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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 403. Certification of Doulas
6/14/2024

12VAC5-403-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms shall have the following meanings when used in this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Antepartum" means the period of pregnancy prior to labor and delivery.

"Certifying body" means an organization approved by the State Board of Health that has as one of its purposes the certification of doulas.

"Community-based doula" means a doula who often has shared lived experiences and is trained to provide extended, culturally congruent support to families throughout pregnancy to include antepartum, intrapartum, during labor and birth, and up to one year postpartum. Community-based doulas provide an expanded set of services and play a crucial role in improving outcomes and experiences for communities most affected by discrimination and disparities in health outcomes.

"Doula" means a trained nonmedical professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a pregnant person during the antepartum or intrapartum period or during the period up to one year postpartum.

"Intrapartum" means the period of pregnancy after the onset of labor through delivery.

"Postpartum" means the period of pregnancy following birth.

"State-certified doula" means a trained, community-based nonmedical professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a pregnant person during the antepartum or intrapartum period or during the period up to one year postpartum who has been certified by a certifying body approved by the State Board of Health.

"Training entity" means an organization that has a training and education programs that are approved by a certifying body approved by the State Board of Health to meet the curriculum requirements for community-based doula certification.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-77.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 38, Issue 8, eff. January 6, 2022.

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