Getting Doulas Paid: Advancing Community-Based Models in Medicaid Reimbursement Conversations

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Feb 15 - Policy Brief

Date: February 23rd | Time: 1:30 PM EST | ZOOM Webinar

This webinar will launch the Doula Data and Compensation project Policy Brief developed in partnership with community-based doula organizations in the Doula Data Consortium. The conversation will be moderated by Amy Chen (she/her), Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program. Join this discussion to learn more about the national doula Medicaid reimbursement policy, policy recommendations from community-based doula organizations, and our national doula data consortium.

Please click below to watch a recording of the “Getting Doulas Paid: Advancing Community-Based Models in Medicaid Reimbursement Conversations” webinar:


Amy Chen | National Health Law Program

Amy Chen is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s California office, where she works on reproductive and sexual health law, policy, and advocacy. Her areas of expertise include coverage for contraception and pregnancy, expanding access to family planning services and abortion care, and addressing racial disparities in maternal health care. Since 2019, she has led the National Health Law Program’s Doula Medicaid Project, which advocates for expanding access to full-spectrum doula care for all pregnant and postpartum people. Prior to joining the National Health Law Program, Amy worked as a direct legal services attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California for eight years.

Amy has three children and had doulas at all three of her births. One of her children was born premature and spent his first weeks of life in the NICU.

Christina Gebel | Accompany Doula Care

Christina Gebel, MPH, has been a doula for 12 years and received her Master in Public Health from Boston University. She is a co-founder and Interim Executive Director of the nonprofit Accompany Doula Care, based in Massachusetts. Christina lives in Durham with her husband and their cat.

Marna Armstead| SisterWeb

Marna Armstead has over twenty years as an entrepreneur and business developer. She is both
a co-founder and the Executive Director of Sisterweb, A Community Doula Network in San
Francisco, CA. In her role, She drives SisterWeb’s swift programmatic and fiscal expansions. She also operates Marna Mama Doula, which provides private doula consultations and services to women and families of color in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation.

Additionally, Marna has also built an extensive career in the printing and design industry. She is skilled in Copywriting, Print & Graphic Design, Branding Consulting, Event Planning, Project
Management, Advertising & Marketing, Business Development Consulting, Financial Planning,
and Business Management. Marna enjoys spending time with her amazing, college-aged daughter, with whom she loves cooking, gardening, TV/Movie binging, reading, brunching, singing karaoke, and watching cat videos.

Kimberly Porter | Community Doula Alliance

Community Doula Alliance is led by Kimberly Porter. She is a fearless, trailblazing change agent, whose mission is to create a society where all children are born with equal opportunities for a healthy start by creating a racially diverse doula workforce to provide culturally-specific maternal care for Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian and other racially and linguistically diverse, underrepresented families. She is a Community-Based Mental Health Therapist, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Infant/Toddler Parent & Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapist, PSU Adjunct Professor, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Board Chair of the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association, founder of The Sacred Roots Doula Program at The Black Parent Initiative, Vice President of the Portland Doula Association, and current standing Diverse Communities Board Chair of the Oregon Doula Association. She lives in Beaverton with her adult son and teenage daughter and enjoys cooking diverse dishes, traveling abroad, and reading and engaging in thought-provoking discussions with friends over dinner.

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