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RE: [homebirth-65] another action alert

From: Sylvia R.
Sent on: Sunday, March 1, 2009 9:16 PM

 hi here my address
Sylvia Ramirez
6028 s archer rd
summit il 60501
My sister
Monse Bastida
[masked]th pl street
summit il 60501
Have a trendy day!


From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: [homebirth-65] another action alert
Date: Sun, 1 Mar[masked]:25:42 -0500

Greetings home birth supporters.

I just got this message recently from the Coalition for Illinois Midwifery.  I thought you all would be interested--the FIGHT to legalize homebirth midwives is getting REALLY HOT.  It is make or break time here in Illinois.  I am planning on going down to Springfield on Tuesday (AGAIN) with my two year old.  Come along!

Also, I am looking for EVERYONE in Harry Osterman's ward who supports the bill (YOU, your mother, your husband, your sister) to give me their name and address so I can add it to a list that I am taking to show him how big of a deal this is to those in his district (Rogers Park, Uptown, parts of Edgewater, Andersonville, etc.)  So, send me your address and name and those of interested friends at [address removed] and I will help represent your interest.

Also, consider joining the Illinois FAmily for MIdwifery yahoo group so you can get your own updates on this important issue involving your rights.

Information on the rallyl and bill below.



We have an extremely urgent message. PLEASE DROP ALL YOUR PLANS AND 

@ We cannot overstate how important this is. @

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!

See our latest updates at !

To look up your Illinois state representative visit http:// 
and click on the By Address tab.

Colette M. Bernhard
Legislative Chair, Coalition for Illinois Midwifery
Vice-President, Illinois Families for Midwifery
(773)[masked] - office
(773)[masked] - cell

manda aufochs gillespie

1140 w. farwell #2w

chicago, il 60626


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