PIERRE, SD - A battle that's gone on for more than a decade over home births in South Dakota has taken on a new tone with state Senate approval of a bill that would allow some midwives to assist with births out of hospitals.
The legislation, which was ushered 31-3 to the House, would allow certified nurse midwives to help women who don't want to have their babies in hospitals.
Women can give birth at home, but state law allows only doctors to assist in those situations unless qualified midwives have collaborative agreements with doctors allowing those midwives to attend home births. Doctors have refused to do that because of worries about...
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