VA honors all mothers and mothers-to-be
Whether you are a mom, want to be a mom or are about to become one, VA supports you on Mother’s Day and on a daily basis. No matter where you are on your journey, we provide health care every step of the way to and through motherhood.
A fundamental tenet of our healthcare mission is that all pregnant veterans and new moms receive respectful, high-quality healthcare. Our healthcare providers and staff know that every Veteran’s journey is different, and we are committed to providing equitable care for all Veterans.
National VA baby showers continue through 2022
For more than a decade, VA facilities across the country have hosted and hosted baby showers for veterans who are expecting or who have recently welcomed a new bundle of joy. Throughout this spring, we’ll celebrate the thousands of veteran parents who will welcome babies in 2022 at nearly 90 baby showers across the country.
VA Baby Showers provide new parents with essential baby items and help foster community bonds with other parents and local services like the special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). New parents will also receive information about VA health care services, such as help with postpartum depression.
Washington, DC VA held its annual drive-in baby shower last year for parents-to-be and those who have recently welcomed their new addition. VA Baby Showers support veterans and their families with items like car seats, strollers, baby bags, diapers and more. These donations are provided through veterans service organizations, non-profit organizations, major retailers and other community partnerships.
A healthy pregnancy starts with good health
If you are considering getting pregnant, talk to your VA health care providers. They will help you be as healthy as possible as you prepare for pregnancy. Your provider will ensure that your medical conditions are well controlled and that you are taking folic acid, an essential nutrient in early pregnancy. They can also help you eat healthy and connect you with other services like smoking cessation support.
VA is here to support you on the path to parenthood
We provide care for mothers and pregnant women, but also support those looking to start a family using infertility or adoption services.
Once you become pregnant, VA covers a wide range of maternity care services. Maternity care is covered by VA and is provided by non-VA providers in community facilities. Services covered include lab tests, ultrasounds, prescriptions, breastfeeding and lactation support and one week of newborn care, starting on the day of delivery.
During pregnancy, your VA health care team remains available to help manage your health care. This can include providing ongoing care for chronic illnesses, connecting with social work and mental health support, and ensuring you have the equipment you may need during pregnancy, such as seat belts. abdominal support or home blood pressure cuffs.
VA can help you care for yourself and a newborn at the same time
Welcoming a new baby into your home is an exciting but often challenging time. This is an important transition for you and your whole family. Many people may feel overwhelmed. Whether you need help with breastfeeding, postpartum depression, parenting, or relationship support, your provider and VA team are there to support you.
“We want you to have the resources you need to take care of yourself and a newborn at the same time. That’s why VA covers the essentials – care ranging from mental health support and nutrition services to key items like nursing bras, breast pads, breast pumps and belts. motherhood,” explained Dr. Amanda Johnson, director of reproductive health at the VA Office of Women’s Health. .
Learn more about maternal health at VA.
VA Maternity Care Coordinators are available to help
VA Maternity Care Coordinators (MCCs) help you navigate your health care inside and outside of VA, answer your questions, and connect you to resources. To find an MCC near you, contact your VA healthcare provider or local Women’s Veterans Program Manager.
We provide health care and maternity care services for you, the veteran. If you are an LGBTQ+ Veteran and have questions or need an appointment, please call the Female Veteran Call Center (855-829-6636) or your local LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator.
If you have questions about VA health care, including questions about maternity care, you can call, text, or chat online with the Veteran Women’s Call Center at 855-829-6636. All of the representatives are women, and many of them are veterans themselves. They can put you in touch with your local Women Veterans Program Manager to help you schedule appointments.
To all veteran moms and moms-to-be, thank you! Happy Mother’s Day from VA.