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Doula Services


What You Need
to Know

Implementation Date

The Department of Health Care Services (DCHS) added doula services as a covered benefit on January 1, 2023. 

DHCS Submitted State Plan Amendment (SPA) 22-0002 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and received federal approval for SPA 22-0002 on January 26, 2023.

Doula Services

Doula services include personal support to birthing persons and families throughout  pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum experience. This support encompasses emotional and physical assistance provided during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. 

Recommendation Requirement

Pursuant to federal regulations, doula services must be recommended by a licensed healthcare provider.

Publication of Medi-Cal Provider Manual

DHCS published the Medi-Cal Provider Manual for doula services on December 16, 2022.

California Doulas

Doulas Looking to Become
Medi-Cal Approved

Visit the DCHS website for  details, application, requirements and more.

DCHS Doula Program

Individuals & families looking for doula services covered under Medi-Cal 

Doula Coverage Includes 

  • Prenatal Support Visits

  • Postpartum Support Visits

  • Labor/ Birth Support

Benefits of Having a Doula

Research shows doulas can promote better health outcomes like decreased rates of cesarean sections, reduced need for pain medications, increased breastfeeding rates, and reduced health disparities for birthing people and their families.

Request a Doula

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Get to know our Medi-Cal Doulas

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Let us help you navigate your options and access the care you and your family deserve.

Reach out to Birthworkers of Color Collective for all your Medicaid Doula Benefit Inquiries and get matched with a doula.

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