Rules in Progress - Birth Doulas

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Current Rules in Progress

Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1881 (chapter 217, Laws of 2022), codified under chapter 18.47 RCW, created birth doulas (doulas) as a new health profession in the State of Washington. The adopted rules establish the profession’s education, training, and certification requirements. This is a voluntary credential, meaning that an individual does not need to be credentialed in Washington state to provide doulas services however, the title “state-certified birth doula” cannot be used unless the person is certified as a birth doula.

The adopted rules incorporate education requirements that include congruent ancestral practices, training, and education. Training may be completed through educational programs or completing ancestral pathway competencies. In addition to the education and training requirements, the adopted rules establish certification requirements which include an application process, fees, and any other requirements necessary to comply with the Uniform Disciplinary Act, chapter 18.130 RCW, which is required for all credential holders.

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