Currently, Illinois provides no certification for midwives. This creates a home birth situation without standardized care, potential difficulty in obtaining birth certificates, and trouble getting smoothly transferred to a hospital in the event of a medical emergency. A new bill has been introduced that would address that would take their first baby steps to ensuring safe home births.
State Representative Robyn Gabel introduced HB 1665, the Home Birth Integration Act, in the Illinois state legislature. The bill would ensure safe and quick transportation to a hospital in the event that a home birth developed into an emergency situation. No professional midwife certification means no hospital privileges for current providers. Worse, midwives are afraid to accompany patients to the emergency room because they are afraid of being arrested.
There is no downside to this bill. Illinois women --all of them, regardless of what their birth plan is-- deserve to know that, if something should go wrong, emergency medical services will be easily available. Tell the Illinois legislature to pass the Home Birth Integration Act.
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