Welcome to the

Medi-Cal Birthworker Resource Hub

Welcome to the Medi-Cal Birthworkers Resource Hub, a centralized location of resources, guides and tools to assist individual doulas and community-based doula organizations/collectives in enrolling as DHCS Medi-Cal providers.  

This Resource Hub will be continuously updated as new documents and materials become available. 

Medi-Cal Doula Benefit

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) added doula services to the list​​​​​​​​ of preventive services covered under the Medi-Cal program, effective January 1, 2023.

Doula services include personal support to women and families throughout a birthing person’s pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experience. This encompasses emotional and physical support, provided during pregnancy, labor, birth or any other pregnancy conclusion, as well as the postpartum period. 

Pur​su​ant to federal regulations, doula services must be recommended by a physician or other licensed practitioner.  DHCS has issued a Standing Recommendation Letter to minimize barriers to doula access. 

We have created this resource hub to aid in navigating the enrollment process, which includes meeting requirements such as:

  1. Doula training or experience
  2. Business licensure
  3. CPR certification
  4. HIPAA training

(see comprehensive list here)

Doula Selah in Hospital
Doula fanning Black Mama in birth pool

Frequently Asked Questions

All doulas must be at least 18 years old, possess an adult/infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, and have completed basic Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training and have attended a minimum of 3 births.

In addition, a doula must meet requirements for either the Training or Experience qualification pathway.