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Support & Resources for Moms & Families

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, we want your birth experience to be the best it can possibly be. And when it's time to take your new baby home, we'll help make the transition a smooth one.

Learn more about special programs and services available to you and your family:

Prenatal/Women’s Health Programs


Our CenteringPregnancy™ program combines three major components of care during a pregnancy: health assessment, education and support. These components are all addressed in a group setting of six to eight women with similar due dates. After being referred into the program, you will learn care skills, participate in facilitated discussion, and develop a support network. This program is available at All Saints in Racine and St. Joseph Campus' Women's Outpatient Center.

Watch this video to see how CenteringPregnancy™ made a difference for Latoya.

Gestational Diabetes Program

The Wheaton Franciscan Diabetes Management Program is designed to foster effective diabetes management by providing you with tools, support and encouragement to understand and control gestational diabetes.

Prenatal Massage

Relax with a prenatal massage that focuses on your special needs to help take away stresses and strains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage is not given until after first trimester.

Prenatal Assessment Centers

Led by maternal-fetal medicine specialists, our Prenatal Assessment Centers offer diagnosis, assessment and treatment for preconception issues, high-risk pregnancies or complications that occur during pregnancy. We will help guide you to the best and safest course of treatment available, and care is co-managed with your primary care physician or OB/GYN. These Centers are in Milwaukee, Racine and Wauwatosa.

Centers for Fetal Diagnostics

Our Centers for Fetal Diagnostics quickly diagnose and treat any concerns, risks or complications that arise in your developing, unborn child. These Centers are located in Milwaukee, Racine and Wauwatosa.

Women’s Outpatient Center

At the St. Joseph Campus' Women’s Outpatient Center, you'll benefit from a wide range of obstetric and gynecological services such as general wellness checks and screenings to advanced treatments for a variety of conditions.

Pediatric Health Programs & Services

HOPE Developmental Program

Offered at All Saints, the HOPE Developmental Program is for graduates of the All Saints Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as infants and toddlers with suspected developmental delays or learning problems. The purpose of the program is to gather information about your child’s development and, if an evaluation reveals possible developmental concerns, to refer you to appropriate early intervention services.

Infant Apnea Program

If your baby has been diagnosed with apnea, the infant apnea program at St. Joseph Campus can help prevent complications. It connects parents with an infant apnea monitor and provides education on how to use it. The program also offers education on how to respond if your baby needs immediate attention for breathing issues.

Pediatric Kid Care

Offered at All Saints, Kid Care is a service for parents of ill children that provides the compassionate care a child and parent need. Registered nurses will care for your child within the pleasant, comfortable setting of the Inpatient Pediatrics department.

Pediatric Respite Care

All Saints offers Pediatric Respite Care for parents and caregivers who need short-term care for their medically fragile child.

Pediatric Therapy Program

For more than 20 years, St. Joseph has offered a dynamic, multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy program that consistently receives outstanding feedback from families whose children have been helped by our services. In addition to working directly with your child, we work with you, the parent or guardian, by providing problem solving skills and methods to optimize your child’s development.

Safe Kids

All Saints partners with the Safe Kids coalition of Kenosha and Racine counties, which focuses on ways to prevent injuries to children.

Stepping Stones Developmental Assessment Program

Available at St. Joseph, the Stepping Stones Developmental Assessment Program works with infants and toddlers to help them develop in ways to reach their full potential. These children have entered the world with some physiological and medical challenges, and our goal is to overcome those challenges.

Pediatric Therapy Program

Pediatric therapy is available at St. Joseph.

Inpatient Pediatrics

Inpatient pediatrics is available at All Saints and St. Joseph; however, it's limited.

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery is available at All Saints and St. Joseph.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccines

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is committed to protecting the babies of our community from pertussis by providing free pertussis vaccinations for family and caregivers of our new mothers and infants. The best defense against this disease is through vaccination.

What is pertussis?

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease affecting the respiratory tract and is spread by coughing, often through repeated face-to-face contact. Those with pertussis have intense coughing fits with a telltale “whoop” sound.

A person who has contracted whooping cough may have early symptoms resembling a cold, but within a week or two, the cough sets in. The disease can last up to 10 weeks and may lead to pneumonia. 

Symptoms can include:

  • Coughing, violently and rapidly, until all the air has left the lungs and a person is forced to inhale, causing a "whooping" sound
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Fever
  • Sore, watery eyes
  • Lips, tongue, and nail beds may turn blue during coughing spells

What is the vaccination program?

Families with a newborn are encouraged to be immunized. Vaccination of parents, siblings, grandparents, and others helping with mom and baby provides protection to the newborn.

All newly delivered women who are patients of a Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospital may choose persons aged 18 years or older, who will have close direct contact with their baby, to receive a FREE dose of the Tdap vaccine. The vaccine is administered by a registered nurse caring for mother on the hospital unit.

For more information about whooping cough or this FREE vaccination, talk with your doctor or nurse, or visit the health library at each hospital.   

Post Pregnancy Services

Birthday Celebration Meal

After the birth of your child, you and a guest will receive a special meal to celebrate.

Parents of NICU Babies

If you have a child in the NICU at All Saints or St. Joseph, you'll receive information specific regarding care for the child.

Postpartum Care

While your baby is being tended to by newborn professionals, our team of expert postpartum nurse specialists will be working to meet your unique needs during this time of physical and emotional transition.

Pregnancy & Postpartum Rehabilitation

Individualized exercise plans, including assessment and modifications to exercising while pregnant, or a return to fitness program after baby or surgery, core muscle strengthening, and stabilization exercises is available.

Baby Friendly Hospital

Mothers who give birth at Baby Friendly Hospitals, like St. Francis and Elmbrook Memorial Campus, are more likely to start and keep breastfeeding their babies exclusively for up to a year. This designation is awarded to hospitals after undergoing an extensive accreditation process that meets the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Services

Breastfeeding Centers are conveniently located within Wheaton hospitals that provide labor and delivery services and offer a wide range of resources for breastfeeding mothers, their infants and families.

Classes & Support Groups

Baby Connections

Baby Connections is a free support group and social network for expectant, new and toddler-staged moms and their babies.

Classes & Support Groups

A variety of educational classes and support groups to help those considering a pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or are looking for answers, support or education for pregnancy-related topics and challenges.

Genetic Counseling & Testing

Prenatal and preconception genetic counseling is available at Prenatal Assessment Centers for women, couples or families who have questions or concerns about having a child with a specific genetic disorder, birth defects or chromosome abnormalities.

Genetic counselors may also see women who are not considered at increased risk for birth defects or genetic disorders, but are interested in routine screening during pregnancy.

Prenatal Care Coordination Program at All Saints

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints is helping moms-to-be have healthy pregnancies that lead to positive birth outcomes. Patients in the Prenatal Care Coordination Program meet with a nurse in their own home each month of their pregnancy and for the first two months after the baby is born.

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