Early parenthood

Early parenthood

What to know as you welcome your newborn

Coverage reminders

Add your newborn to your Harvard Pilgrim plan

Remember to add your baby to your policy within 30 days of their birth.

Breast pump coverage

Harvard Pilgrim covers one manual or electric breast pump per pregnancy for members when:

We cover one hospital-grade electric pump rental in place of a manual or electric pump with an order from your provider.

Please make sure the DME supplier you plan to buy your breast pump from participates in your plan’s provider network:

  • Log in to your secure member account
  • Select “Find a provider”
  • Select “Search by Name or Facility”
  • Enter the supplier’s name in the search field
  • Select “Search Providers”

In-network DME suppliers will submit a claim to Harvard Pilgrim on your behalf.

Lactation consultant coverage

As a Harvard Pilgrim member, we cover you 100% for lactation support from certified consultants.

If you don’t know where to start, ask your obstetrician, midwife or your child’s pediatrician for a recommendation. You can find certified consultants who:

  • Work for hospitals or birthing centers and are available to you before and after you go home
  • Work in the community and offer in-home classes, group classes or both

Find a lactation consultant near you:

If you work with a lactation consultant at the hospital or birthing center, they’ll bill us directly and you won’t need to pay out of pocket for their services. Otherwise, please ask your lactation consultant for an invoice and submit it with a completed health care reimbursement form.

Routine pediatric care

Routine pediatric health screenings and preventive immunizations are covered in full (no cost sharing). Find more information on preventive care.

For children from birth through age 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer helpful information on the important developmental milestones your child should be reaching as they grow.

Ovia Parenting

Your baby is here, and so is life as a parent to your little one. Ovia Parenting helps you keep track of feedings, diaper changes, sleep and more. It also offers valuable articles and parent and caregiver communities for learning and support. Harvard Pilgrim members have access to services, such as unlimited in-app messaging with Ovia’s team of experts, including:1

  • Lactation consultants
  • Infant and child sleep consultants
  • Nurse practitioners

Explore Ovia Parenting

Self-care & newborn care

NICU support from Harvard Pilgrim

Harvard Pilgrim provides neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) care management to support and assist families throughout their stay. Contact Member Services at the number on your member ID card if you have questions about your options.

Many members have access to:

  • Harvard Pilgrim’s pediatric care managers
  • Ovia Health’s NICU nurses via in-app support
  • ProgenyHealth’s NICU program2

Immunization reminders

We’ll send you a postcard when your child is 15-17 months old, reminding you to complete their childhood immunizations. Check with your pediatrician to see which immunizations are appropriate for your child.

Learn about behavioral health conditions

Our behavioral health education library has resources on common behavioral health conditions like postpartum depression, stress and more to help guide you to more complete care.


1 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care does not specifically endorse or recommend and makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that communication with Ovia Health is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions concerning your medical or mental health condition.

2 Ask your employer if you have access to ProgenyHealth.