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I just found out that I am pg. This will be my second. With my first, I didn't know any better and had a regular hospital birth with Dr. and a bunch of interventions. Now, I am definetly ready to try a more "natural" birth with a midwife. Because of insurance (AllKids), I think my midwife options are limited to Jewel/Jennifer (at Lincoln Park Hospital) or Swedish Covenant. I know a few people who've been happy at Swedish Covenant, but I'd also like to hear from those who've been with Jewel/Jennifer.<br>
Also, if you're familiar with any other miwife practices who accept AllKids, then please post. I live in Rogers Park, so West Suburban is not such a great choice for us. Thank you!
 

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i just switched to jewel & jennifer but haven't had my first appt yet. but....i haven't heard anything but fabulous things about them! i just talked with a friend of mine yesterday who delivered with them last year & she raved & raved. (her first birth was with an OB, too). i don't have any experience with swedish covenant so this is all i can offer.
 

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I've never heard of LP Hospital, but I switched to the midwives group at Swedish Covenant for this, my third and last pregnancy, from a more traditional/interventionist affliliated with NMH for my first two births. I have been VERY happy so far with the CNMs, but I cannot yet comment on the total L&D experience as I am still several weeks away from giving birth.
 

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I don't know LP hospital but have heard GREAT things about Jewel for home birth. Swedish has a good reputation and friendly to natural childbirth but tends to be maybe a bit more "medical" in their approach
 

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You may want to look into St. Francis in Evanston. That's where I had my daughter. We were using a midwife, through north shore ob/gyn, but ended up with a c/s due to breech presentation. My neighbor had all three of her boys there, naturally with a midwife. I can pm the number of that practice if you want it.<br><br>
Not sure if they accept AllKids
 

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I love Jewel and Jennifer! They were both there for the homebirth of my 9lb, posterior baby girl in Oct 05. After having spontaneous pushing and stalling around 8 or 9 cms, the pushing made my cervix swell. Jennifer kept me from being transferred to the hospital for a c-section. Her exact words to me were, "I've never done this before, but I read about it. . ." And, honestly, those words did not scare me at all. And I credit how wonderful they are and the fact that you have plenty of time to get to know them and for them to get to know you so that you have the highest comfort level and confidence in them. Your appt is an hour long, whether you need that time or not. So, you're totally not rushed at all. Jennifer put ice chips on her finger tips (held in place between her latex gloves) and literally iced down my cervix. Had she not been aware of that technique (and had it not worked), dd would have been cut out.<br><br>
Around 32 or 33 weeks, I had contractions every 10 minutes for a total of about 8 hours. Jewel came in the office at 10pm to see me. I could go on. I highly recommend them.
 

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Thanks for all the good words. ! I have an appointment with Jennifer tommorrow. I also have an appointment in April at Swedish, but I think that I'll end up cancelling and just sticking with Jennifer and Jewel.
 

