If I have problems during my pregnancy, should I call my doctor or the Rockford Health Plans HMO prenatal nurse?

If I have problems during my pregnancy, should I call my doctor or the Rockford Health Plans HMO prenatal nurse?

I may be pregnant. Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to see an obstetrician?

Do I have to pay an office copayment each time I see an obstetrician during my pregnancy?

If I have problems during my pregnancy, should I call my doctor or the Rockford Health Plans HMO prenatal nurse?

How long will I stay in the hospital after I give birth?

I may be pregnant. Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to see an obstetrician?
You do not need a referral to see a participating obstetrician, or a family practice physician providing obstetrical care. However, you do need to call Rockford Health Plans HMO and enroll in the Healthy Expectations prenatal program. You may also enroll in Healthy Expectation via e-mail by sending your name, address, telephone number, member number and expected due date to RHPprenatal@rhsnet.org.

Be sure to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you suspect you may be pregnant. If your primary care physician is part of Freeport Regional Health Network, your obstetrician/gynecologist or family practice physician providing gynecologic care must also be from Freeport Regional Health Network.

Do I have to pay an office copayment each time I see an obstetrician during my pregnancy?
No. You pay an office copayment only at your first prenatal visit.

If I have problems during my pregnancy, should I call my doctor or the Rockford Health Plans HMO prenatal nurse?
Always call your doctor''s office first. If you still have questions, the Rockford Health Plans HMO prenatal nurse may be able to help you.

How long will I stay in the hospital after I give birth?
Your stay in the hospital will be covered for 48 hours after a routine vaginal delivery without complications, and 96 hours after a routine cesarean section without complications. Your physician, in consultation with Rockford Health Plans, may order an extended stay in the hospital if your medical condition requires you to remain hospitalized. On the other hand, if you and your baby are doing extremely well and you are anxious to go home, your doctor may designate a shorter stay. If you do go home early, your doctor may have a home health nurse visit you and your baby.

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