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.
Postpartum reunions are the BEST! and…. also the worst. The BEST because it’s been a couple of months since we’ve seen these mommas and it’s so nice to see them and catch up about how they’ve been since we last chatted. And of course we get to meet the babies that they were cooking up… » Read more.
It’s been a busy fall, but not much here on the blog and I’m sorry about that. The main reason for that is that I’ve gotten caught up in work and office transitions around here. We have hired a new Centering Coordinator for the OB-GYN Center (more on her in another post). This allows me… » Read more.
I did a review of facilitation skills for one pf Centering Healthcare Institute’s regular webinars. It was fun – and certainly one of my favorite topics… If you get yourself a logon to Centering Connects you can see it too right here.
Another publication! Our latest involves blood and placenta specimens, so we’re into the hard-core microbiology world now. Have a read, or if you want the highlight reel here you go: Children from low socio-economic backgrounds have worse cognitive, psychiatric, and health outcomes than their wealthier/higher status peers (this means they tend not to do as… » Read more.