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Our legislative team has been working hard this summer to update our Certified Professional Midwife licensure bill (you know, the one that almost passed in our 2016 legislative session). One of the developments of this year’s session was an amendment … Continue reading
Out of hospital birth is on the rise across the country and in South Dakota. Unfortunately the midwives who specialize in out of hospital birth (Certified Professional Midwives) no longer practice in South Dakota since the state does not recognize … Continue reading
A huge thank you to everyone who made our Family Fun Day in Lake Norden on April 30th such a success. It was a wonderful time to visit with friends and to meet new ones while enjoying the amazing food … Continue reading
As I write this I am sitting in the hall behind the Senate chamber with one day left of session. Two days ago our midwife licensure bill, HB1162, failed to get the 24 votes required to pass. (You can see … Continue reading
Tuesday, February 23 was a huge day for home birth families throughout the state of South Dakota. After nearly 25 years of legislative efforts, the members of the House of Representatives voted 54 – 13 (with 3 excused) to pass … Continue reading
HB1162, the bill to license Certified Professional Midwives will be heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:45 am in Room 412. We will be offering an amendment that will help clean up … Continue reading
We’ve created a new handout that demonstrates the gaps in maternity care in SD and how far some women need to drive to access maternity providers. Please feel free to share this with your community and your legislators! Provider Shortage … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Birth Matters Legislative Advocacy a success! We appreciate everyone who contributed to and helped us serve our Healthy Birth Luncheon to the legislators.
Advocacy Day is Huge Success Nearly 50 Birth Matters supporters ventured to the Capitol on January 19th to visit with legislators and serve them lunch in the Capitol Rotunda. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped in anyway to … Continue reading
Written by Heather Siebert Overwhelming support for the safety of home birth with a midwife has recently been reported in two major studies, one conducted in the UK and another in Canada. In fact, these paradigm-shifting publications provide robust evidence … Continue reading