Care for Pregnant Members

Being pregnant is an exciting time! We also know that you may have questions about you and your baby’s health. AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio has many tools available to help you have a healthy, full-term pregnancy. 

Progesterone therapy

Sadly, Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the United States. Preterm birth is the top cause of these deaths in Ohio. In many cases, progesterone may help women have full-term pregnancies.

What is progesterone?

Progesterone is a natural hormone. When you are pregnant, your level of this hormone rises. Sometimes, extra progesterone can help women have healthier, full-term pregnancies.

Talk to your provider about progesterone early in your pregnancy if you have:

  • Had a baby three or more weeks early.
  • Used progesterone in a past pregnancy.
  • Been told by a provider that you have a short cervix, and you are pregnant with just one baby.

Watch: Dr. Siobhan Dolan explains how progesterone may help prevent premature birth in women who’ve had a premature birth in the past (2:02).

Progesterone Project

Ohio Prenatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) says that preterm birth is the top cause of newborn death in Ohio. OPQC’s Progesterone Project can help women with high risk of preterm birth. The project identifies women with an increased risk of preterm birth. It helps those women begin progesterone therapy early during pregnancy. 

Progesterone therapy through OPQC’s project has reduced preterm births by 30% in women who have given preterm births before and in women with a shortened cervix. The project has helped reduce preterm births before 32 weeks by 6.6% overall in Ohio.

Visit OPQC’s Progesterone Project website to learn more about how the project helps Ohio women have healthier, full-term pregnancies.

Learn more about progesterone

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View these short, true stories about how progesterone has helped other high-risk Ohio women have healthier pregnancies.

  • Angela’s Story (2:30)
    Angela, from Junction City, Ohio, had lost multiple pregnancies to preterm births. Hear how progesterone helped her have a healthy, full-term baby girl.
  • Jieney’s Story (2:30)
    Jieney had lost two babies to preterm births. Thanks for progesterone, she has had regular-term pregnancies. Jieney now has two daughters.
  • Patrece’s Story (2:34)
    Hear from Patrece of Canal-Winchester, Ohio, who successfully used progesterone treatment and delivered her baby girl two days past her due date.

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Programs for our members

Bright Start®

Bright Start helps women stay healthy when they are pregnant. It aims to help you have a healthy baby. The Bright Start program gives you information about the importance of

  • Eating right.
  • Taking your prenatal vitamins.
  • Receiving medical care in a timely manner.
  • Staying away from drugs, alcohol, and smoking.
  • Visiting your dentist so you can keep your gums healthy.

AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio will work with your providers to make sure you get the care you need. We can give you information or connect you with other services, like:

  • Food and clothes
  • Transportation
  • The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program
  • Domestic abuse
  • Breastfeeding
  • Home care
  • Helping you understand your emotions, such as signs and symptoms of postpartum depression

Call Bright Start for more information toll free at 1-833-606-2727 (TTY 1- 833-889-6446). The care coordination staff are available to answer questions, provide educational materials, and work with you during your pregnancy. 

If you have a question or would like to know more about pregnancy services available to you, call Member Services at 1-833-764-7700 (TTY 1-833-889-6446).