State of South Dakota
Senators Kooistra and Koskan and Representatives Lange, Bradford, and
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to
provide for and to regulate the practice of independent
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
The Legislature finds that the practice of independent midwifery is a legitimate
service to South Dakota families.
Any person who desires to offer services as a midwife shall first register with the
Department of Health. The department shall prescribe a registration form for this purpose and
may charge a registration fee of ten dollars.
Any person before rendering services as a midwife shall fully inform any
prospective client of the midwife's background and experience, describe the type of care to be
provided, and obtain the client's informed consent.
Nothing in this Act limits the right of any hospital to determine who shall have
practice privileges in the facility.
No physician is liable for any care rendered by a midwife to a client if that client
subsequently enters the care of a physician.
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