Right Start Pregnancy Management
Pregnancy - An Exciting Time for Expecting Mothers
Pregnancy is a very exciting time in your life, and to help you manage all of the changes in the coming months, our Right Start Program is designed to give you the information you need to take care of yourself and your baby both during and after pregnancy. Information is provided to help you understand nutritional needs, recognize the symptoms of pre-term labor, understand the stages of pregnancy and answer any questions that may arise.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York provides this unique prenatal program free of charge in order to provide you the extra support, education, and care you need at this important and exciting time in your life.
The Right Start Prenatal Program can help you learn what to expect during your pregnancy. Download our latest guide to help support you through your pregnancy.
As part of the Right Start Prenatal Program, you may receive the following services:
- Patient education materials including books, classes and brochures
- One-on-one counseling with a registered nurse
- Care management with a registered nurse to support your doctor or midwife's care
- Over-the-phone health coaching
- Prenatal health education classes
- In-home care services for high-risk members
What topics are discussed?
- What to expect, month by month and per trimester
- Answers to important questions
- Learning the signs of emergencies
- Important HIV information to protect your baby from the virus
- Common risks, including alcohol, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), caffeine, cigarettes/tobacco, high blood pressure or hypertension
- Understanding the value of prenatal testing, including ultrasounds, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) testing, and amniocentesis
- Breastfeeding - how to and the proper diet
- Choosing a pediatrician
- Preparing for your baby
- Information about going into labor, false labor, including labor and when to call your doctor/nurse/midwife
How do I enroll?
Members may enroll in the Right Start program by consulting their physician when they are pregnant.
If you are expecting, quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby. When you stop using tobacco products, you will have more energy and breathe more easily. Additionally, your baby will get more oxygen and is more likely to be born at a healthy, normal weight.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
- Right Start Prenatal Guidelines and Assessment Form
- Substance Use Navigator Program for Pregnant Women
- Pregnancy - At least 39 weeks
- Zika Virus and Pregnancy Fact Sheet
- Maternal & Infant Health and Wellness seminars
- Important Information About Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy
- Perinatal Palliative Care Program
For more information about Right Start Prenantal, enroll below.