I delivered last September at Sherman and I absolutely adored the midwife who delivered me. I had been seeing a different midwife (same practice) but my midwife was out of town the day I delivered so the midwife on call delivered me and she was simply delightful. So sweet an accomodating to me that I still get teary eyed thinking about how grateful I am to her.
The practice is called Associates for Women's Healthcare. It is by no means a "fancy" office, they see mostly hispanic Medicaid patients so there's mostly spanish flying around the office, but all that glitters is not gold, right? I switched to them from a hoity toity overmedicalized practice when I was 25 weeks and was MUCH happier.
Anyhow, there are three midwives and an OB. The OB is Dr. Michael Riermaier. He is dry and a little bit weird-ish but quite natural minded as compared to other OB's and the two midwives who work with him that I saw are Diane Smith (for my prenatal care) and Glenda Embry (who delivered me).
I was happy with the care I got from Diane. She was open to what I wanted and didn't want. She was generous with her time. She was friendly, funny, and easy to talk to.
Glenda walked into my delivery room just the cutest thing and right off the bat I loved her. She's a mother of 6 and not only was she perfectly in alignment with my simple birth plan, she went above and beyond it to make my delivery a wonderful birthing experience.
My plan was:
To remain mobile and able to use my birthing ball (provided my own and signed a waiver). Not to be offered an epidural, though I might ask (and I did, at 6 cm. and I got it FAST), I asked to not be told when to push, so she simply told me when I was complete and told me to let her know when I felt like pushing. I asked for no episiotomy and was not given one. I tore in two tiny places but neither was bad. One she stitched because it wouldn't stop bleeding, one she didn't. I asked for her to delay clamping the cord, which she was glad to do, and even went a step beyond and HANDED me the umbilical cord and asked ME to tell HER when I felt it had stopped pulsing.
But what really sold me on her was the fact that she guided my hands down as my son was crowning and let me help her deliver the baby and helped me use my own hands to guide him to my chest. It was just beautiful. A fabulous delivery from start to finish. I went in at 5 cm. (I allowed a few checks, though I am sure she would be okay with no checks if you didn't want them? Not sure...) I labored there for about another hour and half before I got my epi at 6+cm. It was a fabulous epi. I was not too numb but not in a lot of pain, either. And I was complete 2 hours later. I pushed my nearly 10 pounds son out in just 24 minutes of pushing with Glenda cheering me on with such positive energy.
I feel the need to add that the LD nurses I saw at Sherman we also INCREDIBLE. I got the same nurse who helped me deliver my daughter 6 years ago and her name is Angel. A fitting name for sure. Sadly, my personal friend who is also a LD nurse at Sherman was not there when I delivered, as she was out on maternity leave, but if you're lucky enough to get Giovanna Vandiver, consider yourself in good hands, too!
I know this is turning into a book, but I also feel the need to let you know that I saw Glenda again 5 days later when my blood pressure skyrocketed to 160/100. She sent me right down tot he ER from her office (at that time the hospital was still in the old location and her office was upstairs) and I was so scared. She hugged me and held my hand and was so comforting.
She was just an all around loving and delightful woman to me. I don't know exactly what her "limits" are on natural delivery... but she was perfectly accomodating to my desires and went above and beyond to give me the kind of experience she knew I wanted.
Here is a link to the OB info... you have to gt to her through him because for some stupid reason, Sherman Hospital does not list their midwives on their "Find A Provider" search engine:http://www.shermanhealth.com/hospita...ile.php?id=212
Hope that helps! If you need a suggestion for a fabulous Pediatrician in Elgin, PM me! I know one of those, too!