We advocate for Missouri’s families by ensuring access and coverage to community-based doula services for pregnant women and birthing families. We advocate for community doulas to ensure they're paid their worth.
Research has shown that the use of doulas results in the improvement of perinatal outcomes for all families. Black and under resourced pregnant women need doulas that see, hear, and understand them and that can help them navigate the murky waters of our current health system-making it imperative for Missouri Medicaid and private insurance to cover and reimburse for doula care services.
MCDC is on the frontlines ensuring that Medicaid reimbursement and private insurance coverage, at an equitable wage, happens swiftly.
We understand the tremendous role that lack of access and systemic racism plays in health inequities. As the Missouri Community Doula Council, we understand that restoration and transformation are needed to heal our broken healthcare system.