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Celebrating the Chicago South Side Birth Center: A Step Towards Better Maternal Care in Illinois

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A Vital Step Towards Equitable Maternal Health

Celebrating the Chicago South Side Birth Center. (PHOTO: Capitol News Illinois)

Prioritizing Maternal Care for Black Women in Illinois

Leaders in Illinois are happy about the new Chicago South Side Birth Center. It’s going to be the second birth center in the city and the first one on the South Side. They think it’s important because it will offer safe options for giving birth in areas where there aren’t many medical services, especially for Black people. The leaders, like Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton shared personal stories to show why this matters. The governor, J.B. Pritzker, says it’s really important to focus on helping moms and babies. He wants to spend more money on programs to make sure pregnant women and new moms get good care especially Black women who face more risks according to WTTW. Pritzker’s plan includes things like home visits for new parents better Medicaid coverage for doulas and midwives and more support for families with young kids.

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Diapers, Tax Breaks, and Birth Centers for Illinois Families

Pritzker also wants to help families with little kids in other ways. His budget has plans for giving out free diapers to some families and offering tax breaks to low-income families with young children. Opening the new birth center is a big step in making sure all families get the care they need before and after having a baby.

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