Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Week 11...or 12....

It is so weird to not know about any information about the tiny life that is growing inside me. I am so anxious to have an ultrasound so I can be reassured that everything is okay, and to find out how far along I really am. On days when I wake up with energy and no nausea I start to get nervous as if I wasn't pregnant. I know that as a first time mother I am probably thinking too much into it and scaring myself, which is why I hope to set up an ultrasound appointment ASAP. Tomorrow's appointment is basically just filling out paperwork and the nurse will then set me up with an appointment to see my doctor. I just got finished watching 16 and pregnant where a girl had the hard decision to give up her baby for adoption, and then changed her mind, twice. I feel so lucky to have waited for the right person and the right time in my life to start a family. Thank you to my amazing husband and all my family and friends.

Baby Giveaways/Contests 2011

Win a Jeep stroller! Parents.com
Win $250 in cash: Parents.com
Win spa treatments, cash, flowers for a year, and a nursery makeover! Parents.com

Monday, April 18, 2011

Halloween Baby?

Planned parenthood told me my estimated due date is November 4th, but after looking at this calculator we may be looking at a Halloween baby! At least I won't have to look for a costume to wear...I have my first appt. to fill out paperwork on Wednesday (4/20), then I can set up a REAL appointment!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Low-cost insurance for pregnant women

When I found out I was pregnant, I was elated with joy, but soon reality set in that Planned Parenthood would only take me so far in providing prenatal care. With no health insurance, I knew I could turn to state and government programs for assistance. I had a difficult time researching what I would qualify for so I decided to post my findings online so other women in my position could find all the info. in one place. Keep in mind this is information from the state of California and can change with time.

AIM_:Access to Infants and Motherslow cost insurance for women already pregnant: It includes all your doctor visits, birth, and postnatal care. The income guidelines are as follows:

Income Guidelines

(for April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012)
AIM Family Size (count pregnant woman as 2)Monthly Household Income (Gross income after AIM deductions)Total Cost of AIM Coverage (1.5% of adjusted annual household income)
2$2,453 to $3,679$442 - $662
3$3,090 to $4,634$556 - $834
4$3,726 to $5,589$671 - $1,006
5$4,363 to $6,544$786 - $1,178
6$5,000 to $7,499$900 - $1,350
7$5,636 to $8,454$1,015 - $1,522
8$6,273 to $9,409$1,129 - $1,694
9$6,911 to $10,364$1,244 - $1,866
10$7,459 to $11,319$1,359 - $2,038
Each Additional Family Member$639 to $956$115 - $172
* A pregnant woman counts as a family of two.
You can apply by visiting AIM website


What If I'm Pregnant?

Many health care providers can offer you immediate, temporary, pregnancy related Medi-Cal services under a program called Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women. If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant, ask if your health care provider participates in this program. If you would like further information, please call 1(800) 824-0088. 

Is There A Special Program For Children and Pregnant Women?

Yes. Pregnant women and children may have more income and property than other people and still qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal services. The income guidelines are different for children under age 1, children 1 to 6, and children 6 to 19. Your family property, such as savings accounts or cars, is not used to determine eligibility if monthly income falls within certain limits. 

WIC: Women, Infants, and Children

A program that provides nutritious food to women, infants, and children who meet the income guidelines.

To view income guidelines click here: WIC income guidelines

Healthy Families: This program provides healthcare for children 0-18, includes heath, vision, and dental. 

To view income guidelines click here: Healthy Families Guidelines

If you do not qualify for any of these programs check you state's health website to see what programs they offer. You may have to purchase personal health care, but beware that some insurance companies consider pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. Good Luck!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week 9ish..Doctor! Doctor!

So I was excited to hear back from a low-cost insurance program for pregnant women, where I can get everything I need for prenatal care for a low monthly cost and I talked to them a few days ago and I was denied because we make too much money! Of course they don't take into account our bills and mortgage payment, so now I am starting again at square one to try to find a program or low cost insurance. I am so anxious to see a doctor to be reassured and hear our baby's heartbeat, I am waiting until Monday to start calling around to hospitals and Neighborhood Families to see what types of payment plans they have for pregnant women without insurance. Note to self before we have our second baby- get health insurance situated before getting pregnant!