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Pregnancy FAQs 

    

NOTIFICATION

 

When am I required to notify my chain of command of my pregnancy?

You must notify your chain of command no later than two weeks after you receive confirmation from your HCP. 

Note:  Your Commanding Officer will then determine if he/she is required to submit a Pregnancy Availability notification message to PERS-4013. 

 

What is a Pregnancy Availability Message?

Pregnancy Availabilities are required for all servicewomen assigned to a deployable command, servicewomen who have orders to a deployable command, or servicewomen who are within 12-months of their PRD window returning them to sea duty.

Pregnancy Availabilities must be submitted to PERS-4013 as soon as the command is officially notified the servicewoman is pregnant. 

PERS-4013 POC:  HMC Amy Smith (amy.m.smith2@navy.mil / (901) 874-4358)

 

If I get pregnant on sea duty, when will I have to leave the ship?

Pregnant servicewomen may remain onboard up to their 20th week of pregnancy (the Pregnancy Availability your COC sends to PERS-4013 will annotate this date). 

A pregnant servicewoman shall remain onboard if the time for evacuation to a treatment facility capable of evaluating and stabilizing OB emergencies is less than 6 hours. 

Servicewomen who wish to remain with their operational unit after the 20th week of pregnancy may be granted a waiver in limited circumstances, however, the waiver must be submitted to, and adjudicated by, PERS-4013 before the 20th week.  For example, the servicewoman’s ship is in a shipyard or maintenance availability and she will work in an administrative capacity to support the command.  The waiver request must include endorsements from the servicewoman, the command, and the servicewoman’s HCP in accordance with OPNAVINST 6000.1C.  Waivers will be approved by PERS-4013 on a case-by-case basis, in situations where the environment will support the health of the mother and unborn child.  

** For more information, refer to the "Assignments" section below. **

 

HOSPITAL DELIVERY

 

Can I take leave before the birth of my child, in order to deliver at the hospital of my choice (e.g. near family / home of record)?

Servicewomen are not authorized to take leave to travel outside their area of residence for the sole purpose of giving birth at a civilian hospital or to deliver or receive other OB care at a location outside of the MTF area of responsibility or away from the network provider or TRICARE authorized provider while in a leave status.

 

CONVALESCENT LEAVE (CONLV)

 

Can I shift my CONLV days, until after my newborn is released from the hospital?

CONLV begins the day after the servicewoman is discharged from the MTF, following any uncomplicated delivery or cesarean section.  CONLV is normally 42 days in duration, unless the attending physican recommends an extension based upon medical complications, indicating the servicewoman is not fit for duty.  The servicewoman's permanent command must be notified of this recommendation.  CONLV must be used consecutively from the date the servicewoman is discharged and cannot be shifted based upon the newborn child(ren)'s medical complications and extended hospitalization length (i.e. NICU).

Upon discharge from a civilian hospital following delivery, the servicewoman will be granted CONLV by the servicewoman’s parent command.  The period, if any, between expiration of CONLV and the servicewoman’s return to her command is charged as regular leave.

 

OPERATIONAL DEFERMENT

 

To whom does Operational Deferment apply to?

All pregnant servicewomen shall not be assigned to units that are deploying during the period from the 20th week of pregnancy through 12 months after the servicewoman's date of delivery (and any additional deferment time as determined by HCP).  Commands shall limit TAD periods to support the servicewoman's ability to breastfeed their infant(s) and ensure that the type of TAD is conducive to pumping (see note below about breastfeeding at work).

 

Can I waive my Operational Deferment time?

Servicewomen on post-birth 12-month operational deferment may request to terminate deferment at any point after her convalescent leave.  The servicewoman should submit the waiver request via a NAVPERS 1306/7 sent to their individual detailer and must include endorsements from the servicewoman, current or prospective operational command, and her HCP.  Waivers will be granted on an individual basis and will be coordinated with PERS-4013. 

 

SEPARATIONS/EAOS

 

Can I request to separate due to pregnancy?

Pregnant servicewomen may request separation due to pregnancy.  Requests are normally denied, unless it is determined to be in the best interest of the Navy or if the member demonstrates overriding and compelling factors of personal need which warrant separation.  Refer to MILPERSMAN 1910-112 (enlisted) MILPERSMAN 1920-180(officer).  

 

If I am pregnant and separating from the Navy before my baby is due, am I eligible for maternity medical treatment following separation?

