Medicaid Now Covering Birth Doulas in Oregon | Center for the Childbearing Year, LLC

Medicaid Now Covering Birth Doulas in Oregon

Doulas who have been registered on the Traditional Healthcare Worker Registry can now have their services reimbursed by Medicaid. The registration process requires both an application and background check. This is a huge development for bringing doula services to every family that desires labor support. Oregon’s move to support doula services follows research that found that doula supported births had lower cesarean section and pre-term birth rates. A study published early last year in the American Journal of Public Health connected birth doula services to both improved outcomes and lowered costs for Medicaid recipients. Read more.