February 01, 2022

Maryland: Doula services now covered for Medicaid members

Starting Feb. 7, 2022, we’ll cover doula services for Maryland Medicaid members. The benefit includes:

  • 8 prenatal or postpartum services up to 60 minutes each
  • Attendance during labor and delivery

What services can a doula offer?

  • Doulas offer continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing parent throughout the perinatal period
  • Doulas offer person-centered care that supports the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of members while adhering to evidence-based best practices
  • Doulas are non-clinical providers and cannot replace a trained, licensed medical professional or carry out clinical tasks

How does a doula sign up with UnitedHealthcare?

  • Doulas must enroll with Maryland Medicaid before obtaining an agreement with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • Doulas will be asked to attest to training and certification by an organization approved by the Maryland Department of Health

Get in touch with your network account manager.