Medicaid Reimbursement Pathway:

(last updated 12.10.2016)


Beginning October 1, 2016, to become an Oregon State Certified Birth Doula the following requirements need to be met:

 
 

Read OAR 410-180-0375 for training requirements. Note: Click on the link and scroll down the page to find the Birth Doula requirements. * “Equivalent credit” means an individual has fulfilled the requirements by completing a relatively comparable course or combination of courses through birth doula certification organizations whose core curriculum meets state requirements.  

 
 

Training Organizations currently meeting educational requirements*: 

* The list below is offered as a courtesy, as these are organizations known to offer at least the minimum number of in-person education hours needed for state certification through their programs. It is not a list of “state approved” organizations. You do not have to be certified with these organizations, however we highly recommend that you complete your certification, as that improves competency in the field and will likely be required for insurance reimbursement on the horizon.

 
 

Additional Requirements: 

*In addition to the core birth doula training, state birth doulas will need to have the following education in these topics:

 

Helpful Resources for Additional Requirements: 


Cultural Competency:

You can take courses through an accredited higher education institution, local hospital, or e-learning options. Among the three topics listed, you need a total of six hours, which can be one topic, or a combination from any of the three.  They may be taken online. To demonstrate completion, you must submit a certificate of attendance, copy of transcript or letter from the trainer/training organization certifying your successful completion of these courses.

A recommended online course for Cultural Competency is https://ccnm.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/    Choose the e-learning course for Nurses and Social Workers, which is a free course worth 9 CEUs.

Inter-professional Collaboration:

PDX Doulas offers the Collaborative Practice course in the Portland Metro area.  They are planning to train other educators to offer the course in other areas of the state in 2017.  Contact them at pdxdoulas.org

HIPPA Compliance:

HIPPA courses can be taken through local hospitals or clinics.

Trauma-Informed Care:

You can take courses through an accredited higher education institution, local hospital, or e-learning options.

A great resource is Trauma Informed Oregon at traumainformedoregon.org

Oral Health Training: 

Beginning in October 2017, birth doulas will be required to take an Oral Health training. Opportunities for this will be linked to the OHA web site.

CPR Certification:

CPR Certification can be obtained through your local Red Cross, or through your local hospital.

Community Resource List:

An Authority Approved Form for verification of completing the community resource list and birth and postpartum visits will be available on the THW Registry web site soon. 

 

Applying for Certification: 

Click here to link to the application form

Click here to link to the application form

 

Certification Process:

Once approved, you will be contacted to give permission for the state to conduct a background check. Oregon State pays for this. 

 

Background Check: requirement for Doulas


Click on the link here if you would like to read OAR 410-180-0375 regarding state specified doula requirements: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_400/oar_410/410_180.html

Click on the link here if you would like to read OAR 410-180-0375 regarding state specified doula requirements: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_400/oar_410/410_180.html

 

Assuming you pass the background check, you will be listed on the THW State Registry.

 
 

Next you will need to apply for the both of the following payment identifiers for use on claim or billing forms:

 
 

Congratulations! 

Your State Certification is good for 3 years. 

During that time you will need to complete the following Continuing Education:

 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF YOUR AREA’S PROGRESS ON DOULA CARE SERVICES, CONTACT:

Debra Catlin, ODA Education & Resources Chair:

Email: debcatlin@aol.com