During a relaxed home visit, I can take the time to listen closely to questions and concerns parents have about caring for their newborns. I'm not in a rush to see the next patient on some arbitrary schedule. I can also help with breastfeeding in the setting that breastfeeding happens with the supports that you have in place. Also, convenience! You don't have to pack up your baby and all their stuff to go anywhere!
Depends on the type of visit, but generally anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours.
Of course! I'm here to help make caring for your baby less stressful. Ask about anything, and if I don't know the answer, I will find out.
This depends on you and your baby. For complete newborn care, you will need a minimum of one visit after you go home from the hospital, and generally a second at about 2 weeks. Most babies will also need between 1 and 3 additional visits, depending on any issues that arise.
For lactation consultation, I generally recommend planning on three visits - one just after going home so establish feeding at home, one a few days later to address any problems as milk increases and breastfeeding changes, and one at approximately 2 weeks to help adjust as your baby's intake increases.
Give me a call from the hospital a day or two before you plan to go home. We will work together to find the best time.
Yes! You will need someone who will follow your baby from the first set vaccinations onward (generally starting between 1 and 2 months). I will communicate regularly with them about how your baby is doing, so they will be prepared to meet her.
Unfortunately, due to the time required for home visits and the duration, and because I have a solo practice, I am unable to directly bill insurance companies. However, I am happy to provide you with a superbill (an itemized receipt with appropriate billing codes) so that you can be reimbursed by your insurance company and/or your FSA/HSA. Most of my patients get most of their cost reimbursed. However, please check with your insurance company directly about coverage.
Breastfeeding is the most natural activity in the world! Of course, so is walking, which also takes a lot of practice. Historically, women grew up watching the rest of their family breastfeeding their babies all the time. Most of us in modern times did not have that opportunity. It takes practice, but most babies can successfully learn to breastfeed well. Most moms can, too.
After our first appointment, you are welcome to call, text or email me directly with any questions you have. I am always happy to help!
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