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.
Sometimes the groups just make your job soooo easy. I’ve spoken before about how hard Session 1s are. Yesterday, I was helping a new facilitator, Brandi, get her first ever group started. We flipped the session and did introductions / orientations first, before we did the physical assessment part (“mat time”). We used the trusty… » Read more.
Over the years, we’ve thought of new and different ways to discuss several of the topics that we cover during pregnancy. I’ve kept a log of some of these new ideas, and spent some time over the past few months making them available to all our partners and colleagues in South Carolina and beyond on… » Read more.