There are lots of reasons
to become a Buckeye Baby mom.
Help for Complicated Pregnancies
Moms with high-risk pregnancies due to advanced maternal age, diabetes, genetic conditions, a history of premature births and those expecting multiples require extra attention. Through the OSU Health Plan and Buckeye Babies, you have access to excellent high-risk doctors and benefits to help prevent or reduce the incidence of complications. Our nurse case managers will assist in the coordination of your care throughout your pregnancy to ensure you get the care you need.
Call the Breastfeeding Helpline at 614-293-8910 when you have questions or need assistance with nursing your newborn. The lactation specialists at the Maternity Unit at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are ready to help you. For a list of lactation spaces around the OSU Columbus campus, click here.
Since breastfeeding plays an important role in your newborn’s health and well-being, we offer benefits-enrolled members and dependents who are pregnant a free breast pump through Edgepark Medical Supplies. To receive your pump, please click here. Pumps can only be ordered in the member’s third trimester or after delivery. To learn more about the Edgepark OSU breast pump registration process, click here.
From there, you will identify yourself as living in Ohio and having OSU Health Plan insurance. There are now eleven models from which to choose from. After you make your selection, you can enter your due date and e-mail address. The final step is to enter your demographic, insurance, and physician information. Once your information is verified with your physician’s office, your breast pump will ship directly to your home via UPS. Please note that this process can take up to two weeks.
For any issues or concerns related to ordering the pump, please contact Edgepark Case Management at 844-564-1007 option 2 (for members) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postpartum Home Visit
Buckeye Baby moms living in Franklin and contiguous counties will receive a free home visit by a registered nurse shortly after your discharge to make sure your transition to home is going smoothly. The nurse will conduct a clinical check of you and your baby, follow-up on any issues your doctor identified at the time of discharge, and talk with you about any difficulties you may be experiencing adjusting to life’s changes.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers a variety of educational classes for expectant parents. For more information on the classes below, or to register, call 614-293-5123.
- Childbirth Education
This class helps prepare you and your spouse/support person for the events of labor and birthing. You will participate in a comprehensive overview of the birth process including signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management options and the birthing experience.
- Marvelous Multiples
Expecting twins, triplets or more? OSU Maternity Center tailored this class for your unique situation. Learn about making your pregnancy more comfortable, the labor and delivery process, preparing for the births, bringing your babies home, managing daily routines, connecting with community resources, and more. Please note: This class should not serve as a substitute for the Childbirth Education class.
- Sibling Class
A new member of any family significantly changes the family dynamics. This class shows you steps to prepare future siblings for the upcoming changes. In addition, siblings receive extra attention as they get ready for the new baby’s arrival by seeing the hospital and learning new skills such as holding and diapering.
- Breastfeeding Basics
Take time during your pregnancy to learn more about the basics of feeding your baby the best of nutrition. Discuss with lactation consultants the what, where, when, why and how of breastfeeding in today's world. Because support from your spouse or support person is so helpful, we encourage them to attend along with you.
- Baby Basics
If you have a baby on the way, and you need to know the basics, then this class is for you! Gain more confidence in caring for your soon-to-arrive newborn (or new grandchild) in this class that covers everything from diapering and bathing to choosing toys and creating a safe environment.
- Infant and Pediatric CPR
Performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could prove invaluable for every parent, grandparent and childcare provider. Take the time to learn this life-saving technique, taught by certified basic life support instructors.