You are eligible to receive 6 weeks of maternity care following delivery, ONLY under the following conditions:

Servicewomen must be separated under Honorable conditions and that the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) to which you are applying for care, has the capability of providing maternity care (facility's workload will permit the acceptance of your case).  

** It is important that you meet with a Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) at your USMTF prior to your separation from the Navy, in order to make these arrangements.

Note:  Neither the Navy nor TRICARE will pay for civilian maternity care expenses for former servicewomen who separated from active duty while they are pregnant. 

For more information, refer to MILPERSMAN 1740-030.

 

Can I extend my EAOS to receive maternity care benefits?

An extension of up to one year may be granted in order to receive maternity benefits, provided the member’s performance has been satisfactory and Sailor has PTS approval. 

Note:  Consistent with Force shaping objectives, pregnant servicewomen who have an expiring EAOS will not be approved for PRD adjustment if PTS is not approved.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

 

What is the policy regarding overseas assignment for pregnant servicewomen?

No servicewomen may be assigned overseas or travel overseas after the completion of her 28th week of pregnancy.

Will I lose my assignment to a school if I become pregnant?

Assignment of a pregnant servicewoman to a school will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the school house CO/OIC.

Can I remain on the ship while pregnant?

Pregnant servicewomen may remain onboard up to the 20th week of pregnancy while the ship is in port.  Members discovered to be pregnant while underway/deployed should be transferred ashore as soon as possible given the constraints of the ship’s location, current mission, next port call, health of the member, etc.  In no case should pregnant members remain onboard past the 20th week of pregnancy.

A pregnant servicewoman may continue to serve aboard ships only while in port or serve during short underway periods onboard a ship (e.g. local operations including, but not limited to, changes in ship’s berth, ammunition anchorages, and transits to and from local shipyards) provided an evacuation capability exists and the time for medical evacuation to a treatment facility capable of evaluating and stabilizing obstetric emergencies is less than six hours; this requirement includes TAD orders.  The six-hour rule is not intended to allow pregnant women to operate routinely at sea, but rather to provide the CO flexibility during short underway periods described above.

 

MATERNITY UNIFORMS

 

Am I required to wear Maternity Uniforms while pregnant or postpartum?

The certified maternity uniform is mandatory for all pregnant servicewomen in the Navy, when the regular uniform no longer fits.  Enlisted servicewomen will be given a clothing allowance upon presenting the pregnancy notification from the CO/OIC to the personnel support detachment (PERSUPPDET). 

The servicewoman is expected to wear regular uniforms upon returning from CONLV, however, COs many approve the wear of maternity uniforms up to six-months from the date of delivery based on medical officer diagnosis and/or recommendations.

 

ADVANCEMENT

 

Am I required to complete a "special PFA" for frocking or promotion purposes?

Pregnant and postpartum servicewomen are exempt from "special PFAs" required for frocking and promotion purposes.  Servicewomen shall not be forced to take a PFA before her "pregnancy waiver" period has expired for the purpose of frocking and promotion (i.e., CPO-365 Phase II), as indicated in CFL Operating Guide: Managing PFA Records for Pregnant Servicewomen

A "pregnancy waiver" does not meet the requirements for withholding advancement.  Pregnant and postpartum servicewomen shall not have their frocking deferred or their advancement withdrawn, unless the servicewoman was not recommended for retention and/or is undergoing administrative separation processing.   

 

EXERCISE

 

Am I required to participate (or can I participate) in command/unit PT or take the PFA now that I’m pregnant?

Pregnant servicewomen will NOT:

  • Participate in command/unit PT;
  • Participate in FEP;
  • Participate in Mock PFAs; or
  • Participate in the command PFA

Note:  Pregnant servicewomen shall receive guidance from their HCP concerning type and duration of physical activity to maintain appropriate physical conditioning and body composition. 

***

For more information, see CFL Operating Guide: Managing PFA Records for Pregnant Servicewomen.

 

How soon after I deliver am I required to participate in command PT or take a PFA?

Postpartum servicewomen are waived from completing a PFA (both BCA and PRT sections) for six-months after the end of their convalescent leave period and upon return to full duty by her HCP.  At the conclusion of this six-month period, servicewomen are required to complete the next regularly scheduled command PFA.     

Month PFA Waiver Expires:

Participate in PFA  Cycle:

Participate in PFA Cycle Beginning:

January

2

July

February

2

July

March

2

July

April

2

July

May

2

July

June

2

July

July

1

January

August

1

January

September

1

January

October

1

January

November

1

January

December

1

January

      ·         If the servicewoman’s six-month waiver expires during one PFA cycle (Jan/June or July/Dec) she is then automatically rolled to participate the next cycle period.

