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File #: Int 1209-2018    Version: * Name: Permitting pregnant incarcerated individuals in dept of correction custody to utilize doula and midwife services in the delivery room.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Criminal Justice
On agenda: 10/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to permitting pregnant incarcerated individuals in department of correction custody to utilize doula and midwife services in the delivery room
Sponsors: Helen K. Rosenthal, Alicka Ampry-Samuel
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would permit incarcerated individuals in New York City who give birth while in Department of Correction (DOC) custody to utilize doula and midwife care or services in the delivery room. Where permitting a doula or midwife is not possible because it would substantially impact the safety or security of the individual, the bill would require DOC to provide an explanation.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1209, 2. Int. No. 1209, 3. October 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Int. No. 1209

 

By Council Members Rosenthal and Ampry-Samuel

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to permitting pregnant incarcerated individuals in department of correction custody to utilize doula and midwife services in the delivery room

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1 Chapter 1 of title 9 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 9-156 to read as follows:  

§ 9-156 Doula and Midwife Access in Delivery Rooms. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Doula. The term “doula” means a trained person who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a pregnant person and the family before, during or shortly after childbirth, for the purpose of assisting a pregnant person through the birth experience; or a trained person who supports the family of a newborn during the first days and weeks after childbirth, providing evidence-based information, practical help, and advice to the family on newborn care, self-care, and nurturing of the new family unit.

Midwife. The term “midwife” means means an individual who is licensed or certified to practice midwifery in New York state.

b. All pregnant incarcerated individuals, in labor and in the custody of the department, upon request, shall be permitted to utilize doula or midwife services and care in the delivery room, unless so permitting would substantially impact the safety or security of such individual, in which case such doula or midwife service and care shall be permitted at the point such safety or security risk has abated. The department shall submit to the speaker of the council on or before August 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, a report in a machine-readable format providing an explanation for cases where the department has determined that it is not possible or practicable to permit doula or midwife services and care in the delivery room.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RQ / BM

LS # 7811; 5:35pm

10/26/2018 12:30 p.m.