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BERWYN, Ill. – The Birth Center at PCC welcomed its 100th delivery on Sunday, June 12. Baby Sawyer takes the honor of being the 100th baby born at the Birth Center at PCC. Brittani Chodl and her wife, Mary, welcomed Sawyer with the support of Sawyer’s older sister, Mia, and great-grandmother.Birth Center at PCC 100th Birth - Lightened

“The facility is beautiful and from the moment I walked into my birth, the midwives put my mind at ease,” said Chodl. “The midwives are wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone.”

Tera Martin, a certified nurse-midwife at the Birth Center at PCC shared, “It was an honor to be present with Brittani and her family during their birth. I love being able to support parents outside of the hospital setting, in the comfort of the birth center.”

The Birth Center at PCC is located within PCC South Family Health Center at 6201 Roosevelt in Berwyn and remains the only freestanding birth center in Illinois. It is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where low-risk women can give birth with minimal medical intervention.

Throughout pregnancy, care is provided by certified nurse-midwives who specialize in low-risk pregnancy and out-of-hospital birth. Midwifery-led care within birth centers is associated with increased natural delivery and breastfeeding and is known to lower the risk of Cesarean birth as well as various complications for mother and baby.

On Friday, June 24 the Birth Center at PCC will host “Women’s Night Out,” a free community event that will foster community, model self-care techniques, and introduce health concepts such as nutrition or physical activity for women and mothers. The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Birth Center at PCC. The event is baby-friendly and does not require an RSVP.

For further information, or to schedule a tour of the Birth Center at PCC, please call 708-317-3035 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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BERWYN, Ill. – March 18, 2015 – This summer PCC Community Wellness Center will host a series of free community events at the Birth Center at PCC . These “Women’s Night Out” events will foster community, model self-care techniques, and introduce health concepts such as nutrition or physical activity for women and mothers. The first Women’s Night Out event will be held on July 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 6201 Roosevelt in Berwyn.

Friday’s highlights include Nia dancing and belly dancing. “Women who dance together, stay together and create community,” said Mary Sommers, Birth Center Director of Operations. “Pregnancy and motherhood can be isolating because we don’t have places to gather, sing, and dance. Dancing and song often go together in most cultures. It’s a universal truth.”

All events are baby-friendly and do not require an RSVP. Snacks will be provided.

The Birth Center at PCC remains the only free-standing birth center in Illinois. It is a home-like facility separate from the hospital where women can give birth with minimal medical intervention. As a prerequisite for birth center care, pregnant patients must be considered low-risk and otherwise healthy. Patients also attend prenatal classes preparing them for an out-of-hospital birth. Free childbirth education classes are available to patients and community members.

On August 28, Gertrude Lyons, M.A. of the Wright Foundation will discuss mothering and infant attachment. Art and yoga will follow. The last event that will wrap up the series will be on September 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include a Zumba celebration.

For further information, or to schedule a tour of the birth center, please contact Mary Sommers at 708-317-3035 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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