The Georgia State Medicaid Plan postpartum coverage is 12 months long. This will allow new moms to have care such as:
- family planning
- pregnancy services
- gynecological services
- self-referrals to women’s health specialists in the network
Congratulations, Mom! Meeting your baby is one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, but it also presents both physical and emotional challenges. It is vital to rest and take care of yourself so that you are able to recover from delivery and take care of your baby. Keep reading for important steps to take and things to do after having your baby.
Go to your postpartum visit.
Schedule a visit with your OB provider 3-6 weeks after delivery. Your OB provider will make sure you are recovering physically, see how you are doing emotionally, answer questions and address any needs you might have. Plus, you’ll be able to earn $60 in rewards if you’ve signed up for the Babies First Program.
Need help getting to your postpartum visit? We’re here for you! CareSource offers free rides to and from all provider visits. Just call Member Services at 1-855-202-0729 (TTY: 1-800-255-0056 or 711) 48 hours before your visit. We will arrange a ride to and from your visit.
Sign up for the Babies First® and Kids First programs.
If you didn’t sign up for the Babies First program during your pregnancy, it’s not too late! The Babies First program covers your postpartum visit, as well as well-child visits and immunizations for your baby up to the age of 16 months. You and your baby can earn up to $265 through the Babies First program.
Remember to switch your child over to the Kids First program before your child turns 16 months old. You can earn up to $165 in rewards through the Kids First program.
Discuss birth control options with your OB provider.
Studies show that it is best to wait at least 18 months between pregnancies. This reduces the risk of possible health-related issues, such as having a premature baby. If you’re interested in birth control, talk to your OB provider about your options.
There are options such as the contraceptive implant and the IUD which are safe, very effective and reversible. These can often be placed right in the hospital after delivery! These devices can be easily removed in the OB provider’s office when you are ready to have another baby.
If possible, start nursing within an hour of your baby’s birth. Babies tend to be alert in the first few hours of life, so breastfeeding right away takes advantage of this natural wakefulness. After this, newborns will sleep for most of the next 24 hours. At that point, it might be harder to get your baby to latch on.
Not able to breastfeed regularly? You can get a free breast pump through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program! If you’re having issues with breastfeeding, such as milk supply or sore nipples, the WIC Program may also offer free lactation consulting services.
- Aeroflow: 1-844-867-9890
- Ameda Direct: 1-877-791-0064
Have other questions about how to properly breastfeed your newborn?
Learn the basics of baby care.
Learn the basics of caring for your newborn through the KidsHealth Newborn Center. This gives you tips about childbirth, breastfeeding, changing a diaper, bonding with your baby and many other helpful topics! It’s a great resource, whether you’re a new parent or not.
What else do you need to learn about caring for your newborn? Check out our baby care tips and resources.
Set up well-baby and immunization visits.
During the first couple years of life, your baby will need to get several vaccinations and screenings (like lead screenings) and need frequent well-baby visits to ensure their development is on target. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an easy-to-follow chart of immunizations needed from birth to 15 months.
Share this chart with your baby’s pediatrician to check which vaccinations are needed for your baby, and if your baby needs other vaccinations not on this list. Don’t forget – you’ll be able to earn rewards for taking your child to their well-baby and immunization visits.
Need help getting to your child’s well-baby and immunization visits? We’re here for you! CareSource offers free rides to and from all provider visits. Just call Member Services at 1-855-202-0729 (TTY: 1-800-255-0056 or 711) 48 hours before your visit. We will arrange a ride to and from your visit.
After Pregnancy Resources
Have other questions about what to do after pregnancy?
Call our Maternal Care Team at 1-833-230-2034 (TTY: 1-800-750-0750 or 711).