House and Senate Democrats have introduced a package of bills collectively referred to as the 2022 Delaware Momnibus. These bills address maternal and infant health, and specifically child and maternal mortality, doulas, incarcerated pregnant persons, and aid to new parents. We will be profiling these bills over the next two days.
The fifth bill is House Bill 343, which would require that the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance present a plan to the General Assembly by November 1 for coverage of doula services by Medicaid providers.
What is a Doula? Is it another name for a Midwife? No. There is one significant difference between a midwife and a doula. Midwives provide medical care for you during pregnancy, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. Doulas provide you and your family with emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum period.
The Doula services that would be covered would be provided by a trained doula designed to provide physical, emotional, and educational support to pregnant and birthing persons before, during, and after childbirth. This would include support and assistance during labor and childbirth, prenatal and postpartum support and education, breastfeeding assistance, and parenting education.
|House Bill 343 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Minor-Brown, Dorsey Walker, Heffernan, Baumbach, Bolden, Morrison, Wilson-Anton|
|Pinkney, Townsend, Lockman, McBride, Brown, Gay, Hansen, Sokola|
|Current Status: House Health & Human Development 3/16/22|