Bob Casey, large group of Dems push for national doula and midwifery Medicaid coverage bill

10 May 2024- Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Mamas First Act, legislation that directly and meaningfully addresses the maternal mortality crisis by expanding Medicaid to include doula and midwifery care. A House companion bill was also introduced today by Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Alma Adam (D-NC), and Debbie Dingell (D-NC).

“Every mother deserves support and care before, during, and after birth,” said Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “This legislation will help address the maternal health crisis in this country by ensuring that Medicaid covers the full spectrum of care that mothers and infants need.”

The Mamas First Act amends the Social Security Act to allow doulas, midwives, and tribal midwives to be reimbursed by Medicaid.

  • Allowing Medicaid reimbursement for doula care and midwife access would significantly improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.
  • This legislation would improve access to care before, during, and after pregnancy to under-served and under-resourced communities as both doulas and midwives have been proven to reduce the rates of C-sections, decrease maternal anxiety, and improve communication between pregnant women and their health care providers.
  • Expanding access to these health care professionals will allow all communities to access these critical services, increase the focus on culturally competency, and patient-centered care while improving health outcomes.