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Pregnancy and Parenthood

As a Baystate Health team member, you have access to a variety of benefits and resources to help you parent your children, from pregnancy through college. 

Pregnancy and Adoption

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

At Baystate, we support team members who are pregnant or lactating as it is our desire to promote healthy pregnancies, recovery from childbirth, breastfeeding and bonding and caring for a new child.  As such, we have a host of resources to support you and your family during this special time of your life.  For more information, review the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-318.  

Upon Pregnancy

It is important to inform your manager as soon as possible to allow for preparations to be made while you are on your maternity leave. While your due date may still be several months away, you should initiate your maternity leave early in the process. Refer to the Pregnancy Kit for important reminders and resources regarding your pregnancy needs, maternity leave and your return to work.  In addition, if at any time during your pregnancy your healthcare provider recommends restrictions, inform your manager immediately, so that you can work together to determine accommodations. 

Support for New Moms and Nursing Moms 

Emotional Support - This exciting time of life can sometimes pose challenges. All employees have access to free, confidential counseling to help navigate the many adjustments that this life change can bring. Call Life GuidanceResources & EAP at 855-327-4479.  Learn more about Life GuidanceResources & EAP.

Lactation Support -  Nurse Lactation Consultants are available to help you develop a breastfeeding plan based on your specific needs and work schedule. They can also help you overcome challenges with the breastfeeding process. Contact Lactation Services 413-794-5312 to speak with a consultant.  In addition, Lactation Services has several hospital grade pumps available on loan. 

Lactation Rooms -  Lactation space is provided to allow you to express milk while at work. There are several identified spaces across the organization, however, if you do not see a lactation lounge listed that is near you, work with your manager to find an appropriate space.  To determine what constitutes an appropriate lactation space, refer to the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-318.

To access the lactation rooms below, contact BMC Lactation Services at 413-794-5312.  Each of these rooms is equipped with a hospital grade electric breast pump and personal kits can be purchased from Lactation Services.
•BMC- Springfield, S1404B
•Holyoke- Whitney 2003A
•280 Chestnut- 3rd Floor lounge/ladies room    

To access these spaces, call HRAnswers at 413-794-4747.
•BFMC, Obstetric Unit, equipped with an electric pump.  Contact the unit, 413-773-2359.
•BMLH- On the 4th floor Oncology, D406A.  The Security department can unlock the room for you. 413-967-2546.
•Noble- 2W, Room 216.  The nursing supervisor or Security can unlock the room for you.
•Wing - 1st floor, between café and OR.  Someone in the café or Security (0-5154) can unlock the room for you.

Adoption Assistance

Receive reimbursement for eligible adoption expenses. For more information, review the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-300.

Childbirth and Parent Education Classes

Classes are available at several Baystate locations on topics that pinpoint what you need to know before baby is born, for childbirth and after baby is born. For more information visit baystatehealth.org.

 

Expectant Parent Newsletter

Each weekly email is customized to your exact week of pregnancy and baby’s age, up to their third birthday. Subscribe online at baystatehealth.org.

 

Job Protection While on Maternity Leave

Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of job protected (unpaid) leave for the birth of a child or the placement of an adopted or foster child under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Those who do not not qualify for FMLA, are eligible for 8 weeks, post delivery, of job protected leave through the MA Parental Leave Act (MPLA). For more information on FMLA, refer to the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-306.

