Pregnancy Support

Preparing to have a baby is an exciting and joyful experience, but pregnancy can also be challenging. That’s why we want to make sure that you stay healthy and get the support and resources you need.

HMSA Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Program

To help you have a healthy pregnancy, the HMSA Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Program pairs you with your own maternity nurse who'll provide personalized education and counseling over the phone. Nurse support doesn’t replace the care you receive from your ob-gyn but provides additional services to complement your regular prenatal care.

This program is voluntary and available at no cost to HMSA members.

You’ll receive:

  • Support from a maternity nurse as a complement to the care you receive from your ob-gyn.
  • Referrals to trustworthy resources and services.
  • Help with your doctor’s instructions and answers to questions about care.
  • Additional postpartum support during the first six months after delivery.
  • A free book on pregnancy and childbirth trusted by women’s health experts.
Enroll1 Pregnancy Support Program brochure [PDF]2

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What does your plan pay for?3

Your Guide to Benefits will tell you what your health plan pays for and what you can expect to pay out of pocket. You may access your Guide to Benefits through My Account. If your plan’s Guide to Benefits isn’t online, call HMSA.

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Breastfeeding support5

Your plan may include breastfeeding support and counseling from a participating physician or midwife. This benefit also includes a free breast pump from an HMSA participating provider or medical pharmacy.

To find out if your plan has implemented the ACA breast pump provisions, please check your Guide to Benefits, which you may access through My Account. If your plan’s Guide to Benefits isn’t online, call HMSA.

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Adding your newborn to your plan3

For most HMSA plans, you must enroll your newborn within 31 days of birth. (Some plans may allow up to 60 days.) If you miss the deadline, your baby won’t have insurance until the next enrollment period.

If you get your insurance plan at work, talk to your employer about adding your baby to your plan.

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More resources

General

Text for Baby6
Free text messages to keep you and your baby healthy. Text “BABY” to 511411.

March of Dimes7
For 80 years, March of Dimes has led the fight for the health of all moms and babies. It provides resources including information about dangers of co-sleeping with your baby, prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and more. To view these resources, go to March of Dimes’ Health Topics menu.

Hawaii Cord Blood Bank8
The Hawaii Cord Blood Bank is an independent, non-profit, community service organization whose mission is to support measures aimed at improving patient access to transplant, including the collection and public banking of umbilical cord blood from Hawaii’s ethnically diverse population.

Nutrition

Women, Infants, & Children9
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program which provides Hawaii residents with nourishing supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and health and social service referrals. The participants of WIC are either pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and infants and children under age five who meet income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional risk. Call 808-586-8175 on Oahu or 1-888-820-6425 toll-free on the Neighbor Islands.

Classes

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii10
Offers classes, programs, and services such as:

  • Cribs for Kids: A safe sleep education course for low-income, high-risk pregnant women and their families.
  • Piko Pals: Piko Pals connects and empowers new parents of babies 0-4 months of age to build their own village of support with other new parents.
  • Parent Workshops: Cooking for baby. Make your own baby food.
  • MothersCare phone line: Breastfeeding support, pregnancy health, dental and oral health, mental health counseling and services, domestic violence shelters, substance use and abuse intervention services, Medicaid and QUEST Integration providers, and access to prenatal care. 808-951-6660 on Oahu or 1-888-951-6661 toll-free on the Neighbor Islands.

Breastfeeding

Breast Pumps11
HMSA provides coverage for breast feeding support during pregnancy and post-partum, including the purchase of a breast pump at no charge to you. A list of participating providers or pharmacies can be found online.

Additional breastfeeding resources:
Proper storage and preparation of breast milk 12
Hawaii Mothers' Milk 13Call 808-949-1723 for more information
WomensHealth.gov—National Breastfeeding Helpline14
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®15

Fitness

Fitness for Moms18
Fitness programs including Mommy and Me classes as well as pregnancy fitness classes.

Childcare

People Attentive to Children19
PATCH helps find childcare. Some scholarships are available.

Postpartum care

Postpartum support20
Provides support to women in Hawaii who are pregnant or postpartum with mood disorders via phone support, peer support group, Google+ Hangouts group, referrals, group presentations, information, and education. Meets every Saturday in Aiea. Call Diane Ashton at 808-392-7985 for times and locations.

Disclaimer

The information you obtain from the sources listed on this site, or any other service offered by or through this site, should not substitute for or be used instead of a relationship with a health care professional. All users are encouraged to seek the advice of, and regularly consult with, physicians and other health care professionals of their selection.