We believe that every woman has within her the strength and wisdom to assist her throughout her life.

Birth is a sacred process, and our role as midwives is to ensure safe passage for mother and baby.

Every birth is unique and precious, an unbroken continuity of every woman who has given birth since the beginning of time.
Women must open themselves to the rhythms of nature and ultimately surrender to the birth process.


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

Gayle Riedmann, Cynthia Mason, Brigitte Raahauge, and Nicole Shapiro are the Certified Nurse-Midwives at West Suburban Midwife Associates.

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 this your birth, and our role is to ensure safe passage for you and your baby. We attend births at the Alternative Birthing Center of West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois.

We offer on-site ultrasound (OB-GYN Diagnostics), laboratory services, and childbirth education classes including Informed Beginnings and Hypnosis for Childbirth.

We also provide routine well-woman care such as gyne exams, pap smears, pre-conception counseling, and family planning.

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.   At this visit we will explain our philosophy, describe the many non-interventive birthing options supported in our practice, including use of 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.