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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 11, 2013

As US Home Births Increase, Options for Illinois Women Limited

By Kimberlie Kranich
Baby Clementine, daughter of Rebecca Butler and Tom Sheehan of Champaign.

Last January, statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics showed home births in the United States jumped 29 percent between 2004 and 2009. In recent years, an average of 30,000 babies, or 1 percent of all babies, are born at home.  And year to year, the number of home births is increasing. In Illinois, women’s home birth options are severely limited.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 11, 2013

Illinois Flu Cases Climb; 27 Deaths this Season

By Sean Powers, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Public Health says 368 people in the state have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 27 have died.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 03, 2013

After C-section, Bloomington Couple Opts for Home Birth

By Kimberlie Kranich
Amy and Ben Russell of Towanda welcome their daughter, Katie, who was delivered at home with a certified nurse midwife.

After having a traumatic Cesarean section delivery of her first child, Parker, in 2008, 29-year-old Amy Russell of Bloomington, a farm manager at Soy Capital, was in counseling for posttraumatic stress disorder.  She rebounded and got connected with a local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network when expecting baby number two, a girl named Rachel.  Rachel was a successful vaginal birth born in the hospital in 2010.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 02, 2013

Home Birth is Planned Gathering of Friends & Family for Towanda Couple

By Kimberlie Kranich
Abbey and Mike Fish at home in Towanda.

When 27-year-old Abbey Fish of Towanda had her first baby, Shane, in 2007, she didn’t know much about birth. Like most women, she went to the hospital to deliver. There she was given an epidural to ease her pain and the drug Pitocin to induce labor. All common hospital practices. After Shane was born, she did not see him for 12 hours because he was considered distressed.

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