My Philosophy
 
My philososphy is to provide for each woman a lasting positive and empowering memory of her birth experience, as she defines that.
 
I have witnessed/experienced many types of births and know that birth can be a joyful and powerful experience, especially if a woman feels her wishes about her care are valued, respected, and honored.  
 
Jeanette Ward
CD(DONA)
(630) 779-3926 (cell)
Recommended Reading
 
One of the best ways to insure a satisfying birth experience is to become fully informed, an active participant in your maternity care.  The following books are highly recommended:
 
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
 
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity Care System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, Marsden Wagner
 
 
Barriers to Empowering Birth Experiences:
 
The NUMBER ONE intervention that interferes with a woman's ability to experience childbirth as something she does, that she is empowered and able to do, instead of something that is done to her, that she must be delivered from, is induction for non-medical reasons. 
 
Induction increases the likelihood of Caesarian section by 50 to 250%. See Henci Goer's article: "Elective Induction of Labor".