Healthy Pregnancy Resources

Below is a list of programs and resources available to you as a GW employee, as well as links to external sites that provide valuable information.

GW Resources

UnitedHealthcare

For employees who participate in GW's health insurance plan through UnitedHealthcare (UHC):

Wellbeing Hotline

GW's Wellbeing Hotline is free for all benefits-eligible employees and their household members, regardless of whether or not you actually participate in GW's health insurance plan. Contact the Wellbeing Hotline to take advantage of the following resources:

  • Child care consulting and referral services

  • Articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars related to pregnancy, adoption, and caring for your child from birth through college

  • Financial and legal planning services

  • Employee discounts

Our Wellbeing Hotline is available 24/7 and can also identify and help address personal concerns. As part of this benefit, you and your household members can also take advantage of 5 free in-person counseling sessions for support with:

  • Preparing for a new baby

  • Coping with the challenges of being a new parent

  • Introducing an older child into your family

  • Relationship struggles

  • Dealing with everyday stress

  • Ending negative health behaviors such as drinking or smoking

GW's Benefits Administration

Contact the Benefits Administration office for help with the following:

GW "Motherhood Rooms"

When it's time to return to work, GW has special "Motherhood Rooms" on all three campuses just for lactating mothers.

Quit for Life Smoking Cessation Program

Trying to quit your smoking habit? GW offers a free smoking cessation program, complete with telephonic and online coaching, nicotine replacement therapy, and a wealth of resources. Visit smokefree.gwu.edu to learn more.

George Washington University Hospital

The George Washington University Hospital offers a wide selection of classes, from Prenatal Yoga, to Childbirth Preparation, to Infant CPR. If you are planning to delivery at GW Hospital, you should also consider signing up for a free Prenatal Tour.

 

External Resources

Text4Baby

Text4Baby is a free text-messaging service to help pregnant women and new moms get information about caring for their health and giving their babies the best possible start in life. To register, use your cell phone to text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to the number 511411.

Baby Center

BabyCenter is the world’s partner in parenting, providing moms everywhere with trusted advice from hundreds of experts around the globe, medical advisory board-approved information, friendship with other moms, and support at every stage of their child’s development.

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is a great resource located alongside the Foggy Bottom campus. The Center offers classes, consultations, and great prices on breastfeeding equipment and accessories.

Department of Health & Human Services Breastfeeding Guide

Employees Guide to Breastfeeding and Working, developed by the Department of Health & Human Services, is a six page booklet that provides you with the basics you need to know for successfully continuing to breastfeed after returning to work.

International Lactation Consultants Association

For mothers who are looking for extra help learning to breastfeed, you can also find a directory of lactation consultants on the International Lactation Consultant Association website.

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