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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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Advocacy Day Slideshow

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.

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Thanks For Your Help!

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

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Home Birth Safety Recognized

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

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Did Mary Have a Midwife?

Merry Christmas from SD Birth Matters As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I’m wondering what it was like for Mary being so far away from home for the birth of her child.  Did she have the help … Continue reading

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Join Us at the Capitol on January 19th

Your help is needed to make our 2016 Legislative Advocacy Day the best ever.  South Dakota Birth Matters will have a display set up in the Capitol Rotunda all day and serve lunch to the legislators there from 11 am … Continue reading

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