Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Putting boobs in babies' mouths!
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Hi, there! I used to live in Chicago and worked as a birth nurse for Homefirst for about a year and a half. Glad to hear Dr. Schattauer is still with them. He was great to work with, a very caring man called to his work. It was wonderful for me to see, after working in a hospital L&D ward that things could be done differently. I loved working with the families and it was a very enjoyable job, except for some workplace politics that I finally resigned over, but I don't think any of that would affect your experience. A friend of mine still works for them and she told me recently that they had been incorporating nurse-midwives into their practice, so maybe that's an option, or asking if the nurse could catch your baby, if you're more comfortable with a woman. I'm pretty sure they still have at least one woman doctor, Dr. Lo, I believe her name is. There are also several good direct entry midwives in the area, as well as a few CNM's doing homebirths. They're probably more underground now, because of the DPR's recent withhunt, but the Midwives' Alliance of North America and/or The American College of Nurse Midwives both maintain lists of practicing midwives. Also, health food stores and feminist bookstores are good places to look. I don't know if Women and Children First is still around (it used to be near the lake, on Foster, I think), but I found the folks I needed to get in touch with when I first moved there, on their bulletin board. Good luck!
SMC to Sophia, age 15, and Eleanor, age 9, and mother hen to too many nursing students to count!