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Dr. Joan Cardone
West Suburban Women’s Health
Willowbrook, IL

“I had a successful vbac on Jan 14, 2015 with Joan… She was truly vbac friendly. She was really patient with me and gave me as much time as my body wanted to dilate. She is just superb!” – Vineetha


We need your help! Do you know of a VBAC supportive practice or group in this states?? please email us the info:

My name is Jessica S. and I have had three kids the first natural and the other two c section my doctor at carle clinic 311 Fairchild Danville Danville, llinois 61832 allowed me to try to have my third child vbac he said he would not induce me that i had to go into labor on my own. I wans’t able to but they are willing to do them.

Looking for a doctor or midwife? Here are some supportive places to start:
birthways inc

Or try these ICAN Chapters:

ICAN of Central Illinois
Contact: Danielle Braden
eMail Address:
Telephone: 217-620-0033

ICAN of Chicago
Contact: Karen Troy
eMail Address:
Telephone: 312 243 4793

ICAN of Kane County
Contact: Becky Frielink
eMail Address:
Telephone: 630.660.4369

ICAN of St. Louis
St. Louis (MO)
Contact: Julie Herr
eMail Address:
Telephone: (618) 222-9218
Or Contact: Ruthie Dicken
Telephone: (314) 961-4451

ICAN of Lake County
Contact: Julie Elliott
eMail Address:
Telephone: (847) 258-7233

ICAN of DuPage
Contact: Sarah Glover
eMail Address:
Telephone: 708-267-6380

ICAN of the Rock River Valley
Greater Rockford Stateline Area
Contact: Christine
eMail Address:
Telephone: 630-842-7055

ICAN of South Central Illinois
Contact: Christa Westendorf
eMail Address:
Telephone: 217-536-9682
Telephone: 217-821-4271

ICAN of Springfield
Contact: Judy Percy
eMail Address:
Telephone: 217-622-0353


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