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!
Single mom by choice to Sophia, age 18, and Eleanor, age 12, and mother hen to too many nursing students to count!