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.
My “Makin’ It Easy” group met this week for our second session. They were just as wonderful, funny, and sweet the second time. And they continue to do my job for me. We were rolling along per usual, answering questions and discussing “Common Discomforts of Pregnancy,” as you do in Session 2. Then, one of… » Read more.
I went to Walterboro (“The Front Porch of the Low Country”) this week for their CenteringPregnancy big kick-off day and it was a delight. I am so excited to work with the team there – let me enumerate the ways (Shakespeare I am not): The practice manager, OB nurse, and nurse practitioner are so very… » Read more.
For kicks the last couple of years, I’ve been tallying up how many miles I’ve driven across South Carolina visiting Centering sites, attending workshops, and doing meetings. In 2017 the grand total is 5,013. Or, as I estimate it, 77 hours in the local Enterprise rental fleet. Worth it? For sure. I have never doubted… » Read more.
If you haven’t read this amazing birth story from Serena Williams, check it out. In a nutshell, after a healthy pregnancy (she may be the healthiest person I can ever imagine!), she had a nightmare c-section recovery: “The next day, while recovering in the hospital, Serena suddenly felt short of breath. Because of her history… » Read more.