The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is adding doula services to the list of preventive services covered under the Medi-Cal program. Doula services include personal support to women and families throughout a woman's pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experience. This includes emotional and physical support, provided during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Federal regulations require doula services to be recommended by a physician or other licensed practitioner.
In order to allow for the successful implementation of the doula benefit, DHCS adjusted the launch date from July 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023. Allowing DHCS and stakeholders time to further define and develop the benefit.
Link to DHCS Doula Services Update