I just wanted to share this link with all of you who are planning on hiring a doula for a hospital birth. I called BC/BS to ask if I could be reimbursed for doula services, and the people I spoke to really had no idea what I was talking about. They kept insisting that I could have a midwife if it was an in-network certified nurse midwife. I tried explaining, but this was the standard line. So I know when I apply for reimbursement, I'll get rejected. In which case I plan to send a print out from BC/BS of MA's own website saying: "Consider teaming up with a midwife and/or a doula to assist in your care and delivery. According to researchers from The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization of 11,000 medical professionals most of whom voluntarily review health care research and product trials, women who had continuous support from a doula or midwife during birth were less likely to require pain medication or have c-section deliveries." That quote can be found here: http://www.bluecrossma.com/living-healthy-babies/pregnancy/labor-delivery/c-sections.html
I'll be curious to see what they say in response to that! I imagine that it would be an effective tool for argument for anyone with BC/BS, not just Massachusetts.