Maternity bundle smooths bumps of childbirth experience

"I did not have to worry about the cost of my prenatal care; instead, I could focus on getting my life ready for a new addition.”

The nine months of pregnancy are a flurry of emotions combined with a race to prepare for the new arrival. The last thing a growing family needs is to have to maneuver through maternity insurance coverage, a process that can be complex, stressful and costly.

 

MNPS has lifted that concern for employees. Pregnancy is just one type of care that has been reimagined as part of Vanderbilt Health’s innovative MyHealth Bundles program, a benefit offered under the MNPS Certificated Employee Health Plan.

MyHealth Bundles packages all services required for a specific health condition into a single “bundle,” and patients are connected with a navigator to guide them through the process. This innovative approach eases much of the complexity, frustration and unnecessary expense often associated with health care.

For Cane Ridge High School psychology teacher Darcy Muller, the MyMaternityHealth Bundle offered relief. It helped support her pregnancy from the initial trimester through delivery and beyond. Darcy enjoyed enhanced medical care and a personalized experience — and she spent nothing out of pocket.

“I did not have to worry about the cost of my prenatal care; instead, I could focus on getting my life ready for a new addition,” she says.

The bundle offered even more peace of mind by streamlining her care.

“I didn’t need to call my provider every time I had a question — I could just pick up the phone and talk to my patient navigator,” Darcy says. “She was very responsive and always available.”

The program also boosted her confidence. When the first-time mother needed help with breastfeeding, her patient navigator connected her with lactation counseling.

Darcy says the MyMaternityHealth Bundle was a win from start to finish.

“My daughter is a toddler now, and I call her my ‘free’ baby,” a grateful Darcy says. “Everyone at Vanderbilt — nurses, doctors, everyone — was amazing. I wish I could have remembered all of their names, because I would sit down and write each of these wonderful people a thank-you note!”

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Darcy Muller

Cane Ridge High School
psychology teacher

Quick facts about MyHealth Bundles

 

Your health plan coverage includes eight bundles, plus two more coming in 2023.*

  • You pay $0 for all bundled services as long as you’re eligible for/enrolled in a bundle.

  • All services are performed by Vanderbilt Health providers.

  • You’ll be assigned a dedicated patient navigator to guide you through every step of the process and find answers to all your questions.

  • Many of your appointments can be conducted via telehealth.

* MNPS employees and their dependents enrolled in the Certificated Employee Health Plan are eligible to participate in MyHealth Bundles. Participants must also meet certain bundle requirements.