Great news. Doulas have become accepted as care providers under Health Insurance plans. That means that clients can get reimbursed for some of their costs by their insurance. Because this program is new, it is still unclear how much insurance will cover and if all health plans do this. I think this is amazing because it means that doula care can become more accessible and affordable. I just applied for a provider number. Somehow it makes the whole doula-business feel more official/legitimate. Not that we need the insurance companies to validate our work, but the fact that they do acknowledge this kind of care is meaningful.
More information can be found on the DONA website.