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When “So Lonely I Could Die” is not hyperbole

August 16, 2017 // 

Elvis was right. You can be so lonesome you could die. I came across this study in my daily social work brief, “Deadly epidemic for our times: Loneliness.” According to this meta-analysis (fancy language for a big study of all other studies), being or feeling lonely is associated with a higher risk of death (regardless… » Read more.

New Centering practices!

August 4, 2017 // 

Well Centering fans, it’s a great year here in South Carolina, because for the second year in a row we’re adding FIVE NEW Centering practices. We are now up to 24 practices offering CenteringPregnancy here in the Palmetto state, and we are really proud of that. Our newest sites are: Walterboro OB-GYN – right there… » Read more.

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Shout out to our fellow Greenvillian game-changer

May 19, 2017 // 

Today was our annual OB-GYN Research Symposium here in Greenville. We close all the offices and focus on getting smarter for the whole day, it’s fabulous. One of our presenters was the fabulous Melisa Holmes, one of our OB-GYN physicians and founder of the amazing Girlology. This is a wonderful program that helps parents have… » Read more.

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Another fantastic intern farewell

May 5, 2017 // 

This week we had to say goodbye to another fantastic intern, Alondra deSantiago from Clemson. She has been amazing – I really wish that at her age I’d had 1/2 of her professionalism, work ethic, maturity, and poise. We were lucky to have her. She did a great website about her experience, which I also… » Read more.

Our big bad study

May 5, 2017 // 

I’ve written about it before – we’re in the midst of a big huge study here about the impact of CenteringPregnancy on racial disparities in premature births. It’s a huge project – as of now we’ve been at it for almost two years, including one year of actually recruiting patients, and have so far recruited… » Read more.

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Irregularity

April 5, 2017 // 

Daytime TV ads used to call it “irregularity.” Nonmedical folks sometimes refer to it as the strains or being backed up. Most often I hear, “I can’t boo boo!” Constipation: a fact of life during pregnancy for sure. I tell groups that when I was pregnant I thought I would never poop again. This came… » Read more.

All over South Carolina

March 21, 2017 // 

During January, February, and March, I have been many, many hours on the roads of South Carolina visiting some of the now 19 sites doing CenteringPregnancy here. As I have said many times, we may not have the highest number of Centering practices, but we have the most per capita of any state in the country. (SO… » Read more.

Are your palms itching?

March 20, 2017 // 

I was talking with a group this morning that was complaining about itchy skin. We went through the usual discussion that we do whenever discomforts come up: 1. Who else here has that discomfort? 2. What do you think causes it? 3. What can you do about it? 4. When do you worry about it… » Read more.

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Getting the show on the road

February 6, 2017 // 

There is probably no conversation we have more frequently in Centering than “how can I get my labor started?!” Women at the end of their pregnancies are SO uncomfortable and the entire family is ready to move on to the anticipated arrival of their new little bundle of baby. It doesn’t matter that they will… » Read more.

Troubled times

January 24, 2017 // 

It’s been a tough couple of months for us here at my work home. We’ve struggled, both in Centering and in our general OB-GYN practice. When people ask me why, I have a hard time explaining it exactly. The reason for that is there are SO many reasons. For example:   TURNOVER. Over the past… » Read more.