Women Veterans Health Care
Post-pregnancy Health Care
VA takes a comprehensive approach to care after pregnancy to help you reach your wellness and recovery goals.
During and after pregnancy, you have access to physical and mental health care at VA, including:
- Connection to primary care and physical recovery from birth
- Maternity Care Coordinators to help you access care
- Mental health check-ins and counseling
- Pregnancy/infant loss resources
- Connection to support groups and community resources
- Substance use support
- Breastfeeding and lactation resources
- Pelvic floor physical therapy
- Sexual health services
Why is health care after pregnancy important?
Regular visits with your VA health care team or talking with your Maternity Care Coordinator provides care for a variety of needs, including physical and mental health wellness.
At VA, the health care you receive after pregnancy is just as important as your prenatal care. VA understands that pregnancy and birth can be both exciting and stressful. You may have developed health conditions (like high blood pressure) that you didn't have before pregnancy, that need follow up after delivery. In the months after giving birth or experiencing pregnancy loss, you may feel a tremendous amount of change and responsibility, all while dealing with your body's physical recovery.
What are the priorities of health care after pregnancy?
After pregnancy, we encourage you to continue visits with your health care team to assess your physical and mental wellbeing, including emotional wellness, sexual health, sleep and fatigue, physical recovery from birth (such as pelvic floor recovery), and management of chronic disease or conditions that may have developed during pregnancy.
Pregnancy loss support
Not every pregnancy journey is a smooth one. Speak to your health care team or Maternity Care Coordinator about how VA can support you in case of miscarriage or stillbirth. You have access to mental health support through VA.
Many people experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety after pregnancy. Some women Veterans find some aspects of pregnancy difficult because of increased trauma reminders. VA can help you with your mental health before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Accessing VA health care after pregnancy
You have access to VA health care after pregnancy, including in cases of miscarriage or stillbirth.
Every VA facility has a Women Veteran Program Manager (WVPM) who is specifically dedicated to helping you navigate your health care.
The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to women's health
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:
WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
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