Gentle Birth Care [Home Birth Practice] | BirthGuide Chicago

Gentle Birth Care [Home Birth Practice]

Address:
1024 North Blvd,
Suite #208
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 386-4292

Home birth provider

  • Small (fewer than 900 births per year)

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (risk adjusted) - 4%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

Primary C-Section Rate (risk adjusted) - 4%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

VBAC Rate (not risk-adjusted) - N.A

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate - 100%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low
  • Number of VBAC deliveries per year- no data provided
  • Epidural Rate - 4%
  • Overall Induction Rate - 2%
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 0 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 0%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

C-section rate: The c-section rate reported above reflects the number of women beginning labor at home who transport to the hospital and ultimately have a cesarean birth. This rate is not risk-adjusted, and should not be directly compared to rates for Chicago-area hospitals. However, if you qualify for care and begin your labor with the practice, the likelihood that you will have a cesarean birth is extraordinarily low.

Epidural rate:  No epidurals are offered at home. Transport rate during labor is less than 4%, so the epidural rate for patients beginning labor at home is less than 4%.

Induction/augmentation rate:  No medical inductions are undertaken at home.  The induction rate reflects transports to the hospital for induction primarily for premature rupture of membranes and failure to progress.

 

Maternity Care Overview

“We believe in supporting families who have chosen to deliver their baby into the warm, loving environment of their own home, whether in the water or on land!

We believe that beginning this journey of life at home helps promote the home as a safe, sacred space for nourishing the growth of your child.

Prenatal visits during your pregnancy will usually take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour. We have offices in Oak Park, Wheaton and Chicago. We will spend time talking about your physical and emotional needs, along with discussing your plans for the pregnancy and birth. Additionally nutrition, pregnancy discomforts, and family relationships & stresses will be reviewed.

During each visit, the following will be assessed: your blood pressure, measuring the baby’s growth, feeling the position of the baby, urine check, and listening to the baby’s heartbeat with a doppler (or fetoscope if desired). At least one prenatal visit will be in your home around 36 weeks, this will be a birth plan visit; again reviewing your plans for the birth.

One-to-one care and support is provided during labor according to the individual needs of the woman and her family. Some women enjoy hands-on support and guidance while others want solitude and independence. We take our cues from the individual families. We encourage the use of water during labor and have extensive experience in water births.

After the birth, the Assistant and Midwife will stay for 2-3 hours to ensure that mother and baby are stable and that breastfeeding is off to a good start. During that time we will also complete a newborn exam. We will visit the new family in their home within 24 – 48 hours and accomplish the newborn screening test. A one or two week visit in the home and a six week postpartum office visit are included.”

Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

You should plan a home birth only if you are low-risk and you do not develop complications in pregnancy.

Risk guidelines for VBAC

Gentle Birth Care supports a VBAC trial of labor if you have had at least one vaginal birth since your most recent c-section.

TRANSFER OF CARE AND TRANSPORT

  • 4% of mothers transported during labor

Gentle Birth Care has back-up relationships with several hospitals. They have copies of patients’ records and are notified ahead of time if a transport is planned.

Note that transport statistics are for prior year. Most transports are for premature rupture of membranes and failure to progress.

 

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

Gentle Birth Care recommends that all first-time mothers and first-time natural birthers to take a childbirth preparation class offered by one of their doulas.

They also offer a breastfeeding preparation class. See their website for more information.

Last updated: June 17, 2019
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