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I just met with Hillary Keiser from West Suburban Midwives today and she announced that she is leaving the practice at the end of the month. She is taking a few months off and then opening her own homebirth practice in May!<br><br>
Hillary delivered my second baby and is a wonderful midwife and person. I can't wait to have my homebirth with her in August.<br><br>
Yay for more hombirth options!
 

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Oh, that's wonderful! That's too bad for WSM, though -- any idea why she's leaving? They did some of my prenatal care for dc #2 and I absolutely loved them and still recommend their practice to anyone who's looking for a pleasant experience. But, still... yay for us homebirthers! Sweet!
 

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oh wow may? i'm due in september....you are due in august but you know her already....i wonder if i have any chance of her doing our birth?
 

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I'm not sure exactly. I live in Wheaton and she is fine with coming out here.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh wow may? i'm due in september....you are due in august but you know her already....i wonder if i have any chance of her doing our birth?</div>
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I would call her at West Suburban Midwives to talk to her. She will be there until the end of this month.<br><br>
Tell her Alana sent you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, that's wonderful! That's too bad for WSM, though -- any idea why she's leaving? They did some of my prenatal care for dc #2 and I absolutely loved them and still recommend their practice to anyone who's looking for a pleasant experience. But, still... yay for us homebirthers! Sweet!</div>
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I'm not sure why she is leaving. She use to do homebirths and she had homebirths herself. I think she just wants to do homebirths again.
 

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Dang.<br><br>
I mean, that's great for the women of Chicagoland! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br>
We just moved from Carol Stream in October. South Dakota has one (legal) hbmw. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Maybe I'll have to come back to visit friends for a few months once TTCing is successful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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OMG.....this is the best news ever.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: Just wait until DH hears this, he will have a heart attack. I mentioned a HB to him and while he didn't seem to object I knew it was because he knew I wanted to stay with West Sub midwives and not have to move practices.<br><br>
I have an appointment with her next week so I will try to get some more info and post (if I remember)<br><br>
Alana - when are you due? sound like you will have first pick on August <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Alana - when are you due? sound like you will have first pick on August <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I'm due Aug 17th.
 

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This is fantastic news! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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What wonderful news....always nice to see a new homebirth midwife in the Burbs of Chicago. I had a wonderful homebirth with a DEM (almost a CPM) last march. It was amazing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not sure exactly. I live in Wheaton and she is fine with coming out here.</div>
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YAY!! Thanks! I live in Lisle and want a homebirth with my next baby if we have one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What wonderful news....always nice to see a new homebirth midwife in the Burbs of Chicago. I had a wonderful homebirth with a DEM (almost a CPM) last march. It was amazing.</div>
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She isn't quite new, she used to have a homebirth practice but when her children were young went to assisting at a hospital, now is returning to homebirth.<br><br>
I saw her on Tuesday morning and she told me she loves her current practice and is so appreciative for what West Sub offers, but loves homebirth and needs to leave the hospital and go back to homebirth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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That is good to hear, we need it! By the time I was 8-9 weeks, I could not find anyone to take me on, everyone was full...I was very very sad that I have to have a hospital birth this time, it scares me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Hillary has her office now! Its at 1024 North Blvd in Oak Park. The phone # is 708-228-6065.<br><br>
She has a website, but its not done <a href="http://www.gentlebirthcare.com" target="_blank">www.gentlebirthcare.com</a>
 

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Thanks for posting this, Alana! I just bookmarked her in-progress website & I'll definitely start referring her!
 

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That is great news. I met her, I was a patient at WSM for a bit with my 4th, and she was very nice.<br><br>
We really need HNM, and more CNMs who practice like true MWs in hospital, and birthing centers.
 
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