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THE MOTHER OF ALL RALLIES for home birth midwives (revisited)
Show the AMA & ACOG who's in charge of your baby's birth
Come to the Illinois Capitol Jan 12 or 13, 2009

(use search terms S. 2nd St. and E. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62701 and bring quarters for the parking meters, or walk just 3 short blocks from the Amtrak train station!)


THIS JUST IN ...
Today we received a report from our lobbyist that our sponsors have determined it will be best to try to pass our bill to licensed certified professional midwives in Illinois, on the last two day of session, January 12 & 13.

We are holding a two-day rally to show legislators that we need midwives, and we need them now. Please invite everyone you know. Bring your children, your babies, your sister, and your friend. Just be there -- to make history!

If you live in anywhere in the midwest, you can make a huge difference in stopping organized medicine from blocking midwife licensure bills. This is your chance, no matter who you are, to show your support for home birth by helping the toughest state in the entire country to pass a CPM licensure law! We have the chance to set a precedent in the country, this first year after the AMA officially vowed to stop midwives. DON'T LET THE AMA HAVE THEIR WAY! COME SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY WITH YOUR HOME BIRTH SISTERS!

A LITTLE HISTORY ...
In approximately the past ten years, the home state of the American Medical Association, Illinois, has LOST MORE THAN 25 HOME BIRTH PRACTICES. We are in desperate need of safe, legal access to home birth midwives.

After after three years of very intense work and negotiations, Illinois is THE FIRST STATE EVER to come to terms with the state's nursing groups.

Now that the nurses have dropped all their opposition, we have the best chance, literally, in history to pass a bill, but we can't count our chickens before they hatch! And that's why WE NEED YOU!!! No matter the weather, take a day out of your life to show our lawmakers that midwives matter!

SHE WAS THERE FOR YOU ...
When you were pregnant, your midwife was there for you. She was available and patient and there for your baby's birth. Now it's your chance (even if your "baby" is now grown) to show the AMA and legislators that licensing certified professional midwives is the right thing to do!

We are going to keep the rally simple. Just be there. You will see us wearing the black "got midwife?" pins. If you're from Illinois, we will help you find and meet with your state representative, and if you're form another state, your presence can really help show the whole nation that home birth is a necessary option, and legal access to home birth midwives should every woman's, baby's and family's right!

We would like to extend a special invitation to our plain clothes friends, but no matter what kind of clothes you wear, we need you. We need everybody to show Springfield how important this bill is!

Stay tuned for more details, and please plan to be part of this truly historic moment, and show your support for home birth!

See you there!
post #2 of 29
I am a homebirth Mama...I am posting because I am assuming that subscribes this thread for me...

I midwives!
post #3 of 29
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Thanks, Erin!

Are you familiar with the American Medical Association's official resolution to lobby against home birth midwives? http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=916496

Not only are AMA headquarters located here (so a victory will be symbolic), but also this will be the first piece of legislation voted on since the AMA passed their resolution. That's one of the reasons why we hope our sisters will join us in Illinois -- to show the AMA we will not stand for their policies!

We will be updating http://www.homebirthishealthy.org soon, so check in there! (And please consider supporting us in other ways, if you can't physically be here.)
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Originally Posted by ColetteInIllinois View Post
We will be updating http://www.homebirthishealthy.org soon, so check in there! (And please consider supporting us in other ways, if you can't physically be here.)
I was just going to ask what some of the other way to support this are, beyond attending the rally? I work full-time, have a toddler, and live in Chicago, so it's extremely unlikely I could make it to Springfield, but I'd love to support this cause in other ways.
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I was just going to ask what some of the other way to support this are, beyond attending the rally? I work full-time, have a toddler, and live in Chicago, so it's extremely unlikely I could make it to Springfield, but I'd love to support this cause in other ways.
I just updated the webisite, http://www.HomeBirthIsHealthy.org and you can help us a lot by spreading the word about the action alert and the rally, plus donating to help us keep our lobbyist in Springfield (who's working now and has been talking to our sponsors, while they're on break from the impeachment committee today).
post #6 of 29
Very exciting!!

Does the bill allow primary hbac's????
post #7 of 29
I just had a homebirth with a mw out here near Rockford! I love her and all she has done for me and this family! I am sending the card out that she gave me to our state representative, and if I can get dh to take me, I am going to try to make it to the rally in springfield!
post #8 of 29
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Sadie,

That is great! I think I know your midwife. I hope to meet you!

Gotta run! We are so busy and I have to go correct some other posts.
post #9 of 29
: Thanks for sharing!

