Rapid City Homebirth
Governor Rounds signed into law a bill that allows South Dakota Certified Nurse Midwives to attend out of hospital births.
Rapid City Homebirth - After years of waiting, South Dakota families now have an option for out of hospital births. Governor Rounds signed into law a bill that allows South Dakota Certified Nurse Midwives to attend births without a previously required collaborative agreement if they are providing care outside of the hospital.
South Dakota's Nurse Midwives praised the Govenor, Legislators and the South Dakota Department of Health Secretary, Doneen Hollingsworth, for fighting for families who desire home birth care with qualified providers.
"It is a huge step in the right direction for low risk families who desire alternatives for their birthing experience."
"It is a huge step in the right direction for low risk families who desire alternatives for their birthing experience." says Sue Rooks, a certified nurse midwife from Oral, SD. "It is great news." Rooks is the Chairperson of the South Dakota Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives, ACNM, the professional organization that provides the credential for nurse midwives.
In anticipation of Senate Bill 34s passage, one CNM, Jeanne Prentice has been working toward establishing a homebirth practice in the Northern Hills to include services for women who live in Rapid City. Although she is a resident of Terry Peak, SD, Prentice already practices in Wyoming just one mile across the border in Beulah where she has an independent practice providing prenatal care, homebirth, and primary care to women in Wyoming. Jeanne Prentice is also licensed in South Dakota.
Prentice has been unable to provide homebirth care to South Dakota women because of practice laws that required her to have a signed agreement with a physician as a prerequisite to practice. Senate Bill 34 removes this requirement for nurse midwives who are providing care in "certain circumstances" such as homebirths.
For more information about Homebirth, Midwifery, Midwives in South Dakota, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis or other local communities visit: www.WomanKindMidwifery.com .