Please read the Big Push Alert notice below, and if you live in Illinois, or know anyone there, please make calls ASAP!
Susan Hodges, "gatekeeper"
A PUSH ALERT from the Big Push For Midwives
NOV 15, 2010 -- There is amazing pushing afoot! It is URGENT that we all push together to help Illinois fill the terrible shortage of home birth providers. Together, we can do it!!
The Home Birth Safety Act (SB 3712) to license CPMs in Illinois is being voted on in the House of Representatives this week, even as early as Wednesday, Nov. 16!
We need everyone in Illinois to call their Representatives and to forward this message to their family and friends in Illinois TODAY.
Here is the message that every Representative in Illinois needs to hear:
"I want to let the Representative know that Speaker Madigan has just reviewed the Home Birth Safety Act and improved the bill with an amendment. The bill is definitely going to be called this week. Will the Representative vote Yes for the bill on the House Floor?"
If anyone tells you "this is not the right act," tell them the Home Birth text is in House amendment 001.
- Legislators can be looked up (Legislator Lookup) here: http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx
- If you can call Monday, please call the Representative's district office, and if Tuesday is better, call his/her Springfield office.
The Illinois State Medical Society has been spreading misinformation saying the bill will not be voted on. NOT TRUE. House leadership has assured us a vote, but we need the grassroots to bring it home.
So make the call today and spread the word to everyone you know in Illinois!
After you make your calls, please send a text to report the results to me at the phone number below. Otherwise, please send an email to the email address.
Thank you from all of us Pushers in Illinois!
Rachel Dolan Wickersham, CD(DONA), LCCE
President, Coalition for Illinois Midwifery
Vice President, Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives
P.S. Again, please spread this far and wide - to your friends, family, and to all other lists! Even to folks outside of the birthing community. We look forward to keeping you informed of our progress thanks to your support!