Whether you’re a first-time parent or adding to your family, CareOregon is here for you

Pregnancy is a one-of-a-kind journey! CareOregon is ready to walk beside you, today and after your baby is born.

Like always, we cover physical, dental and mental health care, and substance use treatment. But pregnancy and parenthood are special, so we and the community offer extra resources to you now.

Pregnancy and family support

CareOregon has lots of ways to support you – and your whole family -- during these nine months and beyond.

Check out this pregnancy booklet: “CareBaby: Your helpful guide to a healthy and happy pregnancy"

  • This booklet is just for CareOregon members.
  • It’s also available in Spanish here.
  • We’ll mail you a printed copy after the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) lets us know you’re pregnant. (We’ll also confirm with you or your provider.) 

Are you pregnant but have not received a copy of the CareBaby booklet? OHP records may need updating about your pregnancy. CareOregon Customer Service is happy to help with this. Please contact us.

Contact CareOregon
Call: 416-4100 | Toll-free: 800-224-4840 | TTY: 711
Secure messaging through the member portal: careoregon.org/portal

See a dentist while you’re pregnant.

Use a birth doula or other traditional health worker.

  • Traditional health workers (THWs) are a free member benefit.
  • Research shows that using a birth doula increases the chances of a healthy birth for you and your baby.

What are traditional health workers?  

Traditional health workers are public health workers out in the community, or with a clinic or hospital.

We cover five types of traditional health workers, including birth doulas. THWs:

  • May have had experiences like your own.
  • Get to know you and your unique needs.
  • Connect different parts of your health care to make sure you get what you need.
  • Click to read more about traditional health workers.

What are birth doulas?

Birth doulas are trained, certified birth companions who: 

  • Provide personal, non-medical support for you and your family.
  • Help during pregnancy, childbirth and after your baby is born.
  • Are a covered benefit for CareOregon members.

Stop smoking as soon as you can. When you’re smoking, your baby is smoking. We can help you both be free of tobacco! Talking with your prenatal provider or primary care provider is a good first step.

CareOregon offers many ways to help you stop smoking.

  • We cover a quit coach.
  • We cover counseling in person and by phone.
  • Talk with your providers about medication to help fight cravings.
  • Or contact Quit For Life®. Call toll-free 800-784-8669 or visit quitnow.net/Oregon
  • A smoke-free pregnancy is healthier for you and your baby, now and in the future.
  • Quitting while pregnant is one of the best gifts you can give your baby.

Manage your pain. We cover several options that do not use prescription drugs

  • Acupuncture: We require an authorization (an OK from us) before you’re treated. Providers are reimbursed for the services we cover.
  • Chiropractic:  An authorization is not required for evaluation. We do require an authorization before treatment. 
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and osteopathic manipulative therapy: An authorization is not required for evaluation. Authorization is not required for diagnoses that are on the state’s Prioritized List of Health Services. We do require an authorization for diagnoses not on the Prioritized List.

Click here to search for these providers in our network.

Have questions?

You may have lots of questions during the months ahead. Who to ask?

When you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy: Call your clinic.
When you have questions about benefits and services: Call CareOregon Customer Service.

Contact CareOregon

Portland metro area: 503-416-4100 | Toll-free: 800-224-4840 | TTY: 711

Contact the Oregon Health Plan

Call OHP: Toll-free at 800-699-9075
Log-on or create a ONE account to update your information: one.oregon.gov
Email updates and questions to: Oregon.Benefits@dhsoha.state.or.us

  • Put “Pregnancy status change” in the email subject line.
  • Include basic details in the body of the email: your full name, Member ID number, mailing address and phone number.

Common pregnancy terms

  • When you’re pregnant, you may come across new health-related words. We’ve defined some common ones.

Supporting your pregnancy

  • It’s doubly good to take care of yourself while pregnant — because that’s the best way to take care of your growing baby, too. We’re here to help with that.

OHP coverage for your babycarebaby-icon8
After your baby is born, you’ll want to enroll your newborn in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Enrollment is not automatic.

The hospital can help send a Newborn Notification Form to OHP. If the hospital does not take care of that, please ask CareOregon Customer Service for a copy of the form.

Pregnancy info and resources

carebaby-icon15 As you go through pregnancy and start life with your baby, remember that CareOregon and many others in the community care about your health and well-being. Please reach out when you need support.

  • Staying healthy while pregnant

  • Staying safe while pregnant

  • Staying informed while pregnant

  • Resources after your baby is born