Women and Health Reform

Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: Resources for Health Exchanges


Maternity Care

Questions to consider:


 Will there be limits on the types of services and providers that can be covered under the plans?  For example, will provider networks include free standing birth centers, birth attendants and nurse midwives?


 Will maternity care be defined to include services ranging from pre-and interconception to prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care?

Lessons Learned:

National Partnership for Women and Families, Guidelines for States on Maternity Care in the Essential Benefits Package

Childbirth Connection, Blueprint for Action: Steps Toward A High Quality, High Value Maternity Care System

Further Reading:

Guttmacher Institute, The Potential of Health Care Reform to Improve Pregnancy-Related Services and Outcomes