Thank you for choosing LaTouche Pediatrics, LLC to be the primary care home for the newest member of your family! Below you will find information about our complimentary prenatal visit, how to choose LaTouche Pediatrics as your medical home and the services we provide to all our newborn patients.
We offer a complimentary prenatal visit with the provider of your choice. This is an opportunity to meet the provider, learn about LaTouche Pediatrics, and ask any questions you may have. If you would like to schedule a prenatal visit, simply call our office. We ask that you complete the form below, which can be done now or at the time of your visit. Prenatal History Form (pdf). Please complete this form and bring to your prenatal appointment.
To designate a LaTouche Pediatrics provider as your child’s pediatric provider
Tell your obstetrician or midwife that you have chosen a LaTouche provider. Then, when you go to the hospital to deliver your baby, they will ask who your pediatrician is.
Newborn and Hospital Services
We have privileges at Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center. This means that, once your baby is born, one of our pediatricians will be notified by the hospital and will visit you and your new baby during your hospital stay. If you are breastfeeding, our Lactation Consultants can also visit newborns in the hospital to help ensure that our breastfeeding moms and babies get the best start possible.
In addition to being Certified Nurse Practitioners, some of our Nurse Practitioners are also Certified Lactation Consultants. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are health care professionals who specialize in breastfeeding management. They have demonstrated specialized knowledge and clinical experience in breastfeeding and human lactation. This further education means that lactation consultants are specifically educated in providing assistance to mothers with breastfeeding concerns and questions. Lactation consultants help with a myriad of difficulties, including latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production and babies who aren’t gaining enough weight. They can also assist mothers with general questions about returning to work while breastfeeding, pumping, and safe milk storage, to name a few.
LaTouche Pediatrics received the 2014 IBCLC Community Care Award which is given to practices which demonstrate a commitment to providing professional lactation support as an integral part of their maternal-child services.
Adding Your Newborn to Your Insurance
When you are expecting a new baby, health insurance coverage is probably one of the last things on your mind. However, it is important to begin the process before your baby is born. With a little bit of know-how and a few calls, you can have your infant covered by your health insurance in no time. Here are some helpful tips to make the process a little easier for your growing family.
Before Your Baby is Born… Check with your health insurance provider to see whether your baby will be added as an individual to your plan or whether you’ll have to upgrade to a family plan after the birth. Find out what your insurance company covers. All insurance companies must provide certain types of newborn coverage under law however, the extent of coverage varies greatly by company. If Mom has her own insurance policy, your newborn might be automatically covered under her plan for the first 30 days after he/she is born. This means that, if you are adding your newborn to dad’s insurance policy, then your child may be double covered for the first 30 days. **Check with your insurance to see if they automatically cover newborns.**
After Your Baby is Born… Call your insurance company within the first 30 days of your baby’s life to add him/her to your insurance policy. If coverage lapses, a baby can be denied coverage and you may have medical bills that go uncovered.
We accept most insurance, including Denali Kid Care and Medicaid. LaTouche Pediatrics is currently a preferred provider for the following networks: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Great West health, Aetna Signature Administrators, and Aetna.
*If Aetna is your insurance provider, please call the number on your insurance card to make sure we are a preferred provider.
If your network is not listed please check with your insurance provider to find out what the out-of-network benefits will be for your visit or you are welcome to call our office to speak with our patient registrar.
While we accept most insurance, and are happy to bill on your behalf, payment of deductible, coinsurance, or copay is due at the time of service. If you are not insured, or if we do not file with your insurance company, you will be responsible for the entire charge at the time of service. If you are unable to pay at the time of service please ask to speak with our business office prior to being seen. We ask that you bring your insurance cards and identification to every appointment, especially new patient visits, to ensure we have up to date/correct information on file.