Midwife Bill Stalled Again At Statehouse

A bill that would allow certified professional midwives to practice home births in Illinois has stalled once again. (WICS)

A bill that would allow certified professional midwives to practice home births in Illinois has stalled once again.

Advocates have been fighting for decades to make the practice legal in the state, but the bill didn't get a vote in committee Tuesday.

Some medical groups voiced their opposition to the bill, even though the obstetricians were neutral on the legislation.

The bill's sponsor says they will keep reworking it and try again.

"We are going to continue to work with the medical societies who currently have some concerns about the current bill and we're drafting an amendment to address those concerns and bring it back to the committee," said Rep. Anna Moeller, (D) Elgin.

Right now there are certified professional midwives practicing in other states like Missouri and Wisconsin.

There is also an underground movement of women giving birth in their homes without a law allowing it.

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