Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) proudly offers a personalized Midwifery Program that is tailored the specific needs of mom. Mary Kay Burke, APN, CNM, WHNP, launched the midwifery program in 2010. Mara Arakelian, CNM, joined the program in 2016. Certified Nurse Midwives Mary Kay and Mara work closely with mothers to create unique and personalized birthing experience for each patient.
Midwives know that each woman has unique healthcare needs and requires individual attention. They care for women during labor and birth, as well as provide various types of healthcare for women including prenatal, postpartum and routine gynecological services. Certified Nurse Midwives are healthcare providers who are board-certified in midwifery and work with women to customize the birthing experience.
Mary Kay and Mara collaborate with a talented team of doctors at LCMH who are well equipped to provide expert care should a high risk situation occur during the pregnancy or once the baby is born. Infants who require special attention are cared for with the latest technology in our special care nursery. This Level II nursery has extended capabilities and is a member of the premier University of Chicago Hospital Perinatal Network. In addition, more than five neonatal specialists are available 24 hours a day to give these infants the treatment and attention they deserve.
“The term midwife means with woman and we consider it a privilege to care for women in all the different stages of their lives,” said Burke. “It is our hope that all women have a meaningful birth experience— one that allows them to transition to motherhood with happiness and confidence.”
“Meet the Midwife” and Family Birth Center Tours are held on the first Sunday of every month at 11a.m. Meet in the reception area near Labor & Delivery. No appointment necessary. If the first Sunday falls on a holiday weekend, the tour will be rescheduled for the following Sunday.
On Friday, July 6th, Mary Kay and Mara offered the first Blessingway celebration for mothers who are in their third trimester. This special celebration will take place on the first Friday of every month. A Blessingway is a celebration of life and love, pregnancy and motherhood, held in a tranquil, sacred, and love-filled atmosphere. Expecting mothers can meet near the waterfall on the first floor of the Women’s Center for Life & Health at Little Company of Mary Hospital – 2800 W. 95th Street, Evergreen Park. For more information on the Family Birth Center Tours and the Blessingway, or to make an appointment with Mary Kay or Mara, please call 708.636.9205.