 

Income Replacement while on Maternity Leave

While most employees have up to 12 weeks of job protected leave, this is unpaid time.  For maternity leave, Baystate provides short-term disability (STD) pay for 6 weeks (8 weeks for C-section), which covers 50% of your base pay.  In addition, there is an option to purchase 20% of additional STD insurance, which allows you to maximize your income replacement up to 70% of your pay, while on maternity leave. This 20% buy-up is only available for purchase during benefits open enrollment and is subject to a pre-existing condition clause.  If you are considering starting a family, we encourage you to plan ahead for what your income needs may be while on maternity leave. If you are currently pregnant and not already enrolled in the 20% buy-up, you will be unable to elect this option during open enrollment, however you will still receive the 50% base STD coverage, paid for by Baystate.  For more information visit, eWorkplace\Benefits\ShortTermDisability

 

Hospital Indemnity Insurance

Hospital Confinement Indemnity Insurance is available for purchase during benefits open enrollment.  This supplementary medical-based insurance, pays you a daily benefit during your hospital stay for childbirth. The benefit amount is determined based on the type of facility and the number of days you stay. This benefit is not health insurance, however it can help you pay for your medical expenses. A few examples of how you could use this money:
         • Out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and copays
         • Travel, food and lodging expenses for family members
         • Child care
         • Everyday expenses like utilities and groceries
There is no pre-existing stipulation on this policy, however it is only available for purchase during benefits open enrollment. For more information visit eWorkplace/Benefits/BenefitsPlus

 

Care Options for Your Child

Find Child Care, Camps and Activities

A worklife specialist from Life GuidanceResouces & EAP will search day care options, before & after school programs, summer camps, and extracurricular activities on your behalf. They will evaluate providers in your area and narrow down those who meet your specific needs-- saving you time and energy. The specialist will provide expert guidance and detailed referrals so that you can make an informed and sound decision. Specialists can also provide guidance and information on common school-aged concerns such as bullying, body image, overscheduling, learning disabilities, substance abuse, and more. For 24/7 assistance, call Life GuidanceResources & EAP at 855-327-4479

Your Family’s Finances

Financial Building

A free phone consult with a certified financial planner from Life GuidanceResources & EAP can help answer your financial questions, related to building a rainy day fund, college saving, budgeting and more. Referrals for one-on-one consultations with a financial planner or government programs and assistance is also available. Call 855-327-4479 anytime, 24/7.

 

Dependent Care FSA

Contribute up to $5,000 per year of pre-tax dollars to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to use on expenses incurred while you are at work for things such as day care, day camp or nursery school expenses.  Go to eWorkplace/Benefits/Flexible Spending Accounts for more information.

 

Term Life Insurance

Baystate helps protect your family’s income by covering 1x the salary of all full-time employees. Supplemental buy-ups are available. Go to eWorkplace/Benefits/Life Insurance for more information.

 

Estate Planning

A free phone consult with an attorney from Life GuidanceResources & EAP can help you think through what you need to do to secure your estate, including creating or adjusting a will, updating beneficiary statuses and more. Call 855-327-4479 anytime, 24/7.

 

Your Child’s Education

College Planning Assistance

Worklife Specialists and Certified Financial Planners are available by phone at no cost to you, through Life GuidanceResources & EAP. Receive advice, information and referrals to address questions about your child’s education. Call 855-327-4479, 24/7/365. Searching for colleges, tutors, private schools, resources and referrals to help plan for and finance college.

529 College Savings Plan

a 529 college savings plan is a smart way to help meet the rising costs of higher education. 529 college savings plans offer significant tax benefits and an exceptional degree of control and flexibility. What's more, 529 plans can be used for virtually any public or private institution of higher education in the United States and even many abroad.

The Scholars Choice 529 college savings plan can help your family save for college, graduate school, or vocational school.  By investing in this Plan, your investments will grow tax-deferred, and withdrawals used for qualified educational expenses are not subject to federal income tax. In addition, you maintain ownership and control how the money is used. 529 plans offer an exceptional array of tax benefits, flexibility, and control.

Highlights:

  • A way to for families to save for college
  • Available to investors nationwide
  • Proceeds can be used for any accredited college
  • An investment account with tax advantages
  • Cost-effective employer-sponsored plan investment options
To learn more about the 529 College Savings plan, visit BenefitsPlus.

