How are YOU holding up during this crazy time in our world’s history? I’m sure that no one will soon forget the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaken our world. I hope and pray that it will all be over with soon, and that we can all return to some sort of normalcy, even though it might be a new kind of normalcy from what we are all accustomed to.
If there is one thing that I’ve really learned from this pandemic is that we’re all in this together. It doesn’t matter what your skin color, religious beliefs, age, or financial worth is – the virus does not discriminate. I hope that people acknowledge non-discrimination, and make changes to ensure that more people (all people!) are included.
If you are a long time reader of my blog, you know that I don’t normally post about pregnancy related topics. After all, my “bakery” closed shop many years ago. I am blessed with two happy, healthy, amazing children. Well… they were children. Today they are young adults (and that is hard to believe).
When I was pregnant with my oldest (daughter), I didn’t have health insurance (my job didn’t offer it back then). The idea of trying to afford a pregnancy with no insurance was horrifying. Thankfully my husband had insurance. We were getting married as it was, so we had to move up the wedding date ASAP so that I could be covered under my husband’s insurance for the pregnancy. That was a HUGE relief. I’m also grateful that the pregnancy went smoothly (aside from gestational diabetes).
When I was pregnant with our son, things did not go that easy for us. I started to have problems (bleeding) when I was five weeks pregnant. Our son was delivered nine weeks early because his heart rate started dropping. He had intrauterine growth retardation and he was small for his gestational age. He also was no moving, nor was he practicing breathing while in the womb. He was born by emergency c-section because his heart rate started to drop. By the grace of God he was healthy (small, but healthy), and he only had to spend 33 days in the NICU before being released.
Because of my son, I was considered a “high risk” for any other pregnancies I might have (we only had two children). Two was an ideal number for us. I also didn’t want to go through another difficult pregnancy, and have to endure a lot of testing, hospital visits and bed rest. I was also getting older, so I knew I would require a lot of prenatal test to ensure the health of the baby in my womb.
I recently learned something that saddens me. Millions of mothers across the United States are being denied access to modern prenatal tests.
Healthcare providers such as UHC and Aetna are enforcing biased healthcare policies that do not cover prenatal test expenses for mothers under the age of 35. That is crazy!
I was under 35 for both of my pregnancies. The insurance company we had at that time (I honestly can’t recall which one it was) was great about covering every type of test that I needed (including having an ultrasound every other day).
I can’t believe that some insurance companies discriminate about women and pick and choose what tests they are allowed to have. Genetic tests are safe, non-invasive, and far more accurate than the outdated tests that some insurance companies are having prescribed.
I can tell you from my own experience, accurate and timely prenatal genetic test results can make a world of difference. If it wasn’t for the tests I was given in the hospital, I wouldn’t have known about the gestational diabetes that I had with my daughter, and the situation with my son’s health when I was pregnant with him.
These tests are incredibly valuable to help give doctors a “heads up” for any complications or issues. These tests can help parents prepare themselves mentally and physically for what is going on with the health of their unborn child, and better equipped for what lies ahead for their family.
I feel strongly that insurance companies allow all pregnant women the right to these prenatal tests. I honestly can’t see any logical reason why anyone should be denied them in any way.
I want to invite you to join millions of mothers in support of these tests for all pregnant women. Please visit StandUpforAPA.com/take-a-stand for more information about how you can lend your voice to this great cause. On the site you can learn more about this issue, as well as sign an important petition to get insurance companies such as Aetna and United Health Care that this issue matters to you, as well as those you care about.
This issue has been documented by organizations such as the Washington Post, MSNBC, and USA Today, to name a few.
Is healthcare for pregnant women an important issue for you or someone you know? Please comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I have joined forces with Stand Up for APA to bring you this important information. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.