Oregon data

From Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 25, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and coordinated care organizations (CCOs) have paid doulas less than $37,000 for supporting Medicaid clients through prenatal and postpartum visits and approximately 204 births. Roughly 19,000 people a year give birth while enrolled in Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.

Quick points based on OHA data from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 25, 2020*:

Delivery method among doula-supported Medicaid births

Prenatal and postpartum support

People who received doula support


*Doula services were added as a covered service on the Oregon Health Plan in 2014. However identification of a doula as the performing provider is not available in claims until 2016. For consistency, the OHA only reported claims since 2016. For much of 2020, doulas were excluded from Oregon hospitals due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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