·         PFA cycle dates cannot be shifted for the individual servicewoman.

·         A special PFA will not be conducted.

·         PRIMS should annotate the member had a pregnancy waiver (do not enter it as a medical waiver).

Note:  If the member is struggling with the BCA, the CO has the authority to assign the member to FEP, provided she has been medically cleared by her HCP.  

***

For more information, see CFL Operating Guide: Managing PFA Records for Pregnant Servicewomen.

 

Am I required to participate in the PFA or command PT if I have a miscarriage or abortion?

The servicewoman’s HCP may waive participation from the PFA and command PT for a set period of time, while the servicewomen recovers. 

Note:  Servicewomen who give birth to a stillborn child are entitled to six months operational deferment, consistent with return to physical readiness standards as previously stated above. 

 ***

For more information, see CFL Operating Guide: Managing PFA Records for Pregnant Servicewomen.

 

 

I didn’t know I was pregnant when I took my last PFA and I failed my BCA.  What should I do?

PFA results prior to confirmation of pregnancy will NOT be changed.  This means if a servicewoman is confirmed pregnant after participating in the PFA, the BCA score will not be changed.  It is very important that servicewomen know their pregnancy status prior to participating in the PFA. 

***

For more information, see CFL Operating Guide: Managing PFA Records for Pregnant Servicewomen.

 

 

BREASTFEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE 

 

Can I breastfeed at work?

The Navy continues to encourage and support accommodations to best meet the needs of our nursing service members and their infants.  Servicewomen who continue to provide breast milk upon return to duty will be, at the minimum, afforded the availability of a clean, secluded space (not a toilet space) with ready access to a water source for the purpose of pumping breast milk.  The number of breaks needed to express breast milk is greatest when the infant is youngest, then gradually decreases.  Commands must ensure breastfeeding servicewomen are afforded access to cool storage for expressed breast milk.

Requests to breastfeed infants during duty hours are handled on a case-by-case basis and accommodations of these requests remain at the discretion of each servicewomen's Commanding Officer. 

I am concerned about possible lactation hazards where I work.  What should I do?

Discuss potential occupational hazards with your health care provider (HCP).  Also, verify if a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) and/or Fleet Industrial Hygienist have evaluated the presence of possible reproductive and lactation hazards at your command, to include potential exposure to agents on the NAVENVHLTHCEN list. 

Note:  This is normally conducted during the baseline industrial hygiene site survey.  Positive findings are reported directly to the Commanding Officer, Safety Officer, and Senior Medical Department Representative (SMDR).

Support of Servicewomen with Nursing Infants (BUMEDINST 6000.14

HOUSING

 

Can I live in the BEQ/BOQ while pregnant?

A pregnant servicewoman with no family members may reside in Bachelor Quarters for her full term.

 

Can a single pregnant servicewoman live in Government Housing?

Commanding Officers may authorize single pregnant servicewomen to move into government housing based on availability before the birth of the child. 

 

Can I receive BAH before my dependent child is born?

The Commanding Officer can authorize BAH, if requested, in order for a servicewoman to occupy off-base housing prior to her 20th week of pregnancy.  Once the servicewoman is 20+ weeks, the host commander must approve the request to occupy off-base housing.   

 

FAMILY CARE PLAN

 

When am I required to submit my Family Care Plan?

You are required to maintain a Family Care Plan (FCP) when you meet one or more of the following requirements:  single parent, domestically separated parent, dual military parent, have custody of a minor child, and/or are a divorced servicemember with minor children.  Refer to OPNAVINST 1740.4D.

 

FLIGHT STATUS

 

Can I remain in flight status if I’m pregnant?

Flight personnel are authorized to fly with the concurrence of their CO, obstetrician and flight surgeon after requesting to continue to fly while pregnant.  This request will initiate the convening of a Local Board of Flight Surgeons (LBFS), in order to assess the health of the pregnant servicewoman and potential impact flying may have on the servicewoman and her unborn child(ren).  If the LBFS assesses acceptable risk to continue flying, a waiver to fly during the second trimester only will be granted from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI).  However, flying during pregnancy is prohibited in single-piloted aircraft, ejection seat aircraft, high performance aircraft that will operate in excess of 2Gs, aircraft involved in shipboard operations, or flights with cabin altitudes that exceed 10,000 feet.    

 

POC:  OSC Jessica Myers (jessica.myers@navy.mil / 703-604-5482)

  

 

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