Child Health

How Medicaid Saved a Mother and Her Baby

August 13, 2020 | Texas

Medicaid saved my baby’s life, and my life as well.

My name is Clarissa, I am a native Houstonian. I have two children. I am married to a pastor and I am an exercise addict. That is me in a nutshell! Having Medicaid during my pregnancy and delivery made it possible for me to provide my child with health and safety which literally that means everything to me. My new employer was a residential home for troubled teenage boys. They were unable to provide insurance. So I really and truly, didn’t know what we were going to do.
I was so fortunate when a friend mentioned that we would be eligible for Medicaid. It hadn’t even crossed my mind. My first child was born early and had some complications. The second pregnancy was deemed high risk because of that first experience. In order to keep the baby in to term my doctor prescribed something that I just called “17-P Injections”. It was painful and it was unpleasant, but was 150 million percent worth it because it allowed my baby to develop fully. To the best of my memory I received my final injection at about 36 weeks and I went into labor two days later.
Medicaid made it completely possible for me to receive these injections. If I had not been covered by Medicaid not only would I have not known about these injections, there would have been no way that I could have paid for those out of pocket. Once he was born, my son had some respiratory distress. He had to spend about the first 48 hours of his life in the NICU. Medicaid covered these costs as well.
All I had to do was think about spending time with my baby. And that was truly a gift. I encourage everybody who is listening to this to keep an open mind about who needs Medicaid. The cost of healthcare in this country is sky high. Medicaid bridges that gap and is really important for a lot of people that you might not realize it is.
– Clarissa, Houston Mother