January 23, 2013

Indiana Flu Deaths Rise to 40

Indiana health officials say the state's flu-related deaths have grown to 40, with most of those victims over age 65.


January 14, 2013

Some Flu Shot Shortage Reported in Illinois

Illinois' top doctor says the demand for flu shots has created some spot shortages, but he says that's good news because it means people are getting the message to protect themselves and those around them.


Baby Clementine, daughter of Rebecca Butler and Tom Sheehan of Champaign.
(Kimberlie Kranich/WILL)
January 11, 2013

As US Home Births Increase, Options for Illinois Women Limited

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.


(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 11, 2013

Illinois Flu Cases Climb; 27 Deaths this Season

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.


January 03, 2013

Flu Cases Up in Champaign County

The administrator of Champaign-Urbana’s Public Health District says more people than usual are dealing with the flu this winter.


Amy and Ben Russell of Towanda welcome their daughter, Katie, who was delivered at home with a certified nurse midwife.
(Kimberlie Kranich/WILL)
January 03, 2013

After C-section, Bloomington Couple Opts for Home Birth

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.


Abbey and Mike Fish at home in Towanda.
(Kimberlie Kranich/WILL)
January 02, 2013

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

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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