Happy Moms, Healthy Kids, and Lower Healthcare Costs

One of the most significant health-related decisions in employees’ lives is starting or expanding their families. As an employer, integrating reproductive and maternity health programs into your employee benefits package is an important way to show that you care about your employees’  and their families’ health.

While these benefits are valuable for the employer-employee relationship, they’re important for employers and employees pockets as well. Childbirth accounts for the majority of all U.S. hospitalizations for women with employer-sponsored healthcare. That said, healthy pregnancies and births can also have a big impact on overall health costs for employers and employees.

Childbirth accounts for the majority of all U.S. hospitalizations for women with employer-sponsored healthcare.

Maternity care is not only one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations for women and one of the costliest for individuals and their employers, but it’s also one of the areas of health care that can be the most transformed by technology. The digital health revolution is bringing us greater transparency and better data about care, helping providers bring the best care to women and their children.

 

For example, a recent study from the Leapfrog Group and Castlight Health found good and bad news for those concerned about healthy mothers and their kids. While early elective deliveries are at an all-time low, unnecessary, risky c-sections and episiotomies are still far too common. The study also found that these risks vary greatly depending on where a mother lives, western states for example had a lower number of c-sections than both the southern and eastern regions. But the quality of care didn’t vary much based by what type of hospital —  rural, urban, teaching, or non-teaching —  the mother visited, the study found.

With pregnancy and birth still presenting these risks, as well as such a hefty price tag, providing employees solutions for a healthy experience is all too vital. Fortunately, the digital health revolution is also bringing us new tools to help women manage their maternity care and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

The digital health revolution is bringing us new tools to help women manage their maternity care and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Jiff knows that employers and employees are looking for these new, effective ways to improve reproductive and maternity health. That’s why we partnered with the industry leader offering an innovative family benefits platform, Ovia Health.

Ovia Health helps employees monitor their reproductive health, conceive faster, and have healthier, happier pregnancies. Ovia Health’s mobile apps for fertility, pregnancy, and parenting empower people to take control of their healthcare and start families with confidence. Plus, with Ovia Health and Jiff, employers can provide employees with the personalized resources they need while assuring their employees’ family planning decisions are kept private and safe.

Through Jiff’s platform, employers can offer their employees and their spouses Ovia’s programs designed to guide a healthy pregnancy, resulting in happier employees and lower healthcare costs. To learn more about how Jiff combined with Ovia Health can engage your employees and improve your benefit program, read Activision Blizzard’s experience here.