The legislation hasn't passed. It has passed out of committee and into the house for debate.<br><br>
legislation for birth centers passed, but the rules haven't yet been created, so there are currently no birth centers.<br><br>
Right now you can birth at home with a couple of family practice docs (soon to stop), and there are 5 cnms in the greater Chicago area who are doing homebirths (only one is doing primary vbac, one will do a 2ndary vbac).
You can watch here for news and updates:<br><br><a href="http://www.illinoismidwifery.org/" target="_blank">http://www.illinoismidwifery.org/</a><br><br>
I just looked, you're downstate. I have no idea who is practicing in your area, I do know there are some direct entry ("underground") midwives in the STL area, I can help you connect with them if that's near you.
Thanks, LEAW. I appreciate your help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I would love contact information for dems in the STL area since we are relatively close.
go to a meeting or give them a call <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I found my midwife by contacting the local La Leche League's. Many of the people there tended to be in the "loop" and passed my name along. I did hear about some there in St. Louis, Collinsville, and Edwardsville.