Fun, Fellowship, Film

Fun, Fellowship, Film
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Coming Fall, 2019….

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Help us say thank you to our legislators!

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CPMs Can Now Be Licensed in SD!

As of 9/10/18, the SD CPM Regulatory Board is accepting applications from CPMs and CPM students for licensure to practice in South Dakota!

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The Pierre, SD March for Moms is sponsored by Apple Tree Midwifery.

https://www.facebook.com/AppleTreeMidwifery/ 

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Healthy Birth Luncheon

HEALTHY BIRTH LUNCHEON
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sign up to help us in Pierre!

Go to:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084eabaf2ea3f49-legislative1

Please help us feed the legislators! This is a great opportunity for our supporters to connect with their legislators. If you are unable to come, please consider sending food items with someone else or sending a financial donation to help cover the cost of:

Beverages – $150
Facility Rental – $100
Chips – $50
Paper products – $25
Veggie Dip – $10
Checks can be mailed to:

SD Birth Matters
1200 N Advantage Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57014

Or use the donate button on our homepage.

Schedule for Healthy Birth Luncheon:

7:30 am Set up / Committees / Visiting Legislators Begins
10:30 am Set Serving Table
11:00 am Begin Serving Healthy Birth Luncheon
12:45 am Group Picture on Stairs
1:00 pm Clean up / Caucus Meetings for Legislators
2:00 pm Session Begins (group introductions in both chambers)

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You’re invited!

Also, please dig through your old photo albums and email any photos you may have from past SD Birth Matters events to eviedewitt@hotmail.com, or private message them to the SD Birth Matters Facebook page.

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Governor Signs SB 136 to License Certified Professional Midwives!

It has been an incredibly exciting session.  Our bill has officially been signed into law, so now what?

First up: we will get an official photo with the Governor reenacting the signing of our bill. Anyone can be in this photo, and we are hoping for a lot of you to be there – all are welcome! It will be at the Capitol on March 27 at 9:30 am. If you are coming, please meet us in the Rotunda (2nd floor) by 9:15 am.

Second: Following the photo on the 27th, we will have a potluck and planning meeting for our CELEBRATION PARTY! It won’t be at the Capitol, though, so keep your food in your car and we’ll give you all directions after the photo. All are welcome to come help with the planning. 

Third: The Celebration Party is tentatively set for May 13 in Pierre (central location for the whole state). Pencil it in on your calendars, and be watching for further details!  We want to plan a celebration that the whole family can enjoy.  Please share your ideas!

Fourth: After our law goes into effect on July 1, the Governor will appoint the board. Then the board will develop rules to regulate CPMs and help those rules navigate the rules process which includes public hearings and a hearing with the Legislative Rules Committee. This process can take awhile, so CPMs won’t be able to practice immediately when the law goes into effect on July 1.  We are confident that the process will go as quickly and smoothly as possible, and we will have CPMs providing care in our state as soon as they can! WOOHOOO!!

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say a huge thank you to all of you, our followers and supporters. Without your efforts in contacting legislators, helping with our luncheon, coming to Pierre to visit and lobby, PRAYERS, etc, etc, we couldn’t have pulled this off. We’ve been working for so many years *because* we care about you, South Dakota families, and your birthing rights and options.

Most importantly, this post absolutely wouldn’t be complete without giving God the glory. There were SO many little (and big) miracles and orchestrations along the way this year, and those of us spending time in Pierre felt His presence and peace all along the way. He had us and our bill in His Hands and without Him and all of YOUR PRAYERS, we would not have been able to do this.

WAY TO GO, SOUTH DAKOTA!!!! Families will benefit from your work for years to come!

WooooooooHooooooooo!!!! Let’s Celebrate!!!!!!!!!

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Huge Victory on the House Floor

Families across South Dakota are rejoicing that the South Dakota House of Representatives passed SB136, to license and regulate Certified Professional Midwives, with a vote of 52-16.  This happened on March 1 the 25th birthday of the baby whose birth began this long journey.  You can read more about this historic vote in the March 3rd Argus Leader article entitled Home Birth Advocates Near Historic Win.

We have met with the Governor and he has pledged to sign our bill. This will happen within the next 5 days and will make South Dakota the 32nd state to authorize the practice of Certified Professional Midwives.

The Governor’s office will be scheduling a time on March 27th for us to take a signing re-enactment picture with him.  Everyone who has helped in this effort over the last 25 years is welcome to come and be included in the picture.  We are planning a potluck lunch that day and a meeting to iron out details on a Family Fun Day Victory Party later this spring.  If you would like more details about any of these events please email us at info@sdbirthmatters.org.  More details will be posted on our Facebook Page as they become available.

A huge thank you to all of you who helped this year and all those who have helped in the years leading up to this epic win for home birth families.

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Senate Passes Midwife Bill 29-6!

On February 13th, the Senate Health and Human Services committee approved SB136, the act to license and regulate Certified Professional Midwives, on a vote of 4-1 after a two-hour hearing.    The photo shows some of our supporters who came to take part in the committee hearing. Two days later the full Senate debated the bill and passed it over to the House with a vote of 29-6.  Reporter Bob Mercer covered the story and it was run in many local papers.  You can view his article here:  With Senate’s ok, South Dakota looks to license midwives.

Now our supporters are gearing up for a hearing in the House Health and Human Services committee at 7:45 am on Tuesday, February 28th.  If we are successful in passing the committee, we expect SB136 to be debated on the House floor the following day.  Please check our Facebook Page or join or Facebook Group to get all the details of how you can help make South Dakota the 32nd state to authorize the practice of Certified Professional Midwives.

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