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Dismantling racism, discrimination, and bias to achieve health equity in lactation care

When it comes to online scheduling, Acuity is my favorite of the HIPAA-compliant platforms out there, making it easy-peasy for someone to land on my website, learn about my services, and book an appointment all without any texting back-and-forth about time. But Acuity can do so much more for you—and even increase client self-efficacy.

Billing & Reimbursment Podcast

Setting Your Fees: Charge What You’re Worth, and Make Yourself Worth It [PODCAST]

How do you set your fees so that they’re fair and compassionate to your clients… without undervaluing your worth? In this episode, we talk through the tough topic of setting your fees for your private lactation practice. Money is an uncomfortable topic for many people, especially women. And it can be difficult to ask for what your work is actually worth (or even realize your worth in the first place). But you’re not truly serving anyone when you set a low bar for your pricing. To run a business, you need to have money.

Private Practice Systems & Productivity

Sparking Joy with a Private Practice Cleanout [PODCAST]

‘Sparking joy’ became a nationwide sensation after clutter consultant Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up landed on Netflix in 2019. Her de-cluttering KonMari method is based on the idea that you should throw away anything that doesn’t bring you joy —and this method isn’t just for effective for de-cluttering your home, but your private practice workflow as well!

Private Practice Systems & Productivity

Supporting Self Care and Boundaries in Your Practice [PODCAST]

Life is stressful enough. As our audience knows, life as a business owner is even more stressful. But dealing with life as a business owner while in the middle of a pandemic? You need to have a strong commitment to self care in order to keep yourself healthy, balanced, and happy. While many people think of self care as spa days or long yoga classes, effective self care doesn’t have to take up an entire afternoon or cost you any money. There are many small things that you can fit into your schedule each day to maintain a healthy balance and keep you calm and centered.

Billing & Reimbursment Ethics

Insurance Coverage and Virtual Lactation

Now that so many lactation consultants are incorporating virtual consults into their services, questions are coming up about how to get tele-lactation covered by insurance (for in-network providers) and reimbursed out-of-network. In this article, I’ll cover the most common questions I’ve seen and point you to more in-depth resources so that you can be as informed as you possibly can be.

Private Practice Systems & Productivity

Ask the Expert: Intentional Time Off with Brandie Mitchell RN, NC-BC [PODCAST]

On a scale of 1 to 10, how balanced is your lifestyle?

Holistic Nurse Coach Brandie Mitchell is back on the show to chat about something that affects all business owners — the need for intentional rest.

Small business owners are at especially high risk for burnout, as we often take on multiple roles and feel we need to be driving our businesses forward all the time. But constant productivity actually hurts us in the long run. When we reach the point of burnout, we no longer perform at our best, and it can take weeks (or longer!) to fully recover.

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Virtual Consult Best Practices for Lactation Consultants (Updated April 2021)

While most clinicians can agree that nothing can replace an in-person lactation consult with a family in need of help feeding their baby, virtual consults are becoming more and more popular as a way to make services more accessible. In order to meet your ethical obligations and stay within your scope of practice as an IBCLC or other lactation credential, you’ll want to keep some key factors in mind.