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2018-5-7

Optimizing Postpartum Care, Renewed Focus on Improving Mental and Physical Health for New Moms

Petersburg, VA – Not long after the world was wowed with photos of Duchess Kate Middleton and her new royal baby, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released guidance to improve mental and physical care for new moms.

These recommendations set the stage for long-term health for women and infants. The report states, “Postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter.”  It also advises insurers to cover the costs for new moms to see their doctors sooner and more often. This 11-page report represents a shift from an intense focus on prenatal care to a long-term care plan that includes what’s called the “fourth trimester.”

Dr. Daphne Bazile-Harrison, MD, FACOG an OB/GYN with Southside Physicians Network says, “I endorse the new recommendations! The relationship a woman makes with her Obstetrician does not end once the baby is delivered.”

The current standard for postpartum checkups is six weeks from child birth. ACOG now recommends cutting that time in half to three weeks, and for women suffering from hypertension, as little as three days. ACOG also says new mothers should work with their OB/GYN to develop an ongoing care plan and have a comprehensive postpartum visit no later than 12 weeks.

The comprehensive visit should include a full assessment of the following:

  • Physical, social and psychological well-being (including mood and emotional)
     
  • Infant care and feeding
     
  • Sexuality, contraception and birth spacing
     
  • Sleep and fatigue
     
  • Physical recovery from birth
     
  • Management of chronic disease
     
  • Health maintenance
     

The days and weeks after childbirth can be a time of particular vulnerability for mothers, with physical and emotional risks that include pain and infection, hypertension and stroke, heart problems, blood clots, anxiety and depression. 

Here at The Birth Place at Southside Regional Medical Center, we make sure all patients are doing well following delivery. Postpartum visits are made prior to discharge, and our excellent nursing and office staff call to check in on mom once she has gone home,” continues Dr. Bazile-Harrison.

This should come as welcome news to new mothers adjusting to life with a new baby. Balancing home, work, baby and other family commitments can be overwhelming. These new recommendations allow women to take a step back and say, “Its ok to take care of me.” With as many as 40% of women missing a postpartum visit, this is an opportunity to promote the overall health and well-being of moms.

Dr. Bazile-Harrison is encouraged and notes, “With these new recommendations, hopefully we can become more proactive in advocating continual good health for our patients and their families.”

For additional comments or more information contact Dr. Bazile-Harrison at 804-481-0143.

The full report can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2KhO1dJ

Emporia Police Appreciation Dinner

The Riparian Woman’s Club honored the Emporia Police Department with dinner recently.

It was the club’s way of congratulating the EPD on their CALEA achievement, a gold standard award in public service. It involved a lot of hard work under the direction of Chief Rick Pinksaw and it so happens that only a small number of law enforcement departments earn this special award. It is an ongoing effort on behalf of the department to continue its high standards.

Later in the evening Laura Saunders, Regional President of CALEA, presented the department a framed CALEA certificate at the Emporia City Council meeting. A standing ovation by a full house of citizens expressed appreciation for the department.

The dinner was another way of the Riparian Woman’s Club expressing its support of the EPD

who every day and every night protect our community. How fortunate we are for their bravery.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian

Each May we memorialize the men and women who sacrifice their lives defending our freedom. Often forgotten are the military spouses who give their all to maintain households and raise children. On May 23, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed the first proclamation declaring Military Spouse Day. Now celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Spouse Day is a day to recognize these heroes of the armed services – the husbands and wives of our servicemen and women. Military families make incredible sacrifices, which includes leaving their careers and career development opportunities due to frequent relocations in support of military commitments.

The unemployment rate among military spouses is 23 percent, and considering 85 percent say they want to or need to work, that is unacceptable. When the average household relies on two incomes, it should come as no surprise military families find themselves in similar need. I am encouraged by employers who are increasingly looking for ways to attract military spouses through such technology as allowing them to work remotely. I’d like to point out another option supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration – Entrepreneurship: military spouses running their own businesses can be empowering, liberating, and highly adaptable to a mobile lifestyle.

As SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, I am committed to helping more people have the tools and skills they need to be entrepreneurs. We and our partners have online and community-based resources across the country offering access to capital, training, and business opportunities. We even have special outreach specifically geared to military spouses through programs on military installations.

These programs are available through your local SBA District Offices and our resource partners. Visit SBA.gov to learn more about local resources(https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices), and more opportunities from SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development(https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd/resources/1485216).

As we look ahead, SBA is working with the Department of Labor and Department of Defense to reduce barriers to business ownership and cross-state credentialing for military spouses. For example, if someone has a real estate license or a hairstylist’s license in one state, it should be easier to transition those credentials to another state.

Today, there are more than a million military spouses – 700,000 active duty and 400,000 reserve/guard. Each has a broad diversity of talents and experiences SBA can help build into careers. We must help military spouses succeed and feel empowered, because they sacrifice for all of us. After all, each and every small business contributes to America’s economic prosperity, which further strengthens this great nation our military is working to defend.

Crater Community Teams Up With Comfort Zone Camp to Bring a Family Grief Program to Petersburg

PETERSBURG - Crater Community Hospice and Comfort Zone Camp team up to bring a Family Grief Program to Petersburg on May 12, 2018. Working together, these non-profit organizations can support entire families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, while including a focus on children's grief. This community event provides a safe and fun place for families who are grieving to create dialogue, express their feelings and learn coping skills. This family program focuses on how families can work together to remember their loved-ones, create new memories, and care for each other on this unpredictable journey of loss. For more information please contact Patti Cox - pcox@cratercommunityhospice.org About Crater Community Hospice Since 1995, Crater Community Hospice, (CCH) has provided exceptional care and support to over 5,000 patients and their families. Our mission is to help each patient live the fullest, most comfortable life possible. CCH is the only licensed, nonprofit, community-based hospice in the Tri-Cities. We also serve Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Charles City, Greensville-Emporia and Chesterfield Counties. For more information about Crater Community Hospice’s programs and services, upcoming events, or volunteer opportunities, call 804-526-4300 or visit our website, www.cratercommunityhospice.org.

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