New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law Monday that creates a statewide doula directory aimed at helping new mothers and their newborn children.

The new law aims to reduce barriers in finding doulas, who provide physical, emotional and informational support before, during, and after childbirth.

The state Department of Health will establish and maintain the directory on its website.

Doula services will also be covered for all Medicaid enrollees starting on Jan. 1

“Our maternal and infant mortality rates are a disgrace,” Hochul said. “Expanding access to doula services is an effective, evidence-based strategy to support expectant parents and allow their babies to grow and thrive. As the first mom and grandma to serve as Governor of New York, I’m committed to doing everything in my power to tackle the disturbing rise in infant mortality.”


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