Tag Archives: pregnancy

Calling All Wonder Women—The US Health System Needs Strong Leaders, Healthy Mothers

Two foundations in Pittsburgh support WHAMglobal, which launched in 2016 and forms networks of women's health advocates to improve health care delivery and outcomes, equity, and leadership. One of WHAMglobal's focus areas is the unacceptably high maternal mortality rate in the United States.

October 5, 2017

What Makes Covering Maternity Care Different?

Eliminating the requirement for health insurance plans to cover maternity would place the health of women and children at risk and place financial hardship on families welcoming a new child.

June 29, 2017

A Tale Of Two Deliveries, Or An Out-Of-Network Problem

As co-workers and first-time moms-to-be, we shared much of the pregnancy journey together -- including the same employer-sponsored health insurance plan. However, one of us received an unexpected bill for $1,600 for anesthesiology service while the other didn't pay a dime.

November 3, 2015

Working Toward Happier Birthdays: An Effort In California To Lower C-Section Rates

As part of its emphasis on high-value care, California HealthCare Foundation has launched an initiative to lower that state's C-section rate for low-risk mothers to 23.9 percent of births in five years. Because of the health risks and costs of C-sections, their overuse is cause for serious concern.

November 2, 2015

How Medicaid Coverage For Doula Care Could Improve Birth Outcomes, Reduce Costs, And Improve Equity

One policy effort with the potential to ameliorate equity concerns while improving care and reducing the costs of childbirth is currently being taken up by Oregon and Minnesota. These states have expanded Medicaid coverage to include doula services for pregnant beneficiaries.

July 1, 2015