Health Blog

Everyone can use a little healthy advice from time to time. That’s why we created Health Tips—blogs packed with great information to help you and your family stay well. Here you’ll find our doctors and healthy living experts sharing advice in areas like nutrition, exercise, heart health, cancer prevention and more.

How Much Does It Really Cost to Have a Baby?

We get this question from expecting parents all the time. What’s the average cost of having a baby, and how much can I expect to pay? The answer: it depends.

Factors include where you live, whether or not you have insurance and the details of your plan, and what type of birth you have. Let’s break it down. 

Summer Survival Tips and Tricks

If the final school bell simultaneously makes you thrilled for summer–and annoyed with whines of boredom–we've got your back!

Safe Swimming Practices

Dive into safer swimming practices this summer! Our EMS professionals know this all too well: Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children under age four. That's particularly tragic when you consider that in nearly all cases, those deaths could have been prevented with proper safeguards.

A pool can be great summertime fun -- but can also be a source of danger. There are a few things you can do to help keep it safe for everyone:

Can Crusader Clinic Patients Have Their Baby at Swedes?

If you’re confused about the new rules for maternity patients at Crusader Clinic, you’re not alone. We get questions all the time from Crusader Clinic patients who want to have their baby at Swedes, but they’re not sure they have a choice. Fortunately, they absolutely can choose Swedes for their delivery.

If you’re interested in having your baby at Swedes, here’s what you can do:

SwedishAmerican Celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6 – 11

When you walk into a hospital or doctor’s office, one of the first people you come in contact with is a nurse. SwedishAmerican has nearly 900 nurses on staff and is celebrating all of them during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 11, a week dedicated to recognizing the valuable role nurses play in healthcare.

Starting Monday, May 7, the nursing team will kick-off a donation drive that will benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission. Nurses will be asked to bring in items each day during the week: