Becoming a mother can be one of the biggest physical and psychological changes in a woman’s life. From a physical standpoint, becoming a mom can lower a woman’s risk of cancer, can raise her life expectancy, can increase a woman’s productivity at work, and can increase a woman’s sense of joy and purpose in her life, which can give her a stronger level of health overall. New research continues to unpack the fascinating effects of mothering on a woman’s life. 

But women becoming mothers in the United States also face some unique challenges. Unfortunately, women in our country experience greater risks in their pregnancies than women in European countries. And with a lack of maternity leave requirements, women can also find themselves heading back to work before they are physically healed from childbirth. Women also often find themselves with concerns about covering medical costs associated with birth and maternity needs. While companies and health providers grapple with providing support and resources for moms, organizations like Altrua HealthShare are dedicated to helping women experience healthy pregnancies.

On certain membership levels, Altrua HealthShare will share in the eligible medical needs of moms-to-be. If you’re a Member of Altrua HealthShare, review your Membership Guidelines to find if maternity sharing is part of your membership. And if you are considering becoming a mom and are looking for a healthcare solution for your maternity needs, click here to see if Altrua HealthShare could be a fit for you and your family.

Adoption* is another powerful experience by which women become moms. About five percent of Americans today are adopted. Adoption* costs can be a barrier to families being built by adoption. This is another area where Altrua HealthShare can help Members experience motherhood, through sharing in adoption costs. This unique feature allows Members to share in the financial expenses of adoption. This feature is available on certain memberships, so contact Member Services today to learn more about Altrua HealthShare and adoption cost sharing, or to find out if your membership includes adoption cost sharing. 

There are many roads to motherhood today, and Altrua HealthShare can be an important piece of your mothering journey.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.

Proverbs 31:28–29

Julie Lyles Carr is a best-selling author, podcaster, and entrepreneur living in Austin, Texas, with her husband Mike Carr. They have eight kids, two unfriendly cats, and an antique dachshund.

*Void where prohibited: Although Altrua HealthShare offers memberships nationwide, some of the sharing options contained in the Membership Guidelines may NOT be available to Members in all geographic locations or jurisdictions. Adoption and Funeral sharing options are NOT available to Texas residents