Your Child's Health

Health Care FSA

Start or increase pre-tax contribution into a Health Care FSA to account for your child’s uncovered, eligible health, dental and vision expenses. For more information go to eWorkplace\Benefits\Flexible Spending Accounts

Health New England Nurse Line*

Licensed nurses and clinicians are available 24/7 to answer your health-related questions. Call the HNE nurse line at 866-389-7613.*available to employees with a Baystate-Health New England health plan. 

Teladoc

Request a phone or online consult with a U.S. board certified physician for your child’s symptoms of cold, rash, respiratory infection, and more.  To get started, log into your account at www.teladoc.com or call 1-800-835-2362 and request an appointment.   The cost is the same as your primary care co-pay or your co-insurance portion for those enrolled in the Baystate HSA medical plan.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Baystate supports healthy pregnancies, recovery from childbirth, breastfeeding and bonding and caring for a new child.  As such, we have a host of resources to support you and your family during this special time of your life.  For more information, review the Pregnancy, Lactation and Breastfeeding Support policy BH-HR-318.   You can also print out this handy Pregnancy and Parenting Guide on the various resources available. 

Upon Pregnancy

It is important to inform your manager as soon as possible to allow for preparations to be made while you are on your maternity leave.  In addition, if at any time during your pregnancy your treating provider recommends restrictions, inform your manager immediately, so that you can work together to determine accommodations.   Refer to the  Maternity Checklist for important reminders regarding maternity leave.

Support for Nursing Moms at Work

Consultation: Nurse Lactation Consultants are available to help you develop a breastfeeding plan based on your specific needs and work schedule. They can also help you overcome challenges with the breastfeeding process. Contact 413-794-5312 to speak with a consultant.

Lactation Rooms:  To support breastfeeding mom's return to work, lactation spaces are available to accommodate the need to express milk. However, if you do not see a lactation room in the below listing, located near you, work with your manager to find an appropriate space.  To determine what constitutes an appropriate lactation space, refer to the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-318.

To access these lactation rooms, contact BMC Lactation Services at 413-794-5312Each of these rooms is equipped with a hospital grade electric breast pump and personal kits can be purchased from Lactation Services.

  • BMC- Springfield, S1404B
  • Holyoke- Whitney 2003A
  • 280 Chestnut- 3rd Floor lounge/ladies room    

To access these spaces, call HRAnswers at 413-794-4747.

  • BFMC, Obstetric Unit, equipped with an electric breast pump.  Contact the unit, 413-773-2359.
  • BMLH- On the 4th floor Oncology, D406A.  The Security department can unlock the room for you. 413-967-2546.
  • Noble- 2W, Room 216.  The nursing supervisor or Security can unlock the room for you. 
  • Wing - 1st floor, between café and OR.  Someone in the café or Security (0-5154) can unlock the room for you. 

 

Adoption Assistance

Receive reimbursement for eligible adoption expenses. For more information, review the Human Resource Policy BH-HR-300.

 

Childbirth and Parent Education Classes

Classes are available at several Baystate locations on topics that pinpoint what you need to know before baby is born, for childbirth and after baby is born. For more information visit baystatehealth.org.

 

Expectant Parent Newsletter

Each weekly email is customized to your exact week of pregnancy and baby’s age, up to their third birthday. Subscribe online at baystatehealth.org.

 

Income Replacement while on Leave

The Baystate paid Short Term Disability Plan offers 6 weeks (8 weeks for delivery by c-section) of 50% of your base pay, employer paid coverage.  In addition, there is an option to purchase 20% of additional short term disability insurance, aiding employees to maximize income replacement up to 70% of their base pay, while on leave.  The option to buy up is available during the open enrollment period.  Employees who have time remaining in the Extended Illness Bank (EIB) will use this time to supplement the base coverage of 20%.  For more information visit, eWorkplace\Benefits\ShortTermDisability

 

Job Protection While on Leave

Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of job protected (unpaid) leave for the birth of a child or the placement of an adopted or foster child under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and MA Parental Leave Act (MPLA). For more information refer to the BH-HR-306 policy on eWorkplace\Policies\Human Resources Policies