South Dakota Families Face Down Rocky Opposition in the “Mount Rushmore State”


Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are NOT Legally Authorized to Practice in South Dakota

Mothers, Families, and Midwives are Actively Working on CPM Legislation

There is not such an organization in South Dakota.
Historically hostile practice environment precludes it.


South Dakota Birth Matters
Debbie Pease, Chairperson
dpease84 at yahoo dot com

South Dakota Docs for Midwives

These organizations above are working to license CPMs, and they are actively pursuing CPM licensure in South Dakota.

In fact, South Dakota Birth Matters supporters have been working tirelessly across the state to make sure 2017 is the year when a bill to license Certified Professional Midwives is passed in the state.

They are committed to raising $20,000 to help fund an Independent Midwife Board. In fact, what they will propose this year states that the Governor does not have to appoint board members until there is $20,000 in a Midwife Regulatory Fund. South Dakota is getting very close to their goal. Their efforts thus far have raised just more than $17,500, and they have a generous supporter willing to double any donations made this weekend up to $1000. Would you please visit and share their gofundme link out to your networks one more time. The folks in South Dakota would really like to go into the first committee with all the funds necessary to implement their bill ($20,000).  

Please help South Dakota raise the last $5,000 to get one step closer to passing the Midwife Bill in SD. Please don't miss this opportunity to double your donation.


The families of South Dakota Birth Matters have been working since 1992 to regain access to home birth midwives. During that time we have helped pass the following laws:

  • Affirm the rights of family members to assist at out-of-hospital births. 1998
  • Allow the opportunity for Certified Nurse Midwives to attend out-of-hospital births. 2008
  • Remove the repeal clause on the 2008 nurse midwife law. 2010
  • License birth centers. 2011
  • Exempt certain breastfeeding moms & new parents from jury duty. 2012
  • Protect health care sharing ministries. 2012Pierre_Moms.jpg

We are still working actively on passing legislation to license Certified Professional Midwives. While we have several women who would like to train to become Certified Professional Midwives, we have no Certified Professional Midwives practicing in the state.


The atmosphere here is historically hostile. While we have made steady progress in educating and winning the support of legislators, our Governor and consequently our Department of Health are very opposed to licensing Certified Professional Midwives.

We are a very small state, with a tight budget. We rely on the expertise of The Big Push in many areas including: writing legislation, legislative strategy and media engagement. Being able to network with other state organizations who have members working towards the same goals has been invaluable in helping us keep up our morale in the face of tremendous opposition.

< Erick & Tina Jensen represent the many families who move to Ellsworth Airforce Base after having had a home birth with a Certified Professional Midwife in another state, only to learn that option is not available in South Dakota.

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