senate Bill S2137

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the professional certification of doulas

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Current Bill Status - Stricken


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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 22, 2021 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 20, 2021 referred to health

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S2137 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2509-c, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S3344

S2137 (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.

S2137 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2137 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   2137
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 20, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  RAMOS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed 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-c to read as follows:
   § 2509-C. 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. CERTIFICATE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE AS A CERTI-
 FIED DOULA TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO APPLIES FOR CERTIFICATION AND WHO QUALI-
 FIES UNDER SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION.
   4.  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  A  PROFESSIONAL  CERTIFICATION. TO BE CERTIFIED
 UNDER THIS SECTION, AN APPLICANT SHALL FULFILL  THE  FOLLOWING  REQUIRE-
 MENTS:
   (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.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD06668-01-1

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