We believe that every woman has within her the strength and wisdom to assist her throughout her life.
Every birth is unique and precious, an unbroken continuity of every woman who has given birth since the beginning of time.
We believe women gain strength and wisdom from the women who surround her... so important during the birth process.
Birth is a sacred process, and our role as midwives is to ensure safe passage for mother and baby.
Women must open themselves to the rhythms of nature that surge through her and ultimately surrender to the birth process.
As a midwife, it is a privilege to attend women to support them as they pass through the sacred gate of giving birth.


The Nurse-Midwives of West Suburban Midwife Associates, Ltd are delighted to introduce you to our practice:

Gayle Riedmann, CNM
; Cynthia Mason, CNM; Brigitte Raahauge, CNM; and Nicole Shapiro, CNM are the Certified Nurse-Midwives, attending births at the Alternative Birthing Center of West Suburban Hospital Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois.

West Suburban Midwife Associates is a unique CNM-owned midwifery practice, one of the few in Illinois. This means we are not governed by hospital, community health center or physician employment, which allows us to give the power of birth back to the woman.... with support and encouragement from us! We utilize non-intervention therapies to promote the natural progress of labor, such as hydrotherapy, optimal positioning, music, therapeutic touch and labor support. Our philosophy is that it is your birth, and our role is to ensure safe passage for you and your baby.

We offer on-site ultrasound, laboratory services (bloodwork), Informed Beginnings Classes and Hypnosis for Childbirth Classes.

Clients who desire a midwife attended birth can become familiar with our practice and staff by scheduling a free consultation visit. Free consultations are 20 minute appointments that allow you to meet one of the midwives, see the office, and ask practice philosophy questions.

We will explain our philosophy describe the many non-interventive birthing options supported in our practice, including use of the the Alternative Birthing Center and choosing waterbirth. If you have had a previous cesarean section, we will discuss the specifics of your birth history and the protocols associated with VBAC.

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