Batinick-Supported Legislation for Licensure of Illinois Midwives Signed Into Law

PLAINFIELD – On Wednesday, State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announced that the fall midwifery licensure legislation he co-sponsored was signed into law by Governor Pritzker. House Bill 3401 is the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act and it initially passed out of the House in April 2021.

“I’m a proud co-sponsor of the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act and am glad to see this signed into law,” said Rep. Batinick. “This bipartisan legislation will provide additional birthing process pathways for mothers to deliver their children in Illinois. I am also pleased it received robust support in the House.”

A licensed midwife is a person who has undergone specialized training to assist in the birth process. Midwives are often chosen by healthy mothers as part of a birthing process looking for alternatives to intensive care hospitals. This birthing process can take place in a mother’s home, but often takes place at a specialized birthing center. Statistical evidence shows that expectant mothers who have been screened for the health of their approaching birth have good birth-process outcomes when they choose a midwife as their birthplace health assistance.

The House approved House Bill 3401 by a concurrence vote of 114-1-0 in October and Rep. Batinick signed on to this legislation in March 2021. Rep. Batinick is a member of the House Health Care Licenses Committee.