The Role of Doulas in Supporting Women with Substance Use Disorders
March 16, 2021


This podcast discusses the use of doulas in supporting women in recovery and treatment for substance use disorders. Two doula certified peer recovery specialists from the Illinois Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorder Program share their experience working at the intersection of substance use care and birthing support, in addition to discussions on the role of Medicaid, state public health, and opportunities to promote doula care for women with substance use disorders.

This podcast was developed by AMCHP as part of the Promoting Innovating in State and Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Project in partnership with the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).  For more information, contact the Health Systems Transformation team at


Amy Chen
Senior Staff Attorney, Doula Medicaid Project, NHelP

Joyce Miller
Doula Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Melinda McMichael
Doula Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Jessica Stieger, MPH, MSW, IBCLC, Certified Doula (DONA)
AMCHP Program Manager, Infant Health

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under grant number U1XMC31656 “Supporting Maternal and Child Health Innovation in States” (award totaling $2,000,000). The content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor are they are an endorsement of HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government