, planning a pregnancy, contraception, and care for infections. They are supported by our obstetricians and perinatologist.
Midwifery service is available in Urbana 24 hours a day. Services are also available at Carle Mahomet, Rantoul and Tuscola.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are very knowledgeable about obstetrics and gynecology and work closely with your care provider. You can also schedule prenatal appointments with them if their schedules better meet your needs.
Nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals who are extensively trained in their specialty through an organized program of study and clinical experience. Many of Carle's nurse practitioners work in collaboration with a specific care provider to offer assistance and continuity.
Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who complete a specified program of study and clinical practice that allows them to work with specific Family Practice and OB/GYN doctors.