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New York State issues standing order for doulas, adds 20 hours of prenatal sick time

 A statewide standing order in New York aims to make it easier for mothers to work with doulas and get prenatal care. According to Dr. James McDonald, the Commissioner of the Department of Health (DOH), all pregnant, birthing, and postpartum New Yorkers benefit from these services.

Announcing the order expands access to <a href=””>doula services</a>, DOH underlined stubborn maternal mortality rates, especially in minority communities. McDonald issued the order Monday morning, ahead of a press conference featuring Gov. Kathy Hochul from Bronx Borough Hall. You can watch the maternal health roundtable discussion—including the doula conversation—in the video streaming above.

“Labor and delivery are events that can present a high medical risk to pregnant persons and their newborn(s). The provision of doula services will help to address the statewide crisis of racial and income-based maternal health disparities by providing culturally competent and comprehensive social, emotional, and physical support to clients during the prenatal, birthing, end of pregnancy and postpartum periods.”

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