Homebirth Midwife - Northside

Updated on August 06, 2006
M. asks from Chicago, IL
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Hi mamas -
We are currently pregnant with our second child and are planning a homebirth. Can anyone suggest a homebirth midwife and/or a doula they know that is great with homebirth? Thanks in advance.

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N.S.

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awesome awesome midwife in evanston! her name is Debbi Lesnick. I don't know her spelling but she is avilliated with Evanston and St. Francis. SHe is AMAZING!!!!!! You can tell her I reffered you if you're interested I can give you more details about her.

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J.R.

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Hi!
I am a cerfirfied doula with DONA International (Doulas of North America). I have been practicing for six years. I live in Skokie and I have assisted at aprox. 100 births since I started. I have an information packet that I present free of charge and with no strings. I usuallly present this to the couple at my Skokie office. I am famlliar with Homefirst which is a large parctice that participates in home births.They are in Schaumberg(spelling?) on Golf Rd just before Woodfield Mall. Anything I could do to help you on your journey would be a pleasure.
Warmly, J. Roth CD DONA

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L.O.

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Hi M.,

Congratulations! I personally don't know an at home midwife (I used the fabulous ones at Swedish Covenant Hospital) but Birthways Inc. is a wonderful souce for partum and postpartum doulas. They can be reached at ###-###-#### and www.birthwaysinc.com

Good luck to you,
L.

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A.G.

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Hi M.

Congratulations! Depending what you would like for your birth, there are several options available in the Chicagoland area. I'm pretty familiar with them since I recently did all the research -- we had our son at home a few months ago.
The number of homebirth midwives in the area is dwindling, in large part due to the changes in legislature regarding midwife certification in the state of Illinois. Basically you have your choice of a few fully certified midwives and several direct-entry midwives. There are also several doctors who attend homebirths. HomeFirst is a large conglomerate of doctors who do so, though I have heard mixed reviews and personally did not care for their approach. There is also Dr. White in Franklin Park and Dr. Elvove in Libertyville. Check out this page for a list of other providers. http://www.birthlink.com/providerslistset.html
This does not include all the providers in the area, though, only those who paid to be listed with Birthlink. It also does not include any direct-entry midwives.
If you want to talk about this more, please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]____.com of luck to you and wishes for a wonderful birth experience...

A.

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T.B.

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You should contact HomeFirst which is an organization here in Illinois that does all homebirths. The founder is Dr. Mayer Eisenstein and the website is www.homefirst.com. They have a great reputation! I have only been there for a pap so far, but I would recommend checking them out.

T.

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P.D.

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Michele:

congratulations... check ...www.birthlink.com there is a lot of information and resources available .

P., RLC, IBCLC

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G.

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Hi, M.! I had a woderful homebirth in September of 2004 with Dr. George B. Elvove, who's office is in Libertyville. this was my third child and my easiest and most relaxing birth experience of all! I had all my children without medication regardless, but being at home was the best.
If you want to l=know more, let me know.
G. Faith Miller

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