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  • Summary date: May 27 2022 - View Summary

    Enacts Part 37, Article 3, GS Chapter 143, establishing the Community-Based Doula Certification Board (Board), consisting of 10 legislatively and gubernatorially appointed, voting members, and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), or their designee, as an ex officio member. Provides for member terms, vacancies, compensation, meetings, and staffing. Establishes nine duties of the Board, including establishing qualifications for certification under the Article, taking disciplinary actions against certified individuals, and adopting and publishing a code of ethics. Includes seven defined terms. Sets eight principles of practice and models of care for community-based doulas. Directs the Board to develop professional standards and core competencies for all certified community-based doulas. Sets limits on certification fees at $350 for application and $150 for renewal. Enumerates 20 components of the scope of practice for a community-based doula, including prenatal education and resources, assistance in preparing for and carrying out a client's birth plan, companionship and support during labor and delivery, appropriate mental health screening and referrals to community supports, and postpartum education and resources. Prohibits certified individuals from giving medical advice, performing medical tasks or procedures, practicing medicine unlicensed, contradicting a licensed health care provider, or prescribing medications. Sets 29 minimum components the Board must include in adopting rules regarding required training for certification, including certain hour requirements for various care and practices. Effective October 1, 2023. 

    Requires the Board to adopt temporary implementing rules. Requires initial appointment of Board members by October 1, 2022, with terms beginning January 1, 2023. Directs initial appointees to immediately seek certification.