Links to Resources

SJR14 Report – Home Birth Maternity Care Crisis Study Committee

National Academies of Sciences Report – Birth Settings



for the Illinois Governor’s Medicaid Advisory Committee

Reducing Medicaid Maternity Care Expenditures Through Utilization of Certified Professional Midwives This proposal was submitted to the Illinois Governor’s Medicaid Advisory Committee in 2012.  It describes a pilot project of 30 midwives licensed by the state and registered as Medicaid providers.  The proposal calculates millions of dollars in potential Medicaid savings through use of CPMs.

Click this link to see a letter to Governor Quinn signed by 23 legislators, from both sides of the aisle, requesting that the Governor include CPMs in the Medicaid Reform bill.  Legislator Letter to Governor Quinn.  Although this report is now a few years old, the potential to save millions of Illinois Medicaid dollars, still exists.  All figures were verified by an economist.

Use these links to download the four attachments to the Medicaid proposal:

Washington State Midwifery_Cost_Study_10-31-07

Washington State Letter Thompson to Lawlor

Home Birth: An Annotated Guide to the Literature
(more details about this below)

CPM Licensing Trends 2017



Birth Report Card – U of BC – PLOS-One


Guide to Home Birth Studies

The Division of Midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America, published an Annotated Guide to Home Birth Research. This bibliography, which will be updated periodically, provides citations and critical appraisal of original studies on home birth and ranks the studies in terms of their quality.

Report Showing Home Birth Increase

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) part of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a recent report showing a 29% increase in U.S. Home Births between 2004 and 2009.

Master’s Thesis on Home Birth in Illinois

Our former intern, Grace Grinager, researched home birth in Illinois for her master’s thesis in Medical Anthropology by interviewing mothers in the downstate area.  You can view her thesis, The Political Economy of Birth Choice: Mothers’ Experiences Seeking Hombirth Care in a Felonious State, by following this link.

Staying at Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth
Study by Chicago area nurse-midwife.  Published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health in 2009


The Big Push for Midwives is a network that supports the efforts of individuals and coalitions to increase access to home birth midwives, primarily through advocating for Certified Professional Midwives.

Citizens for Midwifery is a national, grassroots, consumer advocacy organization that promotes universal access to the Midwives Model of Care for birthing women and their families through providing the public with evidence-based information about midwifery and working to eliminate barriers to midwifery care.  They have lots of wonderful links to various midwifery and birth related references.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery is a non-profit that seeks to advance access to midwifery through education, research, and public policy.  They administer the Birth Trust, a fund that provides grants to projects that advance midwifery throughout the world.

The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is a professional organization that aims to promote midwifery by fostering communication and cooperation among midwives.  Their site has lots of state-specific information about the laws surrounding midwives.

The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) sets competency-based standards for the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).  They also support efforts to legally recognize CPMs in every state.


Thank you to both Memory Box Photography and Maggie Cuprisin Photography for graciously providing the Coalition for Illinois Midwifery with beautiful photographs for this website.  Both of these fantastic companies are based in Illinois and offer their services to families during the childbearing year.