Having a baby is exciting, amazing, life-altering … and it can also be a little bit stressful.
That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama offers the Baby Yourself Maternity Program: a voluntary prenatal wellness program exclusively for expectant and new mothers. Best of all, the program is free, as it’s part of maternity benefits for Blue Cross members and their spouses.
Once members enroll, they enjoy several benefits:
Every participant is assigned to a Baby Yourself nurse they can call with any questions during pregnancy. These nurses serve as a resource, supporting the physician’s plan of care and emphasizing the importance of prenatal care.
All the nurses have experience in prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and care of newborns. They can answer questions and talk to expectant moms about what to expect from routine procedures, including diabetes testing, ultrasounds, and delivery preparation. They can also help expectant moms discern whether they’re feeling a minor discomfort versus a potential complication.
Participants also receive useful gifts that educate and support healthy habits. These gifts underscore the importance of prenatal care and help moms understand the challenges that go along with pregnancy.
Women who participate in the program can access educational materials to help them prepare for pregnancy and parenthood.
A Free App
The Baby Yourself App enables women to track their pregnancy and baby’s development. App features include a kick counter, a contraction counter, and weekly checklists. It also lets users click to call their physician and/or their Baby Yourself nurse.
Baby Yourself lactation consultants are available to answer questions from new moms and offer education and information about breastfeeding.
Some pregnancies require extra attention. In these cases, the Baby Yourself nurse is able to identify high-risk pregnancies and help expectant moms coordinate the care they need.
3 Ways to Enroll
Women who want to participate in the Baby Yourself Maternity program can enroll in one of three ways:
1. Call 1-800-222-4379
2. Visit AlabamaBlue.com/BabyYourself to enroll online.
Pregnancy is exciting—and it certainly brings its share of new experiences and challenges. The Baby Yourself program is an excellent resource for women as they embark on their journey to motherhood.
Here’s a video with more info about the program: