The goal of the study is to inform the development of care guidelines, innovative models of care and reimbursement policies for improving postpartum services. Using data from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), the researchers will examine whether mothers are receiving the recommended health care after childbirth and explore how the organization and reimbursement of postpartum services affects health care use, costs and health outcomes. The applicants aim to: (1) measure postpartum health care use and the transition to primary care: (2) characterize variation in the patterns of postpartum care; and (3) estimate the impact of out-of-pocket costs on postpartum health care use, outcomes and costs. Deliverables will include a project work plan and final narrative report. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Principal Investigators:

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Jamie Daw, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Jamie Daw is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University M... Read Bio

Maria Steenland

Maria Steenland, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Brown University

Maria Steenland is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center. Read Bio


Grant: #76775
Grantee Institution: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Grant Period: 9/15/19 – 5/31/21


Health Care Use by Commercially Insured Postpartum and Nonpostpartum Women in the United States
Obstetrics and Gynecology | May 2021

Postpartum Health Care in the United States: Generating Evidence to Improve Health in the Fourth Trimester
AcademyHealth | April 2021