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2017 WA H 2016
Author: DeBolt
Version: Enacted - Session Law
Version Date: 03/13/2018

CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT

SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2016

Chapter 41, Laws of 2018

65th Legislature

2018 Regular Session

INCARCERATED WOMEN--MIDWIFERY AND DOULA SERVICES

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 7, 2018

SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2016

Passed Legislature - 2018 Regular Session

State of Washington -- 65th Legislature -- 2017 Regular Session

By House Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt, Hayes, Stanford, Doglio, and Muri)

READ FIRST TIME 02/10/17.

AN ACT Relating to access to midwifery and doula services for incarcerated women; adding a new section to chapter 72.09 RCW; and adding a new section to chapter 70.48 RCW.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 72.09 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The department must make reasonable accommodations for the provision of available midwifery or doula services to inmates who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last six weeks. Persons providing midwifery or doula services must be granted appropriate facility access, must be allowed to attend and provide assistance during labor and childbirth where feasible, and must have access to the inmate's relevant health care information, as defined in RCW 70.02.010, if the inmate authorizes disclosure.

(2) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(a) "Doula services" are services provided by a trained doula and designed to provide physical, emotional, or informational support to a pregnant woman before, during, and after delivery of a child. Doula services may include, but are not limited to: Support and assistance during labor and childbirth; prenatal and postpartum education; breastfeeding assistance; parenting education; and support in the event that a woman has been or will become separated from her child.

(b) "Midwifery services" means medical aid rendered by a midwife to a woman during prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum stages or to a woman's newborn up to two weeks of age.

(c) "Midwife" means a midwife licensed under chapter 18.50 RCW or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW.

(3) Nothing in this section requires the department to establish or provide funding for midwifery or doula services, or prevents the department from adopting policy guidelines for the delivery of midwifery or doula services to inmates. Services provided under this section may not supplant health care services routinely provided to the inmate.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 70.48 RCW to read as follows:

(1) Jails must make reasonable accommodations for the provision of available midwifery or doula services to inmates who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last six weeks. Persons providing midwifery or doula services must be granted appropriate facility access, must be allowed to attend and provide assistance during labor and childbirth where feasible, and must have access to the inmate's relevant health care information, as defined in RCW 70.02.010, if the inmate authorizes disclosure.

(2) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(a) "Doula services" are services provided by a trained doula and designed to provide physical, emotional, or informational support to a pregnant woman before, during, and after delivery of a child. Doula services may include, but are not limited to: Support and assistance during labor and childbirth; prenatal and postpartum education; breastfeeding assistance; parenting education; and support in the event that a woman has been or will become separated from her child.

(b) "Midwifery services" means medical aid rendered by a midwife to a woman during prenatal, intrapartum, or postpartum stages or to a woman's newborn up to two weeks of age.

(c) "Midwife" means a midwife licensed under chapter 18.50 RCW or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW.

(3) Nothing in this section requires governing units to establish or provide funding for midwifery or doula services, or prevents the adoption of policy guidelines for the delivery of midwifery or doula services to inmates. Services provided under this section may not supplant health care services routinely provided to the inmate.

Passed by the House January 18, 2018.

Passed by the Senate February 27, 2018.

Approved by the Governor March 13, 2018.

Filed in Office of Secretary of State March 13, 2018.


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