Prepare for your new baby
Whether you are pregnant or planning to adopt, a personalized prenatal consult is an excellent way to prepare. We will discuss positioning, how to know your baby is getting enough milk, ways to be prepared for unexpected challenges and other topics. You are encouraged to bring your partner or other support person. I can help you get breastfeeding/chestfeeding off to a great start.
Troubleshoot breastfeeding challenges
Although nursing is natural, it’s not always easy. If you have sore nipples, a baby who won’t latch or any other concern, I can help. I will weigh your baby before and after a feed, assess your baby’s oral anatomy and physical structure, provide respectful hands on help, write up a care plan and also send a report to your pediatrician, midwife or family doctor.
Plan for your return to work
Not all parents need to pump. However, if you have to be separated from your baby for more than a few hours, you may choose to pump milk to leave with your baby and keep up your milk supply. At a back to work consult, I will help you determine a pumping schedule, make sure your pump flanges are fitted properly, discuss milk storage issues and answer any other questions.
Fees and Policies
Office Consults and Telehealth
Prenatal or Preadoption
Back to Work
Free Baby Weigh
Tuesdays 10-11 a.m.
Office entrance under back deck. Call/text 360-305-1673 when you arrive – wear a mask, one family in office at a time. Check the Fairhaven Lactation Facebook page before coming in case of schedule changes.
2 weeks email and text support included for all visits
$25 off in-person follow ups
Policies & Insurance Reimbursement
Cancellation policy: appointments cancelled without 24 hours notice are subject to a $50 nonrefundable fee.
If you have First Choice Health or Aetna insurance (including subsidiaries like Meritain or GEHA), lactation consultations with Fairhaven Lactation are covered in full without any out of pocket cost to you. Most Aetna plans cover up to six consults. If you have a Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Cigna PPO (United Healthcare may occasionally be covered as well), go to Lactation Network and fill out the form (use my name as the IBCLC who referred you) to confirm that three consults will be covered in full. For all other insurance plans, a deposit ($100 for office visit or telehealth, $175 for home visit) is required at the time of booking. All consults receive free follow up support by email/message/phone, and in-person follow up visits receive a $25 discount. For multiples, an additional fee of $50/baby applies to cover the extra time. Discounted rate (office only) available with WIC card – contact Mary to schedule.
For insurance plans other than those covered by Lactation Network, First Choice Health or Aetna and its subsidiaries, Fairhaven Lactation will file a claim with your insurance and refund your deposit partially or in full, depending on what insurance pays on the claim. Home and office visits are often reimbursed at the same rate, so office visits generally result in lower out of pocket costs. In either case, it is recommended that you contact your insurance company ahead of time to confirm your benefits and obtain preauthorization. You may have to request an out-of-network exception – contact Mary with any questions.
The ACA requires insurance companies to cover lactation services with no out of pocket cost to the consumer – for more information on your rights under the law, download the toolkit from the National Women’s Law Center.