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Trying to tell me something

I'm not sure to laugh or be offended. I got an e-mail from my health insurance company yesterday entitiled "Video Stories Address Pregnancy Risks: Get the Facts." Huh? Pregnancy risks? What pregnancy? The body of the e-mail went on...
Begin Your Journey to a Happy, Healthy Nine Months. Managing Pregnancy Risks is the latest topic to launch at Be Smart. Be Well.® Log on today and explore engaging video stories as told by women who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy, as well as their families and physicians.

Whether you’re thinking about becoming pregnant or already are pregnant, it’s important to educate yourself about possible risks.
There's a little video attached to the e-mail and a link to their website. This is the transcript of the video:
Series of scenes show nursery with newborns being attended by nursing staff.

Victoria Leland, RN, Regional Director, March of Dimes
One in, in eight babies in America right now are being born prematurely. African-American women are almost twice as likely to have a preterm birth.

Scene shows group of pregnant women in public.

Susan Gerber, MD, MPH, Obstetrician / Gynecologist
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
For women who are high risk, partnering with a medical team is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Not just during pregnancy, but actually in planning a pregnancy.

Shot of pregnant woman talking to nurse.

It wasn't going to happen to me. I was going to have this fabulous pregnancy with these beautiful clothes, and I never got out of a nightgown.

Title graphic:


Series of scenes show Melissa caring for her children and managing her diabetes.

My first pregnancy was challenging. I learned a lot about my diabetes through that experience and learning all this information it’s so important to do it because it’s not just affecting me it’s affecting my child.

John Lantos, MD, Prof. of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Bioethics Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics
The accuracy of the screening and the number of things that we can screen for is going up and up and up.

Shot of pregnant teens and teen mothers in hallway at school.

Victoria Leland, RN, Regional Director, March of Dimes
Teen births, um, have a little bit higher incidence of preterm birth rate, as well as late maternal age has higher incidents of preterm births.

Scene of teen mother caring for her infant.

I’m 16 years old and my daughter’s three months.

Shot of teen mother and friend walking on the street with an infant and toddler.

My advice to a young pregnant girl is, “Don’t hide it from anyone.” Try to get help as fast as you can. Let your mom know. It'll break her heart but trust me, at the end it's all worth it.

Series of shots show people on the street and in the workplace.

Barbara Turvett, Dep. Editor, Working Mother Magazine
There are 31 million working mothers in the United States. There are many companies that are incredibly good about offering family friendly policies for working moms because they want to attract and retain working moms.

Scene of nurse reviewing patient chart on computer screen.

Victoria Leland, RN, Regional Director, MARCH of Dimes
We really are pouring a lot of research dollars and efforts into what’s triggering preterm labor. Is it stress? Is it diet? Is it infection in different parts of the body that you may not necessarily associate with labor and delivery?

Series of shots show pregnant woman and husband in exam room with Midwife.

Armin Brott, Author “The Expectant Father” and “Father for Life”
When pregnancies take a turn that is completely unexpected it becomes a high-risk pregnancy, that puts a tremendous pressure on dads. He's terrified because he's supposed to be the provider/protector, but she's terrified because she's going through this.

Shot of husband touching pregnant wife’s stomach, feeling the baby.

Sharon’s story
When people ask how the pregnancy is going, I typically say that we are pregnant.

Shot of pregnant woman walking on city street.

Sharon’s story
There are some risks. There’s a lot that I can do to make sure that I’m minimizing any chances of problems. And that’s exactly what I’m committed to doing!

John Lantos, MD, Prof. of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Bioethics Chair, Center for Practical Bioethics
The chance of having a healthy baby are much higher now than they’ve ever been in the history of humankind before so the odds are things are going to go very well, but you may have to face some tough decisions along the way.

Ending graphic:

High risk doesn’t have to mean low odds. be smart be well.com

Now, I'm sure that this is useful information for women who are pregnant. But I'M NOT PREGNANT!!! Nor am I planning on becoming pregnant in the immediate future. (Ask me again in maybe 12 to 18 months...) In point of fact, I'm on birth control. Which Blue Cross should be vaguely aware of since they help pay for it every single month.

I understand that the insurance company probably figured out my sex and age and zeroed in on the fact that if I get pregnant it will be a high-risk pregnancy. I understand that they're trying to get me to think about such things before it's too late.

But it's somewhat presumptuous....

When I told my mom about the e-mail she asked me if I changed my insurance status to "pregnant." "Why would I do something like that? I'm not pregnant." "I don't know. Why else would they send you the e-mail?" "Maybe they want me to get pregnant." "Oh god!"


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Aug. 21st, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Well, all women of childbearing age are "pre-pregnant"... ;)

I doubt they WANT you to get pregnant, because it's expensive, but they probably do want you to "manage" your health if you do so as to cost them less money. Still, that's awfully presumptuous. I'd be quite startled and kind of annoyed to get something like that.

(I also have Blue Cross but in a different state, so hopefully mine is not gearing up to send me such a thing.)
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I think, given my age, they want me to come in sooner rather than later and to think about the high-risk issues in the early stages, so they can be managed. If I do get pregnant, from their perspective it'd probably be cheaper to evaluate and manage risk earlier rather than later.
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