Call it a sign of the times. Women have served in the military more than ever before in our history, so that naturally means a growing number of female Veterans. One female Veteran said in her VAntage Point post that VA services for women have been improving, but that the Department still needs more visible female-specific services.

That effort took a new step recently. A new addition to VA’s medical benefits package includes up to seven days of medical care for newborns delivered by female Vets under maternity care. This includes all standard care that any mother (and child) can expect to receive anywhere else.

This change in policy comes after a female Veteran in Utah was the first to receive all of her prenatal care at a VA facility, which is a big deal because that kind of care hasn’t always been possible:

In the past, the VA would pay for female veterans to receive their maternity care from other doctors. But as the number of such veterans increases, the hospital is offering more service.

There’s still work to be done, but this is one more step in the right direction.

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Published on Jan. 30, 2012

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