Healthy Moms = Healthy Kids

12 January 2017 Published in New Publications

 

 Support Medicaid Family Planning Services

Unintended pregnancies put the health of the mother and the baby at risk. Family planning services reduce rates of unintended pregnancies and improve maternal and child health.

Almost all private plans cover these services, yet one in five Utah women report not seeing a health care provider in the last year because of cost. Women who are uninsured or underinsured have a hard time accessing the health care and family planning services they need. Utah is one of only eight states that does not offer family planning services to women. A Medicaid family planning policy has been shown to support healthier moms, increased attainment of post-secondary education and employment gains. Voices for Utah Children supports investing in Medicaid family planning services.

Improve Mental Healthcare for Moms

Too many women suffer from perinatal mood disorders. More than just the short-lived “baby blues,” maternal depression and anxiety can affect a women’s ability to care for her new baby. At least 1 in 8 Utah moms are affected by maternal depression and anxiety every year. Many more are never diagnosed.

There are evidence-based, cost-effective screening, detection and treatment options available for mothers and children, but they are not adequately or consistently applied in Utah.

It is time to bring maternal depression and anxiety out of the shadows, and ensure that early identification and treatment services are available and accessible statewide for all women, so that adverse consequences in children and families can be prevented. 

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