Comprehensive Support and Women’s Health Education
Loyola Medicine is committed to treating every aspect of women’s health. We understand that the demands of life are many, including work, family and home. Many women care for children or adult relatives. Though it can be difficult to find the time to care for your own health, Loyola provides comprehensive women’s health support services to help you manage loss, illness and change and reach optimal health. We treat the whole person, not just the condition.
Our support services include the following resources:
- Breast cancer networking group
- Caregiver support group
- Chaplain services for obstetric health
- Chaplain services for women’s health
- Childbirth preparation classes
- General journey toward healing support group
- Loss of an adult child support group
- Motherless daughters workshop
- Widows/widowers support group
Why Choose Loyola for Women’s Health Support Services and Education?
Loyola provides truly integrated clinical care for all aspects of women’s healthcare, bringing together specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, breast imaging, gynecologic oncology, gynecologic surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, well-woman care and many others to provide women with advanced care in a compassionate environment.
As part of an academic medical center, Loyola’s expert clinicians perform and teach the latest surgical techniques and medical treatments in numerous locations across the Chicago area. Our doctors and advanced practice nurses provide preventive care for women of all ages, from young girls to menopausal women. In addition, our nurses have earned Magnet status, which means they have been recognized for delivering the highest level of care.
What We Do
What Type of Women’s Support Services are Available?
Loyola offers support services and preventive healthcare for girls, young women and mature adult women. We offer the expertise of skilled clinicians to help you cope with a new diagnosis, prepare for the birth of a child, care for a family member or endure the loss of a loved one. We offer a range of classes and support programs for the various needs of women at many stages of life:
- Breast cancer networking group — Breast cancer patients and their friends and family members are encouraged to attend these sessions, which provide information on every aspect of cancer survivorship.
- Caregiver support group — Caregivers share useful information and resources while discussing the challenges and rewards of caring for a loved one with a chronic condition.
- Chaplain services for obstetric health — Loyola’s obstetric health chaplains minister to women who are here for routine and high-risk pregnancies. Our chaplains often see patients who are adjusting to unanticipated pregnancy or delivery issues. They have vast experience in providing emotional support to mothers and families who are dealing with anxiety, loss of control, stress and changes in routine.
- Chaplain services for women’s health — Loyola’s chaplains understand that completely restoring the well-being of a woman coping with illness means addressing not only her condition, but also how it affects her family. Our women’s health chaplains serve as supportive companions, helping to create a space for spirituality with women as they cope with illness and the changes it may bring to the lives of those for whom she cares. Whether a patient is here for gynecologic, surgical or cancer treatments, a Loyola chaplain with skills and understanding specific to her condition is available to help the patient and her family seek healing of the body, mind and spirit.
- Childbirth preparation classes — For the benefit of our parents-to-be, Loyola offers classes and support to provide you with information, prepare you for childbirth and parenting, learn techniques to use during labor and help you make informed decisions. We offer a range of classes and support programs for the various needs of expectant parents, including classes on infant care, breastfeeding and Cesarean birth and vaginal birth.
- General journey toward healing support group — This group provides a space to share in grieving the loss of a loved one.
- Loss of an adult child support group — Grieving the loss of an adult child takes time. Share the process with others who are traveling the same road.
- Motherless daughters workshop — The mother-daughter bond is a special one. If you are coping with the loss of your mother, you need not feel alone; others who are on the same journey can help.
- Widows/widowers support group — You shared your life your spouse and now he or she is gone. The emptiness can feel overwhelming. Join others who understand what you are going through.