North Star Wellness is conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona
(off of Val Vista and Baseline, near the US60).
Breastfeeding is not a one-size-fits-all experience, and it is normal to have new questions arise as time goes on. Follow-up consults are always available and recommended, especially if you have new questions pop up along the way. I am in-network with BCBS and Arizona Care Network, and provide my self-pay clients with the correct forms to apply for insurance reimbursement.
full service breastfeeding support for you and your baby
Lactation visits will last around 90 minutes and will usually include a complete history of your breastfeeding concerns, weighing your baby and performing an assessment of oral anatomy (tongue, lips, etc), observing a feeding, experimenting with different nursing positions and techniques, and creation of a care plan specific to your goals, needs, and lifestyle.
postpartum depression, anxiety, and making the adjustment to motherhood
Change can be uncomfortable and it's not always easy. It can feel lonely, scary, and overwhelming to be confronted with challenges that don't seem to have any easy answers. Depression and anxiety might leave you exhausted and tired of feeling like you are at war with yourself or with others. Changing relationships and family dynamics that come with the addition of a new child to the family can bring up a variety of emotions that take their toll and deserve attention.
I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the foundations of my approach and help people meet their goals by examining the connection between how they think, feel (emotionally and physically), behave, and interact with their surroundings. I facilitate growth and change in my clients by teaching mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Clinical supervision is provided by Julia Spain, LPC at Gilbert Counselors as I pursue independent licensing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). You can learn more about my other therapy services here.
Fees and Insurance
In-network Insurance Benefits
If I am an in-network provider with your insurance company, a claim for your lactation consultation will be submitted on your behalf to your insurance company.
Insurance companies currently accepted:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Arizona Care Network
*Make sure to call your insurance company to verify your benefits before your appointment!*
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that lactation support be a covered benefit without any cost-sharing by the mother. Some plans, however, do not meet the criteria of the ACA, and in these situations it is possible that your insurance company will apply the billed charges to your deductible, or assign you a co-pay or co-insurance responsibility.
It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance company before your appointment to review your benefits for "lactation coverage as preventative health care under the Affordable Care Act."
You are financially responsible for any co-insurance, deductible, co-pays, or other fees that insurance does not pay and will receive an invoice for payment, if any is due, after your benefits have been processed.
Out-of-network claims for some insurances may be submitted on your behalf, if requested. Reimbursement cannot be guaranteed.
A deposit of $175 will be collected at the time that services are provided. Cash, check, credit/debit cards, and HSA/FSA cards are accepted.
If your insurance company provides payment, you will be reimbursed the amount paid up to your deposit amount. If insurance denies the claim, your deposit will serve as your payment in full.
*Discounts available for families currently enrolled on AHCCCS and/or WIC-please ask!