We know you want to make the right decisions throughout your pregnancy. Using the resources below, you can choose a hospital that has a good quality score for birthing care, learn about unnecessary procedures that you should avoid, and more.
- What are your responsibilities? Have a good relationship with your provider and follow these recommendations.
- What are some good questions to ask? Check out our list of discussion topics to cover with your provider so that you can make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery.
- Which hospital will you choose? The Find a Doctor website shows quality information for birthing care. Compare hospitals before choosing where to have your baby.
- 10 overused procedures, and 10 things you should do. Choosing Wisely also has a guide that should make you think twice about early elective deliveries, inducing labor without a medical reason, C-sections, ultrasounds after 24 weeks, early epidurals, and other procedures. Read more: What to reject when you're expecting: 10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy
- What is Postpartum Depression? Read our guide on Postpartum Depression for an explanation and ideas on how to get help.
- Download the BabyLove flyer: BabyLove Prenatal Health Education Program – This flyer explains the confidential education and health risk screening services offered by The Alliance. If your employer is a member of The Alliance, you can use these services for free.
Early Elective Deliveries
Thinking of an early delivery? Read this guide from Choosing Wisely: Delivering your baby: Why scheduling early delivery is not a good idea.
Take Control of Your Health - this website has information on the importance of waiting 39 weeks to deliver, encouraging mothers to partner with their doctor to create a birth plan and having access to informative resources.
Healthy Babies, Healthy Pregnancy is a Facebook page dedicated to sharing articles about improving maternity care and avoiding early elective deliveries.
March of Dimes: Why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby.
Blog: Public Reporting Helps Reduce Early Elective Deliveries, by Amy Moyer, manager of value measurement
Hospitals, doctors and mothers-to-be are getting the right message: Early elective deliveries are dangerous. Use Leapfrog or Medicare's HospitalCompare website to look up information about early elective deliveries at hospitals in your area. Read more.
Thinking of getting a breast pump?
You may be wondering if breast pumps are covered under your employer's health plan. The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to cover the full cost of breast pumps. However, some plans are exempt from this rule because they have "grandfathered" status. If your employer kept the same health plan they had before the ACA took effect, your breast pump may not be covered. Please talk with the person managing your health plan at work to find out if this is the case.
If your plan does cover breast pumps, please contact your benefits plan administrator for details on how to make your purchase and whether there are any requirements. Your plan may only cover certain types of breast pumps, or it may require prior authorization or a prescription from your doctor. Look at your insurance card for a phone number to call about your benefits.
If your health plan is grandfathered or you can't get a prescription, you can use a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation are considered medical expenses and are eligible for reimbursement.
Babylove - Confidential screening and free books
Preparing for a baby is a very special time. Get off to a good start with BabyLove, a free and confidential service of The Alliance. Download a flyer.
When you call and ask for BabyLove, you'll get:
- A free, confidential health risk screening, conducted by a registered nurse. The nurse will coach you about the things you need to be aware of during your pregnancy and also tell you if your pregnancy may be high risk. Your employer will not be notified that you called.
- General self-care information to promote good health during your pregnancy.
- Information about other resources.
As a special bonus for contacting BabyLove, we'll provide an essential reference book:
- What to Expect When You're Expecting
- What to Expect – The First Year, or
- What to Expect – The Toddler Years
Ask for The Alliance BabyLove Program: Call 608.276.7584, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.