Pre- and post-natal

It is not uncommon for medical insurance policies to exclude coverage for pre- and post-natal classes, despite the importance of these services for the health of both mother and baby. Prenatal care, which should begin as early in the pregnancy as possible, is crucial for protecting the health of both the mother and the baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies born to mothers who have not received prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die.

Postnatal care, also known as postpartum care, is equally important for helping new mothers adjust to the physical, social, and psychological changes that come with giving birth. This type of care is based on a continuing process that begins early in the pregnancy and extends to months of postpartum care tailored to the needs of the mother and baby.

However, despite the importance of prenatal and postnatal care, the rate of maternal mortality has been increasing in the United States since 2000, making the U.S. one of only two countries (the other being the Dominican Republic) reporting such a rise. This highlights the need for accessible and comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for expecting and new mothers. Many insurance policies may exclude pre- and post-natal classes, but it’s important to check if your policy includes maternity coverage, as these classes and services can play a crucial role in ensuring the health and well-being of both mother and baby. It’s also important to be aware of the resources available to new mothers and to seek out care and support tailored to individual needs throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period.