Pregnancy and Family
From pregnancy through childhood, MVP has the programs, resources, and information to keep everyone in your family healthy.
Pregnancy and Newborn Health
Little Footprints Pregnancy Support Program
MVP mothers-to-be may qualify for Little Footprints, a prenatal education program designed to guide them through a healthy pregnancy. Receive telephone calls from a nurse specializing in maternity care, and educational information on healthy pregnancy habits and baby care. Our nurses are also available to answer questions throughout the pregnancy.
Breastfeeding Support via Corporate Lactation Services
MVP offers a comprehensive lactation support program through its partner Corporate Lactation Services (CLS), to provide guidance and equipment for women who are breastfeeding.
Through this program, MVP offers nursing mothers state-of-the-art breastfeeding equipment—including breast pumps and the accessories required to use them—and access to certified lactation consultants and registered nurses 24/7/365. Nursing mothers can expect outreach calls from their consultant, and helpful information about different stages of breastfeeding. Mothers can also call their consultant with questions or concerns from the start of their breastfeeding journey, though weaning.
This program is available to all MVP members; benefit limitations may apply. Call the MVP Customer Care Center at the phone number on the back of your Member ID card to see if you qualify.
Three easy ways to enroll:
- Enroll online
- Complete and return enrollment form (PDF)
- Contact Corporate Lactation Services at 1-888-818-5653 or email@example.com
Newborn Hearing Screening Programs
Newborn hearing screening programs are designed to identify hearing loss in infants shortly after birth. Most hearing screening tests are done before a baby leaves the hospital or birthing clinic.
Screening is easy, painless, and usually quick. In fact, most babies sleep through a screening.
If your baby does not pass his/her first screening, talk to your baby’s doctor about the results and schedule a complete hearing test before they turn three months old.
- NYSDOH Newborn Hearing Screening – Resources for Parents
- Vermont DOH – Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
- CDC Parent’s Guide – Understanding Hearing
Child and Teen Health
There are many factors that contribute to the physical, emotional, and mental health of kids and teens. Keep reading for information and resources on everything from check-ups and vaccines to proper nutrition and stress management.
Routine screenings and check-ups—called preventive care—keep kids healthy. As part of your MVP health plan, these services may be available at no cost, based on recommended guidelines. Get preventive care recommendations based on your child’s age.
Regular check-ups—called Well-Child visits—are an important first step of keeping children healthy. Instead of visiting the doctor only when they are sick, these appointments can help find any problems early—when they are more treatable—and help protect children from a variety of potentially serious health problems. Regular check-ups with your child’s doctor also provide parents the opportunity to talk about any medical or mental health questions or concerns they may have.
Immunizations—or vaccines—are the safe and most effective way to protect children from illnesses such as whooping cough, chicken pox, polio, and measles. Doctors follow a vaccination schedule. It is timed to protect children when they are more likely to be exposed to disease. Children need vaccines starting at birth, through young childhood, and into their teens. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to access information and recommended immunization schedules. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about which immunizations your child may need.
What do vaccines prevent?
When children are due for a vaccine, parents may be unsure what the vaccines are for. The chart below shows the diseases that children are protected from with the help of vaccines.
Disease Vaccine Name Varicella (chickenpox) VAR Diphtheria
Pertussis (whooping cough)
DTaP (infants/young children)
Haemophilus influenzae type B Hib Hepatitis A HepA Hepatitis B HepB Human Pappiloma Virus HPV Influenza (Flu) Flu vaccine Measles
MMR Meningococcal MenACWY-D/MenACWY-CRM Polio IPV Pneumococcal PCV13 Rotavirus RV
Screening & Tests
Kids go through a lot of changes in the first few years of their lives. To help them stay healthy, it’s important that they visit their doctor and have certain tests completed. Talk to your child’s doctor about these tests:
Newborn Hearing Test
Newborn babies will have a hearing test before they leave the hospital. If they do not pass the hearing test, they must have another hearing test by the time they are three months old. If a child has hearing loss, it is important to diagnose it early, so they can get help to avoid developmental delays.
Blood Lead Test
Children should have a blood lead screening around age one, and again around age two. Lead can cause many health issues and developmental delays. It can be found in paint, dust, soil, water, and old toys. Younger children have a higher risk of coming into contact with lead because they put their hands and other objects into their mouths.
- Blood Lead Testing in Vermont
- CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- Foods to Reduce Blood Lead Levels (PDF)
- NYSDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- What Your Child's Blood Lead Test Means (PDF)
Developmental Testing and Autism Screening
Children should receive developmental screenings during their well-child visits when they are nine months, 18 months, and 30 months old.
During developmental screenings, a doctor checks a child’s physically and mental growth. If the child is experiencing any delays, doctors can provide assistance right on the spot. This assistance is called “early intervention.”
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1 in 54 children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be screened for ASD at their 18- and 24-month well-child checkups. Early intervention can help improve outcomes for many children with autism. To learn more about autism and other developmental disabilities, visit HealthyChildren.org.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with ASD, learn more about MVP’s recommended evaluations for autism spectrum disorder.
Parents and teenagers should always feel comfortable speaking with their doctor about mental health or possible substance use concerns. An annual well-visit is a good time to address these issues as well. The doctor will be able to help with additional care or treatment, if necessary.
Below are some common issues that children and teens may struggle with. Talk to the doctor right away if you or your child may be experiencing:
- Regular sadness, low energy, loss of interest in things that were previously enjoyable
- Intense worrying about everyday things
- Difficulty learning or trouble in school
- Personality change, irritability, many absences from school
- Trouble sleeping
- Eating disorders
For more information, visit MVP’s Behavioral Health page.
Wellness and Healthy Habits
It’s never too early (or too late) to teach healthy habits to kids. But parents and caregivers know that may be easier said than done. That’s why MVP put together lots of resources to help.
Our wellness resources for young kids (ages five through twelve) help you set healthy routines the whole family can rely on. Setting routines helps kids see healthy habits as a normal part of their day. Over time, these routines help make healthy habits stick, so they last for years to come.
Unlike young kids, teens may resist routines they haven’t chosen for themselves. That’s why our wellness resources for teens focus on giving teens healthy options to choose from. This helps teens personalize their wellness and gives them a sense of ownership.