One of the big questions I get asked is... if I hire a doula, will my insurance company cover her fees? And if so, how do I go about it? This is a very good question because as we all know, having a baby is not cheap. Here is some good news.
Tips On Interviewing The Office And The Doctor.
By the woman behind the desk!
A friend of mine has worked in OB/GYN offices for 2 decades and I asked her for some first hand tips to share with all my expectant mamas. Boy did she share a mouth full. Trust me and her that the office staff is a very important part of your experience and you will be spending a lot of time with them either in the office or on the phone.
This is what she said:
"Sooooo many things are important!"
“Oh Wow, this is crazy!”
Those were the words that flew out of my best friend’s mouth when the little stick that she peed on showed the plus sign and believe me I got the 6 am call telling me she was PREGNANT!!!! We were so excited!
Lets talk about you! You’ve tested positive. You’re PREGNANT!!! I am excited for you but you may feel shocked at the range of emotions you may be going through, happy, sad, excited, scared, ambivalent, surprised, relief etc. This is very normal. Trust me, your partner is or will be going through similar emotions. Not only will you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster but you will probably experience physical symptoms also...
Now that you tested positive for being pregnant it is time to meet your healthcare provider. Which means it’s testing time!
For your appointment with your healthcare provider make sure you bring:
Insurance card and know what your deductible is. Make sure that the health care provider takes your insurance or you will be out of pocket.
If you are taking medications, bring them in or make a list of names and the amount you are taking for the doctor/ midwife to go over...