Perinatal Care

The time before birth to the first month of life is critical for mother and child. IHA supports advancing perinatal care, improving quality while reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. 

Levels of Care Designation System

Mother with newborn

To help hospital leaders understand changes to the perinatal levels of care designation, IHA hosted a conference call with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The recorded call and PowerPoint slides are available.

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May 29, 2020

IHA Comments on Rural Maternal and Infant Healthcare

IHA addresses improving access, quality and outcomes for mothers and infants in rural communities, identifying barriers including financial resources, staffing requirements and workforce shortages.

Apr 16, 2019

IDPH Adopts Rules for Mandatory Hearing Testing for Newborns

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted rules requiring newborn hearing screenings in hospitals.

Jan 16, 2019

IDPH Declares Medical Study to Investigate Severe Maternal Morbidity

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health declared a Medical Study to look at the issue of severe maternal morbidity.

Jan 14, 2019

Declaration of Medical Study by IDPH

To further understand the causes and reduce the incidences of severe maternal morbidity, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health has declared a Medical Study. Review documents for further information.

Aug 24, 2018

DCFS Rescinds Vitamin K Procedure

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) rescinds position that refusal of Vitamin K is considered medical neglect.

Mar 24, 2017

Safe Haven Law Provisions

Hospital personnel have several responsibilities if an infant is relinquished at their hospital or brought from another “safe haven” such as a police or fire station or emergency medical facility.

Mar 24, 2017

Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act

Illinois’ “Safe Haven” law requires specific actions by hospital personnel when an infant is relinquished at the hospital, from examining the baby to reporting suspected abuse or neglect.

Jan 03, 2017

Perinatal Levels of Care Designations

The Illinois Department of Public Health surveyed 120 hospitals with neonatal centers as part of a year-long study into the state’s perinatal levels of care designation system.

Nov 10, 2016

IL Health and Hazardous Substances Registry Code

Changes to the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry Code (Part 840) address the Illinois State Cancer Registry and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Reporting System.