Circus-themed fun and revelry are in store for guests at SCH’s upcoming Le Cirque Annual Gala on October 27, 2018. Co-Chaired by Drs. Angel Rivera and Emily Rubenstein, this year’s event will be held in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The gala will feature dining, entertainment sure to amaze, dancing, and a large silent auction with one-of a kind items benefitting SCH’s Family Birthing Center.
With over 2,000 babies born in the hospital’s Family Birthing Center every year, parents are drawn to the Center’s unique combination of home-like comforts, excellent medical care and supportive programming for every stage-from prenatal to postpartum. Proceeds from this year’s gala will be used to enhance the physical space of the Family Birthing Center and provide innovative community programs and services.
The Family Birthing Center offers a wide-range of assistance for new and expectant parents. Community education classes range from prenatal topics and breastfeeding to parenting techniques. In addition, two of our most popular programs will expand and grow thanks to gala funds; The CenteringPregnancy group (where pregnant mothers learn from, and support one another in a group setting while receiving prenatal care and education from their healthcare providers) and the New Mom’s group (a weekly supportive space for new mothers to connect and share experiences). SCH also offers a variety of counseling services to new and expectant mothers who are experiences anxiety or post-partum depression, including one-on-one and group therapy sessions. Gala proceeds will support these critical services in the coming year.
New to the Family Birthing Center this year is the Respite Nursery. The Respite Nursery is a safe, staffed space for newborn babies when new mothers need some rest. Maternal exhaustion can interfere with breastfeeding, is a risk factor for maternal post-partum depression and increases the risk of accidents like newborn falls. This monitored nursery is making a difference for new mothers and their babies.
Gala funds will also help support the only hospital-based, outpatient lactation clinic in the entire city of Chicago. Swedish Covenant Hospital is proud to offer the Breastfeeding Clinic, which provides new mothers access to internationally board-certified lactation consultants and nurse practitioners who provide breastfeeding guidance and assistance during one-on-one, hour long visits.
This year’s gala promises to be the greatest show on Earth! Purchase tickets or visit our online auction at https://one.bidpal.net/schgala and bid on spectacular items and experiences to help support our Family Birthing Center. For more information on the gala or the auction contact Tamara Fouche’ at 773-878-2492.