BIRTH SURVEY - COMING SOON!

Publicly insured obstetrics patients are more likely than privately insured obstetrics patients to report being pressured to consent to c- sections and other medical interventions that they do not want.

(Listening to Mothers Survey 2018).

Publicly insured obstetrics patients are more likely than privately insured obstetrics patients to report being pressured to consent to c- sections and other medical interventions that they do not want.

(Listening to Mothers Survey 2018).

HBC's Initiatives

HBC is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to the liberation of reproductive justice and fundamental change in health inequity related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum. Read up on our past and current initiatives that challenge the system!

Passed

– Illinois became the 37th State to licensure Certified Professional Midwives

– HB 3401 was passed under Star August, co-founder of HBC, during her Presidency of the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives.

– Creates a path toward certification for midwives; licensed professional midwives will be able to attend out-of-hospital births. The proposal passed the Illinois legislature after the state’s main doctor’s organization, the Illinois State Medical Society, lifted its opposition, citing provisions that protect doctors and medical facilities from liability.

Holistic Birth Collective authored, filled and Lobbied for HB 5012, which 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.  

Dowload the original bill synopsis to read HERE.

Find more detailed information at our HB 5012 &5013 Page.

 

In conjunction with Jessica Davenport of Black Girls Break Bread, Holistic Birth Collective has co authored, filled and lobbied for HB 5013 which expands the family planning service exemption from MCO network restrictions (this how Illinois complies with a complicated federal statute for Medicaid programs) to also apply to non emergency prenatal and perinatal healthcare services.

1) Homebirth practices will no longer need to maintain a contract with each Medicaid health plan individually starting January 1, 2023. As long as you’re enrolled in IMPACT and in good standing with HFS, you expect reimbursement for covered services regardless of network status. The rare homebirth CNMs still accepting Medicaid patients will probably be the providers most interested in this change.

2) Upon implementation of CPM licensure, CPMs will be able to work as primary attendants at licensed birth centers. Medicaid coverage for birth center services furnished by CPMs will automatically kick in due to a mandate in federal Medicaid law. Services furnished by midwives outside of “birth center services” remain a separate matter.

Download the original bill synopsis to read HERE.

Find more detailed information at our HB 5012 &5013 Page.

In Progress

Senate Bill 1041 ensures equitable access to reproductive health options and advances Medicaid payment structures that support high-value perinatal care.

2 out of every 3 births (67%) to a Black person in Illinois report Medicaid as the source of payment for delivery. Meanwhile, 64% of births to white people are paid by private insurance.

Program Objectives:

  • Initiates a state plan amendment to add licensed Certified Professional Midwives to the Illinois Medicaid program that is eligible for federal-matching dollars.
  • Encourages opportunity for innovation and quality in perinatal care.
  • Increases access to in-home prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum healthcare services.

 

Find more information about this bill and print-offs at our SB 1041 Page.

  • The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is drafting a state plan amendment making health services furnished by licensed Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) available and accessible to Medicaid-insured families in Illinois. 

  • The average wait time between states’ licensure of CPMs and establishing Medicaid reimbursement has previously been about a decade on average. 

Donated funds are used to sustain the Holistic Birth Collective’s data activism and administrative advocacy relating to perinatal healthcare and health justice in Illinois.

Keep up to date on what we’re doing and where we’re going. All with no junk mail involved – we promise!

Phone

(773) 245-3668

Email

info@holisticbirthcollective.org

Mail

6127 S University Ave, Suite 107 Chicago, IL 60637

Phone

(773) 245-3668

Email

info@holisticbirthcollective.org

Mail

6127 S University Ave, Suite 107 Chicago, IL 60637

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