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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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tote bagCHICAGO, Ill. – April 6, 2016 – PCC Community Wellness Center’s (PCC) community farm, the PCC Austin Farm invites 14 to 18 year-old students who attend high school or live in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood to participate in a contest to redesign the farm’s reusable tote bag. The student with the winning design will receive a $700 scholarship. Students with second and third place entries will each receive a $350 scholarship.

All entries must include the name “PCC Austin Farm” and designs should focus on imagery of things grown on the farm such as flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Students should consider including community or neighborhood elements such as the green line, street signs, or other Austin neighborhood elements.

Computer – aided drawings will be accepted. However, the pictures used must belong to the student, not any other source. Entries must be on unlined, white paper and may use any medium such as: oil, acrylic, watercolor, tempera, gouache, ink, pastel, crayon, or colored pencil. Artwork drawn using #2 lead pencils as the primary medium will not be accepted. All entries should be 9” (width) by 11” (height), and must be mounted on cardstock or cardboard with adhesive spray, rubber cement, or tape.

All participants must submit their entries by Monday, April 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to PCC Austin Family Health Center, Attn: Lucy Flores, 5425 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60644.Winners will be notified May 30, 2016 and the winning designs will be revealed to the public on June 7, 2016 at the PCC Austin Farm Stand kickoff at 5:00 p.m.

Download a full contest packet and application form here.

For more information contact Lucy Flores at 773-413-1240 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 19:07

Fresh from the PCC Austin Community Farm

OAK PARK, Ill. – May 27, 2015 – PCC Austin Produce Market’s fifth season begins on Tuesday, June 2 with a new twist: organically grown produce grown on-site by PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC). Instead of simply telling patients to eat well, the community health center is providing easy access to produce within the Austin community. Produce grown on the farm will be harvested and sold at the market. First harvest picks will include mustard and collard greens, kale, radishes, lettuce, and scallions.

This summer, the market will be held every Tuesday from June 2 to October 27, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Selling produce to nearby distributors and food service organizations will contribute to self-sufficiency. “We have already sold spinach to a local distributor,” said Robert J. Urso, PCC President and CEO. “This is a great first step to having a sustainable urban farm."

A Windy City Harvest participant harvests the first spinach crop at PCC Austin Community Farm.
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By cultivating a farm, PCC hopes to help meet Austin and neighboring communities' need for produce and to help alleviate health issues, such as obesity, that thrive in food deserts (urban neighborhood that lacks adequate access to affordable, healthy food).

The PCC Austin Community Farm, located at 330 N. Lotus Avenue in Chicago, was established in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program. Experts in urban agriculture, Windy City Harvest staff built the farm and will maintain the site for the first three years of operations. During that time, PCC will recruit community members who are interested in participating in Windy City Harvest’s certificate program in hopes of finding a permanent, local farm coordinator. Through this endeavor, PCC will engage community members in volunteer opportunities as well as farming and nutrition workshops. Funding for the project was awarded by the Humana Foundation in 2014.

For more information about the PCC Austin Produce Market or opportunities to participate on the farm, contact Lucy Flores at 773-413-1240.

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