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

See doula provider information at

Get in touch with your network account manager.