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Doctor says prenatal care important

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The South Dakota House passed a bill that guarantees prenatal care to a woman, regardless of her citizenship status.

Opponents said it will make South Dakota a safe haven for illegal immigrants.

But doctors believe prenatal care is incredibly important to the woman and the baby.

They added finding prenatal care is very hard if you are an illegal immigrant and any amount is beneficial for the health of the mother and the child.

Taking care of the child before it is born can help even when it is growing up.

Prenatal care is everything from regular visits with your doctor, taking vitamins and getting counseling during pregnancy.

During this time doctors can see if there are any problems that need to be addressed and if there is a way they can find a solution.

Doctors say this little bit of preventative care goes a long way.

"The cost of delivering prenatal care to a pregnancy mom is about 30 times less than if the baby is born and receives the average charge of a neonatal intensive care unit stay. So a little money up front, a little time and expertise up front to help prevent these complications, has a significant impact, not only on the well-being of the mom and the child, but on the overall cost of health care." said Chief Medical Officer of Avera McKennan, Dr. Mike Elliott.

The cost of prenatal care can vary from person to person depending on where you are getting care and if you have insurance.

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