What is it?
Maternal telehealth programs offer pregnant women new and more convenient ways to connect with obstetric providers. These programs can cover both the prenatal and/or postpartum periods, strengthening patient-provider relationships and allowing providers to monitor patients more frequently between in-person office visits. The goal of these programs is to make care more convenient, improve outcomes, and enhance the patient experience.
Telehealth’s role in maternal care
There are three primary ways telehealth can add value for different groups of patients.
Low-risk pregnancies: Replaces subset of prenatal visits and enables more frequent provider-patient interactions between in-person visits.
High-risk pregnancies: Improves access to maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist care and enables more robust monitoring and frequent communication between patients and providers.
Postpartum care: Provides women the support they need to care for their babies and helps monitor potential complications during recovery, including mental health illnesses unique to new mothers.