Illinois Physicians - Stop Blocking Home Birth Safety!

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Illinois Physicians - Stop Blocking Home Birth Safety!

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Coalition for Illinois Midwifery started this petition to American Academy of Pediatrics - Illinois Chapter and

To the Executive Committees of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, and the Illinois State Medical Society

Scientific American reported last week about a recent significant increase in home births and National Vital Statistics data shows a 77.3% increase in home birth between 2009 and 2014.  The Illinois Chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has seen the writing on the wall and has decided to take a proactive approach in order to make sure that babies born at home in our state are safe.  

ACOG has written a comprehensive amendment and dropped its opposition to HB4364, The Home Birth Safety Act, a bill that will assure that all Illinois home born babies are attended by skilled, nationally certified midwives.  It’s time for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Illinois Family Physicians, the Osteopaths and the State Medical Society to take off your blinders and follow the Obstetricians’ lead.  

Certified Nurse-Midwives are not available to deliver home-born babies in over 90% of the State of Illinois. This has been a known fact for over a decade.  By choosing to block HB4364, you, the Pediatricians, Family Physicians and Osteopaths of Illinois are, in essence, stating a preference that Illinois babies born at home in greater than 90% of the state, be delivered by underground black market midwives or by the neighbor lady – both of which are status quo right now - rather than a nationally credentialed, skilled, well-equipped midwife.

We encourage you to see reason and make the right choice. The ACOG Obstetricians are experts in delivering babies.  Follow their lead and stop endangering babies whose mothers choose home birth. Drop your opposition to HB4364 immediately so that it can pass in the next two months.  The health and safety of babies born at home in Illinois depend upon it.

References:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/out-of-hospital-births-on-the-rise-in-u-s/  

Grunebaum, A. & Chervenak, F. A. (2016). Out-of-hospital births in the United States, 2009 – 2014. Journal of Perinatal Medicine DOI: 10.1515/jpm-2015-0396

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