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Just wondering if you ever got any feedback on this. I am a fourth year medical student going into family practice. I really want to get good training in natural childbirth and am trying to decide between those two programs.
I'm familiar with both practices. I may be a little biased based on my own personal experience though. My first pregnancy in 2006 ended in miscarriage. For that pregnancy I saw the midwives at Advocate IL Masonic. They were nice and I got to see the birthing rooms in the hospital but everything was just ok to me. My second pregnancy in 2007 I saw the West Suburban Midwives in Oak Park that work with West Suburban Medical center. From day 1, I LOVED everything. The midwives were so much more personable and friendly, in my opinion. The birthing rooms at West Sub were wonderful, I loved the birthing tub. I would definitely recommend the West Suburban Midwives.
I've been to both as a doula. I've attended two births at Illinois Masonic and one at West Suburban. My experience with both hospitals is pretty limited, so you should probably take my opinion with a grain of salt. That being said, from what I've seen, I like West Suburban a lot better. The rooms are nicer, the staff is a little more friendly, and the midwives seem a little more hands off. But, again, I only have experience with two of the midwives at Masonic and one at West Sub.
Hands down. No question-- West Sub....
I had a beautiful birth at West Sub, but attended childbirth classes at Masonic. My impression of West Sub was much better. If it makes any difference to you, I'm pretty sure West Sub has the only ABC rooms in the metro Chicago area where you can actually give birth in the tub (as opposed to laboring there and having to give birth out of water).
As a doula I've attended 7 births at IL Masonic. All have been low intervention and all epidural free. There is a huge difference between L&D and the ABC rooms. The two births in the ABC have been calm, at moms pace, barely any nurses interfering(they do heart tones every so often). On L&D it is nosier, small rooms with a less then great shower. Also Masonic doesnt do waterbirths, where as West Sub does. I would make a list of pros and cons for both and think about what type of birth you are hoping for and see which fits best that way.