Pregnancy Week by Week

The Mayo Clinic website offers excellent information about pregnancy in basic content and options for more in depth information for those that are interested in learning more. The site offers multimedia information in images, videos, and slide shows.

Check out the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.


Text4baby is a free information service that delivers three cell phone text messages per week through pregnancy and baby’s first year.  The messages include information about pregnancy, your developing baby, hotlines, and health alerts.


The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

The SD Department of Health mails surveys to new mothers a few months after their baby is born. If you’re a new mother, please help improve healthcare for women and infants in our state by answering questions about your pregnancy and new baby. All survey information is anonymous and confidential.

Get more information about PRAMS.


Department of Health

Phone: 1-800-305-3064

  • Family & Community Health Services

    Services to pregnant women including health monitoring, pregnancy and parenting information, referral to medical care, community and state resources.

  • Family Planning Program

    Confidential pregnancy testing, physical exams and counseling on body awareness, reproduction and birth control methods, at a fee based on your income.

  • WIC

    Supplemental nutrition program for eligible women, infants and children providing nutrition education and counseling, breast-feeding support (information & breast pumps), healthy foods, referral to medical care, community and state resources.

  • Bright Start Home Visiting

    Home visitation program designed to help expectant first time mothers improve their health so they can have healthier babies. A registered nurse will visit your home and can discuss everything from nutrition, ongoing pre-natal care, home safety, child health and development, and child care options, to goal setting, education, building support systems, and even job training. Visits start during pregnancy and continue after delivery right up to your child’s second birthday. This service is available in the following counties; Shannon, Pennington, Lawrence, Butte, Hughes, Lyman, Stanley, Beadle, and Roberts, Marshall, and Day.

    Call today to talk to a Bright Start Nurse and find out how a free home visit can help you be the best parent you can be!

    Contact local offices in: Pine Ridge: 605-867-2328, Rapid City: 605-394-2516, Sioux Falls: 605-274-0233, Sisseton: 605-689-4183, Huron 605-353-7135, Lawrence/Butte: 605-642-6915; Lyman/Stanley/Hughes: 605-773-3638, Roberts/Day/Marshall: 605-698-4183

  • Health KiCC

    Financial assistance for procedures, treatments, medication and travel expenses for children with chronic health conditions.

  • Tobacco Control Program

    Information and resources for South Dakota residents seeking assistance in quitting tobacco.

Department of Social ServicesResourcesBaby3_M

Phone: 605-773-3165

  • Adoption services
  • Child Care Services (financial assistance with child care)
  • Child Protection Services
  • Child Safety Seats (Car seat program)
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Domestic Abuse Shelters: Pregnancy may put you at increased risk
  • Economic Assistance: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) energy assistance, assistance with transportation
  • Foster Parenting
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Medical Assistance Programs
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Well-Child Care: Preventive health, dental, vision, and other care for children
  • Treatment, and Specialized Treatment Services for Women

    Phone: 1-605-773-3123 or 1-855-878-6057 – Funds treatment programs for pregnant women and women with dependent children.

  • Mental Health Services

    Phone: 1-605-773-3123 or 1-855-878-6057

  • Safe Havens (Baby Moses Law)

    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.

    Learn more about the Baby Moses law from the SD Department of Social Services.

    *licensed health care facility or clinic, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical technician.

Department of Education

Phone: 605-773-3134

  • Birth to Three Program

    Provides early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay. Services include: audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling and home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and  vision.