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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 to create a Midwife Regulatory Fund and the stipulation that the Governor does not have to appoint members to the proposed advisory committee until there is at least $20,000 in that fund. We proposed this amendment to take away any argument that this bill was going to cost the state money.
Our proposed bill for 2017 will be asking for an independent board (like Wyoming) instead of an advisory committee under the Board of Nursing. This is much preferred by the nurses, and we know this can work as long as we are able to raise some start-up money for the board. We want to show legislators how much families want access to Certified Professional Midwives, by leaving the requirement to raise $20,000 in the bill. Many legislators scoffed at the idea that our group could raise this kind of money. We are determined to prove them wrong.
We are already off to a great start. Thanks to our generous sponsors and lots of smaller donations and T-shirt sales, we have already raised $10,000! Our next big push is already underway as our Rapid City supporters are planning a free movie screening of the film “Why Not Home?” at the Journey Museum on November 4th. If you would like to help sponsor the Rapid City event, or sponsor a similar screening in your area, please contact Debbie at Debbie@sdbirthmatters.org.
Donations of any amount are always welcome. If you want your donation to be designated for the Midwife Regulatory Fund, just tell us. You can donate via credit card or Paypal on our website’s home page or send a check to our treasurer at: