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This is our year!

Happy New Year to you and your family! While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, there has never been a more favorable climate for passage of a bill to license Certified Professional Midwives in the twenty … Continue reading

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Events Being Held Across State

South Dakota Birth Matters supporters have been working tirelessly across the state to make sure 2017 is the year when a bill to license Certified Professional Midwives is passed in our state.  We are committed to raising $20,000 to help … Continue reading

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“Why Not Home?” Documentary Coming to Rapid City

We are incredibly excited to bring the new documentary Why Not Home? to South Dakota.  A free screening is being offered at the Journey Museum in Rapid City on November 4.  The event begins at 6:30 pm and will include … Continue reading

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Working Hard to Raise Funds

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

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Help Our Families Access Midwives

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

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Moving Forward…Sponsors Needed

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

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The Journey Continues

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

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Home Birth Families Rejoicing in South Dakota

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

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Midwife Bills Scheduled for Hearings this Week

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

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Maternity Care Shortages in SD

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

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