Getting pregnant without health insurance

Dresden Shumaker, single mom & blogger, shares advice on navigating pregnancy without insurance.
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Getting pregnant without health insurance

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I think for many women that find themselves pregnant, it's an amazing and exciting moment, which can quickly become scary if you realize you don't have health insurance to help you during your pregnancy. I was in that situation. I had health insurance and when I became pregnant, I called up the Insurance Company and asked them to turn on my maternity coverage, and I was denied - mostly because I was single, but that's another story. I was terrified. I didn't know what to do. I knew I wanted to have good healthcare during my pregnancy. And I wasn't sure how to do that. So I talked to my primary care physician to find out what do I do, because I cant be the only one that finds themself in this situation. And I wasn't. It's sadly really common for pregnant women to be denied health coverage from their individual coverage plans. And so luckily there are programs in every State. It's called MedicAid, and what it does is it will support you through your pregnancy. It will allow you to see your OB for regular check ups. Get your pre-natal vitamins. All the things that pregnant women need to do. And it allows them to do it without worrying that they will have a huge bill at the end of it.

Dresden Shumaker, single mom & blogger, shares advice on navigating pregnancy without insurance.

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Dresden Shumaker

Single Mom & Blogger

Dresden Shumaker blogs at Creating Motherhood, a site she created in 2005 to chronicle her path to single parenthood. She was honored as a BlogHer "Voices of the Year" keynote speaker in 2012. A former Hollywood insider, Dresden now spends her days working in PR and new media for a Philly tech startup and her evenings negotiating with her three year old son about the number of toys he may bring into the bathtub. Dresden is a single mom and lives in a multigenerational home in Philadelphia.  

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