In 2011, Representative Tina Kotek and the international Center for Traditional Childbearing, an organization committed to improving birth outcomes of African Americans and other communities of color through the training and promotion of doulas, introduced House Bill 3311to the Oregon Legislature. The legislation passed into law, mandating the Oregon Health Authority to explore options for providing or utilizing doulas in the state medical assistance program to improve birth outcomes for women who face a disproportionately greater risk of poor birth outcomes.
As such, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Family Health established and convened the House Bill 3311 Implementation Committee, a socially, culturally and professionally diverse group that includes community based organizations, health care providers, health systems organizations and practicing doulas. The group convened in September 2011 and was legislatively tasked with delivering a report to the Legislature describing:
- Women who face a disproportionately greater risk of poor birth outcomes
- Promising models for providing or utilizing doulas
- Approaches to integrate doula models into state medical assistance program
Final Report: Utilizing Doulas to Improve Birth Outcomes for Underserved Women in Oregon
For more information, or if you need this report in an alternate format, please contact:
Emily Wang, Health Equity Policy Analyst - Emily.L.Wang@state.or.us Ph. 971-673-2307