Maternal & Child Health

IHA supports advancing care for mothers and children, improving quality, and reducing the incidence of maternal and infant child mortality and morbidity.

Levels of Care Designation System

Mother with newborn

To help hospital leaders understand changes to the perinatal levels of care designation, IHA hosted a conference call with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The recorded call and PowerPoint slides are available.

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Oct 12, 2021

Maternal Health Legislation Acted Upon by General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several pieces of comprehensive legislation addressing maternal health. See IHA's summary of the new laws, which include new requirements for hospitals.

Mar 02, 2021

IDPH Seeking Candidates for Maternal Levels of Care Workgroups

At a Perinatal Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting, it was decided that the PAC would begin the extensive process of developing regulations to create a Maternal Levels of Care designation system.  

May 29, 2020

IHA Comments on Rural Maternal and Infant Healthcare

IHA addresses improving access, quality and outcomes for mothers and infants in rural communities, identifying barriers including financial resources, staffing requirements and workforce shortages.

Sep 06, 2019

New Enacted Maternal Health Laws Impacting Hospitals

The 2019 legislative session saw passage of an unprecedented number of maternal health legislation. IHA will send out further communication to the membership as those rules are developed.

Sep 04, 2019

Hospital Responsibilities for Timely Reporting of Fetal and Infant Deaths

IDPH asks for hospital assistance in the timely reporting of fetal and infant deaths, as well as the appropriate disposition of remains. IDPH released a chart that outlines hospital requirements.

Aug 29, 2019

Hospital Reporting Requirements for Fetal and Infant Deaths

Hospitals must adhere to state laws for reporting births and deaths as well as the disposal of fetal and infant remains. See a detailed fact sheet with guidance from IDPH.

Apr 16, 2019

IDPH Adopts Rules for Mandatory Hearing Testing for Newborns

IDPH has adopted rules requiring newborn hearing screenings in hospitals. The adopted rules add requirements to Section 250.1830 – General Requirements for All Obstetric Departments.

Aug 02, 2018

DCFS Rescinds Vitamin K Procedure

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) rescinds position that refusal of Vitamin K is considered medical neglect. DCFS procedures will be updated to reflect the rescission.

Mar 24, 2017

Safe Haven Law Provisions

Hospital personnel have several responsibilities if an infant is relinquished at their hospital or brought from another “safe haven” such as a police or fire station or emergency medical facility.

Mar 24, 2017

Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act

Illinois’ “Safe Haven” law requires specific actions by hospital personnel when an infant is relinquished at the hospital, from examining the baby to reporting suspected abuse or neglect.