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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Need A Breast Pump? 4 Steps To Take For Your Free Breast Pump

by Francisco Arnold

If you're pregnant, and you plan to use a breast pump, you might not need to pay cash for it. You might be able to get your insurance carrier to cover the costs for you. However, you do need to take the appropriate steps. Here are four steps you need to take if you need your insurance company to provide you with a breast pump. 

Contact Your Insurance Provider

If you're pregnant, and you plan to use a breast pump, the first thing you need to do is contact your insurance company. Your insurance company can answer any questions you might have about the process. You'll need to find out if your insurance company will cover the rental costs for a breast pump, or whether they'll cover the cost to purchase a new breast pump. If your insurance company will only cover the rental costs, you'll need to find out how long you'll be able to keep the pump. 

Get a Prescription From Your OB

If you need a breast pump, and you want your insurance company to cover the charges, the first thing you need to do is talk to your doctor. Your OB will need to give you a prescription for the pump. If there are medical reasons for the breast pump, your doctor should include that information with the prescription. For instance, if you plan to continue breast-feeding after going back to work, your doctor may be able to prescribe a breast pump to ensure continued breast milk production. 

Choose the Right Breast Pump

If you're going to need a breast pump after you give birth, make sure you choose the right one. There are several different options to consider when choosing a breast pump. First, you'll need to decide between manual, electric, or battery-operated. If you're going to be using your breast pump at home, you should be able to use a manual pump. However, if you plan to travel with your breast pump, you'll be better with an electric or battery-operated pump. You'll also want to consider whether you need a single or double breast pump. 

Give Yourself Time for the Delivery

Finally, if you plan to use a breast pump once you give birth, don't wait to submit your request. It might take several weeks to process the paperwork. If you wait too long, you might not have your breast pump when you give birth. Submitting the paperwork early will ensure that you have your breast pump before your baby is born.

For more information about breast pumps covered by insurance, reach out to your insurance company.