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 firstname.lastname@example.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.