New York State Doula Pilot Program

The Department of Health will launch a pilot expansion of the State´s Medicaid program to cover doula services for Medicaid fee–for–service and Medicaid Managed Care enrollees residing in Erie County and parts of Kings County (Brooklyn) on March 1, 2019. The doula pilot is a part of the State´s multi–pronged initiative to target maternal mortality and reduce racial disparities in health outcomes. A doula is a non–medical birth coach who assists a woman during the prenatal period, labor, delivery, and post childbirth.

Research suggests the use of a Doula may have a positive effect on health outcomes. The pilot will focus on Erie and Kings Counties which have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates and largest number of Medicaid births in New York State. The New York State Medicaid Program will reimburse participating doulas for up to three prenatal visits, support during labor and delivery, and up to four postpartum visits.

Information for Doulas

Doula Pilot Listserv

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