Early 2019 Availability
Sound Beginnings will have limited availability between now and April while our owner and lead lactation consultant, Joy MacTavish, is on maternity leave. Our team member Melissa will have sporadic availability during this time, but is not currently in-network with Aetna.
Beginning in May 2019, Joy will have availability for consultations in the Sound Beginnings Shoreline office (where she will often have her baby in tow); as well as limited availability for in-home consultations (typically be held during evenings and weekends and reserved for families who have newborns and/or are recovering from birth). Phone consultations will continue to be available and we appreciate your understanding for baby noises in the background.
For your convenience, here is a list of other out-of-hospital lactation consultants we refer to as needed
An in-home lactation consultation is an opportunity to receive private, individualized support for your breastfeeding relationship in the comfort of your own home. This is especially helpful when you have a newborn, but great for all situations because your home is where real life breastfeeding happens most.
Raising your child involves the entire family. We can help you navigate bonding and caring for your little one from birth through toddlerhood. Consultations combine education and guidance on topics including babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, potty training, sleep, holistic parenting sessions, and more—all in the comfort of your home.
Time is short with a new baby. Families need quick and efficient access to trusted support.
We know that you and your baby feel most comfortable in your home. We bring support to you.
We save you time by bringing together a team of consultants and educators in one place.
Our Seattle Postpartum Team
Our compassionate, skilled team includes International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), Certified Babywearing Consultants, and experienced parenting educators in the greater Seattle area.
We can provide you with the information and tools you need so you have more time and space to truly enjoy your baby.
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Consider taking a class and/or reading a book about breastfeeding/chestfeeding prior to your baby arriving. A bit of education in advance of your “on the job training” will enable you to better understand what to expect about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and your baby’s behavior in the early days. (The phrase “breastfeeding/chestfeeding” is an inclusive term to describe the act of feeding one’s baby from their breast or chest.)...
And we’re ready to answer any questions you have.
Give us a call, email us, or use our contact form to find out more or set up a consultation.
Are you wondering if Sound Beginnings will be a good fit?
We can support you when:
you’re dealing with a challenge and would like to connect with a compassionate and fully screened professional as quickly as possible.
you need personalized and comprehensive support for breastfeeding, babywearing, or other family topics.
you want to be more confident in caring for yourself and your new baby.
you know that you and your baby feel most comfortable in your home and you'd love that professional support to come to you.
Are you wondering what the costs are?
Most insurance plans include coverage for lactation consultations, though your coverage will depend on your individual plan.
We can help you understand your insurance coverage options.
We are in-network with Aetna, and our team includes an RN-IBCLC if your plan requires it.
A consultation is an investment in your family's transition and can increase your confidence and ease with your little one.