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PHOTO [L-R]: Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Star August, Leader Representative Mary Flowers, Callan Jaress 
CREDIT: Ashley Young Photography

Holistic Birth Collective Touts Legislative Wins in 2021 and 2022 Towards Reproductive Justice

Holistic Birth Collective (HBC) released the following statement after Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 5012 and House Bill 5013: 

“The enactment of these two important pieces of legislation, House Bill 5012 and House Bill 5013 expands both the opportunities and the rights of all women and families across Illinois to choose where and how they give birth.”

What do the bills do?

  • House Bill 5012 Provides that a “licensed certified professional midwife” means a person who has successfully met the requirements in the provisions concerning licensure and has been licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  

  • House Bill 5013 Requires managed care organizations to pay for prenatal and perinatal healthcare, no matter if it’s from a contracted provider or not.

    • In addition, also add Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) as Primary providers in freestanding birth centers.

HBC Statements

Star August Ali, Co-Founder, and CEO of HBC said, “It is an honor to carry on my great grandmother’s legacy as a Midwife. I think she would be proud of how far we have come in such a short amount of time; I’d also like to think that she would also tell anyone and everyone that there is a need to expand this necessary service and human right to people and families who are seeking to give birth on their own terms. We must maintain the velocity of our momentum and continue to interrogate the simple fact that places like our home state of Illinois are among the most dangerous places for black women to give birth in the U.S.

Callan Jaress, Co-Founder of HBC said, “Thanks to the leadership of Deputy House Majority Leader Mary Flowers and Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Illinois is the first state in the nation to pass legislation to ensure that women in Illinois can exercise the freedom of choice about the healthcare providers during pregnancy and birth. These are big wins in the HBC’s larger fight of building the infrastructures necessary to make safe, trauma-informed, dignifying maternity care the norm so that our healthcare system equitably maintains the safety, dignity, and joy of all pregnant and birthing families.”

August added “Maternal deaths —defined as “women who died either while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy” — are on the rise in the U.S., especially among black women. These gender and racial disparities aren’t just a black women’s issue, they are everyone’s issue. If black women are at risk, we are all at risk.” 

Research

According to the Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report published in 2021, Black women in Illinois were eight times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related medical condition than White women (see below).

About HBC

Holistic Birth Collective’s work confronts health inequity related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum. HBC is a disruptive force in the “maternal-child health” space that educates, agitates, and organizes to shift the power to maintain health towards communities rather than state-run institutions. We work in solidarity with Illinois’s radical Black birth worker community and commit to amplifying their power through administrative advocacy. 

HBC’s data activism challenges public health departments to move beyond intrusive surveillance of atomized “risk factors” and instead interrogate racist harm and gender-based violence embedded within our healthcare delivery system. We collaborate with partners in the clinical and public health sectors to build the infrastructures necessary to make safe, trauma-informed, dignifying maternity care the norm so that our healthcare system equitably maintains the safety, dignity, and joy of all pregnant and birthing families.

HBC in the News

WTTW: Illinois Establishing Midwife License

NPR Illinois: Midwives gain a victory in Illinois, but look for more

Chicago Tribune: Who can be licensed as a midwife in Illinois is likely to expand soon, but critics say lack of Medicaid coverage is a problem

Learn about House Bills 5012 and 5013

Holistic Birth Collective Touts Legislative Wins in 2021 and 2022 Towards Reproductive Justice

Holistic Birth Collective (HBC) released the following statement after Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 5012 and House Bill 5013: 

“The enactment of these two important pieces of legislation, House Bill 5012 and House Bill 5013 expands both the opportunities and the rights of all women and families across Illinois to choose where and how they give birth.”

Scroll down to read more about the House bills and how they bring change to thousands of people in Illinois.

PHOTO [L-R]: Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Star August, Leader Representative Mary Flowers, Callan Jaress 
CREDIT: Ashley Young Photography

What do the bills do?

  • House Bill 5012 Provides that a “licensed certified professional midwife” means a person who has successfully met the requirements in the provisions concerning licensure and has been licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  

  • House Bill 5013 Requires managed care organizations to pay for prenatal and perinatal healthcare, no matter if it’s from a contracted provider or not.

    • In addition, also adds Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) as Primary providers in freestanding birth centers.

HBC Statements

Star August Ali, Co-Founder, and CEO of HBC said, “It is an honor to carry on my great grandmother’s legacy as a Midwife. I think she would be proud of how far we have come in such a short amount of time; I’d also like to think that she would also tell anyone and everyone that there is a need to expand this necessary service and human right to people and families who are seeking to give birth on their own terms. We must maintain the velocity of our momentum and continue to interrogate the simple fact that places like our home state of Illinois are among the most dangerous places for black women to give birth in the U.S.

Callan Jaress, Co-Founder of HBC said, “Thanks to the leadership of Deputy House Majority Leader Mary Flowers and Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Illinois is the first state in the nation to pass legislation to ensure that women in Illinois can exercise the freedom of choice about the healthcare providers during pregnancy and birth. These are big wins in the HBC’s larger fight of building the infrastructures necessary to make safe, trauma-informed, dignifying maternity care the norm so that our healthcare system equitably maintains the safety, dignity, and joy of all pregnant and birthing families.”

August added “Maternal deaths —defined as “women who died either while pregnant or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy” — are on the rise in the U.S., especially among black women. These gender and racial disparities aren’t just a black women’s issue, they are everyone’s issue. If black women are at risk, we are all at risk.” 

Research

According to the Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report published in 2021, Black women in Illinois were eight times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related medical condition than White women (see below).

About HBC

Holistic Birth Collective’s work confronts health inequity related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum. HBC is a disruptive force in the “maternal-child health” space that educates, agitates, and organizes to shift the power to maintain health towards communities rather than state-run institutions. We work in solidarity with Illinois’s radical Black birth worker community and commit to amplifying their power through administrative advocacy. 

HBC’s data activism challenges public health departments to move beyond intrusive surveillance of atomized “risk factors” and instead interrogate racist harm and gender-based violence embedded within our healthcare delivery system. We collaborate with partners in the clinical and public health sectors to build the infrastructures necessary to make safe, trauma-informed, dignifying maternity care the norm so that our healthcare system equitably maintains the safety, dignity, and joy of all pregnant and birthing families.

HBC in the News

WTTW: Illinois Establishing Midwife License

NPR Illinois: Midwives gain a victory in Illinois, but look for more

Chicago Tribune: Who can be licensed as a midwife in Illinois is likely to expand soon, but critics say lack of Medicaid coverage is a problem

Senetor Van Pelt was the Cheif Sponsor!

Read about her measures to expand access to prenatal services HERE.

“Prenatal and perinatal care can make a world of a difference in a mother and a child’s life,” Van Pelt said. “Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t have the same access to this kind of care, which is why the measure is vital.”

  • Local news from Springfield, Il (WCIA) recently covered the materinity health crisis. Catch the conversation with both Senetor Van Pelt and Jessica Davenport-Williams. CLICK HERE

  • We’re so thankful for you, Senetor Van Pelt! Catch her here from 2021 partnering with us for Black Maternal Healthcare Week. CLICK HERE.

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