Senate approves midwife home births - South Dakota

  1. 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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    Last edit by sirI on Jan 19, '08
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  3. by   ElvishDNP
    Now if only other states would follow suit....

    I find it ironic in the article that someone who doesn't any sort of medical background giving an opinion. Freedom of speech and all that, but he doesn't have a clue.
  4. by   kukukajoo
    NH allows home births with midwives and has for years. Even lay midwives can practice here.

    Legislation is now working its way to the Govenors desk to require insurance companies to cover the home births which is awesome if you ask me!!

    Interestingly NOT A SINGLE MIDWIFE has ever been sued in New Hampshire!!

    (I am partial as midwives delivered all my kids!)