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Northwestern skilled at handling the preterm birth in Chicago

Dr. Stanley Friedell, Northwestern Women's Health Associates S.C Northwestern skilled at handling the preterm birth in Chicago, IL

Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, in partnership with Prentice Women’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial, is the practice of choice for many expanding families. We look forward to healthy deliveries every day, but understand that there are risks with any pregnancy. Our patients can rely on our many years of experience gained through advanced education and thousands of deliveries. When faced with preterm birth, our Chicago, patients can gain peace of mind knowing our collective team knows what to do to protect the health of the developing baby.

There are three different categories into which preterm can be classified, each coinciding with the baby’s gestational age.

  • A late preterm birth occurs sometime between 34 and 37 weeks (full term being 37 -41 weeks). Babies born at this time may look very much as expected, weighing between from 4 to 7 pounds. The late preterm baby, due to more time in the womb, has more mature lungs and may be better able to maintain a steady blood glucose level, though may require advanced post-natal care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Advanced care may be geared towards infection prevention, blood sugar and blood pressure control, and the prevention of hypothermia.
  • General preterm birth occurs at 32-34 weeks where babies may weigh 2-4 pounds. There can be breathing or bowel problems, in addition to those mentioned above. Usually steroids are given to help lung maturity. Causes could be bleeding due to abruption or previa, preterm labor, premature ruptured membranes or preeclampsia. Depending on the cause, we may be aggressive in stopping the labor, if the health of mother and baby allows.
  • Very preterm births occur between week 28 and week 32, at which time the baby may way between two and four pounds. At this time, lungs have not fully developed and the newborn is at risk for breathing problems as well as infection. At this point, assisted feeding will be necessary.
  • Extremely preterm births, occurring before 28 weeks, are understandably stressful for expecting parents and their health care team. Fortunately, the various advances in medicine in recent years have significantly improved the outcome for this category of preterm birth. Northwestern has a very successful special care nursery to deal with these babies.

The Northwestern Women’s Health Associates team delivers at Prentice Women’s Hospital. Preterm births experienced in this facility are handled by the renowned Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial. This NICU has been designed and equipped to care for the smallest patients, who receive round-the-clock care from an expert medical staff. Monitoring and treating over 800 ill or premature newborns each year, the Renée Schine Crown unit is well known for its sophistication and personal attention to each patient.

Your health care team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, can see you through your pregnancy experience. Contact us at 312-440-9400.


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  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Gerilynn H.

    Dr. Regina Belmonte has been providing all the services I have needed for over 12 years. She saw me through both of my pregnancies and her expertise is vast. Even after I moved far away from the city, I still embrace and look forward to her care and services, and I refuse to switch doctors. She is worth the trip! Going through both pregnancies I had to meet with all of the Dr's. and all were wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. I have gotten 98% of what I have ever needed just talking to a nurse. So grateful for this practice and so confident with the care I receive.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jelly T.

    Dr. Abbie Roth is GOLD!
    I have never met a doctor who is caring and brilliant and with a great sense of humor as doctor Abbie Roth. She is very professional and has an excellent bedside manner. When I had a life threatening complication after my C-section, she and her Prentice team of doctors and nurses were such an efficient team under pressure while making sure they explain every process and steps during the situation. Dr. Abbie Roth and her team literally saved my life! I am very fortunate to have met Dr. Roth, I will never forget her and will continue to see her for my future OB/Gyne health. I highly recommend this practice and Dr. Roth!
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jessica

    If you are new to Chicago or are just looking for a new physician, please make an appointment with Dr. Friedell. This is the first time in my adult life, that a doctor spent an hour with me going over my medical history, asking questions and documenting my history accurately. His assessment and subsequent surgery were all done t a T! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or his staff. I have had very positive experiences every time I've gone and I always leave feeling like I've been really seen and heard.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Monica E.

    I was recommended to NWWH through a friend after a year of unsuccessful IUI with my partner. We were seen and cared for by Dr. Friedell. Best decision ever. You will definitely wait for the doctor for maybe 30 minutes past your appointment time but you will not regret it. His thoroughness and patience to explain everything to us in a way we understood was amazing. He was quick to start a game plan for us. We will definitely stick with Dr. Friedell as our OB/GYN.

    Apart from Dr. Friedell, the staff was quick to perform any lab work and ultrasounds with friendly conversation and compassion. This type of service really helps when we've gone through a rough time trying to get pregnant. Definitely make an appointment with Dr. Friedell.
  • Northwestern Women's Health Associates
    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jennifer H.

    I have been going to Dr. Friedell for over a year now and he has been nothing less than amazing. When I first came to him to discuss pregnancy, he was incredibly informative and understanding. He was also willing to take the time to answer all of my questions and help in any way he could. He just delivered my son in March and to say he went the extra mile during delivery would be an understatement. I had some complications and with any other doctor I would have had a c-section. Dr. Friedell worked with me and was extremely patient and because of his care and expertise I had a successful vaginal delivery. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Karima R.

    I have been going to this office for little over a month now due to some complications! I have been seen Dr. Friedell, he is very caring and always made sure he answers all my concerns. I am beyond impressed with my experience with Dr Friedell and his PA " Amber". Dr Friedell called me many times after hours to talk to me about my medical results and answers any concerns that I have.

    I would highly recommend Dr Friedell.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Elizabeth T.

    I have been a patient of this practice for over 5 years now and have only positive reviews of Dr. Feldstein. He was the doctor on call and delivered my third son without any complications. He was knowledgeable, patient focused and went above and beyond to answer my questions and provide a safe and healthy delivery. I also want to note his positive bedside manner to not only my husband and I, but to the nursing staff that was working with him. He was very respectful and I am very thankful to have had him for my delivery. I would recommend this group, Dr. Feldstein in particular without reservation.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By LA

    I switched to Dr. Roth mid pregnancy due to health insurance reasons and it was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. She is definitely warm and funny but also extremely competent and knowledgeable. I would say what makes her stand out from other doctors is how calm and not reactive she is in even the most dire situations. My son was in serious fetal distress (unexpected and not preventable) and she was very calm and reassuring as we literally ran to the OR for my c section. With the rise of c sections today I feel Dr. Roth is one of the few remaining fabulous ob's that truly plans for normal vaginal births (your choice if you want an epi or not) and although I needed a c section I knew it was truly necessary. I could not speak more highly of her, not only did she save my sons life but she made me feel safe, secure and empowered even when decisions and actions were out of my hands.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Dana M.

    I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Barbara A

    I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent.