Earthside supports the advancement of the End of Life Doula (EOLD) profession and we have meetings and voices lobbying on Capital Hill to fine tune certification requirements in Utah. Fine tuning these requirements will ultimately enhance the End of Life Doula training that is out there by holding them to a higher standard and will hopefully allow End of Life Doula's to be reimbursed by insurance companies. If we can fine tune this in Utah, then through our concentrated efforts, other states will follow suit! It is a process, and as of today's date, there aren't any official regulations set for Birth, Postpartum or End of Life Doula's in Utah, however some insurance companies will reimburse for Birth Doula services. We want to see this happen for End of Life Doula's as well.
The EOLD profession literally deals with life and death and we at Earthside believe that the programs that are available "out there" aren't doing the End of Life Community justice. We want to see that EOLD's are held to a higher standard through certification by an accredited source. We aim to be that source! Stay tuned for more exciting things to come...!!!