Mokena resident Karrie Licatesi, pictured with her husband, Mark, delivered their son, Kameron, with the help of a doula at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Hinsdale – Although Karrie Licatesi, 33, of Mokena, and Julie Swan, 31, of Frankfort, had different childbirth experiences, both felt empowered throughout their birthing processes. Both women used a doula during their deliveries at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Licatesi learned from her childbirth classes about using certified nurse midwifes and doulas. Her doula, Colleen Curry, was present the entire time during her delivery. “She was able to support me when my husband wasn’t quite sure what to do,” Licatesi said.
Swan really wanted a natural childbirth, but her first obstetrician felt her chances were slim. So after she met Curry, she switched to Dr. Steven R. Daube, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. During her labor, Daube, Curry and a nurse midwife were present. “I couldn’t have asked for a better delivery experience,” Swan said.
Curry, of New Lenox, is one of the few doulas in the United States associated with a doctor’s office. She feels it is a privilege to accompany women as they transition to motherhood. As a DONA International certified birth doula, natural childbirth educator and La Leche League certified breastfeeding counselor, she provides labor support, breastfeeding education, birth classes, birth plan creation and new well mom visits.
Certified nurse midwives are considered “advance practice nurses,” are legal and are recognized nationwide. Each certified nurse midwife has attained, at the minimum, a master’s degree from an accredited university and passed a national board certification exam.
For years Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has supported moms in making birthing decisions that are right for them. The hospital welcomes resources like midwives and doulas as part of the birthing experience and prudently uses interventions based on patients’ individual birth plans. Water therapy during labor is also available, although the hospital does not accommodate water births.
“Women who are motivated to experience a natural birth are usually very knowledgeable regarding the techniques that are used during labor,” said BettySue Netzel, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s director of women and children’s services.“Our goal is to provide the kind of birth experience a woman desires, and put her at ease knowing medical care is close by if needed. It’s the best of both worlds.”
“I really enjoy working in an environment that is so supportive and caring, with such a refreshing and balanced approach to childbirth,” Curry said.
Daube learned about doulas from his patients who were already working with Curry. He liked the simple philosophy, great experiences and good qualifications Curry had to offer.
“Doulas are a wonderful resource – especially for first-time moms who want unmedicated births,” Daube said. “They may have a fear of the unknown, but a doula can help them get rid of that fear.”
“It’s important not to become impatient,” Daube said. “In childbirth, it is often times better to let things happen on their own. As long as everything is reassuring with the mother and baby, then there shouldn’t be any arbitrary time limits.”
Babies delivered by certified nurse midwives are more likely to be normal weight, Daube said. Statistics show they also have a 19 percent lower risk of death during delivery and a 33 percent lower risk in the first month of life. Women are 50 percent less likely to require a cesarean section and more likely to deliver vaginally after a cesarean.
For more information or to find a physician or midwife, call 630-856-7500 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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