Doula Benefit

Doulas are birth workers who provide health education, advocacy, and physical, emotional, and non-medical support for pregnant and postpartum persons before, during, and after childbirth, including support during miscarriage, stillbirth, and abortion.  

Doulas may offer other types of support, including health navigation; lactation support; birth plan; and links to community-based resources. Doula services can be offered virtually or in-person, in any setting but not limited to, homes, office visits, hospitals, shelters or alternative birth centers.

  • L.A. Care Medi-Cal members may receive free doula services if they are pregnant or pregnant within the past year (12 months).  
  • Doula care can be provided for prenatal, labor & delivery (including resulting in a stillbirth), postpartum, abortion, or miscarriage.
  • A written recommendation can be submitted by a physician or other licensed practitioner of the healing arts acting within their scope of practice or contact us to learn more about how to be connected with a doula or doula organization for services.

Doula visits include: 

  • Initial 90 minute visit 
    • At this visit the doula will answer questions and talk about a birth plan.
  • Up to 8 more visits
    • These visits can be pre-birth and after birth.
    • The doula can be there at the time of labor/birth to offer support.
    • Pregnancy that ends in a stillbirth, abortion, or miscarriage is covered.
  • Up to 2 additional after birth visits
    • Talk with the doula about breast-feeding, mental health, sleeping patterns or any other concerns.
    • Visits can last up to 3 hours.

Finding a Doula Organization

You can find a doula organization in our provider directory by following the instructions below: 

1. Visit L.A. Care’s Provider Directory
2. Select L.A. Care Medi-Cal
3. Select the Facility tab
4. Choose "Ancillary Organization" for the Facility Type and "Doula" for Specialty
5. Select on the blue button that says Find a Facility

For more information, view the doula benefit flyer:

Doula Benefits (English)
Doula Benefits (Spanish)

Contact L.A. Care Member Services or send us an email for more information.

Also, view a flyer about additional free doula services offered by L.A. County DPH African-American Infant Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative.