Certified nurse midwife Danielle Kraessig meets with patient Yakini Branch at the PCC South Family Health Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Berwyn, Ill. The clinic may receive a permit to operate the first birth center in Illinois as soon as Feb. 5, 2013. Midwives and other supporters of birth alternatives for Illinois women with low-risk pregnancies have been working for years to provide such centers, which are already available in 37 other states. M. Spencer Green / Associated Press
Research shows that having access to a midwife could decrease maternal mortality rates and bring improved health outcomes for pregnant people and their newborns. But, their numbers in Chicago hospitals are low.
Reset explores why there is a lack of investment in midwifery programs in Chicago and what needs to be done to better integrate their work into standard maternity care.
GUESTS: Kristen Schorsch, WBEZ health and county government reporter
Annette Payot, director of midwifery, PCC Community Wellness Center