Medicaid Reimbursement Pathway:
(last updated 11.30.2017)
Beginning October 1, 2016, to become an Oregon State Certified Birth Doula the following requirements need to be met:
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.
*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:
You can take courses through an accredited higher education institution, local hospital, or e-learning options. 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.
Additional Requirements: Among the three topics listed, you need a total of six hours, which can be 6 hours in one topic or a combination of hours from any 3.
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 courses can be taken through local hospitals or clinics.
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. Watch for announcements on this on specific trainings for doulas on our Oregon Doula Association Facebook page.
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 is on the THW Registry web site on the link below. You may use this Community Resource List editable template if desired.
Applying for Certification:
Click here, for the Oregon Health Authority link for information and the application to become a Traditional Health Worker Birth Doula.
*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
Assuming you pass the background check, you will be listed on the THW State Registry.
Click here, for the Traditional Healthcare Worker's Registry.
Next you will need to apply for the following payment identifyer for use on claim or billing forms:
Click here for the NPI registry website, to apply for an NPI number.