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Originally Posted by ColetteInIllinois View Post
Are you familiar with the American Medical Association's official resolution to lobby against home birth midwives? http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=916496

Not only are AMA headquarters located here (so a victory will be symbolic), but also this will be the first piece of legislation voted on since the AMA passed their resolution. That's one of the reasons why we hope our sisters will join us in Illinois -- to show the AMA we will not stand for their policies!

We will be updating http://www.homebirthishealthy.org soon, so check in there! (And please consider supporting us in other ways, if you can't physically be here.)
post #10 of 29
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MommyDOK:

While the bill does allow a licensed midwife to provide prenatal care during the first pregnancy after a c-section, it also requires her transfer care for the birth. It was was disappointing when we realized that we would not be able to win that in this first round.

We believe that with licensure cpms will be much better able to form stronger relationships with other healthcare providers, "prove" themselves to the state, build a stronger infrastructure in order to make improvements in the future.

This is only the beginning ... even though it's the end of a very long, hard row.

Believe me, the AMA is looking to stop any cpm licensure at all. We have managed to obtain consensus for an otherwise excellent bill in a state well-known for having the toughest standards for many different professions. Organized medicine is expected to make a HUGE stand. They have 17 paid lobbyists. The one thing we have they they don't is YOU and your cute kids! Now it's time to push it over the top!

Please help us spread the word.
post #11 of 29
I just talked to my dh about this last night and going to Springfield in January, and he (to my surprise) was all for it. If he can get the time off of work he is going to bring me and the kids and our hb baby down to springfield!:
post #12 of 29
I'm coming to Springfield too!
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I'm already trying to find a way to get down there! Since before my daughter was born, I have been saying "I'm moving to another state before I ever have another!" My CNM-attended hospital birth went well, but I definitely would have preferred to have a more natural choice. Thanks for the organization!
post #14 of 29
I am really hoping to come to the rally... Please continue to keep us posted with the details!

~* Laura
post #15 of 29
I'll be there! I've been wanting to attend one of these rallies since day one but it never seemed to work out. Well....this time the stars are aligned.

Can anyone share details about how this will work? I'm a little nervous about the cold weather & I will have my 5.5, 4 & 20 month old with me. Is it hours & hours of standing outside? A set time when we all meet? Just trying to prepare myself!
post #16 of 29
Bumping up to see if anyone has details about how the rallies work. Still thinking about what to do with my 3 kiddos.....
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by koru View Post
Bumping up to see if anyone has details about how the rallies work. Still thinking about what to do with my 3 kiddos.....
Kids are very welcome. All activities will be inside. We are not marching or anything. Just come to the capitol, be prepared to go through security to enter the building, including putting your bags through an x-ray machine and walking through a metal detector. Once you're inside, go to the middle of teh building and look for the large group of homebirthy people wearing black buttons (and maybe black teeshirts) that say "got midwife?"

You don't have to show up as early as 10am. However, I would recommend you try to arrive by 11am or noon at the latest. If you live in Illinois, we will give you materials and instructions about how to find your state representative. Things will wrap up each day when the session adjourns for the day, so the times listed above are estimates, because their schedule is totally out of our control.

You might be able to see the House hearing or floor vote for the bill! (depending on which day you attend) Kids are allowed in the hearing rooms and the House and Senate Galleries -- although we do ask if your child/ren start to talk or fuss, you leave immediately since it is, technically, a legal proceeding. Discreet breastfeeding is fine anywhere in the capitol (by law). Other food or drinks should be consumed in the hallways for cafeterias.

The main purpose of being there is to talk with your own state rep and to show legislators how necessary licensure is in our state! They will notice a large group, and it will make a difference.

Dress in layers. Some parts of the capitol can be hot, and other areas are colder, like any old, big building.

HOPE YOU CAN COME!!!
post #18 of 29
We're all set! My best friend Paulina (who is seven months pregnant), myself, and my (will be) 5 month old daughter are planning to drive down on the 12th! I doubt we will make it for the first day as we are not earlybirds and my friend has an hour drive to pick me up in the city and then we will be making lots of stops. We are staying at the Marriott on the night of the 12th, so will be there on the 13th! I am looking forward to meeting like-minded mamas

ETA: we were going to make signs... would that be appropriate for indoors?
post #19 of 29
Oh I so hope we get to go! I dont drive very much so dh has to take me. I think it would be a great homeschool fieldtrip too!
post #20 of 29
Im going to try and make it with my 2 kiddos as well. Im hoping to see if a friend will want to come along.
I won't be able to stay the night tho. No $ for a hotel or anything.

Hey Colette, I think we've meet before. You and your family are apart of NUG.
Its been since last years open gym. You might know me as the assistant junior leader in the rainbow troop Hope you and your family are well.
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