Women Veterans Health Care
VA provides maternity coverage and care coordination to help create a seamless maternity care experience. Maternity care is covered by VA but provided by non-VA providers in non-VA facilities. Women can continue to receive care for other conditions at VA during this period. VA Maternity Care Coordinators (MCCs) work with pregnant Veterans to navigate their care.
What resources and services does VA provide for maternity care?
VA covers a wide range of maternity care services throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. Maternity care services available through VA include:
- Full physical exams and lab tests
- Prenatal education and screening
- Obstetrical ultrasounds
- Genetic tests and specialty consults
- Prescription drugs
- 7 calendar days of newborn care, starting with the day of delivery
- Lactation support
- Support and services in case of miscarriage or stillbirth
- Social work and mental health services
- Maternity Care Coordinators (MCC)
VA also covers nursing bras, nursing pads, breast/chest pumps, and maternity belts. Request these items through your MCC at least two weeks before your due date. You can get other supplies, such as lactation pads, human milk storage bags, and nipple cream through the VA Pharmacy.
VA benefits may not cover all services, including home deliveries, doulas, experimental procedures or pregnancy termination. Your MCC can answer questions on coverage and connect you to additional resources.
Maternity Care Coordinators
Every VA offers maternity care coordination. VA Maternity Care Coordinators can answer questions you have about services and coverage through every stage of your pregnancy. Maternity Care Coordinators can help you:
- Navigate health care services both inside and outside of VA
- Access care for your other physical and mental health needs
- Connect to community resources
- Cope with pregnancy loss
- Connect to care after delivery
- Answer questions about billing
To find a VA Maternity Care Coordinator near you, contact your VA provider or local Women's Veteran Program Manager. If you are an LGBTQ+ Veteran and have questions about your eligibility for VA's maternity care services, please call the Women Veterans Call Center or contact the LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator at your nearest facility for more information.
How do I access services for maternity care at VA?
- If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:
- Enrolling in VA health care if you have not already
- Setting up a medical appointment in your area
- Answering questions about eligibility (including questions about disability ratings) and other VA benefits like employment, education, and home loans
- Find out if you are eligible for VA health care.
- Enroll in VA health care if you haven't already.
- If you or your spouse are pregnant while separating from the military, you may be eligible to extend your military health care benefits through 6 weeks post-delivery. Continued coverage is not automatic when transitioning from the Military Health System (MHS). Talk to your current provider before separation.
- Find your local VA to learn about what services may be available and to make an appointment.
Where can I find more information and resources on maternity care?
These links can help you learn more about maternity care:
- Pregnancy Planning Resources
- Post-Partum Support
- Parenting Support and Resources
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