Resources for Finances, Insurance & Maternity Leave During and After Pregnancy
Childbirth Connection's Finances and Insurance ResourcePlanning Pregnancy: Finances and Insurance
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to finances and insurance while planning for your pregnancy.
Transforming Maternity Care: US Health Care Reform Legislation Offers Major New Benefits to Childbearing Women and Newborns
This article by Childbirth Connection Director of Programs Carol Sakala summarizes provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that offer exceptional gains to childbearing women and newborns.
Financial Resources to Help During Pregnancy
National Foundation for Credit Counseling: provides links to free or low-cost financial planning
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: Expenditures on Children by Families: files that provide estimates of the cost of raising children from birth to age 17
Insurance Resources Related to Pregnancy
Contact your Human Resources department and/or employee handbook at work
Insure Kids Now!: A National Initiative to linking families to low-cost insurance programs: a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website dedicated to connecting children with free or low-cost health insurance
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): a suplimental nutrition program by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
HealthCareCoach.org: Helping you take control of your health care: a non-profit site with content provided by health law specialists designed to help consumers get the most out of the health care system
National Partnership for Women and Families: The Family Medical Leave Act FAQ (PDF): a question and answer guide to the FMLA
National Partnership for Women and Families: Guide to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA): What the Health Insurance Reform Law Means for Women and Families (PDF): a guide to HIPPA for women and families
Jacobs Institute for Women's Health: The Health Plan Guide for Women: How to Shop for a Plan & Get the Most Value (PDF): a guide to choosing a health plan
Medicaid Benefits: Online Database: a state-by-state guide to medicaid benefits provided by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Benefits.gov: the official benefits website of the U.S. government
Most recent page update: 9/6/2012
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News and Features
Listening to MothersSM III is the third national survey exploring women’s experiences in pregnancy and childbirth. Commissioned by Childbirth Connection, conducted by Harris Interactive, and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. Results show that medically intensive experiences are typical, and evidence-based practices are underutilized. Childbearing women need better support and knowledge to navigate their maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials
New Report: Maternity Care and Liability
Go to report and supporting materials
New Report: The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States
Go to report and supporting materials
New Cesarean Resources:
Go to Best Evidence Report
Go to web pages and booklet for women
For 95 years, Childbirth Connection has been dedicated to improving the quality and value of maternity care for all women and their families. Learn more about our rich history through our interactive timeline and give $95 for 95 in honor of our 95th birthday.
Childbirth Connection works to ensure that all women and babies get the best possible maternity care. We have the collective vision and we know how to get there, but we can't do it alone. Join the transformation today.
The Transforming Maternity Care website focuses on maternity care system improvements designed to engage diverse stakeholders in quality improvement efforts. The site offers full access to the landmark reports 2020 Vision and Blueprint for Action, features a Blog, and other resources such as an Action Center, a database of quality improvement projects, an interactive data center, and many more tools for advocates and stakeholders.