A Total Blessing
U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Jen Schmader first came to VA Butler Healthcare after she was discharged. During an annual VA checkup, she learned that she was expecting. On October 8, 2011, Jen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Olivia and “she’s been a total blessing.”
Jen partnered with VA Butler’s Women Veterans Program Manager Brenda Sprouse throughout the pregnancy. While VA Butler Healthcare does not have an "in-house" obstetrical (OB) service, we provide OB care through the Fee Basis program. “The VA has such a great program, and all the things you need, they’ll cover for you,” said Jen.
Women Veterans select an OB doctor and hospital or birthing center in their local area, and VA pays the OB doctor for office visits, lab tests, and ultrasounds. If a Veteran is seeing a specialist at VA Butler before becoming pregnant, she may continue to see them during the pregnancy.
Congressional law also now permits the VA to pay for “authorized medical care for the newborn child of a woman Veteran who is receiving maternity care furnished by the VA, for not more than seven consecutive days after the birth of the baby...” VA Butler’s Fee Basis Office can provide more information about what is required to pay for a newborn’s medical care.
Today Jen is enjoying being a full-time mother of two. Previously, she worked in law enforcement and search and rescue in the U.S. Coast Guard. She also worked as a substitute teacher and daycare director after completing her degree in early childhood education.
To learn more about Maternity Care Benefits for women Veterans, call VA Butler Healthcare’s Women Veterans Program Manager at 800.362.8262, ext. 2756