Pregnancy and Maternity Care

Maternity is pregnancy care, including prenatal, inpatient hospital stay during delivery, and postpartum care. Take good care of yourself and your baby. See your doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant. We have a special program for pregnant women. This program provides education and support to help you have a healthy pregnancy. You should try to remain with us throughout your pregnancy to get the most of this program. Specially trained care managers can answer your questions or concerns about your pregnancy. The care managers can also help with community service referrals. You will also receive information on pregnancy and baby care in the mail.  Your first visit with your doctor should be within 14 days of finding out you are pregnant.  If you would like more information about the Maternity Program, call our Care Management department.

Your doctor will notify WVFH about your pregnancy and we will send you information about our MOM Matters program and how you can participate. Download the Routine and High Risk Prenatal Care Guide (pdf)

Here are some helpful tips for your pregnancy:

  • Keep all of your prenatal appointments. If you miss an appointment, call your doctor to reschedule. Do not wait until your next visit.
  • Take the prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor. Prenatal vitamins are an important part of your prenatal care for both the health of you and your baby.  There are many prenatal vitamins available that we pay for.
  • Avoid alcohol, illegal drugs, and smoking.  Second-hand smoke can harm you and your unborn child. Get help to quit smoking by calling the West Virginia Tobacco Quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  • Never take any medicines without checking with your doctor first. This includes prescription medications and over the counter medications like aspirin, Tylenol and cough syrup.
  • Eat at least 3 meals a day and choose healthy foods like fruit, meat, milk, vegetables, breads, and cereals.
  • Avoid foods like coffee, soda pop, fast foods, candy, and doughnuts.
  • Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.  Juice and milk are also healthy choices.
  • Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing daily. Gum infections can increase the risk of preterm labor.
  • Wear your seat belt when you are in a car. The lap portion should be low under your belly and touching your thighs.

What is a covered service?

  • Doctor visits and professional services for pregnancy, problems with a pregnancy, and after-delivery care when medically necessary services given by a certified nurse midwife, certified pediatric nurse practitioner or family nurse practitioner as well as a PCP or OB/GYN who are contracted with WVFH to give you medical care. The care can be given in the doctor’s office, a hospital, a clinic or any other place needed to treat an illness, injury, or condition. For your maternity benefit, home birth is not a covered benefit regardless of the provider.
  • Tests that are needed such as ultrasound
  • HIV testing, treatment and counseling
  • Vaginal childbirth and cesarean sections (C-sections)
  • Newborn exams