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I have only heard of Jewel and Jennifer, and only <i>wonderful</i> things. They apparently have a great reputation.<br><br>
Without going into painful details, I will say that our experience with Swedish Covenant was very traumatic. My advice to anyone would be to stay away from them. With the exception of Nicole, we found the midwifery practice to be moody and hurried. One MW in particular, Sherri, was outright cruel during L&D. We found their nursing staff and the vast majority of their support personnel to be rather incompetent and uncaring. I am sure that some people's experiences differ form ours, I guess depends what your standards, expectations, and luck are. Enough said.<br><br>
Best of luck to you.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Does anyone have the contact info for Jewel and Jennifer?<br><br>
We did our first birth at Swedish with the m/w practice, and while we had fairly positive experience with a natural birth, I was disappointed with some of the details of the experience. I really liked most of the midwives, but I didn't mesh with Sherri as well as the others. Prenatal appointments were great--they took a lot of time to answer questions and chat. 5 days after my due date I went in for a routine NST and ultrasound. Due to low fluid, the midwife on duty told me to go to labor and delivery ASAP for an induction. No discussion, no other options, nothing.<br><br>
We did a Cervidil induction, which wasn't ideal, but it beat pitocin. However, because it was an induction, I had to be hooked up to external monitors, and didn't have much mobility other than walking around my bed. I wasn't able to use the tub at all. My labor progressed a lot faster than anyone anticipated, too, and they were in the middle of a shift change for the entire time I was in active labor. The midwife basically arrived when I was in transition, just in time to tell me I was at 9.5 cm (which was right when I felt the urge to push), and to deliver my son 20 minutes later. Like I mentioned, I had an overall positive experience, but I didn't have any m/w support during the labor at all, and there were still a few medical interventions (induction, monitoring) that took away from the experience. Also, because it was in a hospital setting, there was an epidural kit on the cart, 6 feet from my bed the entire time. Talk about frustrating!<br><br>
I still got the med-free experience I wanted, but there were a number of circumstances that irritated me in retrospect. If we had birth centers in IL, I'd consider it this time around, but I don't know if there are any better options than Swedish Covenant. I'm really not up for a homebirth.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone have the contact info for Jewel and Jennifer?<br><br>
We did our first birth at Swedish with the m/w practice, and while we had fairly positive experience with a natural birth, I was disappointed with some of the details of the experience. I really liked most of the midwives, but I didn't mesh with Sherri as well as the others. Prenatal appointments were great--they took a lot of time to answer questions and chat. 5 days after my due date I went in for a routine NST and ultrasound. Due to low fluid, the midwife on duty told me to go to labor and delivery ASAP for an induction. No discussion, no other options, nothing.<br><br>
We did a Cervidil induction, which wasn't ideal, but it beat pitocin. However, because it was an induction, I had to be hooked up to external monitors, and didn't have much mobility other than walking around my bed. I wasn't able to use the tub at all. My labor progressed a lot faster than anyone anticipated, too, and they were in the middle of a shift change for the entire time I was in active labor. The midwife basically arrived when I was in transition, just in time to tell me I was at 9.5 cm (which was right when I felt the urge to push), and to deliver my son 20 minutes later. Like I mentioned, I had an overall positive experience, but I didn't have any m/w support during the labor at all, and there were still a few medical interventions (induction, monitoring) that took away from the experience. Also, because it was in a hospital setting, there was an epidural kit on the cart, 6 feet from my bed the entire time. Talk about frustrating!<br><br>
I still got the med-free experience I wanted, but there were a number of circumstances that irritated me in retrospect. If we had birth centers in IL, I'd consider it this time around, but I don't know if there are any better options than Swedish Covenant. I'm really not up for a homebirth.<br><br>
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Jewel and Jennifer have privileges at Weiss Hospital and can attend your birth at any hospital - but, if they're not at Weiss, their role would be akin to that of a doula.<br><br>
But, you asked for contact information. 773.472.9400<br><a href="http://awomansplacechicago.com/" target="_blank">http://awomansplacechicago.com/</a>
 

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Oh, okay...I have heard of them. I have an HMO, and I'm not sure if it's worth changing to the PPO at this point. My benefits are up for re-enrollment/change next month, so the timing may actually work out.<br><br>
Thanks so much for the info!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Jewel and Jennifer have privileges at Weiss Hospital and can attend your birth at any hospital - but, if they're not at Weiss, their role would be akin to that of a doula.<br><br>
But, you asked for contact information. 773.472.9400<br><a href="http://awomansplacechicago.com/" target="_blank">http://awomansplacechicago.com/</a></div>
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Had an appointment today with Jewel. She is really pleasant. The office is tiny, but a nice atmosphere. Lots of toys if you're bringing a toddler with you for appointments. FYI, Weiss hospital will no longer be open for L & D, they are closing that within the next few months. So Lincoln Park hospital is where Jewel and Jennifer will be doing deliveries, other than home.<br><br>
I am going to cancel my appointment at Swedish.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Had an appointment today with Jewel. She is really pleasant. The office is tiny, but a nice atmosphere. Lots of toys if you're bringing a toddler with you for appointments. FYI, Weiss hospital will no longer be open for L & D, they are closing that within the next few months. So Lincoln Park hospital is where Jewel and Jennifer will be doing deliveries, other than home.<br><br>
I am going to cancel my appointment at Swedish.</div>
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Glad you went to meet her! I didn't meet Jennifer until I was a couple of months along. They have very different personalities - but both very good ones! Jennifer is a big hugger <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I'm excited for you!
 

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I thought LP hospital closed for maternity services? That's what I was told by Homefirst when I was pg with my DD 2 years ago.<br><br>
It is a really rinky dink little hospital. It is where Homefirst used to do prenatal transfers and any planned hospital births, so they would be used to natural types.
 

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I'd recommend that you go ahead and interview Swedish, too - I had a bad experience with Jewel & Jennifer. If you want more info, you can PM me.
 
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