Dept: We have no ties with birth companion services

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department has denied claims of collaborations or working closely with any organisation or individuals offering doula (birth companion) services.

State health director Dr Selahuddeen Abdul Aziz stressed that doula services had never been approved, either by the state or the Health Ministry.

“Until now, the Health Department has not received any appeal from any organisation asking for permission to run such a service.

“I would like to remind that under the law, involvement of any unregistered or unauthorised individual in the management of maternity care and the birthing process of a baby is illegal,” he said in a statement.

Dr Selahuddeen said under Act 436, subsection 14(1), any person who is not a midwife registered under this Act, practicing midwifery, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding RM2,000 or jailed for a period not exceeding one year or both.

“We urge organisations or individuals involved in such services not to create any misconceptions.

“Do not claim the doula service has a partnership with health facilities at the Johor Health Department.

“We also would like to remind the public not to be easily fooled by such claims,” he added.

Dr Selahuddeen said this in response to a posting on social media claiming doula services was being offered via a mutual understanding with the department.

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