Giving Birth in the Time of COVID-19

Pregnancy and birth are momentous for parents at any point in time, but having a baby in the middle of a pandemic presents its own unique set of circumstances and challenges. As Dr. Scott MacGregor, DO, an obstetrician specializing in high risk obstetrics at NorthShore University HealthSystem notes, “Not many people can say they were […]

Fresh: Ohana

Expectant parents on the North Shore have a new local resource to help them through this exciting, yet challenging journey Ohana, which is Hawaiian for the inner circle of family and close friends, was created by Jocelyn Alt to help educate parents-to-be and make them feel more at ease. After working as a doula for […]

Two Blessings: A Fertility Success Story

Some women have an easy time getting pregnant, but for others, like Renata Cardelli of North Barrington, it was a struggle. But thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF), along with prayer and perseverance, Renata and her husband Glen have two beautiful daughters. “I just feel like it was God’s plan, why I needed to go […]

Holistic Fertility: Two Local Women Lead a Nationwide Movement

The relentless quest to get pregnant can take its toll on women. Research shows that infertile women have similar rates of depression and anxiety as women with cancer. Hard to believe, right? Not if you’re Tami Quinn of Wilmette and Beth Heller of Chicago. They both struggled to start their families, and because of what they went […]

Integrative Fertility Care: The Best of the East and West

Local clinics are adding ancient techniques to be on the cutting edge of integrative fertility care. Jennifer Botchway of Evanston experimented with yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and massage when she was going through infertility treatment, and would recommend holistic treatment to women trying to conceive. Botchway says, “I felt healthier and good about what I […]