My husband and I moving to the Hoffman Estates area and I am pregnant with our first child due in early August. I really want to do a natural childbirth but in a hospital...just in case something goes wrong. The only hospitals I can find that have water births are an hour drive and I don't think I am going to be up to that while I am in labor. Does anyone have any suggestions?
NW Chicago Suburbs (around Hoffman Estates) natural hospital birth with a tub to at least labor in
Alexian Brothers has one tub that sometimes gets used but again it is one tub for the whole floor and you can't birth in it just labor and usually you have to get out by 8cm. The groups who normally use this room are http://www.midwestobgynmidwifery.com/ and http://www.drmruz.com/
None of the other area hospitals have tubs. If I had to rate them I would do Sherman(Elgin), NCH(Arlington) and then St. Alexius(Hoffman).
As a doula out of the Schaumburg/Hoffman area driving to Oak Park or Swedish Covenant to be with those midwives is totally worth the 40min drive. You will have a lot more options at those hospitals and will have to fight off a lot less interventions. Those groups have much higher rates of natural births, lower c/s rates and higher VBAC rates.
I live in Barrington and delivered at West Suburban. I was worried about the distance to Oak Park, especially since we don't have a car, but it all worked out and it was so worth it all. The distance isn't too bad and I will do it again if/when the time comes. Although I was 8cm by the time we got there - didn't expect to go fast for a first timer : )
I went with Oak Park Midwifery and they were amazing. We moved to IL when I was 34 weeks and they were fantastic. Even better than my previous midwife. I fell in love with them and had the exact birth I wanted - a waterbirth, with no intervention. I delivered in the Alternative Birthing Center. Definitely recommend it.