WBEZ | birth http://www.wbez.org/tags/birth Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Birthing - Flickr - sabianmaggy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We delve into the various types of midwives and birthing methods available to women in Illinois. And WBEZ&#39;s Natalie Moore stops by to explain what happened at a Town Hall meeting in Chicago&#39;s Roseland neighborhood.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing Women’s hospital aims for ‘baby friendly’ status http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/breast feeding_Flickr_thekmancom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. (AP/File)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/Prentice.jpg" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 254px; height: 380px;" title="The facility, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, delivers about 12,000 babies a year. (AP/File)">A hospital that delivers more than a quarter of babies born in Chicago is entering an international program that aims to improve the health of both newborns and their mothers. The program focuses on breastfeeding.</p><p>Prentice Women’s Hospital, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is planning to follow 10 guidelines set by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.</p><p>The guidelines include helping mothers begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth, providing infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically necessary, giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies and allowing mothers and newborns to room together around the clock.</p><p>Prentice, one of eight Chicago hospitals to apply for the baby-friendly status so far, delivers about 12,000 infants a year, more than any other facility in the city. The path toward the designation includes extensive staff training and new hospital policies. The process could last years.</p><p>“All the staff in the hospital will get some exposure to what it means to be a baby-friendly hospital,” said Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, a federally funded group that works with the city to help hospitals enter the international program. “Then there are many categories of staff that do more hands-on training.”</p><p>“If Prentice takes all these steps,” Becker added, “roughly 27 percent of babies born in Chicago and their mothers will have access to the most supportive environment possible to encourage breastfeeding from birth.”</p><p>But the program has a downside, according to Dr. Maura Quinlan, vice chairwoman of the Illinois section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The main issue is time, especially documenting the whole process and the 10 steps,” she said. “I don’t think many smaller hospitals have the resources to go through the application.”</p><p>“The designation is something the hospital can show on its website but it doesn’t mean that other hospitals don’t provide the same services,” said Quinlan, who delivers babies at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.</p><p>Prentice’s quest for baby-friendly status marks a turnaround of sorts. Years ago the hospital eliminated many of its lactation-specialist positions.</p><p>Illinois birth-certificate data for the six months ending last July 31 suggest that about 80 percent of Prentice newborns breastfed there. By that measure, the hospital ranked sixth among 19 facilities that deliver babies in the city.</p><p>The first hospital in Chicago to apply for the baby-friendly status was Holy Cross last summer. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006">A top official there said a WBEZ report</a> about the hospital’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority.</p><p>The other Chicago applicants include Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, the University of Illinois Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center and Roseland Community Hospital.</p><p>More than 15,000 facilities in 134 countries have earned the baby-friendly status since the program’s 1991 launch, according to UNICEF. In the United States, just 125 hospitals had received the designation by December, according to New York-based Baby-Friendly USA Inc., a chapter of the international program. The only two in Illinois are Pekin Hospital in downstate Pekin and St. John’s Hospital, further south in Springfield.</p><p>U.S. health officials say breastfeeding helps newborns avoid infections, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. For mothers, they say it reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get no solids or liquids other than breast milk for the first six months of life.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 Lawmakers nix licensing midwives for homebirths http://www.wbez.org/story/american-college-obstetrics-and-gynecology/lawmakers-nix-licensing-midwives-homebirths <p><p>It will remain unlawful in Illinois for midwives who lack advanced medical training to attend homebirths without supervision. Illinois House members on Thursday night voted down <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09600SB3712ham001&amp;GA=96&amp;SessionId=76&amp;DocTypeId=SB&amp;LegID=51899&amp;DocNum=3712&amp;GAID=10&amp;Session=">a bill that would have created a state license</a> for nationally certified midwives.<br /><br />Each year hundreds of Illinois women give birth in their home. Some are following religious beliefs. Other women are trying to avoid medical interventions such as C-sections.<br /><br />Physicians and advanced nurses willing to attend home births are in short supply. The bill would have set up state licensing for <a href="http://www.narm.org/htb.htm#whatis">certified professional midwives</a> to step in. The measure&rsquo;s sponsor, state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, said it would have increased safety for the mothers and babies.<br /><br />But the <a href="http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=162&amp;Screen=alert&amp;IssueId=21867&amp;SessionID=$AID%3d162:SITEID%3d-1:VV_CULTURE%3den-us:APP%3dGAC$">Illinois State Medical Society</a> and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists argued the midwives couldn&rsquo;t handle many birth complications.<br /><br />The vote against the bill was 71-47.</p></p> Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/american-college-obstetrics-and-gynecology/lawmakers-nix-licensing-midwives-homebirths Illinois bill for midwife licenses nears vote http://www.wbez.org/story/american-college-obstetrics-and-gynecology/illinois-bill-midwife-licenses-nears-vote <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DianeSakowicz.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois lawmakers are considering some hot-button measures this week. The state House of Representatives has voted down a medical-marijuana bill and approved an expansion of rights for same-sex couples. Some lawmakers also want to allow nationally certified midwives to attend home births in Illinois&mdash;attend them, that is, without supervision by a physician or an advanced nurse. WBEZ&rsquo;s Chip Mitchell is following the measure&rsquo;s progress and joins host Melba Lara in studio Tuesday. Her first question is what the legislation would do.</p></p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/american-college-obstetrics-and-gynecology/illinois-bill-midwife-licenses-nears-vote State lawmakers mull licensing midwives for home births http://www.wbez.org/story/babies/state-lawmakers-mull-licensing-midwives-home-births <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Michael_Tryon.png" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would license nationally certified midwives to attend home births in the state without supervision by a physician or an advanced nurse.<br /><br />The measure&rsquo;s chief sponsor, state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, has support from some Republicans, including state Rep. Michael Tryon of Crystal Lake.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not illegal to have a baby at home,&rdquo; Tryon said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just illegal to have a trained, professional midwife to assist you. And when you look at 27 other states that have midwifery legislation, I believe we need this passed so that citizens in Illinois have these same choices.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hundreds of Illinois women have home births each year. Some are following religious beliefs. Others are trying to avoid a C-section.<br /><br />The state House could vote on the legislation as early as Monday.<br /><br />The bill&rsquo;s opponents include the Illinois State Medical Society, which says the licensing would endanger mothers and babies.</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 02:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/babies/state-lawmakers-mull-licensing-midwives-home-births