Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Certification of Doulas [12 VAC 5 ‑ 403]
Adopt regulations setting forth the requirements for doula certification
Action 5574
General Information
Action Summary The intent of the proposed action is to promulgate a new regulation to establish the requirements for use of “certified doula" and training and education requirements. During the 2020 General Assembly session, House Bill 687 (HB 687) amended the Code of Virginia to include section 32.1-77.1, which includes a subsection mandating the Board of Health to adopt regulations that set forth the requirements for the use of the title “state-certified doula” and the training and education necessary to satisfy the requirements or certification by the Virginia Department of Health as a state-certified doula.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006484]
Associated Mandates Promulgating regulations pertaining state certifcation of doulas
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9030 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/14/2020.
9209 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/23/2021.
9391 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/06/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Robin Buskey  / Policy Analyst, Office of Family Health Services
Address: Virginia Department of Health
109 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)863-7253    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.