Delivering your baby

Delivering Your Baby

Learn which options for delivering your baby are best for you.

At North Shore Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics we offer vaginal delivery, VBAC, and C-section.

Our goal with you is to help you understand your options for delivering your baby and help you make the best choice for you.
We encourage creating a birth plan together with you so your caregivers understand your preferences during delivery.

While each family’s situation is unique, here is some general information about each option. For other questions about pregnancy you can look through our obstetrics blogs or contact us.

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Vaginal Delivery

Vaginal delivery is always our first choice, and it’s a viable choice for many women. It’s the most common and safest type of delivery. For women who are low-risk, with normal pregnancies that don’t have complications, natural childbirth is a great option.

During the vaginal delivery, our goal is that the baby delivers without any need for intervention from us. However, if needed, we’ll use forceps or vacuum delivery to help guide the baby safely through the birth canal.

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It was once believed that after a woman had a C-section, she could only have C-sections for any new deliveries. Today 60% – 80% of women who try a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) are successful. Check out our blog, VBAC – Am I a Good Candidate for more information.
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A C-section is a surgical procedure to deliver your baby. There are many reasons why you might have a C-section, and there are many factors to consider. If you’d like to have a planned C-section, we’ll help you understand the benefits and risks so you can make the best choice for you. In certain circumstances, we may need to recommend an unplanned C-section, and in certain rare cases, we’ll need to do an emergency C-section. Regardless of your choice, we’re with you every step of the way.
Our OBGYNs and midwives have extensive experience in all types of deliveries and helping families choose the best option for them.


As many of you know Dr. Jean Ruth is leaving NSAGO to make a new beginning in the great Pacific Northwest – she and her family will move to Spokane, Washington later this month.  She has been with us for 3 ½ years and has done an incredible job working with our providers, staff, and especially, the growing patient base she has served. The patient feedback we have received, both in person and with her on-line reviews inform us that she is truly a special doctor. We will all miss Jean and wish her all the best.


E Perelman MD NSAGOThe rest of the NSAGO family will continue to accommodate and care for Dr. Ruth’s patients. Dr. Liz Perelman joined us last year and has become an integral team member and excellent care provider for our patients.  She is available to see patients at our Wilmette and Glenview locations. Likewise Drs. Goodwin, Johnson and Saleh are happy to see patients for ongoing pregnancy care and gynecology visits. New patients are also welcome so feel free to refer friends and relatives.


We are also very happy to welcome Imaan Ansari, MD, who will join NSAGO in August. Dr. Ansari grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and then returned to Chicago for Ob-Gyn residency training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. We have been very happy to get to know Imaan as a kind and talented physician with superb credentials and a work ethic to match. She will assume Dr. Ruth’s schedule and will have hours in Wilmette and Glenview.