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Should Parents-to-Be Get Paid to Attend Prenatal Visits?

Women without health insurance or those who are not familiar with the healthcare system often skip their prenatal visits, which can lead to complications for both mother and baby. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, offering expectant moms $100 to begin their prenatal doctor visits in the first trimester and continue through delivery is enough incentive to have them comply.

By offering the financial reward, the researchers saw a 62 percent increase in the number of program participants and a 39 percent decrease in the number of low birth weight babies. The plan, which also offered the participants' doctors a $100 bonus for enforcing the appointments, cost the healthcare companies less in the first year of the babies' lives.

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lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
probably enough to get the low income women to the doctor, and, as the study found, it saves money in the long run. if this helps the health of babies it's a good idea. many times teens don't understand the long term consequences of their actions. if they did, they wouldn't be pregnant. what about after the babies are born, do the payments keep up?
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I cannot criticize the American medical system enough and I won't here. Expecting a baby, I frequently visit baby boards (like babycenter) all the time in regards to what to expect while expecting and am sometimes so shocked/surprised by some of the stuff I have seen about moms to be in the States. It is sad that women have to choose saving money over the possibilty of finding out information that could be crucial to creating a healthy child.
mhg mhg 7 years
I certainly don't live in a dream world. The 14, 15 and 16 year-old girls are most likely on Medicaid so the financial burden is most likely not theirs. I think that programs like these, while well meaning in its intentions, can set people up to become increasingly dependent on institutions/people other than themselves. I guess I've read more and more frequently about kids getting paid to go to school, to do this, to do that, etc. They certainly expect to have help/assistance when the baby arrives as well. I just get tired of reading about scenarios like this that to me, perpetuate the cycle of poverty. The alternative is not pleasant either, I suppose, because babies without prenatal care can have undesirable outcomes all around. I just question throwing money at people who make poor decisions at every turn.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
That's where state medical insurance comes into play. As for the teenagers, it's the parents responsibility to get them prenatal care, though this obviously depends on when they tell them. Teenagers arent complete idiots walking around clueless. They understand actions and consequences, and usually receive sexual education in school from around 11 years on, and its ridiculous to treat them like victims. I knew good and well as a teenager the consequences of having sex, protected or unprotected. I came from an extremely poor family growing up in drug ridden neighborhoods in so cal, left alone from the early am hours until late at night while both parents worked long hours. I managed to not land myself pregnant, as do plenty of other teenagers. I find it pretty ridiculous to pay people so they get prenatal care. It just sounds like it will lead to paying people for all sorts of things they should already be doing.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
If this gets women to get prenatal care, then yes. Of course women SHOULD get prenatal care, but many women do not have health insurance, doctors, etc. If it benefits the babies, then yes. I don't know where you all live, but I see A LOT of pregnant 14, 15, 16 year olds in my neighborhood. I highly doubt these girls "made the decision to have a child." What they did was (most likely) have unprotected sex. -- and I doubt many (any?) of them have health insurance. I think some people live in a dream world where they think everyone is married, has sex for procreation, and has health insurance.
Danni99 Danni99 7 years
I don't know. The reality is that what "should" happen, and what "does" happen are dramatically different. In a world where this IS a problem, it seems like a cost effective solution. I was unaware, but apparently my insurance will send me a voucher for 15 packages of diapers if I have my OB sign a postcard that verifies I attended 10 or more prenatal visits. I didn't know about it until after my baby was born 2 weeks ago, and for me it wouldn't have changed my visit schedule (heck, I was there 2-3 times a week for a while due to some complications!). However, if it encourages a mother who otherwise wouldn't make time to go, I'm all for it. Also, it can help compensate low wage earners who suffer loss of income when they must leave work (especially min. wage jobs) to attend the appointments. And ultimately, insurance companies are well off enough that they can give a little back, surely. Especially when the give back benefits babies, the innocents in these situations.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
No way. People who get pregnant should take the responsibility for their health and their child's health.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I agree with the above posters. If you make the decision to have sex and get pregnant, you should be making responsible decisions for the health of your baby. You shouldn't have to be getting paid to do something that is necessary for your sake AND your baby's sake.
mhg mhg 7 years
isn't the health of your baby enough incentive? good god. they really have to pay people to go to prenatal visits? yikes.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
We shouldn't be paying people to do things they should already be doing for their health and the health of their babies. It's just like paying teens not to get pregnant. We already have an overblown sense of entitlement and things like this will just make it worse.
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