VA maternity care coordinators help women Veterans navigate health care services


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Women Veterans deserve and expect high-quality health care to address their needs, and in some cases their needs include deciding when motherhood is right for them. Whether women Veterans are looking to start a family or to prevent pregnancy, VA can help. 

Many women Veterans have complex medical needs that need attention during pregnancy. Maternity care coordinators understand these needs and help women Veterans navigate health care services inside and outside of VA throughout pregnancy to ensure timely and continuous care.   

Additional services covered under the maternity care benefit include: newborn care for up to seven days, lactation services and products (consultation services, breast pumps and supplies), nursing bras, postpartum screenings and support groups. Maternity care coordinators are available at every VA medical center.  

The number of women Veterans seeking pregnancy care is likely to rise. VA encourages women Veterans to speak with their provider or contact the Women Veterans Call Center to find their nearest Maternity Care Coordinator. The Women Veterans Call Center is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET by calling 1-855-829-6636 or chat online at www.womenshealth.va.gov

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Comments

  1. Stephanie Zinser    

    Agree with this being a fluff piece. My care at the Chicago VA was inadequate and had to try to navigate my pregnancy alone. I was told at 9 weeks I had miscarried because no heart beat was detected. At 25 weeks I was placed on a voucher system by the VA to find a doctor closer to my home because I was more than 45 minutes away. The VA would basically reimburse a clinic to provide care closer to my home. I was left to try to explain this voucher system on my own to doctors. I was denied by multiple clinics because hearing the word voucher they assumed I was a welfare recipient. On top of that the VA didn’t transfer all of my paperwork so when my son was born the doctor annonated that mother didn’t seek treatment until halfway through pregnancy. Overall exhausting, emotional and miserable experience seeking care through the VA. I had another child a couple years later through my husbands insurance and the experience was much more simplified.

  2. Emily Amador    

    I am 32 weeks pregnant and I was never told about a Maternity Care Coordinator. I have had zero help throughout my pregnancy and I think the VA could do a lot better. This is a nice puff piece but unfortunately, the truth is not told in this article.

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