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My husband and I are TTC #2 and I am looking into midwives as we recently moved back to this area. My first birth was a hospital birth attended by a midwife that ended up being a c-section (failed induction at 41 weeks). I desire a VBAC and we were mostly convinced to go the homebirth route. Then I found the West Suburban Midwife Associates group and the alternative birthing center at West Suburban. I am fearful of being on the conveyor belt of a hospital birth again, but from what I've read, it seems that they are truly supportive of VBACs. I will meet with some midwives (both hospital and homebirth) before we make a decision, of course, but I was wondering if any of you ladies had delivered at West Sub and what your experiences were like? Did you feel pressured into interventions?

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Happy TTC! It looks like your post might have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. :bump: Anyone have a recommendation to share?

 

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Julie at WSM attended my hospital VBAC in 2007 and she was great. Not sure if she's still with that group, but I would recommend her anywhere. She advocated for me and protected me.
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Happy TTC! It looks like your post might have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. bump.gif Anyone have a recommendation to share?

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The midwives at West Sub (both groups) are great and one of my favorite practices to attend with. They almost always allow moms to go to 42 weeks, though I don't think they will do a VBAC induction-that would be the only negative. UIC is a great VBAC hospital and will do a 42 week vbac induction. 

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I had a positive experience with the WSM group back in 2011 - at that time the midwives were Gayle, Cynthia, Amy, and Brigitte. I don't think Amy is there anymore. I believe that they are very supportive of VBACs and they were very  supportive of minimal interventions and they normally let you go to 42 weeks without talking induction.

 

Now, I wound up with gestational diabetes which changed things a bit. At that time at least, with GD they don't want you to go past 41 weeks. I did end up being induced. But from what I gathered induction is a fairly uncommon occurrence with that group. I was admitted on the evening that I was 40+5 for the induction. The midwife on call that night wanted to start it with a foley bulb, but I asked for cervidil instead based on what I had found in my research. I wanted to give cervidil a try as I had heard that the foley bulbs can be quite uncomfortable. She stated that she didn't think cervidil was the best choice but checked to see if it was contraindicated and it wasn't. So she agreed to try that since it is what I wanted, warning me that it might just prolong my induction. 

 

Well, I'm glad that they honored my request because 1 hour after they inserted the cervidil I was in labor. I labored the rest of the way on my own. The next morning when I was 5 cm the midwife said that since I was laboring on my own and didn't require any further augmentation, I could transfer to the ABC room. I was very happy about that! And a few hours later I had the water birth I had so hoped for.

 

The nursing staff, for the most part, were very nice. They didn't bat an eye at my son sleeping in bed with me that first night. They had no problem with our requests to skip Hep B and the eye ointment. And they were totally fine with my request for discharge the next day.

 

I'm now pregnant with #2 and I really wish I could use them again. They only reason I'm not is that they don't take my current insurance coverage. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me. 

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