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#1 of 9 Old 03-21-2010, 02:32 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

Any recommendations?
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have you looked at Delnor -- allows sibs w/o restrictions.

focus on women practice has a midwife, Marla Ellis, who delivers at delnor. i have no info on vbacs however.

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I loved the West Suburban Midwives, but you're right, the hospital post-partum experience (in 2007 at least) was ridiculous. I'm in the same boat as you (except I'm due in December).

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How far are you from Good Sam in Downers? My Aunt has been there, since well, too many years to count. She was in the NICU for years now she does lactation. I can speak for the care you would receive and the support as far as breast feeding goes. I can call her and ask about midwives if your interested. Feel free to contact me or just post a reply her and I'll give her a ring.
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I had baby #4 with the midwives from OMG http://www.omgwh.com/page2.html at Hinsdale.

I cannot say enough positive things about the group. I absolutely am done having children, but a small part of me would love to be pregnant just to be able to hang out with the MWs again. But, instead of going through all that , one of the MWs is my Facebook friend instead.

RE: not being able to give birth in the tub . . .I personally don't think it's a big deal. To me, labor (compared to pushing) is the hard part, and I think Hinsdale is great for even having a tub-- it's rare. You could try what I did and get to the hospital 20 minutes before giving birth but then you won't get to use the tub . . and the tub looked inviting!

The L/D nurses were amazing, too. Aftercare was OK-- most nurses great, one so-so. Lactation consultant was excellent, and the MW aftercare support is great in that dept. as well.

I liked the fact that if I had needed an OB, I had already met him, and knew he was on the same page as I was in terms of medical intervention.


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There are many things to consider when choosing a birth place and practitioner. I have been working with parents for many years helping them explore their options. If you want to give birth with confidence I can help. Please call me.

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Have you called Rush Copley? I called Karen less than 2 months ago and was told they do VBACs (even w. Noreen being gone). Not sure if it makes a difference that I am a current patient and saw them during my last pregnancy (obviously ended up with a c/s).

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I don't know where you are in your ttc journey, but I am looking for a provider right now as well. I had been planning to go to West Suburban Women's Health, but Willowbrook (where the practice is located) and Hinsdale (where they deliver) is pretty far from me. After hearing Karen/Rush's policy may have changed, I gave them a call (literally as I was typing this).

In my situation at least (secondary VBAC), they said she would do a VBAC.

Karen and Noreen were my midwives for my first pregnancy and I loved them and loved Rush. I was sad to end up with a cesarean (it was scheduled due to breech presentation and a failed ECV), but they still showed up (briefly) before and after to cheer me on.

I'm released from my RE in a few weeks and will be scheduling a consultation appointment with Karen to be sure everything is in order.
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