‘Doula not allowed to handle medical procedures’


INDIVIDUALS offering doula services are not allowed to handle medical procedures, the Health Minister warned.

A doula is usually a woman, typically without formal obstetric training, who is employed to provide guidance and support to a pregnant woman during labour.

Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said at the moment, doula services were not registered under any association or group in the country and the type of service was also not clearly outlined.

“If they want to provide midwifery services, they need to undergo proper training with guidelines and policies that must be adhered to, ” he told Dr Kelvin Yii (PH-Bandar Kuching) during Question Time.Yii had asked the ministry to explain the government’s plan to regulate doula services.

Adham said that a doula’s role was only to give emotional support to mothers throughout the process of childbirth and confinement.

They are not allowed to replace trained midwives or give medical advice, he pointed out.

Doula groups or unregistered midwives are not midwifery nurses as they are not registered under the Midwives Act 1966, Adham explained.

“Under subsection 14 (1) of the Act, any individual practising midwifery without registration shall be guilty of such an offence and can be fined RM2,000 or jailed not more than one year or both if found guilty, ” he said.

He said the ministry had taken various initiatives to improve safe childbirth including to distribute the Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s circular titled “Steps taken to increase efforts to reduce unsafe births” on March 13,2014.

Adham said for low-risk cases and mothers who chose to give birth at home, all related medical officers have been ordered to take care of the mother in line with the current standard operating procedure.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

Public exams to go on as planned
Retailers call for uniform guidelines on operating hours
Govt urged to extend RM600 allowance to all healthcare staff
RTM to promote teaching and learning from home
Bukit Aman welcomes move to charge militants
Terror trio in the dock 18 years later
CRSM aims to raise RM500k to help 5,000 flood-hit families, says MCA Youth chief
Covid-19: One school each in Melaka, Terengganu temporarily closed
Saifuddin: RTM to set up special education TV channel
Penang firemen rescue girl, 3, after being trapped in a car

Stories You'll Enjoy