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).

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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).

Take Action

RESOURCES

Take a Look!

Ammendment to SB 1041.

Read about the Medical Voucher Program and Maternity Episode Payment Model – both soon to take effect in Illinois! 

“The Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans shall partner with Holistic Birth Collective to advise the Department of Healthcare and Family Services on the development of a Medicaid voucher program that is eligible for federal dollars to expand consumer choice for Black mothers that includes planned home birth services and in-home perinatal and postpartum care services…

Chicago Tribune Article
Nov. 2nd 2021 

Midwifery likely to become a licensed profession in Illinois, but critics say lack of Medicaid coverage is a problem.

“’We really need to make sure that this is something that’s equitable and fair to everybody, and is not just going to continue to affect the status quo of those who can pay for it,’ said Star August, co-founder and CEO of the Holistic Birth Collective, a Chicago-based nonprofit.”

Join the action!

Join our mailing list to get updates on what we’re doing, where we are and how you can tag along!

EDUCATION

LEARN MORE ABOUT MIDWIFERY!

Check out our “About Midwifery” page to learn more about racial disparity, the history of Midwifery and what Midwifery looks like today.

SB 1041 - Program Details

Who is the program for?

Any pregnant person living in Cook County who is eligible for Medicaid and is interested in having the option to give birth in an out-of-hospital setting.

When will it happen?

The program is set to launch by January 1, 2023.

WHO would especially benefit?

We expect this program would be especially beneficial for participants who:

  • Are concerned about encountering implicit bias from care providers
  • Value trauma-informed care
  • Experience barriers to consistently attending facility-based prenatal care visits:
    • Inflexible work hours
    • Child care demands
    • Transportation issues
  • Have had prior unsatisfactory experience giving birth in a hospital
  • Value shared decision-making with their perinatal care providers
  • Wish to avoid unnecessary medical interventions
  • Value experiencing labor and delivery in an out-of-hospital setting whenever medically appropriate.

This is a hybrid model of perinatal care, combining three high-value services:

a. Strong Start Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (national)

b. Florida’s Commonsense Childbirth case study

a. Michigan’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

b. Maximizes patient benefit from prenatal care by reducing barriers to attendance

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The historical role of the African American midwife was one of hope and health; whose expertise helped define cultural perceptions of motherhood, protected, uplifted and empowered women and men, and improved maternity care in communities across the nation… She carried valuable information, passed on by predecessors across generations, that positively impacted the social health of the family structure and overall health of the community.” 

-Shafia Monroe

Take a Look!

Ammendment to SB 1041.

Read about the Medical Voucher Program and Maternity Episode Payment Model – both soon to take effect in Illinois! 

“The Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans shall partner with Holistic Birth Collective to advise the Department of Healthcare and Family Services on the development of a Medicaid voucher program that is eligible for federal dollars to expand consumer choice for Black mothers that includes planned home birth services and in-home perinatal and postpartum care services…

Chicago Tribune Article
Nov. 2nd 2021 

Midwifery likely to become a licensed profession in Illinois, but critics say lack of Medicaid coverage is a problem.

“’We really need to make sure that this is something that’s equitable and fair to everybody, and is not just going to continue to affect the status quo of those who can pay for it,’ said Star August, co-founder and CEO of the Holistic Birth Collective, a Chicago-based nonprofit.”

Volunteer and keep updated

Join our mailing list to get updates on what we’re doing, where we are and how you can tag along!

LEARN MORE ABOUT MIDWIFERY!

Check out our “About Midwifery” page to learn more about racial disparity, the history of Midwifery and what Midwifery looks like today.

SB 1041 - Program Details

Who is this program for?

Any pregnant person living in Cook County who is eligible for Medicaid and is interested in having the option to give birth in an out-of-hospital setting.

When will it happen?

The program is set to launch by January 1, 2023.

WHO would especially benefit?

We expect this program would be especially beneficial for participants who:

  • Are concerned about encountering implicit bias from care providers
  • Value trauma-informed care
  • Experience barriers to consistently attending facility-based prenatal care visits:
    • Inflexible work hours
    • Child care demands
    • Transportation issues
  • Have had prior unsatisfactory experience giving birth in a hospital
  • Value shared decision-making with their perinatal care providers
  • Wish to avoid unnecessary medical interventions
  • Value experiencing labor and delivery in an out-of-hospital setting whenever medically appropriate.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The historical role of the African American midwife was one of hope and health; whose expertise helped define cultural perceptions of motherhood, protected, uplifted and empowered women and men, and improved maternity care in communities across the nation…She carried valuable information, passed on by predecessors across generations, that positively impacted the social health of the family structure and overall health of the community. With her eradication, so was her guidance.” 

-Shafia Monroe

Phone

(773) 245-3668

Email

info@holisticbirthcollective.org

Mail

6172 S University Ave, Suite 107 Chicago, IL 60637

Phone

(773) 245-3668

Email

info@holisticbirthcollective.org

Mail

6172 S University Ave, Suite 107 Chicago, IL 60637

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