LB 428

In 1983 midwives first started practicing in Nebraska. Since 1983, however, it has been illegal for them to attend home births. What is shocking is that Nebraska is one of only TWO states in the entire country that have outlawed CNM assisted home birth. Why is that? Are they just behind the “times.” I don’t think so, as midwifery has been a commonality since, essentially, the beginning of time. In my opinion  it has to do with maintaining funding to county and state hospitals and the doctors who are employed by them. Home birth with a midwife costs anywhere from $2000-4500, whereas a vaginal hospital birth costs anywhere between $15,000-25,000. But that is a different post for a different day.

There is a Grassroots group called Nebraska Friends of Midwives that has proposed a legislative bill (for the second time) to remove the phrase “except that a certified nurse midwife shall not attend a home delivery” in the Certified Nurse Midwifery Practice Act. This bill, LB 428, is paramount for women in Nebraska. Why? It is no surprise that sometimes, when things are illegal, they continue to still happen “underground.” Home birth in Nebraska is no different. Unregulated and unassisted home births are still occurring every day. Passing this bill will allow for these women to have a “safe birth option” other than delivering in a hospital. Certified Nurse Midwives are trained and equipped for a multitude of “what-ifs” or “just-to-be-safe” situations, that lay midwives or parents may not be trained to handle.

NFoM and LB 428 has finally received its day in court! There is a hearing set for TOMORROW in front of the Nebraska Health and Human Services Committee. Here, women will be able to give testimonies regarding their own home birth stories, and CNM’s will be able to give testify about their standards of practice.

Please, any of you that are in Nebraska or know of people that are, please share this, raise awareness about the movement. But most of all pray! Pray for the committee members and the people giving testimony, because in the words of Matthew “…whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matthew 21:22)

2013= Cha, cha, cha, CHANGES!

Well we’ve made it, this morning we all ushered in a new year. 2013! Sure to be a year of excitement and growth. But for the Dresser clan it’s going to be a year of BIG changes!

If you recall several months ago I mentioned my husbands graduation from college which was coupled with the ever dreaded “finding a job” waiting game. We applied to every job we saw, every state possible, fully intending on it being a 6 month+ endeavor. Two months later, we have a job offer! However, not only do we have a job offer but we have ACCEPTED a job offer!

I would love to be able to say that the job is in Illinois and we’ll be able to stay by all of our new friends and our amazing church, but unfortunately I can’t. Kyle’s new job begins February 4th! So that means, my diligent readers, that our family will be setting up some new roots in Scottsbluff, Nebraska!! Where, you ask, is Scottsbluff, NE? It is located smack dab in the middle of nowhere on the western line of Nebraska, 40 minutes from Wyoming and 3 hours from Denver, CO.

It is a town of about 17,000 people connected to a town (Gering, NE) of about 6,500 people or so and then not much else for about 50-80 miles in any direction!
We’re incredibly excited for this opportunity to start our lives over. While we will miss the friends that we have made, the family we have here, and our church that has changed so much in our lives we realize that this move is probably the best one that we can make. It will afford us the opportunity to get plugged in somewhere else, live the simple life that we desire SO much and experience a new GORGEOUS area.
So what’s next? Well… January 8-10th we’re going to fly out to Denver (the closest major airport) and make the 3 hour drive to Gering, where Kyle will fill out his new hire paper work and we will begin the search for a place to live! Our goal is to all move out there together, but understand that if that is not possible we will move when we find a place.

I would ask that you just be in prayer for all of us. This is a big move that will come with big adjustments for all of us and that is difficult with little kids. We trust and know that God is sovereign and will not lead us where he doesn’t want us, but it’s still a little scary! Pray that we will have a quick and easy adjustment and that the house search is easy so we can all move together and not be separated.

Oh and if anyone has any boxes that would be AWESOME! haha….