Is having access to home birth midwifery services important to you?
Read more in the areas below to find out what is happening in your state.
Join your state consumer home birth advocacy organization.
These groups provide updates about current home birth legislation and connect like minded people.
Contact your State Representative
We deserve choices in childbirth and our state representatives NEED to hear our voices. Every state that has legal access to home birth services with Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) made it happen with the help of grassroots efforts. When home birth legislation is presented legislators WILL be hearing from powerful opposing state medical organizations. Unless these same legislators hear from constituents i.e., people who live in their voting district, they are likely to vote with those organizations by default unless they were personally passionate about the topic. Contacting your state legislators to let them know you want legislation that is supportive of home birth has an impact and can be as simple as a email, letter, or phone call.
Pregnancy and Birth
Breastfeeding and Postpartum
Breastfeeding support & info - La Leche League (LLL) www.llli.org
Find your local LLL Chapter www.llli.org/Web/Missouri.html http://www.llli.org/Web/Illinois.html
Kelly Mom - Information and articles www.kellymom.com
Breastfeeding info -www.drjacknewman.com
Postpartum Depression & Adjustment Support
Midwifery Model of Care Information and Advocacy
Citizens for Midwifery http://cfmidwifery.org
Although a change in legislation is currently being sought, to practice as a CPM in Illinois is currently illegal.
Illinois Friends of Midwives (ILFOM) http://www.ilfom.org
Did you know that the option of having a home birth with a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in the state of Missouri did not become legal until 2008? Every year since that time midwives, home birth families and advocates have had to spend countless hours at the capitol and communicating with legislators to keep it that way!
Friends of Missouri Midwives (FOMM)
Peaceful Beginnings Midwifery
Serving the Greater St. Louis, MO area
Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas
Birthing from Within by Pan England and Rob Horowitz
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin