The preterm birth rate has increased more than 20 percent since 1990. In 2005, preterm births cost the United States more than $26.2 billion in medical and educational costs and lost productivity. Average first year medical costs were about 10 times greater for preterm than for term infants1.
OptumHealth offers two maternity programs to help reduce costs associated with preterm birth and provides members with the support they need to make healthy pregnancy choices. Both programs provide members with tools, resources and experienced personal support to help them have a healthy pregnancy, receive appropriate care, and ensure they are well-prepared for the baby’s arrival while screening for potential high-risk pregnancies.
The programs work closely with expectant mothers to identify potentially high-risk pregnancies. Our experienced nurses provide knowledge and peace of mind by answering questions about pregnancy and any risks. Because high-risk pregnancy factors can pre-exist, or develop during the pregnancy, our nurses provide support, tools and education throughout pregnancy and after delivery for moms that still want support or need questions answered.
Healthy Pregnancy Program
When a member enrolls in the Healthy Pregnancy Program a care coordinator completes a pregnancy assessment over the phone to review the member’s health, lifestyle, and other factors that may affect the pregnancy. If a the care coordinator determines a high-risk pregnancy may exist, members are connect with a nurse to provide individualized support throughout the pregnancy.
Maternity Support Program
The Maternity Support Program provides support for each member before, during and after pregnancy. Our dedicated maternity nurses offer decision support, education and answers for expectant families. Our program also offers phone consultations that focus on wellness and screen for health risks. The consultations are designed to provide the member with a comprehensive end-to-end maternity experience.
1 More Babies Born Prematurely, New Report Shows, The March of Dimes Website, Accessed May 22, 2008. http://www.marchofdimes.com/peristats/whatsnew.aspx?id=20&dv=wn