Birth Doulas

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ESHB 1881 (PDF) creates a new voluntary certification for birth doulas under RCW 18.47 (effective October 1, 2023) and places them under the Uniform Disciplinary Act (chapter 18.130 RCW).

The bill requires the department to adopt rules—in collaboration with community partners who advance equitable access to perinatal outcomes and care through holistic services for black and brown communities—to establish competency-based certification requirements, continuing education, and certification and renewal fees to regulate this new profession.

Fees and rules for this new profession will be established under the Secretary of Health’s authority under WSR 22-14-105.

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