I think you might have a difficult time finding a provider who will allow a water birth. I did have one 9 years ago in Marion (Heartland Med Center) but with my last pregnancy I was totally shut down. The hospital had a really nice moveable birth tub but they will no longer use it as far as I know, citing cleanliness issues according to the person spoke with on the phone. They claimed that the tub could not be properly sanitized, but in reality, they probably just didn't want to use it anymore and the midwife who was responsible for acquiring the tub (and probably the only provider that respected her clients' wishes to use it) is no longer in the area. My son is now 3, so this was while I was pregnant with him. There are midwives at Heartland Women's Health ( a HUGE group practice) but the are under the thumb of the Dr.s and don't really get to practice midwifery. I had a really bad experience there and ended up having a homebirth with a lay midwife, which was a really wonderful experience. I think Carbondale has tubs you can labor in but it will depend on your MD if you are "allowed" to stay in it for delivery. Union County (Anna area) has a hospital but they do not have an OB unit. I really don't know about any other hospitals north of Carbondale or Marion. If you are happy with your provider in Cape, you might want to stick with them. I am not pregnant now, but I have a new OB/GYN, Dr. Gates at New Horizons (?). He is wonderful and although I have never birthed with him, I believe he would try his best to give you a natural birth in a hospital setting. It is a big practice, but I have had good care there. I hope that helps, god luck to you.