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Does medicaide pay for a doula?


Asked by Alysia_Moore at 6:17 PM on Sep. 5, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Doulas are really helpful for c-section moms, induced, and epidural moms.
    They're helpful for anyone that can use any kind of support & encouragement.

    Labor is intense, birth can be scary. A doula can help keep any mom (and dad, and sibling...) strong and comfy, fed, rested, nurtured, and feeling better about whatever is happening.

    There are many programs that realize doulas help moms and will provide free doulas. But not Medicaid, so far, that I've heard.

    And again, even if a mom can't locate a free doula program she could still find a free doula. (I know I am not the only one! LOL!)

    Answer by doulala at 8:36 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • Each state has it's own rules. I haven't heard of any states that pay for doulas. Some hospitals provide doulas free as part of their services. Many doulas will work with you on payments. Some will barter. There may be student doulas that need to attend births that will provide services free or cheap.

    Answer by GailllAZ at 6:19 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • well said Gail.
    That sums up what I was gonna say.

    Answer by doulala at 6:21 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • hell no, they are not medically necessary

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:36 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • I would help a mom who couln't pay for a Doula because that is what i love to do. I am taking classes to be a certified Doula in Oct. i can't wait. I wish i could help

    Answer by team21 at 7:06 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • i seriously doubt it. but hey, never hurts to ask.

    Answer by erika_wright at 7:08 PM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • why would they? A doula is by NO MEANS medically necessary! having said that, if I opted for a natural birth (TOTALLY not for me, I am an epi-loving mommy) I would pay for a doula. I have seen a few used in labors and they were all WONDERFUL. But... they were not medically necessary

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 7:11 PM on Sep. 5, 2009