Talk About Prenatal Care Before Pregnancy

As a health care professional, you know that prenatal care is essential to the health and survival of babies. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.

To encourage members to initiate prenatal care, EmblemHealth sends information to women of child-bearing age inviting them to join our Healthy Beginnings PATH program if they are pregnant. Our goal is to reach women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or newly pregnant and to trigger them to schedule a visit during the first trimester. This enables them to work with you to begin habits that will give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.

Unfortunately, many women don't attend a prenatal visit during the first trimester. Women with previous successful pregnancies may delay prenatal care unless they experience a pregnancy-related problem. Women with an unexpected pregnancy may delay prenatal care because they are contemplating other options.

If your pregnant patients are experiencing challenges with transportation, finances, language, etc., EmblemHealth may be able to help. As soon as we learn of a member's pregnancy, we call her and administer a risk assessment. Members reporting challenges can be referred to Case Management and can benefit from one-on-one assistance.

That's why we are asking you to stress the importance of early prenatal care BEFORE your patient has confirmed a pregnancy. Talk to your patients who are of child-bearing age during routine gynecological visits and offer guidance about scheduling a prenatal visit during the first trimester of pregnancy regardless of whether it’s the first or fourth pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different and previous results may not be the same for the current pregnancy.

Providers can make a member referral to the Healthy Beginnings PATH Program by calling 888-447-0337 Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Please join us in encouraging all your patients to obtain early prenatal care to ensure a healthy mother and baby.

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