Expectant and new parents
Depending on your situation, you will be able to use some combination of paid sick leave, paid annual leave, leave without pay, and/or short-term disability. There is no set amount of leave time for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child. Each case is different and depends on factors including how much sick and annual leave you have accumulated, whether there are complications with the birth and delivery of the baby, and the advice of your physician. We encourage you to speak to a Benefits Counselor to learn about your options at 706-542-2222 or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about relevant leave policies.
Insurance coverage differs from plan to plan, but generally your baby is covered at birth (or adoption). However, you must add the child as a dependent to your policy within 30 days of the birth (or adoption or foster placement). You must also provide documentation such as a birth certificate, adoption paperwork or foster placement paperwork within 30 days. To request a change in coverage use the the OneUSG Connect - Benefits website. Select the UGA logo and use your MyID and password to log in. If needed, you may also call the OneUSG Connect - Benefits Call Center toll free at 1-844-5-USGBEN (1-844-587-4236).
Breastfeeding Pumps and supplies
100% of the cost of a breast pump and supplies is covered under the preventive benefits by your UGA insurance, provided you purchase the pump and supplies from an in-network provider. Some Durable Medical Equipment providers may also be able to provide pumps and supplies.
To find an in-network provider, please visit the USG Microsite. The BCBSGa dedicated customer service team (800-424-8950) can also assist you in finding an in-network provider. Breast pumps purchased from retail providers are not eligible to be covered as preventive.
You also have the Future Moms program available which will provide you with support throughout your pregnancy and also as a new mom.
You can view information on the program at this link: Future Moms
Return to Work
If you want to continue to breastfeed after you return to work, UGA will provide you with a reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as you need for one year after your child’s birth.
UGA will also provide you with a convenient space that is shielded from view and free from intrusion to express milk. View map of rooms currently located on campus. and view contact names for the rooms. If these are not convenient to your place of work, you may speak to the HR representative in your department to locate an appropriate space for this activity.
General Breastfeeding Resources
Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services provides information and services for families interested in adoption. Persons interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent can call 877-210-KIDS.
The Adoption Guide is a resource to help individuals understand the various options for adopting a child, along with education for the process and costs involved. It also offers networking and advice for parents.
The Georgia Center for Resources and Support is a state-wide project funded by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and presented by Families First. Its purpose is to increase resources and supportive services for adoptive and foster families.
Minnesota Life Insurance’s LifeWorks online portal offers articles and advice for adoptive parents. At the login page, use username: lfg Password: resources
Future Mom Program - Blue Cross Blue Shield offers to members a “Future Mom” program which focuses on pregnancy health and making the right choices. To learn more about BCBS support from a registered nurse, contact BCBS at 800-424-8950 or visit www.bcbsga.com/usg
Mom-to-be tools and other helpful information - Kaiser Permanente offers an online resource with mom-to-be tools, a link to prenatal classes offered to KP members, and other helpful information. As KP says, “no matter where you are on the journey — trying to conceive, baby on the way, or holding your newborn in your arms, we'll walk you through every step of your pregnancy.”
Articles, booklets, and CDs for new parents - Becoming a Parent from Minnesota Life, the provider of basic life insurance for all benefits-eligible UGA employees, offers informational CDs, articles, and booklets for new parents. Minnesota Life’s online portal is called “LifeWorks.” At the LifeWorks login page, use Username: lfg Password: resources.
MetLife offers resources to employees enrolled in the long-term disability plan. Informational resources for new parents includes topics such as “New Siblings: Preparing your older child”; “Pregnancy loss: How to cope”; and “Postpartum depression.” At the log-in page, use Company code: metlife2
UGA Extension Service offers a Guide for New Parents that provides information and programs for professionals, parents, and other caregivers on the developmental needs of, and healthy strategies to care for, infants, toddlers, and young children.