No matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in, your child is now the center of your world. Getting some support is a good thing, and you can lean on us and your provider.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to see your provider regularly while you’re pregnant. These prenatal visits can help ensure the health of your baby and you. You don’t need a referral from your primary care provider to see a pregnancy provider (an obstetrician, midwife or nurse practitioner). How often you need to visit depends on your age, health and how your pregnancy is going. Follow your provider’s advice. Here’s the schedule of prenatal care for most moms-to-be:
First three months: At least one visit that will include a full physical exam, screenings and tests
Second three months: One visit a month with some tests as needed
Final three months: Every two weeks from week 30 to 36, then least every week until you give birth.
Prior authorization is not required for the normal labor and delivery of children.
You Also Need Care After Your Baby Arrives
We understand - it’s all about the baby when you come home. Your little one takes over your heart and your time. But taking care of you is important, too.
Call your provider right away if you have problems, including heavy bleeding or signs of infection. Even if you’re feeling great, your provider will want to see you 21 to 56 days after you give birth. This visit is a great time to discuss how you’re healing and how you’re coping with new motherhood.
It’s natural to feel a little down – something that’s called the “baby blues.” Don’t be too hard on yourself. But if you can’t shake the sadness, have no energy or feel hopeless, you could have a serious condition called postpartum depression. Tell your provider and ask for help. Your health plan covers behavioral health care for this condition.
We can help, too. We have a special maternity program. (See below) We also provide One-on-One Help for behavioral health problems.
CaringStart® Maternity Program
You want the best for your baby – including experienced advice and support. Our CaringStart nurses are specially trained in taking care of moms-to-be, and they want to join your team.
We automatically enroll you in our program once we know you’re expecting. It’s part of your benefits.
You can reach us at 1-888-325-8386, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Their help doesn’t take the place of your provider’s advice. We’ll be as involved as you want us to be. If you want to leave the program, just let us know.
Here’s What We Can Do:
- Offer personal, one-on-one support
- Go over your health history to spot any health issues
- Develop a plan of care just for you – with input from your provider and you
- Work with your provider to make sure you get the quality care you need
- Help your pregnancy provider work with your other providers
- Provide education and support to make healthy choices
- Track your progress
- Put you in touch with agencies that provide other services
- Celebrate the birth of your child
Does Everyone Need CaringStart?
We’re available to every expectant member. But if you’re at high risk for an early delivery or you’re having problems, we have special help for you.