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Chicago Area Homebirth Meetup Message Board News, Events, and Advocacy › Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with us!

Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with us!

Addison, IL
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Dear Home Birth and Midwifery Supporters,

Mother’s Day is May 8th and the International Day of the Midwife is May 5th. Please join us in celebrating both.

FRIDAY EVENING – May 6th 7:30 PM - enjoy wine and cheese in the comfort of an Evanston home, while listening to local author Arielle Greenberg reading from her powerful and empowering new book, Home/Birth: A Poemic. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For tickets and information, go to www.homebirthreadingandwine.eventbrite.c­om

SATURDAY MORNING – May 7th 9:00 AM - come to the 2nd Annual Illinois Walk for Midwives.
Warm up begins at 8:45 AM, children’s races at 9:00 AM. The 5K walk begins at 9:30 AM. Local vendors will be present with their birth-friendly products and midwifery-friendly legislators and the media have been invited. Event ends at noon. For tickets and information, go to

A section of Ina May Gaskin’s famous Safe Motherhood Quilt will be on display at the Walk. Each square of the quilt represents a mother who died of childbirth-related causes. View this poignant reminder that maternal mortality is grossly under-reported in our country.

ON THE VERY SAME DAY … The International Confederation of Midwives will be carrying out a Walk for Midwives in the Netherlands, through the Hague. At the same time, midwives ALL OVER THE WORLD will be holding 5K Walks as well. The purpose will be to build commitment to tackling global inequalities in maternal and newborn mortality and to highlight local issues in midwifery service provision. For more information, go to­2011/Poster%20midwives%20IDM%202011%20EN­G.pdf


An estimated 342,900 maternal deaths occurred worldwide (this figure is from 2008).

Only 63% of births in the developing world are attended by skilled health workers. In Southern Asia this is 45% and Sub-Saharan Africa 46%.

Up to 90% of maternal deaths could be prevented by universal access to adequate reproductive health services, equipment, supplies and skilled healthcare workers.


Maternal mortality rates for women in the United States are higher than in 40 other countries and African American women are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women.

Access to home birth with Certified Professional Midwives could dramatically improve outcomes for many mothers and save millions in Medicaid dollars.

Here in Illinois, hundreds of babies are born at home every year, yet legal licensed providers are based in only 7 out of 102 Illinois Counties. Many home born mothers and babies are attended by underground providers. Statewide access to legal, licensed providers would improve safety.

The Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives invites you to come help make a difference locally while increasing awareness globally. Join us for both events – the Friday evening reading of Home/Birth AND the Saturday morning Walk for Midwives.

All proceeds for both events will go to the Coalition for Illinois Midwifery to continue its fight to legalize Certified Professional Midwives. A DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE IF YOU ATTEND BOTH EVENTS!

Because the Coalition uses funds for lobbying, donations to these events are not tax deductible.

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