July 12, 2017 Healthy Living

Your Guide to CDPHP Maternity Benefits

Before I became pregnant, when I would see expecting mothers walking down the street, baby bumps perfectly round, I’d fantasize about how amazing that experience would be. Fast-forward to my own pregnancies when the reality of sleepless nights, financial worries, dirty diapers, and nursing challenges set in and motherhood turned out not to be as glamourous as I had pictured it in my head.

But, don’t get me wrong. Having a baby is a wonderful experience. I did it twice, so it couldn’t be all that bad! Plus, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get the urge every once and a while to do it all over again, if only for those moments of baby snuggles in the middle of the night. However, if I did do it again, I’d be more prepared and aware of the maternity benefits I have access to as a CDPHP® member. Keep in mind that your particular benefits may be slightly different. Members can always contact member services or log in to their member accounts for more detailed information.

I am most impressed with the fact that insurance companies, including CDPHP, now cover breast pumps for nursing mothers. As a new mother, paying almost $300 for just the pump, not the baggies and parts you also need, was pretty overwhelming.

CDPHP® Mom 2 Be
For additional support, I encourage all new moms to sign up for Mom 2 Be. This unique program provides all kinds of tips and tools to help you get through your pregnancy and prepare for motherhood the best way you possibly can, including:

  • Access to free wellness classes, such as prenatal yoga, family belly dancing (which sounds so cute and fun, I can barely stand it!), and more
  • A pregnancy calendar to track appointments, as well as changes to your body and baby

So, now that I know everything that is available to me as a CDPHP member, I guess I need to figure out whether I want to take the plunge into motherhood once again … and perhaps see what my boyfriend thinks!

Interested in all things baby? Stay tuned for more posts on this popular topic.

Victoria Baecker
About Author

Victoria joined CDPHP in 2016 as the Director of Community Relations & Corporate Events and in 2020 was named Executive Director of  CDPHP The Foundation. Victoria has a BA in Theatre from Russell Sage College and a MS in Organizational Management from Sage Graduate School. Recognitions include Rensselaer Chamber Leadership Institute Graduate, Girls, Inc. Fuel Her Fire Emerging Leader, Albany Business Review 40 Under 40, and Women’s Business Council Women of Excellence Emerging Leader and the 2020 TWILL Social Impact award from Northeast Kidney Foundation.  Victoria volunteers with several nonprofits, including American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, running and spending time with her family, Dave, Eleanor, Charlotte and Amelia.

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