The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Programâs Leadership By Example Lecture Series enters its fifth year with a talk by Gayle Riedmann, CNM on Wednesday, June 13.Â 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.
âThis includes their right to have access to affordable, quality
health care,â she explains, âand their right to choose their babyâs
place of birth and birth provider. Midwives not only listen to women,
but sometimes must speak up for them.âÂ
When Riedmann moved to Illinois in 1986, she discovered that birth centers were not an option for the women of this state.Â Since
then, she has been an ardent advocate for legislation to allow
freestanding birth centers in Illinois.Â 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,Â Riedmann is committed to see the process through to its conclusion.
âI am not done until a birth center opens its doors!â she says.
- Schweitzer Fellows for Life Leadership by Example Lecture Series â Gayle Riedmann, CNM
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 5:30pm
Northwestern University â 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 âLeadership lectureâ in the subject line.Â
The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows ProgramÂ provides service learning
opportunities and support for graduate level students in health, social
work, lawÂ and other professions who are interested in improving the
health and well being of underserved communities.Â 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 visitÂ www.schweitzerfellowship.org/chicago. Video podcasts of Chicago Schweitzer Fellows can be seen on YouTube: http://home/bizbudding/www/asf.youtube.com/schweitzerfellows