Y’all I am seriously psyched because I got to go to Asuncion, Paraguay last month for the regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives. And only two months after going to China! That’s two continents I have never been to before. It makes me ridiculously happy. I LOVE seeing new parts of the world…. » Read more.
Guess what guess what guess what? I got invited to help lead a CenteringPregnancy workshop in CHINA! After months and months of having nothing to blog about because I have been mired in paperwork and meetings and not having fun hanging out with patients in Centering groups, I got an email one night that a… » Read more.
Bad news: one of our Centering practices is falling victim to a nationwide plague of closing obstetrics services in rural areas. McLeod OB/GYN in Cheraw is shutting its doors, and with it, its Centering practice. I have enjoyed getting to know that group, and will miss them. Luckily, many of their employees will be moving… » Read more.
This autumn we had two lessons in persistence, patience, and ultimate triumph – two of our newest sites overcame some significant barriers and have officially started their Centering practices! The first, Walterboro OB/GYN, had some problems securing their space. They finally got one dedicated to them, and turned it out beautifully. They had their first… » Read more.
Last week was Amazon Prime day. While y’all were buying Kindles and Alexas and Instant Pots, ya girl #ReproductiveHealthEducator (that’s me) was buying 800 balloons, 100 beer pong balls, and 80 tube socks. Why on earth? The balloons and beer pong balls are for our new activity in which we stuff a balloon with a… » Read more.
We have officially recruited our 1,580th patient into the Cradle Study – this means we are exactly HALFWAY to our goal of 3,160 women in the study. By all means, the title of this post should have you singing Bon Jovi unless you’re a soulless monster. In case it’s not already in your head, here’s: (Thanks… » Read more.
My “Makin’ It Easy” Centering group has grown used to seeing me wander around with scrap paper and scissors, handing them little slips of paper and asking them to jot down some notes and thoughts for our discussion. I’ve grown very fond of this tactic for starting group discussions. At Session 4 I asked them… » Read more.
We’ve been doing a lot of work lately to figure out why patients don’t come to Centering groups and how we can fix it. As you may know, I work with a practice that serves a high percentage of low-income and uninsured women – around 75% of our deliveries are covered by Medicaid. About 20-25%… » Read more.
One of my providers told me the other day about a group that is just about to deliver. This is a Spanish-speaking group. One of the patients disclosed to the group at an early session that her partner had left her and she is on her own. Now, single parenting is a really rough job for anyone, but… » Read more.
We were trying to think of affordable incentives to give our patients for coming to Centering sessions. I have always hesitated to provide incentives, because we can’t afford them long-term. Sometimes we get a grant or a donation to buy some patient gifts, but that money eventually goes away. And then the next patients that… » Read more.