Farewell!

May 16, 2019 // 

After 9 years, more than 400 groups, more than 4,000 patients, 430 Basic Facilitation trainees, 21 Centering practices, and a partridge in a pear tree, it’s time for me to move on. Tomorrow, May 17, 2019, is my last day with Centering at Greenville Health System (now Prisma Health). I’m excited for a new challenge,… » Read more.

Passing the light

February 19, 2019 // 

Deb Clyburn 10 years of CenteringPregnancy 80 Centering groups 794 Centering patients Last week we lost the heart and soul of our Centering practice here in Greenville, Deb Clyburn. Deb has been a Nurse Practitioner with us for 20 years, and was on the team when we started Centering in 2008. She immediately took to… » Read more.

DIY Pregnancy Sympathy Belly

January 23, 2019 // 

One of our sites really wanted a Pregnancy Empathy Belly for the support people in their Centering groups. As you may know, the official ones are quite pricey and frankly out of our budget. But then my buddy google led me to this video, which gave me an idea. So, I created our own DIY… » Read more.

Podcast

January 4, 2019 // 

Vox came to our practice last summer to record a podcast about our Centering practice here in Greenville, and they did a really great job of describing the patient experience of being in a CenteringPregnancy group – the skepticism, the informality of the group, and the relationships that grow out of it. It’s really lovely… » Read more.

Paraguay!

December 3, 2018 // 

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.

The high road to CHINA!

November 12, 2018 // 

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.

A closing of doors

November 12, 2018 // 

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.

Good things come to those who wait

November 12, 2018 // 

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.

Two days in the Reproductive Health Educator Life

July 24, 2018 // 

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.

Halfway there!

July 16, 2018 // 

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.