New York State Doula Pilot Program

On April 23, 2018, New York State announced a comprehensive initiative to target maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes. This initiative included a pilot program to provide Medicaid coverage for doula services to pregnant and postpartum people. A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach, or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to pregnant people before, during, and after delivery. Doulas receive training from either a national organization or a community-based organization, and these trainings vary in content, requirements, and duration. There are no universally accepted standards for doula certification and doulas are not licensed. Doulas do not prescribe treatment, complete a physical or behavioral health assessment, or provide medical care or advice. Starting on March 1, 2019, pregnant people who were enrolled in Medicaid and living in Erie County were eligible to enroll in the New York State Doula Pilot Program.

To date, 787 people enrolled in one of six different Medicaid Managed Care Plans or Medicaid Fee-for-Service have participated in the pilot program.

The pilot covers up to four visits with the doula before delivery, up to four visits with the doula after delivery, and doula support during labor and delivery. To date, approximately 82% of claims are for prenatal visits, 6% are for labor and delivery support, and 12% are for postpartum visits.

Participating people are all sent a survey to assess satisfaction and experience with the pilot. To date, 97% of respondents said having a doula improved or somewhat improved their childbirth experience and 92% of respondents rated their doula as good or excellent.

Updated through June 30, 2022

County Name Phone Number Email Address Languages Spoken Trained By Training Certificate Expiration Additional Skills
(e.g. sign language, focus on Caribbean communities)
Medicaid Managed Care Plan
Erie Kayla Rogers 716-541-8749 divinelotusdoulaservices@gmail.com English/ Some Spanish DONA International 11/30/2023 Birth and Postpartum Services, Hospital & Out of Hospital Births, Rebozo Trained BCBS, Fidelis, Independent Health, United HealthCare, Wellcare, Your care
Erie Shannon Johns 716-909-0074 shannon@calmingnaturedoula.com English DONA 1/31/2023 Vaginal birth, Cesarean births, Home birth, Hospital birth, Birthing Center births, Vbac's, and multiples. Independent Health, Fidelis Care, Yourcare, United Healthcare, Univera, BC/BS, Wellcare
Erie Brenzella Williams 716-863-9832 brenzella531@gmail.com English Life Cycle Collective (LCCD) 2/28/2023 Birth and Postpartum services, Vaginal and Cesarean Births, Birthing Center, Home and Hospital Births Medcaid, Fidelis, IHA, BC/BS, Universa, YourCare, United Health, Well Care
Erie Rachel Tibold 716-548-5212 racheltibold@yahoo.com English and some Spanish DONA International 2/28/2023 Home birth, Hospital birth & Birthing Center Birth Vaginal, Caserean & Multiple (Twins, Triplets, etc.) Postpartum Doula Services Rebozo Usage & Workshops Fidelis Care New York, Inc. /HealthNow New York, Inc / Independent Health's MediSource / United Healthcare Community Plan/ WellCare of New York / YourCare Health Plan / BCBS
Erie Sondra Dawes 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org English Jericho Road Community Health Center 2/28/2023   IHA, Universa
Erie Ashley Way 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org English Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022   IHA, Universa
Erie Fardowsa Aden 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org English, Somali Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022   IHA, Universa
Erie Indra Karki 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org Nepali, English Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022   IHA, Universa
Erie Bhagi Neupane 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org English, Nepali Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022   IHA, Universa
