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Sleepy mama to Colin Theodore 8-12-08 and Trevor Arthur 7-17-12.
me-45, DH-46, ds1-23, ds2-18, dd1-17, dd2-14, dd3-4....hoping for #6.....
I had my son at Edward and I would NOT recommend them. Everyone was nice enough, but you get the ultra medical approach. They thought they saw fluid in my son's abdomen on an ultrasound so, they induced me at 36 weeks and of course I ended up with a C section and my son ended up in the NICU for 10 days because he was born too soon and wasn't feeding well enough.
And, the kicker... a repeat US after he was born showed no fluid, no problems, your son's in perfect health, isn't that great news....
Since I had the unfortunate C section last time, I decided to go with a midwife this time to bring my chances of a C down. (I should of the first time, but I'm not overly crunchy and I don't mind the idea of an epi, but I'm more interested in a vaginal birth and I'll do whatever I have to to get there.)
Anyways, I'm going with Nancy, Shirley and the midwives at Midwifery and Women's Health in Forest Park and West Suburban Hospital. My hubbie isn't comfortable with a home birth for a VBAC and West Suburban has an alternative birthing center with water births available and stuff like that. Most people here seem to like the midwives at West Suburban.
I'd definitely change over to a midwife practice. They all practice under an OB anyways, so you can always get the medical approach if you wanted.
My niece gave birth at Provena Mercy and she had a good birth experience. Her only complaint was that her water broke at about 38 weeks and the midwives put her on the 24 hour clock. When she didn't go into labor right away, they started augmenting and everything. They were starting to scare her with the C if she didn't give birth within 24 hours. Luckily everything went fine and she had a healthy son via natural birth as she wanted. She said like she felt there was an OB somewhere whispering in her midwife's ear pushing her to push my niece to speed things along.
Next time she says she's going with a homebirth.
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