Take Control of Planned early deliveries

Why it’s a Top Cost for Employers

1 billion savings with 1.7% decrease

  • Maternity care is the number one reason for hospitalization among most employee populations
  • The highest cost for maternity care is when a pre-term infant (those born at less than 39 completed weeks of gestation) is treated in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Research shows an early elective delivery increases the chance for complications for babies and their mothers
  • An early elective delivery is performed via cesarean and costs for the patient and employer are dramatically higher than if the patient had waited for childbirth to begin on its own or the baby was delivered vaginally.
  • Preventing complications and C-sections results in system wide savings. A maternal complication during delivery adds almost $1,000 to the cost of care, while an uncomplicated C-section adds nearly $2,000 to the bill.

Inducing labor for convenience

You’ll find another page on this website that provides a variety of information, links and videos to help pregnant women make informed decisions and partner with their health care providers. This page is intended to help the Employer support these efforts.

Employers Strategies to Improve Maternity Care with Covered Populations
  • Provide employees with up-to-date communication about the risks and complications associated with early elective deliveries – use the tools and resources on this page
  • Provide hospital comparison tools
  • Reviewing benefit design plans to ensure high quality hospital network
  • Align incentives for providers and hospitals to adhere to evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for both infants and mothers and decrease the growth in health care spending for maternity care services

What Employers Can Do To Improve Maternity Care at the Worksite