New Pregnancy Portal Helps Military Families With What to Expect When They're Expecting

Dec 20, 2011, 08:40 ET from TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 4 million women give birth in the U.S. every year and almost a third of them will suffer pregnancy-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prenatal care not only helps ensure those complications are caught early and treated, but can help prevent premature births. To support proper prenatal care and help women deliver healthy babies, TriWest Healthcare Alliance is now offering a new resource for military families who are expecting:

The Pregnancy and Parenting Portal.

The new pregnancy and parenting portal located at connects military families to helpful information for various stages of pregnancy, as well as for adoption. Different from other pregnancy sites, the TriWest portal offers information on TRICARE coverage and locating a nearby military clinic.

The portal includes:

  • Before Pregnancy: Tips to get ready for being pregnant
  • New Baby and Child Care: Resources for well-baby care, safety, emergency care, stages of development
  • During Pregnancy: Information to keep both mom and baby healthy during pregnancy
  • Tools for New Dads: What to expect during the pregnancy and keeping involved
  • After Delivery: Resources to help keep you and your baby healthy and safe
  • Adoption: TRICARE benefits information; military adoption resources 

In addition to educating families on the importance of prenatal care, the portal provides access to resources for early childhood development, creating a safe and hazard-free environment and well-baby care.

"This can be a very happy, busy, and possibly emotional time for a military family," said Dr. Frank Maguire, Senior Vice-President of Health Care Services and Chief Medical Officer of TriWest. "The Pregnancy and Parenting Portal was developed to help educate families on the importance of prenatal care, as well as smooth the transition of welcoming a new child into the world."

Find the new Pregnancy and Parenting Portal at

About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do "Whatever It Takes" to support the healthcare needs of 2.9 million members of America's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or visit for more information.

SOURCE TriWest Healthcare Alliance