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So, you just had a baby. The hospital makes sure they are strapped into the car seat properly and then off you go, launching into parenthood. Reality hits. 2:00 am, 3:12 am, 4:16 am…. why do you sleep all day and not sleep at night? I thought after a few weeks things would level off?

Maybe it’s time to seek help – but where should I start? 

Is Sleep Coaching and Sleep Consulting Covered by Insurance? 

In most cases no. Unless it’s a medical / clinically diagnosed issue {and most are not, you are really just new parents, trying to survive chronic sleep deprivation and a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night because they picked up some associations, off timing and a bad case of overtired….which is the true culprit.} 

However, did you know the your FSA {AKA – Flexible Spending Account} might cover it? 👇

Will Your FSA or Flexible Spending Account Pick Up the Cost? 

In many cases YES – they do! So you have to do a little work first on your end to validate this, as I have clients get reimbursed for our services all the time. So where do you start: 

1. Pick up the phone and call you FSA provider. {Note: FSA (not your actual insurance) and an HSA (your actual insurance) are two different things and it’s the FSA where you can typically get reimbursed.} They will let you know what the requirements are for reimbursement, which typically involves an itemized invoice from us here at Tiny Transitions, which you will get for the package you move forward with. The services can be “newborn care services”, or just recently a member of my team shared that in her insurance called it “sleep deprivation services”, just to share a few examples. If you aren’t sure, take the invoice and submit for reimbursement, the worst they can say is no, but you tried and needed the help anyway, it’s just a bonus that you don’t have to pay for it with the FSA. 

2. Speak to your Pediatrician. It’s important to have open lines of communication with your child’s doctor about things that are happening with your baby. You are with them enough to know if something is off. For example, a baby/child snoring can actually be something else going on, that needs to be assessed by a medical professional. However, they can also write a letter of medical need to share with insurance / FSA for reimbursement purposes alongside our invoice. {I just had the parents of twins do this in January and they had their whole program covered and they were 9 months old – and a super fun couple to work with who had success with us….um on night 2 of implementation with minimal tears!}

3. Understand Your Options. The sleep consulting space is tricky and unregulated. Many sleep coaches offer the same 1 package, for the same cost, with the same support. Do you know why? That’s because they all went to the same Sleep Coaching Online Training and all stamped out the same product offerings, as they were trained to. So whether you need to full package or not, that’s what you are getting with them. Not here, we meet you where you are. 

Don’t purchase what you don’t need. Speak to a member of the team here on a discovery call, and we will help you get setup with the right program and right tools and can also direct you on reimbursement for the FSA submission. 

Sleep can be a challenge and we are always here to help with great free training, downloads, and resources. Join my free Slumber Made Simple Facebook Group. Also, check out my Instagram where you can get even more tips and tricks for successful sleep!
 
My name is Courtney Zentz, a Pediatric Sleep Consultant from Philadelphia, PA, Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor and founder of Tiny Transitions. As an award-winning sleep consultant, I help exhausted parents teach their infants & toddlers to sleep well every night with gentle, customized solutions and both group and private coaching options, so your family can all be at their best.