(1972) WATCH- Women Act To Control Healthcare,
led a campaign to try to save the Chicago Maternity Center which offered
safe home birth services to Chicago's impoverished west side. These
were their demands.
(Editors Note: WATCH- Women Act To Control Healthcare, was organized by members of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. WATCH led a campaign to try to save the Chicago Maternity Center which offered safe home birth services to Chicago's impoverished west side. The Center eventually was forced to close despite public protest. Below is the text of the demands put out by WATCH.)
The CMC points the direction in which all women’s medicine should be moving. Therefore, the only progressive action that the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Maternity Center and Northwestern University can take is to maintain and expand present services and certain not the opposite, to phase out the present services of the CMC or to relocate them our of the Maxwell Street neighborhood into the new Womens Hospital by Lake Shore Drive.
If the Board is truly responsible to the Center, all of the necessary money, influence and energies will immediately be directed toward fulfilling the following demands:
1. To maintain a 24 hour home delivery service the Board MUST provide:
4. We emphasize that responsibility for the Chicago Maternity Center services rests with the Board of the CMC. Leaving patients in the hands of representatives of other institutions without a specific contracted agreement is irresponsible and negligent. If the Chicago Maternity Center services are to be incorporated along with the name into the new Women’s Hospital & Maternity Center, then any money pledged to the building of that new institution by CMC and members of the CMC Board should be conditional upon the maintenance of adequate staff and provisions for a 24 hour home delivery and emergency service for the City of Chicago by that new institution.
5. To insure planning for comprehensive services, Board membership with voting privileges should incorporate representatives of staff and community organization which are served by and interested in the Chicago Maternity Center. WATCH demands voting representation in the Board of Directors of the CMC and the Planning Committee of the new Women’s Hospital and Chicago Maternity Center. We demand that the Board submit its plan to appropriate health planning groups such as the Citizen ’s Health Organization.
6. We want public disclosure of any and all information on plans for building, programs and services of the new Women’s Hospital & Maternity Center.