9 Steps to Accept Insurance Reimbursement as a Doula

Pregnancy and Postpartum Care for Everyone

Accepting insurance reimbursement as a doula involves several steps to ensure you meet the necessary criteria and streamline the process. Here are the steps you can take:

1. Get Certified and Credentialed

  • Certification: Obtain certification from a recognized doula organization, such as DONA International, CAPPA, or another reputable certifying body.
  • Credentialing: Some insurance companies require doulas to be credentialed through specific networks or organizations.

2. Obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI)

  • Apply for an NPI number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES). This unique identifier is used for billing and is necessary for insurance claims.

3. Research Insurance Companies

  • Identify which insurance companies in your area cover doula services. Contact these companies to understand their requirements and reimbursement policies.

4. Contract with Insurance Companies

  • Apply to become an in-network provider with the insurance companies that cover doula services. This process may involve filling out applications and submitting documentation of your credentials and services.