Pregnant woman Disruptions in insurance coverage are common during pregnancy and the first six months postpartum — affecting women with both private and public insurance. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nearly one-quarter of pregnant and recently pregnant women indicate that they’ve been unable to afford necessary health care. What’s more, three-fifths report concern about paying medical bills, and more than half expressed general financial anxiety about such expenses as monthly bills, housing costs, credit card payments, and maintaining their standard of living.

This information comes from a five-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. The findings appear in Jama Network Open and include a national sample taken between 2013 and 2018 of more than 3,500 peripartum women, which is weighted to represent more than one million women. (“Peripartum” is defined as the time period shortly before, during, and immediately after giving birth.)

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