The state house has rejected a bill that would have allowed home births to be conducted by certified midwives. Despite a good record from the 24 states that allow the practice, it seems it just won’t cut it here.

The first comment on the Argus Leader article about the bill says it best.  In a state where a large percentage of the population lives in the middle of nowhere, it makes sense to have certified midwives who can deliver babies at home. It’s perfectly reasonable to do so, and the hundred or so baby books I’ve read lately all sing the praises of midwives and home birth – just have lots of towels.

One wonders about how the two largest health care systems in the state may have influenced this vote as well…

9 Thoughts on “MORE BAYBEEZ! But only at a hospital

  1. Yeah, wait til the bills start rolling in from the hospital GoD.

    I love being single – I don’t have to worry about this crap.

  2. Ghost of Dude on February 11, 2009 at 7:38 am said:

    The whole thing won’t cost us more than $1,500 at the hospital. It’s the other stuff that’s expensive.
    Diapers, baby food, onesies, baby furniture, a vaccum that will actually pick up dog hair, college…

  3. I know, one of my friends told me that baby stuff, like clothes and bedding (which is generally smaller) is actually more expensive than for adults. I think the word she used was ‘sham’.

  4. Ghost of Dude on February 11, 2009 at 8:36 am said:

    We’re looking at the used stuff – and hoping for some good spoiling by the kid’s grandparents.

  5. Will I be seeing you get sucked into a ATM like in those ‘Once upon a child’ TV commercials?

    BTW, used is okay, I buy all of Sodapop’s toys at Goodwill, he doesn’t seem to mind the lead.

  6. Angie Johnson on December 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm said:

    I watched this bill closely last year and was pretty bummed when it didn’t pass. I’ve had some very close friends actually cross over into Minnesota in order to have certified professional midwife deliver their baby out-of-hospital. I know there will be another bill this year allowing them to practice in SD – hope it passes this time!

  7. Shannon Zeeb on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am said:

    The latest is out there…yes the big business is still trying to take our safety net(CPMs) from us. All I want is my educated professional midwife to be at my home with me when I give birth…..not just my mom, dad, sister and husband that have never delivered a single poopsala. Big business has acutally come out saying that CPMs and groups for them, see that pregnacy and birth are normal life events. I just had to laugh. We took that as a complement. What women in their right mind would want to go somewhere where the medical staffs way of thinking is that birth is NOT normal. They did hit the nail on the head there. They HAVE done a darn good job medicalizing it….unnecessary inductions, unnecessary episiotomies, unnecessary c-sections…and the percentages just keep climbing. In most instances these things have nothing to do with the safety and well being of mom and baby. The studies are in favor of a professional midwife helping out a family wishing to have an out of hospital birth. I just want that for me and my family. I want that just like the residents of the other 24 states!

  8. Angie Johnson on January 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm said:

    At the time of this blog, it was 24 states with statute legally protecting the practice of CPMs. Since then 3 more states have passed new laws doing the same.

  9. Ghost of Dude on January 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm said:

    Good luck Shannon. Hope all goes well for you.

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