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Pre- and Postnatal Care

Under Governor Mike DeWine’s leadership, the Department of Medicaid has expanded prenatal and postnatal services to ensure more Ohio mothers have healthy, full-term births and quality care post-birth.  

A few other highlights for prenatal and postnatal services in Ohio within the past few years:

  • Established and expanded services – in targeted communities and designed to improve birth outcomes for black women and babies – including community health workers and navigators to connect women to care, and doulas and trauma-informed peer supporters to support women through pregnancy and motherhood, legal aid services and fatherhood supports to help families thrive, and other interventions chosen by the communities themselves.  

  • Made evidence-based group prenatal courses reimbursable through Medicaid, providing more women with access to critical prenatal medical care, education and support while building networks. 

  • Introduced new Medicaid coverage for community-based nursing services consistent with the Nurse Family Partnership home visiting model. Implementing this service through Medicaid contributes to Governor DeWine’s goal of tripling home visiting for Ohio families and children. Nurse home visits are shown to reduce parent stress, improve parenting skills, and help families overcome challenges. These services are available for women in Medicaid who are at risk for pre-term birth complications.  

  • Expanded access to and funding for lactation consultation services and breastfeeding supplies, helping more mothers start and continue to breastfeed their newborns.  

  • Started continuous health care coverage for Medicaid enrolled mothers for one year after the birth of their child.  

  • In partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Children’s Initiatives invested $5 million in 44 community and faith-based organizations, such as Brigid’s Path and Moms2Be and to improve infant and maternal health outcomes. 

  • The Maternal Opiate Medical Supports (MOMS) program, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, serves pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use and stimulant use disorders, using a holistic care model. Participants receive medication assisted treatment, case management, counseling, peer support, parenting education, and more. The 12 MOMS sites, such as Moms2Be, across the state serve 300 women each day.