Labor & Delivery

TRICARE covers medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. services during your labor and delivery. This includes:

  • Anesthesia
  • Monitoring
  • Other services required
  • Cesarean section if you need it
  • If you choose to have a cesarean section for personal reasons, you may have to pay for some of the costs.

Facility and Provider

Where you will deliver usually depends on your TRICARE plan. This could be a:

  • Military hospital
  • Civilian hospital
  • Office-based or freestanding facility
  • Home birth. If you’re considering an in home birth:
    • There are associated costs, referral, and pre-authorization requirements.
    • Home births aren’t covered in overseas locations.
    • Contact your regional or overseas contractor for specific guidance.

You also have options for the type of provider who delivers your baby. This could be your:

  • Obstetrician
  • Family practice doctor
  • Certified nurse midwife

You and your doctor will make these decisions at your prenatal visits

Length of Stay

Usually, you'll stay in the hospital for at least 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and 96 hours after a cesarean section. If you have complications, you may stay longer.

Last Updated 3/20/2022