I'm not PG but want to start TTC in a few months. My DD was delivered by c-section at Edward in Naperville. We live in the far western suburbs. Edward is clearly out since I can't imagine anyone actually ends up having a VBAC at Edward. (for the record, despite what was probably an unnecessary c-section, I believe that Edward is a very good hospital. The nurses were great and we had a very comfortable stay there. If I wanted to have another c-section, I'd go back there without thinking twice.)
I think my chances of having a VBAC would be greatly enhanced by seeing midwives as opposed to OBs so I'm only looking at hospitals that allow midwives to attend deliveries. The midwives at Rush Copley in Aurora don't do VBACs. The midwives at Hindsale Hospital do VBACs but supposedly Hinsdale doesn't allow you to deliver in the tub. (I'm scared of natural childbirth so the idea of being able to labor and deliver in the tub is very reassuring.) I've heard great things about the 2 midwives groups at West Sub in Oak Park but I'm afraid of going to West Sub. If I end up needing a c-section, I want to be in a first class hospital and I've heard bad things about L&D at West Sub outside of the Alternative Birthing Rooms staffed by the midwives. I hear good things about UIC (per the Trib, it has the highest VBAC rate in the city) but it would be quite a drive from our house.
A HBAC is out since because it scares both my DH and me and we're not that close to an ER in case something went wrong.
Since we already have a DD (currently 4 months old), I'd like a hospital that allowed siblings without restrictions.