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    ewpmsw is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default Any luck with insurance covering...?

    Anyone had luck getting their insurance company to pay for or help with things like a breast pump, a night nurse, or post-partum doula? I'm calling ours tomorrow and am not sure where to start. My doula insists that things have changed since we had our first DC and that I should ask insurance again if they cover any of those things. I'm wondering if PPD would be a condition that warrants post-partum help in the form of a nurse or doula. ???

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    I've never had a night nurse or pp doula, so I don't know. Breast pumps are covered by a number of insurance companies. In any case, you won't lose anything by asking.

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    My breastpump was covered but I never inquired regarding the others. Good luck!
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    My breastpump was covered, but the doctor had to write me a prescription for it. Never tried for the others.
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    DH's insurance doesn't cover anything! Just the birth and hospital stay.

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    Our insurance gives a "discount" on a particular $500 breastpump, but that's it.

    Otherwise, it just covers the birth, etc. And, that's nothing like it used to be. When I had my first child in 2003, I paid a $10 copay for the very first prental appointment and NOTHING after that. Those were the days...hahahaha

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    I'm sure this doesn't apply to you, but many military families (although it's not through their insurance) qualify for no-cost-to-them doula assistance during labor when a spouse is deployed, and Base Family Services divisions offer post-partum (in-home) visits if you meet certain conditions (income, deployment status, # of children, etc). There are also a host of free childbirth and breastfeeding prep classes with on-call lactation consultants.

    Unless your child came home from the hosp w/ a medical condition, I know post-partum doulas are not covered. If you child needed special services, insurance would cover NP in-home visits, but not a house keeper/cook (which is what post-partum doulas do).
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    My insurance, Kaiser at the local hospital had a number of Medela or Ameda products at 20 too 25% off. It probably all depends on your plan too.
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    My insurance only covered a breast pump if DD was in the NICU and I needed to pump to feed her. It's best to call and inquire, though.
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    [QUOTE=bostonsmama;2791350]I'm sure this doesn't apply to you, but many military families (although it's not through their insurance) qualify for no-cost-to-them doula assistance during labor when a spouse is deployed, and Base Family Services divisions offer post-partum (in-home) visits if you meet certain conditions (income, deployment status, # of children, etc). There are also a host of free childbirth and breastfeeding prep classes with on-call lactation consultants.QUOTE]

    Glad that you shared that info - Great to know those services are available to military families in some cases!!!

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