Pregnancy Care & Reproductive Health

Beginning Right® Maternity Program

    Get help from the time you start planning a family, through your pregnancy and well after your baby is born. Once you’ve enrolled in our Beginning Right® Maternity Program, you can receive:

  • Educational materials (available in English and Spanish) on prenatal care, labor and delivery, newborn care and more
  • A pregnancy risk survey to help determine whether a risk for certain complications exists
  • A preterm labor program to support high-risk women
  • Access to specially trained nurses for high-risk mothers-to-be
  • One-on-one counseling to help pregnant women quit smoking

Understanding infertility and what you can do about it

Infertility is a common problem. About 10% of U.S. women ages 15 through 44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.1

Our Institutes of Excellence (IOE) network can help. If your plan includes benefits for infertility, you will have access to some of the top-performing clinics. You will also have our National Infertility Unit on your side. This team includes a full-time medical director and nurse consultants. They all have extensive experience with infertility care.

View videos on reproductive health and infertility:

Overview of infertility: Listen to a description about each video

Infertility care: Pre-pregnancy health: Learn what you can do before you get pregnant to improve your health and the health of your baby.

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinic report: IVF is an option for treating infertility. Learn how you can compare the success rates of different clinics to find one that is right for you.

How to reduce multiple births: Learn about eSET and other ways to reduce the chances of having multiple births during infertility treatments.

The facts about breastfeeding

Deciding whether or not to breastfeed is a very personal choice. Below are a few research-based facts about the importance of breast milk that may help inform your choice:

Breastfeeding benefits for baby:
  • Helps the baby’s immune system mature. This protects the baby from infections and increases the effectiveness of immunizations.
  • Gives babies greater emotional security and enhances bonding with mom.
  • The benefits appear to last even after the baby has stopped breastfeeding.
     
Breastfeeding benefits for mom:
  • Increases the rate of weight loss in most nursing mothers.
  • Women report benefits such as increased self-confidence and a stronger sense of connection with their babies.
  • Combined with getting milk with a breast pump, breastfeeding costs far less than baby formula.

Breast pumps

Check your Aetna plan. You may be able to buy a breast pump and supplies from one of our suppliers at no charge or at a discounted rate. Covered items may include a standard electric pump (not hospital grade) or a manual one.

  • A standard electric pump (non-hospital-grade) while you are pregnant or for the duration of breastfeeding, once every three years, or
  • A manual breast pump while pregnant or during the duration of breastfeeding, if you have not received an electric or a manual breast pump in the last three years, and 
  • Another set of breast pump supplies if you get pregnant again before you are eligible for a new pump

National breast pump provider list

Lactation consultants

Many Aetna plans also cover up to six visits with a lactation consultant if you need support with breastfeeding. Your in-network ob/gyn or pediatrician may offer these services through his or her office.

Protecting your baby from harmful medication

Almost anything you eat, drink or apply to your body can affect your baby while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a scale that shows the risk of taking certain medicines during pregnancy. The ranking is included with all prescription drugs.

  • Category A drugs have been tested for safety during pregnancy and have been found to be safe.
  • Category B drugs have been used a lot during pregnancy and do not appear to cause major birth defects or other problems.
  • Category C drugs are more likely to cause problems for the mother or fetus.
  • Category D drugs have clear health risks for the fetus.
  • Category X drugs have been shown to cause birth defects and should never be taken during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor for advice on the best ways to keep both you and your baby safe.

“The clinics we select meet high medical standards and have a successful record of treatment. Women have access to doctors and clinics that can improve their chances for healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.”
– James D. Cross, M.D., head of National Medical Policy and Operations at Aetna

Copyright © 2001-2013 Aetna Inc.

1Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reproductive Health. http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/Infertility/index.htm. Accessed June 24, 2010.

Some plans are not subject to the women’s preventive breastfeeding services requirements under the Affordable Care Act (also known as the health care reform law). This includes plans that are grandfathered or otherwise exempt. These plans may not include all of these benefits. Or there may be different member cost-sharing on certain benefits. Consult your plan documents or call member services at the number on your member ID card if you are not sure if your plan covers these benefits. The changes for women’s preventive services go into effect when applicable plans become effective or renew on or after August 1, 2012. Employers with grandfathered plans may choose not to cover some of these preventive services or to include cost share (deductible, copay or coinsurance).

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For general health information only. Information is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a physician or other health care professional. Health benefits and health insurance plans contain exclusions and limitations. Not all services are covered. See plan documents for a complete description of benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. Providers are independent contractors and are not agents of Aetna. Provider participation may change without notice. Aetna does not provide care or guarantee access to health services. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information about Aetna plans, refer to www.aetna.com.

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