Erie Teonna D Fleming 716-406-8954 medoulaoblongata716@gmail.com English DONA International 2/28/2023 Gentle Birth, Physiologic Birth, Acupressure, Unmedicated Birth, Cesarean, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Birth and Postpartum Planning  
Erie Molly Mcdermott 716-949-1115 mmcd5@earthlink.net English DONA International 2/28/2023 Prenatal and Postpartum yoga instructor; support groups Fidelis and Univera
Erie Sharimin Sultana 716-886-0771 jackie.endress@jrchc.org Bengali, English, Hindi, Kohingya Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022    
Erie Shaunella Myles-Jones 716-370-6500 smyles-jones0523@outlook.com English DONA International 2/28/2023   Independent Health, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Yourcare
Erie Njeri Motley 716-578-1149 njeri2008@live.com English Independent 2/28/2023 Birth and Postpartum Services, Prenatal Yoga, Hospital, Home, Birth Center, Tobacco Treatment Specialist  
Erie Ashley Petit 716-860-4456 ashleybpetit@gmail.com English, Spanish DONA International 2/28/2023 Also an LMSW  
Erie Jennifer Woods 716-597-2922 mrsjenniferwoods@gmail.com English DONA International 2/28/2023   IHA, Univera
Erie Julissa Vazquez 716-886-0771 priscilla.project@jrchc.org English Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022 Certified pre-natal yoga instructor Wellcare of New York, Independent Health, Fidelis Care, Excellus health plan INC (Univera), YourCare, HealthNow, United Healthcare
Erie Malissa Larson 716-382-2003 Malissalarson@gmail.com English DONA International 2/28/2023   IHA, Univera
Erie Raine Manuel 716-886-0771 priscilla.project@jrchc.org Burmese, Shan, Hindi, and English Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022   Independent Health, Univera
Erie Francine Rwanika 716-886-0771 priscilla.project@jrchc.org English, Lingala, French, Kirundi, and Swahili Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022 Labor & Delivery Doula, International Childbirth Educator, Lactation Support,Maternity Concierge  
Erie Trameca Campbell 315-364-1440 Bellyosopregnant@gmail.com English Belly O´So Pregnant 4/30/2022    
Erie Tracey M McConnell 908-444-0603 spiritedhealing@yahoo.com English DONA International 2/28/2023   Independent Health, Univera
Erie Suha Hamid 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org     12/31/2022    
Erie Toyuba Sikander 7168816191 priscilla.project@jrchc.org Burmese, Rhoyang, Malaysia, Urdu, and English Jericho Road Community Health Center 12/31/2022    
Erie Kayla Pierce 7165639804 mamashands923@gmail.com English International Doula Institute 8/31/2022 Certified lactation counselor Certified childbirth educator Masters of Education Bachelors of Health Education  
Erie Jenny Staebell 585-590-6626 Projectstorkinc@gmail.com English DONA International 2/28/2023    
Erie Nwugwo Alma Angelie 716-884-6711 anwugwo@bppn.org English, Spanish DONA International 2/28/2023    
Erie Santiago Neshvey Sierra 716-884-6711 ext 264 NESHVEY2@YAHOO.COM     2/28/2023   Fidelis Care, Wellcare, Independent Health
Erie Kathleen McGriff Powers 716-200-6414 KATMAHASTI@GMAIL.COM English Doulas of North America (DONA International) 2/28/2023    
Erie Chermeka M Darby 716-906-7643 CHERMEKA@CALMINGNATUREDOULA.COM     2/28/2023    
Erie Shandra J Gary-Lewis 716-440-7377 IM.SO.ME3@GMAIL.COM     2/28/2023    
Erie Ayana Maddox 716-578-7432 yanamaddox@yahoo.com     2/28/2023    
Erie Rhiannon Needham 315-243-7094 rhiannon.l.needham@gmail.com     2/28/2023    
Erie Symphonie Allen 716-710-9133 hersacredway@gmail.com     2/28/2023    
Erie Iva Blackburn 716-881-6191 jackie.endress@jrchc.org     12/31/2022    
Erie Shyana C Broughton 716-449-8283 ourmommievillage2012@gmail.com     2/28/2023    
Erie Alisha L Alfano 716-803-4521 ali@rootedcollectivecare.com     5/31/2023    
Erie Alaina N Jones 716-462-0641 alainacottrell@gmail.com     2/28/2023    
Erie Trinetta R Alston 716-986-9199 ext. 4004 talston@chcb.net     2/28/2023    

For more information or questions, e-mail DoulaPilot@health.ny.gov.