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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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