5 Better Birth Outcomes Program

Revised October 2021

High-risk pregnant women in areas of the state with higher than average Medicaid costs associated with poor birth outcomes and with higher than average numbers of Medicaid women delivering premature infants are enrolled in the Better Birth Outcomes (BBO) program.

BBO offers a standardized prenatal education curriculum that emphasizes the importance of regular prenatal medical care visits; home visits each trimester active in the program; and monthly engagement with the BBO case manager for continued prenatal education, care coordination and communication with the client's prenatal medical provider. The program's emphasis on reproductive life planning and health benefits associated with the delay of subsequent pregnancy impacts Illinois' infant mortality rate and rates of prematurity in Medicaid-eligible pregnant women. Women are enrolled in BBO through the duration of pregnancy up to six weeks postpartum. Because the pregnant women that are the target population for these services are not women who typically tend to seek out early prenatal medical care or other needed services, agencies participating in the BBO program are expected to develop an annual outreach plan.