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S02137 Summary:

Add 2509-c, Pub Health L
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.
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S02137 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    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:

     1    Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
     2  2509-c to read as follows:
     3    § 2509-c. Certified doulas. 1. Definitions. As used in this section:
     4    (a) "Certified doula" means an individual certified under this section
     5  who provides certified doula services.
     6    (b) "Certified doula services" means continuous emotional and physical
     7  support  provided  by  a certified doula throughout labor and birth, and
     8  intermittently during the prenatal and postpartum periods.
     9    2. Use of title. Only a person certified under this section  shall  be
    10  authorized to use the title "certified doula".
    11    3. Certificate. The commissioner shall issue a certificate as a certi-
    12  fied doula to an individual who applies for certification and who quali-
    13  fies under subdivision four of this section.
    14    4.  Requirements  for  a  professional  certification. To be certified
    15  under this section, an applicant shall fulfill  the  following  require-
    16  ments:
    17    (a) Application: file an application with the department.
    18    (b) Education: satisfactorily:
    19    (i)  complete  an  educational program, in accordance with the commis-
    20  sioner's regulations; or
    21    (ii) submit evidence of certification, the educational preparation for
    22  which is determined by the department to be equivalent to the foregoing,
    23  from any state or country, satisfactory to the department and in accord-
    24  ance with the commissioner's regulations.

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

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     1    (c) Examination: pass an examination satisfactory  to  the  department
     2  and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
     3    (d) Age: be at least eighteen years of age.
     4    (e) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the depart-
     5  ment.
     6    (f)  Fee:  pay  a fee of forty dollars to the department for consider-
     7  ation of an application for certification.
     8    5. Scope of practice. Nothing in this section authorizes  a  certified
     9  doula  to  engage  in  any act within the scope of practice of any other
    10  profession under title eight of the education  law  or  any  other  law,
    11  unless  the  certified  doula  would be otherwise authorized to do so by
    12  law.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    14  have  become  a  law.  Effective immediately, the commissioner of health
    15  shall make regulations and take other actions  reasonably  necessary  to
    16  implement this act on such date.
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