Minnesota data

From July 2014 to March 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and managed care organizations (MCOs) have paid doulas less than $354,000 for supporting Medicaid clients through prenatal and postpartum visits and more than 850 births. Roughly 26,000 people a year give birth while enrolled in Medical Assistance, Minnesota’s Medicaid program.

Quick points based on DHS data from July 2014 to March 2020*:

Number of people who accessed doula support through Medical Assistance:

Delivery method among doula-supported Medicaid births


Race/ethnicity of people served⁺⁺

*Doula services were added as a covered service through Medical Assistance in July 2014.

**Some people had multiple pregnancies and received doula support through labor more than once.

For 12 percent of births, delivery type is unknown.

⁺⁺Based on the total number of claims.

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