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Doula Initiative

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Doulas are trained birth workers who provide non-clinical emotional, physical, and informational support to pregnant people and their families before, during, and after birth. Doula support has been proven to be a safe and cost-effective intervention to improve birth outcomes. Doula services have been shown to positively impact the social determinants of health, support birth equity, and decrease existing health and racial disparities.

In 2023, Michigan Medicaid will begin reimbursing for doula services provided to individuals covered by or eligible for Medicaid Insurance (i.e., Medicaid Beneficiaries). Doulas eligible for reimbursement must be Medicaid-enrolled and listed on the MDHHS Doula Registry.

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Michigan Medicaid Approved Doula Policy 

The purpose of this policy is to establish coverage criteria for doula services as a component of Medicaid services effective for dates of service on and after January 1, 2023. Doula services are provided as preventive services pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 440.130(c). View the final policy: MMP 22-47

Bulletin Number: MMP 22-47
Issued: December 1, 2022
Subject: Medicaid Coverage of Doula Services
Effective: January 1, 2023

MDHHS-approved qualified doula training programs or organizations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coming soon: MDHHS Doula Registry Application & Medicaid provider enrollment information. 



Launching the Doula Advisory Council

The Michigan Doula Advisory Council is being created to inform the advancement of doula services in Michigan as a result of the Medicaid doula reimbursement policy. Applications must be submitted on or before December 15, 2022 at 5pm EST.

The goals/objectives include:

  1. Promote the advancement of doula services statewide in an effort for Michigan families to have equitable access to doula services.

  2. Provide advisement to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Doula Initiative on policies, applications, and resource documents with the goal of making doula services accessible to families and increasing the Medicaid enrolled doula workforce.

  3. Expand the doula workforce by creating opportunities for individuals statewide to receive approved doula training and attend additional ad hoc trainings for doulas.

  4. Advise on continuing education content and offerings to benefit the statewide doula workforce and raise awareness of the benefits of doula services.

  5. Inform the MDHHS Doula Initiative regarding activities that promote access to doula care statewide.

The Michigan Doula Advisory Council will include representation from doulas across the state of Michigan.  Priority will be given to developing a diverse Council membership that represents, to the extent possible, the various communities and settings in which doula services are provided. Please review the Michigan Doula Advisory Guidelines before submitting an application. 

To be considered for appointment to the Council, applications must be submitted to Applicants must include the completed Doula Advisory Council Application.  Inclusion of a resume or curriculum vitae is optional.