Maternity services include all medical care related to pregnancy and childbirth. You do not need a referral to receive maternity care from obstetricians, gynecologists, or nurse midwives. Your out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on your plan. Review your Benefit Description for more details.
Resources for New Parents
Reimbursement for up to $90 for one childbirth class for a covered expectant mother and up to $45 for each refresher childbirth class. Learn more
Adding a Dependent Child
If you are having a baby or adopting a child, be sure to add them to your health plan within 30-days of the date of birth or adoption/placement.
Contact the Harvard Benefits Office at 617-496-4001 to learn more about adding a dependent child to your plan coverage.
Selecting a Pediatrician
Select a pediatrician in the Harvard University Group Health Plan network and contact Member Services with the name of the provider.
POS, POS Plus, and HDHP members can select a pediatrician that is not in the Harvard University Group Health Plan network—please note that your out-of-pocket costs will be higher. Learn more
Lactation counseling is covered when it is part of either an office visit or an approved home visit. It is not covered if your visit is solely for a lactation consult or with a lactation consultant. Visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield website for more information.
Breast pumps are covered under the durable medical equipment benefit. You can order a breast pump from a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts medical supplier by visiting the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts website—select "DME - Breast Pump" as the specialty to search—or directly from one of the following manufacturers:
To order a breast pump, you will need a prescription with the following information:
- The due date or birth date of your baby
- The diagnosis code
- Your clinician's NPI#, name, address, and telephone number—this information would typically be listed on any prescription