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post #21 of 46

@valerie: I agree...i was talking about water births being illegal in IL.... :)

post #22 of 46
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@bassomatic momma:

WOW! You are due on sunday!! ladies here are way ahead of me here ;)  good luck momma! I am sure you are excited! I had trouble with the waterbirth & homebirth options...so I guess I will have to work around those hurdles!! So what hospital are you going to? good luck with all that! I hope you have a great birthing experience! :)

This is my 1st time & thats why all the excitement & nervousness ;) 

 



Thanks, I'm going to have a beautiful birth no matter what happens, I've already decided.  :)  I'm using Mem Hospital in Carbondale.  I only live a couple blocks from there and I figured if I really don't want to be in a hospital anyway, might as well choose the one most convenient to us.  I am using a doula from Carterville who has doula'd at Memorial and given birth there herself, so she has some familiarity with the hospital and some of the staff, which I find comforting.  I used Hypnobabies for my first birth and found it very helpful and a very positive influence.  I don't know what the differences are between Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies, but I'm sure they're similar and I wish you luck with it.  Congratulations on your first--enjoy all the excitement and nerves, it will be over before you know it!  :)

 

post #23 of 46
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@valerie: I agree...i was talking about water births being illegal in IL.... :)

 

I am not aware that water births are illegal in Illinois.  Could you perhaps post a link to the law that prohibits them?  Thanks!

 

post #24 of 46
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I am not aware that water births are illegal in Illinois.  Could you perhaps post a link to the law that prohibits them?  Thanks!

 

Well, ok...rather than wait :)  I am really curious about who told you that water births are illegal in Illinois.  While I am always willing to learn (hence my question about a link to the law), to the best of my knowledge, water birth is NOT illegal in Illinois.  It may be against the policy of some hospitals, and sometimes hospitals present their policy as "law" when in fact it is not. 

 

Sooo...have a lovely water birth! :)

 

Valerie

Former Illinois homebirth midwife/CPM

Former L&D RN

Current Illinois-licensed attorney
 

 

post #25 of 46

What?!! really!? :) I went to this place in Marion-only because they advertised "water birth" on their website. But, when I went there-the nurse told me that Water Birth is illegal in ALL of illinois & so they cannot provide me that option anymore :( I believed her irked.gif !!

I am hoping that what you say is super true!! Do you know of any place in carbondale or around this area that does that or any one who can help me at home?!  I would be ready for that too!

Please please do let me know! I would really really appreciate it! :)

Thanks much Valerie :)

post #26 of 46
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What?!! really!? :) I went to this place in Marion-only because they advertised "water birth" on their website. But, when I went there-the nurse told me that Water Birth is illegal in ALL of illinois & so they cannot provide me that option anymore :( I believed her irked.gif !!

I am hoping that what you say is super true!! Do you know of any place in carbondale or around this area that does that or any one who can help me at home?!  I would be ready for that too!

Please please do let me know! I would really really appreciate it! :)

Thanks much Valerie :)



The nurse was...misinformed.  If you see her again, ask her for a cite to the Illinois statute that prohibits water birth. :)  I suspect you will see a lot of hemming and hawing.  I have been involved with Illinois homebirth for more than thirty years -- at various times as a midwife, an RN, and a lawyer, and I am as sure as I can be that there is no Illinois law that prohibits water birth.

 

If you would like to PM me your contact info, I will forward it on to a couple of Illinois homebirth lists -- there might be someone there who can help!

 

post #27 of 46

I'm new to the forums, due at the end of December with our first. My husband is not quite comfortable with the idea of home birth, so I'm aiming for a natural birth in a hospital. I think I'd be more comfortable with a CNM than an OB-GYN, so I'm looking at that, plus a doula, plus a written birth plan. (My mom had 8 hospital births, 6 of them natural, so I have plenty of support and ideas!)

 

Anyone know what hospital would be a good choice? We'll be living in Waterloo, IL, about 20 minutes from St. Louis. Is there a big difference between the states in terms of birth mindset, or is it more by the hospital? Any tips on how to go about finding a good CNM who will be open to a more "crunchy" birth? I'm doing my own research, as well, but any pointers would be helpful, as not only am I a FTM, but we currently live in Southern California and won't be moving for another 6 weeks.

post #28 of 46

Valerie I'm very interested in getting active in Illinois homebirth myself - and to correct my post from earlier yes I meant it's illegal for a midwife to assist a homebirth, not that homebirth is completely illegal.  I just say it that way because by making it illegal for a midwife to assist, they might as well be saying it's illegal to plan/have one - I'm not really a supporter of unassisted homebirth.  Not that it can't be done, but it seems wiser to have assistance.  But anyway let me know if there's anything I can do as far as helping sway the legal status, it seems you have some insight on this!

 

Babyshotton I wish you the best of luck in Marion, I hope everything works out beautifully for you!  I'm glad you found a doula, that should definitely help you have the most ideal experience.  That's the route I would go if I were in your shoes!

