Improving healthcare for new mothers and their newborns
New parents often struggle with where to find accurate information about what to expect with their new baby’s arrival. Helping parent(s) to understand early child-development milestones, home-safety, and how to emotionally cope with the needs of a newborn and the responsibilities it brings– and support other household members — is at the core of the Baby’s First program.
WellCare of Nebraska’s Baby’s First program was designed to help improve mother and infant health, reduce Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), and provide resources for those families in need. The program is offered to all mothers in Nebraska with no cost to enroll.
Mother and baby physical and emotional health
Postpartum healthcare education
Pediatric vaccine compliance
Relationship bonds between members, families, and WellCare
Family planning and birth spacing
Utilization of WellCare services
EPSDT and well-care visits
HEDIS scores and Star ratings
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Infant abuse and neglect
Costs of health care
Emergency Department usage
GoMo Health leveraged its proprietary emerging science, BehavioralRx, the science of precision health, to build the program and determine the engagement strategy, approach and content delivered.
The following behavioral and cognitive techniques were applied:
Suggestion Technology / Intervening at the right time
Conditioning Technology / Reinforcing target behavior
Reduction Technology / Persuading through simplifying
Tailoring Technology / Persuasion through customization
Baby’s First is a 100% permission-based, opt-in postpartum education program. Specific needs of each subscriber are identified through an initial onboarding survey and ongoing health-related data collection that stratifies subscribers by risk level, delivering content and resources to support them how and when they need it most.
The program delivers infant-care messages to mothers until their babies reach 15 months old. Messaging is customized based on the mother’s self-professed need for support and includes links to WellCare-branded GoMo Care Pages™ that deliver deeper content and videos. Moms receive up to six messages per week until the baby is six months old. After that, the mother receives two-three care messages per week for the duration of the program.
Resources are focused around healthy child-rearing, postpartum and pediatric provider visit and vaccination reminders, education on SBS, calming and coping techniques, healthy-parenting motivation, local support resources, answers from parent surveys, and more.
“I am a primary care physician and it was great to see this resource for myself, but also to recommend it to my patients. Thank you for this service!”
“An excellent way to keep track of everything baby!”
of moms reported at the 6-month survey that the program was helpful.
of moms reported they would recommend this program to a friend.
of participants who completed the program indicated that they would like to see the program extend through the toddler years.
Since program launch, there have been 36 high risk instances where case management / additional support personnel were notified to assist moms in need. (NICU Cases / Post-partum Depression / Community Assistance)