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South Dakota



Currently in South Dakota direct-entry midwifery is neither defined nor protected by law.

Nothing in South Dakota law definitively addresses the legal status of direct entry midwives. However, the South Dakota Board of Nursing and the South Dakota Medical and Osteopathic Board believe that the institution of the CNM certification law in the 1970s made direct entry midwifery illegal. On that basis they have threatened every direct entry midwife, and virtually all have either quit practicing or moved to another state.

As of 2003 South Dakota has had two midwives charged, convicted, and jailed for practicing as a CNM without a licence. So we have moved from threats to reality.

South Dakota Safe Childbirth Options

Each fall SDSCO sponsors a Healthy Birth Conference to expand information regarding birth options, home birth, birth center, midwifery, etc. We also work each year on legislation to promote midwifery, home birth, and family values.

Contact: Quint & Debbie Pease, Co-Chairs
46051 - 299th St
Centerville, SD 57014
Phone: 605-563-2363

Birth Blessings Messenger Newsletter

Contact: Debbie Pease
46051 - 299th Street
Centerville, SD 57014

South Dakota Midwives Guild

Contact: Judy Jones
29525 - 442 Avenue
Irene, SD 57037
Phone: 605-263-3043

None at this time

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Link to ACNM for Information on Certified Nurse Midwives