Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division: Medical Assistance Programs

Rule Rule 410-180-0375
Birth Doula Certification Curriculum Standards

(1) All birth doulas seeking certification with the state shall complete a minimum of 40 contact hours from an Authority approved training program that includes the following:
(a) A minimum of 28 in-person contact hours addressing the core curricula topics set forth in section (2) of this rule through an Authority approved training program for birth doulas or through another training program provided by a birth doula certification organization;
(b) Six contact hours in cultural competency training; and
(c) Six contact hours in one or more of the following topics as they relate to doula care:
(A) Inter-professional collaboration;
(B) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance; and
(C) Trauma-informed care.
(2) All core curriculum for training birth doulas shall, at a minimum, introduce students to the key principles of the following topics:
(a) Anatomy and physiology of labor, birth, maternal postpartum, neonatal transition, and breastfeeding;
(b) Labor coping strategies, comfort measures, and non-pharmacological techniques for pain management;
(c) The reasons for, procedures of, and risks and benefits of common medical interventions, medications, and Cesarean birth;
(d) Emotional and psychosocial support of women and their support team;
(e) Birth doula scope of practice, standards of practice, and basic ethical principles;
(f) The role of the doula with members of the birth team;
(g) Communication skills, including active listening, cross-cultural communication, and inter-professional communication;
(h) Self-advocacy and empowerment techniques;
(i) Breastfeeding support measures;
(j) Postpartum support measures for the mother and baby relationship;
(k) Perinatal mental health;
(L) Family adjustment and dynamics;
(m) Evidence-informed educational and informational strategies;
(n) Community resource referrals;
(o) Professional conduct, including relationship boundaries and maintaining confidentiality; and
(p) Self-care.

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