Advocating Reimbursement for Family-Centered Childbirth Education in the 21st Century
Abstract:There are several positive socio-economic trends with implications for health care reimbursement of childbirth education. Despite the documented benefits and improved outcomes associated with receiving childbirth education, this service has not been regarded by most insurance plans as a reimbursable service for the childbearing family. Perinatal educators must become politically active in analyzing policy and issues of resource allocation. Perinatal educators must support policy and legislative efforts that guarantee access to and reimbursement for childbirth education.
Document Type: Standard Article
Affiliations: LYNNE CAPIK is a Private-Practice Childbirth Educator affiliated with Capital Health System at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, and a graduate student in the Family Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey.
Publication date: October 1, 1998
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