Doula Program For Pregnant and Postpartum Women

A doula is a nonclinical professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to mothers before, during, and after childbirth.

Visits during pregnancy period to include availability throughout pregnancy and postpartum:

  • Ongoing birthing support during labor and delivery.
  • Visits up to and including postpartum period to provide post birth education (self-care, feeding, sudden infant death
    syndrome [SIDS] avoidance, mental health awareness, etc.)
  • Referrals to childbirth classes and community resources.

Evidence shows that working with a doula can lead to:

  • Shorter labors.
  • Fewer requests for epidurals.
  • Less frequent use of forceps or vacuum.
  • Increased confidence in birth partners.
  • Fewer cesareans (or lower cesarean rates).
  • Increased success for breastfeeding.
  • More time to bond with the baby.
  • An easier transition into parenthood.

Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 24%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and request for an epidural by 60%.

Anthem HealthKeepers Plus members are eligible to receive doula services.

To learn more about this member benefit, contact Provider Services for Anthem HealthKeepers Plus Provider Services at 800-901-0020.

For member inquiries, contact Member Services for Anthem HealthKeepers Plus Member Services at 800-901-0020.

For provider assistance with becoming a participating doula, contact

For provider escalation and claim assistance, contact

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