West Suburban Midwife Associates attends births at the Alternative Birth Center (ABC), located at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL. There are three midwifery practices that assist births in the ABC. Please visit the Birthlink Directory for more information. Or call Jo Anne Lindberg, president and founder of BirthLink, at 847-733-8050.
Parents have traveled from out of state to give birth at our ABC.”
~ Gayle Riedmann, CNM
Our Practice Philosophy
by Gayle Riedmann, CNM
“We believe that every woman has within her the inner strength and wisdom to assist her throughout her life. We also believe that each woman gains strength and wisdom from the women who surround her and support her.
“For pregnancy and birth, we emphasize self-education to make informed choices about birth options. We believe that it is your birth, and our role is to insure safe passage for you and your baby.
“We utilize non-intervention oriented therapies to promote the natural progress of labor and provide pain management. We believe in avoiding the use of routine interventions such as IVs, continuous electronic fetal monitoring and episiotomy. We encourage women to move — to walk, rock, sway, squat, or dance. We encourage women to eat and drink throughout the labor process. A woman is encouraged to labor and deliver in the position that is most comfortable for her: reclining in the water, on hands and knees, squatting, or on the birth stool. We encourage immediate breastfeeding, and never separate the newborn from her parents. Routine newborn procedures can be delayed or declined — it’s your choice! We have many tools to assist a woman throughout the birth process such as hydrotherapy, use of optimal positioning, music, therapeutic touch, and labor support. We want to help you achieve a satisfying birth experience — by your definition!
“We encourage family and friends participation, as well as support the attendance of siblings at birth in the Alternative Birth Center. We have two other midwives in our practice, Amy Willens, CNM, and Cynthia Mason, CNM.”
To learn more about West Suburban Midwife Associates, please visit: www.westsubmidwives.com.