Cuomo Issues Executive Order for Maternity

NEW YORK -
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol, April 29, 2020, in Albany, NY . (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The COVID-19 Maternity Task Force’s issued its report to Governor Cuomo outlining recommendations which Governor Cuomo has accepted in full. The recommendations include measures to extend the period of time a healthy support person can accompany a mother post delivery

“In the midst of this pandemic many women are struggling with additional stress and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of this virus,” Governor Cuomo said. He noted that he is accepting the recommendations which in order to ensure safer, healthier deliveries.

“COVID-19 has caused enormous stress for women and expecting parents who are preparing to bring a child into this world in the midst of this global pandemic,” Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls, said. “I am proud that during these uncertain times, New York is leading the way in ensuring laboring mothers are properly supported and safely cared for.”

The Task Force recommended that Governor Cuomo update his recent Executive Order, authorizing at least one support person to accompany the birthing mother for the duration of their stay in any facility as medically appropriate. This order will clarify that “duration of stay” includes labor, delivery, including recovery.

The new Executive Order will clarify that doulas are considered an essential part of the support care team and should be allowed during labor and delivery as an additional support person.