Hey there.

My name is Ashley Nguyen, and I’m a research coordinator at UC Berkeley working on doula-related projects. I was a 2020-2021 fellow with the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University, where I focused on Medicaid coverage of doula services.

I earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Before grad school, I was a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. At The Post, I collaborated with a team of designers and editors to launch The Lily, a publication that elevates women’s voices. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, I have plenty of experience getting lost, stumbling through conversations in Russian and politely refusing mutton and vodka.

Recent stories

The state of doula care

How the role of doulas intersects with private and public insurance, race, socioeconomic status and policy

Some big companies are starting to cover the cost of doulas. Will others follow?

CVS Health and Microsoft are among the employers covering doula care