assembly Bill A11147

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to the professional certification of doulas

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Jun 08, 2018 referred to health

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A11147 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2509, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A364

A11147 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes the professional certification of doulas; only those certified may provide doula services defined as continuous emotional and physical support provided by a certified doula throughout labor and birth, and intermittently during the prenatal and postpartum periods.

A11147 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  11147

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 8, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON  RULES  -- (at request of M. of A. Paulin,
  Gottfried,  Galef,  Jaffee,  L. Rosenthal,  Cook,  Seawright,  Arroyo,
  Blake,  Dickens, Pichardo, Thiele, McDonough, Errigo) -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public  health  law,  in  relation  to  professional
  certification of doulas

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
2509 to read as follows:
  § 2509. CERTIFIED DOULAS. 1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) "CERTIFIED DOULA" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL CERTIFIED UNDER THIS SECTION
WHO PROVIDES CERTIFIED DOULA SERVICES.
  (B) "CERTIFIED DOULA SERVICES" MEANS CONTINUOUS EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL
SUPPORT  PROVIDED  BY  A CERTIFIED DOULA THROUGHOUT LABOR AND BIRTH, AND
INTERMITTENTLY DURING THE PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM PERIODS.
  2. USE OF TITLE. ONLY A PERSON CERTIFIED UNDER THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE
AUTHORIZED TO USE THE TITLE "CERTIFIED DOULA".
  3.  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  A  PROFESSIONAL  CERTIFICATION. TO QUALIFY AS A
CERTIFIED DOULA, AN APPLICANT SHALL FULFILL THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
  (A) APPLICATION: FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT.
  (B) EDUCATION: SATISFACTORILY:
  (I) COMPLETE AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER'S REGULATIONS; OR
  (II) SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF CERTIFICATION, THE EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION FOR
WHICH IS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO BE EQUIVALENT TO THE FOREGOING,
FROM ANY STATE OR COUNTRY, SATISFACTORY TO THE DEPARTMENT AND IN ACCORD-
ANCE WITH THE COMMISSIONER'S REGULATIONS.
  (C)  EXAMINATION:  PASS  AN EXAMINATION SATISFACTORY TO THE DEPARTMENT
AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMISSIONER'S REGULATIONS.
  (D) AGE: BE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE.
  (E) CHARACTER: BE OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER AS DETERMINED BY THE DEPART-
MENT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.