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The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program’s Leadership By Example Lecture Series enters its fifth year with a talk by Gayle Riedmann, CNM on Wednesday, June 13.  Click here to download a flyer with full details on this event.

As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Riedmann plays an important role as an advocate for safe childbirth options for women.

“This includes their right to have access to affordable, quality health care,” she explains, “and their right to choose their baby’s place of birth and birth provider. Midwives not only listen to women, but sometimes must speak up for them.” 

When Riedmann moved to Illinois in 1986, she discovered that birth centers were not an option for the women of this stateSince then, she has been an ardent advocate for legislation to allow freestanding birth centers in Illinois.  It took 20 years, but thanks to her efforts, a bill to establish freestanding birth centers was signed into law in 2007.

Although policy work sometimes is glacially slow,  Riedmann is committed to see the process through to its conclusion.

“I am not done until a birth center opens its doors!” she says.

  • Schweitzer Fellows for Life Leadership by Example Lecture Series – Gayle Riedmann, CNM
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 5:30pm
    Northwestern University – Hughes Auditorium
    303 E. Superior Street, 1st Floor
    Free, and open to the public

Reservations are strongly recommended.
RSVP to RSVP@hmprg.org if you are interested in attending and include “Leadership lecture” in the subject line. 

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program provides service learning opportunities and support for graduate level students in health, social work, law and other professions who are interested in improving the health and well being of underserved communities.  The Program envisions that the Fellows are embarking upon a lifelong commitment to serve the most vulnerable members of our society.

For further information, please visit  http://www.hmprg.org or www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chicago. Video podcasts of Chicago Schweitzer Fellows can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/schweitzerfellows