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.
Early Elective Deliveries
- 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.