Health

Beat the Heat? More like Survive the Swelter

Ok folks a big, long, nasty hot spell is arriving as I type. The forecast puts us above 90 degrees every day in the next week. Here are some requests, suggestions and miscellaneous tips to help you survive the swelter. Please, please, please stay hydrated this coming week. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of nasty things ranging from feeling rotten, to preterm labor, to death. ...

By |2019-03-06T11:16:36-04:00June 29th, 2018|Health, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Evidence Based Care is a Three Legged Stool

Evidence based care (aka evidence based practice) is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot. It is frustrating to me, a health care provider that aims to provide evidence based care, it is frustrating when I hear other providers say that their patients ‘refused evidence based care” as if evidence were the only part of the equation. Nope. Evidence based care has three parts: the evidence, ...

Local Care Midwifery Given ACNM Best Practice Awards

Local Care Midwifery, PLLC Awarded ACNM Best Practice 2017 Annual List Recognizes Labor, Birth and Perinatal Outcomes Troy, NY, May 24, 2018 – Local Care Midwifery, PLLC was recently recognized as a Best Practice 2017 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Best Practices are recognized for outstanding clinical and resource utilization outcomes, as well as for meeting nationally established benchmarks. The “Four Core” Best Practice designation acknowledges ...

By |2019-03-05T14:31:06-04:00May 25th, 2018|Health, Home Birth, LCM News, Midwifery|

Black Maternal Health Week 2018

On Tuesday, I took part in a press conference at the NYS Assembly highlighting Black Maternal Health Week, maternal mortality, a racial disparity in health outcomes. Spending time in the Capital with cameras and reporters and legislators puts me way out of my comfort zone but I put on my best face (and some lipstick) and did my part. Here is the statement I give and ...

By |2019-03-06T17:49:58-04:00April 19th, 2018|Health, LCM News, Local Events|

Touch

Touch, it is our earliest and our most communal sense. Whether we are a floating embryo, a tumbling toddler or a middle aged midwife, we all sense touch. Even if we are blind, or deaf, or deprived of the sense of smell or taste, we still know touch. From Bali to Bahrain, touch is both sanctioned and regulated by religion and culture. Human greetings are made ...

Our Daily Bread: A Recipe

Most days, like most people, my husband and I eat bread. For several years now, I have been making that bread. Actually I have been making bread since I was old enough to stand -sourdough rounds with my mother, sandwich bread with my aunt, biscuits with my grandmother. In my teens and twenties, heavy, hearty breads of whole grains were my passion, with the occasional light, ...

By |2019-03-06T18:35:43-04:00January 22nd, 2018|Health, Midwifery, Mothering & Me, Recipes|

Just Breathe

Lately it seems that there is so much violence, hatred, and discord in the world: Suicide bombings. Mass shootings. Environmental disasters. Rapes and murders. Political mayhem. Cyber bullying. Schoolyard bullying. Suicides. Drug overdoses. Every day there is another mass shooting or senseless slaying somewhere in the US, another report of a heinous attack somewhere in the world: Orlando. Dallas. Chicago. Turkey. Nice. Belgium. Paris. Baghdad. Medina. ...