December 25, 2008

Legal Homebirth in Illinois

Okay everyone:
Please help support midwives and homebirths in the state of Illinois by encouraging your state rep to support the Home Birth Safety Act. The doctors in America hate homebirth and are trying to stop licensing midwives for homebirth. If this happens it means no more homebirths in IL!
Giving birth to L at home was a wonderful experience for me and Travis, and we're so glad I was at home rather than at a hospital. I feel fairly confident, after hearing women with similar labor stories, that had I been in a hospital I would have ended up with lots of interventions and probably a c-section. Good health care provides options for women, including the option for a home birth.
Please go to to find your legislator and give them a call! Please! This is me begging!
Merry Christmas and thanks for your time!
Love, Bonnie

Below is the message I got informing me about the bill. I modified it slightly for easier reading.
Today (12/24) most Illinois legislators will receive a position statement from the Illinois State Medical Society against the Home Birth Safety Act. It is a strongly worded criticism of our bill. This means that the opposition is already aware that our bill will be voted on in January. They even told our co-sponsors that, "Physicians at the Illinois State Medical Society are extremely disheartened with your cosponsorship and support of Senate Bill 385, a bill that we believe is a dangers step backwards in health care and will jeopardize the safety of women ad newborns."

Contact your Illinois state representative asking their office, "Now that the nurses are neutral, will you (or the representative) support Senate Bill 385, the Home Birth Safety Act?"

Go to to look up your state reps so you can get the phone number. Now is the time for EVERYONE to do EVERYTHING they can to support licensing midwives in Illinois! NO HOLDS BARRED!

Thanks you, and have a warm and happy holiday!

Colette Bernhard

Legislative Chair

Coalition for Illinois Midwifery

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