Home Visit Fees – See Virtual Consult Pricing
- Three Day Check-In – $100
- Initial Consultation – $250
- Follow-up Consultation – $175
- One month of Phone/Email Support – $30
- Multiples Additional Fee – $35
- Travel Fee (more than 30 min drive) – $25
A travel fee is added to the consultation fee when the location of the in-home consultation is more than 30 minutes from Shoreline, WA 98177. You will be notified at the time of scheduling if a travel fee is needed. The rate is $25 for 30 minutes round trip over the 30 minutes travel radius included in the cost of the consultation.
Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, check and credit. Health savings and flexible spending accounts often cover lactation services. Check with your plan for limitations.
Nurture New Life is committed to making lactation care affordable for anyone that wants it. Reduced fee or pro bono consultations are available to families experiencing financial hardship that makes paying for any of the other options not feasible. I believe that no one seeking support should be denied care. Pay the amount that you are able at the time of service. If your financial situation improves, I welcome any partial or full payment for services when you are able. I rely on the Honor System, meaning I assume you are selecting this option due to a real need. I provide services equally and fully to all clients.
Insurance Coverage for Home Visits
At the end of your appointment you will receive a superbill that includes all the information your insurance company needs to process your claim. Submit this, along with your insurance company’s claim form. Any reimbursement due will be mailed directly to you.
Will My Health Insurance Cover Lactation?
If you have questions about whether this visit will be covered call your insurance plan directly. Catherine Fenner, IBCLC is NOT an in-network provider. Many plans do cover out-of-network providers, but not all.
Aetna: Most Aetna plans cover six (6) lactation visits with out-of-network lactation consultants. Call Aetna for specifics.
Regence: At this time Regence does not cover lactation services provided by an IBCLC (that’s me). They do cover lactation care if it is billed by a licensed healthcare provider (i.e. your doctor).
Things to Consider
- Call your insurance company and ask “Do you cover out of network lactation consultations?”
- Ask “Which provider types or credentials are covered in my breastfeeding support benefits?” If the benefits state the healthcare provider must be licensed, or a specific type that is not an IBCLC, then my services will not be a covered benefit.
- If you are a member with an HMO or Select plan you may either 1. need a pre-authorization from the insurance plan to see an out of network provider (me). This is not a guarantee of coverage. Or, 2. they do not cover out of network providers.
- If you are a member of a state managed care plan (Apple Health, Molina, or a Community Plan) only in-network providers are covered.
- Some insurance plans require a referral from your healthcare provider for breastfeeding support. This is still not a guarantee of coverage.
Virtual Consultation Fees
- Prenatal Consultation – $125
- Virtual Triage Lactation Consultation – $175
I work on a sliding scale
Payment is due at the time of service. I can invoice you for credit card payment. Health savings and flexible spending accounts often cover lactation services. Check with your plan for limitations.
At the end of your appointment you will receive a superbill that includes all the information your insurance company needs to process your claim. Submit this, along with your insurance company’s claim form. Any reimbursement due will be mailed directly to you. Visit the Home Visits tab for more information about insurance coverage. The issues and limitations are similar.
Recent update: we have been fortunate enough to have gotten both doses of the vaccine. This will keep us, and you a little safer. We will still follow the protocols listed below to offer a higher level of safety for you, and all of my clients.
Lactation care for newborns is considered essential services during Covid-19. It is important to me that new parents and babies get the support they need to breastfeed, or provide breastmilk or formula to their babies. Breastmilk is packed full of immune support that is critical for baby, especially during this pandemic.
I am able to offer in-home consultations, office visits, and virtual consultations depending on which works best for you. Each option has its risks and benefits. We can discuss which option would be best for you. I work with an intern who is training to be a lactation consultant and she comes to in-home appointments. You always have the choice of whether she attends. Your safety and comfort are most important.
Having me in your home, or coming to the clinic has inherent risks. I have implemented the following procedures for in-home consultations to minimize those risks to both you and me. Your cooperation keeps us, and my other clients safer.
What we do at each appointment:
- Wear a masks at all times.
- Sanitize my equipment when we arrive, wash hands and wear gloves when touching you or baby. I use my own clean blanket to hold baby.
- Wear fresh clothes for each appointment.
- If I, or anyone in my household, is sick I will notify you as soon as possible and reschedule the appointment, or refer you to another IBCLC.
How you can help:
- Let me know as soon as possible if anyone in the household has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms. We will reschedule your appointment and find another way to help you in the meantime.
- Wear a mask during the appointment.
- Meet in: 1. A space in your home where you are most comfortable nursing, 2. The largest space available, with good airflow so we can keep our distance as much as is possible. We will be up close with you when helping with nursing, but otherwise try to keep my distance.
- Minimize the number of people attending the appointment to the baby, nursing parent, and partner or other support person.