June 19, 2020

Bill Would Cover Doulas for Expectant Service Women, Dependents

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal co-sponsored a bill in Congress last month (S.3826) that would require Tricare to provide for pregnancy support and labor-coach (doulas) services to pregnant and expecting military women.  Such services cost, on average, $1,200 and are given by nonmedical professionals.  The bill aims to give emotional and physical support to servicewomen and military spouses that may be giving birth in stressful circumstances, without their partners present.  To track its effectiveness, the legislation would require the Department of Defense to account for the number of yearly births covered by Tricare or taking place in a military facility.