Expanding Access to Doula Care in Georgia
Strong evidence shows full spectrum doula care—non-medical support prenatally, during labor/delivery, for an abortion or miscarriage, and/or postnatally—improves health outcomes. Yet doula care is not reimbursed by Medicaid in most U.S. states. Between November 2020 and January 2021, 17 surveys and in-depth interviews were conducted with doulas working in Georgia as part of the Georgia Doula Study. The purpose of the study was to determine the challenges and facilitators of providing care, including state and institutional policies.