1. Question: Does insurance cover a Doula? 1. Answer: Doula's have been working for years to get their services covered by insurance. One large study found that having a doula at your birth can lower the risk of costly interventions like C-sections and epidural anesthesia, lower the rate of NICU admittance, as well as increase the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth. More & more insurance companies are starting to cover partial or all doula fees. Some will reimbursement you after you pay your doula. Check w/your insurance company.
2. Question: What is a NPI # (National Provider Identifier) 2. Answer: This is a individual doula's number, as a health care provider, that your insurance company can use to help you get coverage. Ask your doula if she has an NPI #.
3. Question: Can a Certified Doula save insurance companies money? 3. Answer: A study entitled "Doula Support For Pregnant Women Could Improve Care, Reduce Costs", author Tara Haelle writes: This is the first study to show a reduction in preterm births and a net savings for public insurance. Cesarean births- about a third of all U.S. births-cost about twice as much as vaginal births, and the 1 in 10 U.S. infants born preterm (before 37 weeks) incur medical costs 10 times greater than those of full-term infants. So yes having a certified doula's services could save Medicaid and Private insurers $1000.00 or more per birth.