Illinois CPM Legislation!

Forwarded from an email list I’m on — please email, forward, blog, etc. — however you can get the word out…

Greetings home birth supporters.

We have an extremely urgent message. PLEASE DROP ALL YOUR PLANS AND HEAD TO
THE STATE CAPITOL NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009!

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The Home Birth Safety Act (HB 226), which will license Certified
Professional Midwives (CPMs) for home birth, is going to be heard in the
Health Care Availability Access Committee next Tuesday, March, 3, 2009, at
4pm. This will either be the beginning of a great era or the final chapter
in our decades long efforts to pass a CPM licensure law. The next time after
this year to introduce a viable bill will be years from now, so we must make
our best efforts now.

We have gone down every possible avenue over the past few years, to get as
much support as possible, and even reached agreement with our state’s
nursing groups. We have built a strong coalition with many state groups
including Illinois Public Health Association, Illinois Maternal Child Health
Coalition, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and Health and
Disability Advocates, among others. We’ve even managed to get our bill
placed in a better committee. So it all comes down to this: will we make it
out the House Health Care Availability Access Committee, or will our bill
die?

We have just received word from our people on the ground in Springfield that
individual doctors have been traveling to Springfield to lobby against our
bill. A lot of them. And they are making an impression. This is
unprecedented in Illinois and even across the whole country that large
numbers of individual doctors are actually going to the state capitol to
lobby against a CPM licensure bill. So please PLEASE if you value home birth
and want the option available for your future pregnancies or for your
daughters in the years to come, then make it your number one priority to
come to Springfield, Illinois next Tuesday, March 3, 2009!

We need EVERYONE to take a vacation day or call in sick, pull your kids out
of school, and bring your sister, your best friend and your mother to
Springfield that day to pack the hallways and the hearing room! We have to
show Illinois legislators that the people of Illinois need access to
licensed midwives!

Please forward this message to everyone you know and ask them to do the
same!

See you there!
Colette

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