Pap Smears with Awakenings
Ever wish you could get a pap in a gentle, slow-paced manner? Ever wish you could place the speculum yourself? (Don’t worry, you don’t have to!)
Here at Awakenings we break some of the conventional methods of placing speculums so that the process is client-centered and feels safe.
Whether you want a business-as-usual pap or a pap with extra care and attention, we’ll take your lead. But no matter what, we’re gentle.
What Getting a Pap Smear Includes
- An intake process that can include a comprehensive health history assessment, if desired.
- A pap smear.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) screening, if desired.
It does not include further clinical testing, should that be required. You will need to that care from a medical doctor.
It does not include any bloodwork.
If you’re seeking a pap from Awakenings, we start with a phone call or email to answer any questions.
Please be specific with what you’re hoping with regards to the care and include any pertinent information to your history and health.
Once any questions have been answered, the next step is to set up an appointment. We’ll send you some links to documents so that you can begin the intake process.
Getting Started with Awakenings – the Intake Process!
We will send you a Holistic Healthcare Welcome Pack over email or select the button on the sidebar.
Please have this paperwork ready for the first appointment. If you do not have access to a printer, let us know and we’ll send you the documents via snail mail.
This is holistic healthcare, which means we like to know a lot up front, so anticipate an hour or two to read through and fill out all the required documents.
- Be prepared to pay for the services in full at each visit.
- Be prepared to pay a “Petty Cash Refundable Deposit” which will be determined upon completion of the Intake Process and be based on your needs and desires.
With paps, some people aren’t looking for comprehensive care and have no desire to complete a health history. If this is the case for you, okay, you can skip this, but please make sure you have another care provider supporting your health and well being. Please let us know in advance if you plan to skip this portion of the intake process so that we may clarify the paperwork process. You can change your mind at any point.
Fees for Services
Office Visits for 1 pap is $75/session.
Home Visits (within Awakenings range) for 1 pap is $175.
We do offer a sliding scale (see applicable section). Let us know your financial situation and we’ll decide on a fee that works for all of us.
*Lab fees including the pap smear and any STI screening are additional expense.
Additional Expenses: Refundable Deposit
The standard fee does not include the cost of the lab (pap smear). This will incur an additional expense.
Because of this, you are required to pay, separate from the Holistic Healthcare fee, a “Petty Cash Refundable Deposit.”
The “Petty Cash Refundable Deposit” amount varies and depends on what testing/screening you plan to receive. We estimate the cost of these labs. We consider it a deposit because lab fees are always changing and we will not know the true cost until the bill is received. Any expenses exceeding the refundable deposit will be billed accordingly and you are responsible to pay. Any unused funds will be returned.
Access to midwifery care is EXTREMELY important to Awakenings. We hope to provide care to all people regardless of income.
As holistic care has grown, it has moved further and further from low-income communities and people of color. In staying true to the values of midwifery, we offer sliding scale and flexible payment plans to those willing to discuss their financial status with us.
We trust you will value and prioritize this quality care over accessories. But even still, it can be challenging to know whether one qualifies for sliding scale. A general guideline is whether or not it creates “Financial Hardship.” Generally, if you have to wonder whether it does or doesn’t, you probably don’t fit that category. If you’re struggling to pay rent each month or can’t purchase the nourishing foods you want, you do qualify.
If you decide a sliding scale applies to you, please consider bartering for a portion of the fee. We are open to your ideas!
If you have a PPO health insurance, you may be able to obtain reimbursement in accordance with your insurance plan for services from providers who are “out-of-network.”
If you would like to bill insurance, we will provide a superbill with the codes applicable to the care you received. You can then submit that to your insurer. We are sorry we are unable to assist you in insurance billing endeavors at this time.
We can bill labs directly to your insurer.