Pregnancy & Early Childhood Services

Find a collection of South Dakota resources, services, and information about pregnancy, family planning, and contraception.

With the exception of those identified as the Department of Health, the department exercises no control over the content of these sites and provides the links for informational purposes only. This information is not a substitute for medical care.

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SD State Agency Services

Bright Start's free personal nurse visiting program offers support, advice, and information to eligible moms during pregnancy and until the child turns 2.

Learn About the Bright Start Program

South Dakota Pregnancy Care Program (perinatal services) — Monthly visits with a nurse to provide education and support throughout pregnancy and after childbirth.

Find Information on the Pregnancy Care Program

The Family Planning Program provides services to help women and men determine if and when they want to have a child. The program helps keep people healthy and protects their ability to have children in the future.

Learn about the Family Planning Program

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for eligible women, infants, and children. Provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support (information & breast pumps perinatal education), healthy foods, referral to doctors, nurses, health and social service agencies, and immunizations if needed.

Learn about WIC — Helping mothers navigate pregnancy, birth, parenting, and adoption. Find helpful resources and links to South Dakota services. offers one-stop access to services and programs that can help you make the best decisions for your family.

  • Services include SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), energy assistancefinancial assistance for medical services, assistance with transportation, financial assistance with child careinformation about adoptions, and adoption resources. The department also funds domestic abuse centers.
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse — Funds treatment programs for pregnant women and women with dependent children.
  • Mental Health — Provides a variety of services including medical, social, educational, vocational, and other support services necessary to meet basic human needs. Services are available through Community Mental Health Centers.
  • Adoptions and adoption resources — The goal of adoption is to provide a child with a "forever family," which could be a relative or a non-related family.
  • Safe Havens — South Dakota law allows a parent to deliver an infant 60 days of age or younger, who has not been harmed, to an emergency medical services provider* or a licensed child placement agency with the intent of relinquishing permanent custody of the infant. The law is referred to as the Baby Moses law and the specific statute is SDCL 25-5A-27 through 25-5A-35, found at SDCL 25-5A. (*licensed health care facility or clinic, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical technician.)
  • Child Support — helps parents establish a financial partnership to support their children when they do not live together. Child support staff help locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity, establish or modify child support and medical support orders, enforce support orders, and collect and process support payments.