HealthKeepers, Inc. began offering doula services to all our Anthem HealthKeepers Plus members throughout the state starting July 1, 2022, to improve maternal and child outcomes.
Doula care is among the most promising approaches to combating disparities in maternal health. Evidence also suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor. Benefits described in randomized trials include shortened labor, decreased need for analgesia, fewer operative deliveries, and fewer reports of dissatisfaction with the experience of labor (ACOG, 2019).
To learn more about this member benefit and methods to successfully integrate doula services into your practice, call Provider Services at 800-901-0020 or the OB practice consultant at 804-573-1228.
ACOG Committee Opinion No. 766 Summary: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. (2019). Obstetrics and gynecology, 133(2), 406–408. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000003081.
December 2022 Anthem Provider News - Virginia