 

Jesusfollower as far as I understand in Illinois you have to be under the care of an OB-GYN no matter what - or at least that's what I gathered while I was going with Anderson.  They have CNMs on their staff, but they had to practice under the OB-GYNs there.  In MO the legal status of midwives is different - CPMs are legal there.  I don't have information on any practicing in hospitals though.  I do know that Missouri Baptist seems to have a natural-friendly staff, and I've had a few friends deliver there that were very pleased with their natural birth experiences.  I left Anderson because of an issue I had with the staff - I spoke with an OB nurse about refusing the glucose tolerance test and she got very very angry with me about it and acted as though I weren't allowed to refuse the test because it's a standard of care at their facility.  The way she handled it was very out-of-line in my opinion and worried me as to how they'd be with bigger issues in the future that may arise.  Fortunately I found some midwives in MO that are willing to assist my husband and I in a homebirth, yay!  I'm actually due today... seems as though my kiddo has other ideas though!  Our backup hospitals are St. Elizabeth in Belleville, IL if it's an urgent emergency, or MoBap if we need to transfer for other reasons.

post #29 of 46

Thanks! I am hoping so too! :) so far i've had no luck with the water birth option though! :]

But, good luck to you! the baby will be here when he/she wants to be here ;) all the best!

post #30 of 46

oh! by the way - does anyone here have the hypnobabies kit that they have used ? I am really interested in buying it!! please do let me know! 

 

Thanks! :)

post #31 of 46

Babyshotton, who did you see at the offices at Memorial Hospital?  Did you go to New Horizon?  Years ago I too had a bad experience there but have heard of a lot of women going there and being happy with them lately.  I was thinking of going back to them if/when needed but am curious about who you were unhappy with.

post #32 of 46

I had a homebirth in Herrin IL but my midwife moved. I am so sorry you ladies are having a hard time finding help. 

post #33 of 46

I live in Jonesboro IL which is 20 min south of Carbondale. I had a homebirth with my first child the begining of this year. My midewife moved to MO and will no longer deliver in IL ecause of our stupid state Laws :( She will however deliver at her home near Cpe Girardeau mo. and as far as the east cape goes, its in IL but its the difference of crossing over the cape bridge and then your in Mo. I wonder if my midwife is the same as some of the other ladies are refering to!!!! I would love another homebirth the next go around but I dont know of any midwives who are delivering this far south in IL. Please let me know if anyone knows of some

post #34 of 46

Hello there!  I am very interesting in bring more home birth options to Southern Illinois.  I am also very, very interested in training.  I do not have any licenses or degrees in midwifery, however I am reading lots of literature on this subject.  I am currently searching my options which there seems to be a lack of.  Please contact me with any way that I can help or join.  I am looking for a mentor to work under and want to see a private midwifery open here.  Thank you!

post #35 of 46

Hi live4love4life!  Where are you located in Southern Illinois?  I'm in Red Bud, which is an hour and a half north of Carbondale.  I'm excited to hear that you're interested in bringing more home birth options to So IL.  As far as I know it is still illegal for midwives to assist home births in Illinois irked.gif.  But I'd love to help change that somehow.

 

For anyone in this thread who might have been wondering, Harlee was born 7/23/11 via cesarean, after a planned home birth.  Our midwife detected decels in his heartrate so off to the hospital we went.  We had a fairly good experience with the staff, which was good, but he was asynclitic (sp?) and my water had been broken awhile and his heart rate was not recovering very well after each contraction so off to c-section we went :(.  It's been a very rocky healing process mentally and emotionally, but I'm getting there.

 

One thing that is helping the most is that I'm about to open a Red Bud chapter of ICAN, which I'm super excited about.  I'm hoping to use this as an opportunity to not only provide support to moms who have had unwanted c-sections, but as a means to educate people on safe, natural birth.  Not many people know the importance of it, and unfortunately don't seem to care, even though it greatly affects their baby's and their own health!

 

Anyway let me know where you're located.  All I know of are CNMs, home birth educators, and some doulas in the St. Louis area.  And like I said, I'd love to help change Illinois's stand on home birth!!

post #36 of 46
Are any of you ladies still active? Im a doula in So. IL and in a crunchy mama group of about 8 or 10. Im expecting my 6th in jan and will be having an unassisted birth if ee cant find a midwife. We had contacts for 2 and lost thrm greensad.gif
post #37 of 46

I would like to know about the crunchy group.... I have a 6yo and a 8 yo.  We would love to have a play group this summer with like minded mamas.

PM me please!
 

post #38 of 46
We typically meet in west frankfort at a Baptist church and bring tbe kiddos. I did pm you so give me a call.
post #39 of 46

I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone is still around and looking to get connected to the midwife licensure movement in Illinois:

 

Check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/351756698197588/ - this is the facebook group for Illinois Friends of Midwives.  We are actively looking for homebirth midwifery supporters who are ready to get involved in the effort to get CPMs legal in Illinois. This group would be a great way to learn how to take action when needed to support legislation.

post #40 of 46
There is a meeting of women tonight..... I am headed to feel free to pm me for details
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