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For families who have suffered from pregnancy related conditions such as pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery and small for gestational age babies, there may never be a good reason for why these conditions happen. This is often in part because many factors can contribute either singly or in tandem towards the development of conditions such as pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery and babies who are small for gestational age. This week the list of risk factors was increased to include both particulate and molecular atmospheric pollutants. For many years, scientists and environmentalists have been concerned with the effects of increased air pollution. Research results from the ESCALA project have observed an increased risk of death resulting from increased exposure to particulate air pollutants less than or equal to 10 micrometers and ozone.
Between being without internet while traveling and adjusting to having a new housemate, I am now finding the new rhythm for 2013. Habits for the home and family which had begun with my husband and I have grown to include a dear friend whom we have both known for many years.
There were a few moments before I left, I worried briefly how this change would feel and impact our lives. It embodies a number of changes and new potentials in variety of areas. All in all, I was excited for the new possibilities that having 3 adults in the house could provide. If the beginning has been any indicator of what is to come, I am very excited. Have a great week and I will not make you all wait so long in between posts.
Combine together and whisk together until well combined
The new year crept quietly into our house so I took some time to craft and create. Taking time to be with art. Little beads strung onto wire and stretch elastic. Bringing together so many little individual components into the formation of a cohesive, unified object. I thought about making a resolution, about what a resolution is and who I wanted to be in the next year. In part, one of the things I realized is that I feel as though I am always thinking about the notions mentioned earlier. I have decided that the time for thinking has drawn to a close. The time for doing is at hand, the time for creation and living the life that is in line with my families ideals and values. A number of smaller goals and personal experiences I desired for the next year can be summed up into the broad goals below.
To reinvigorate my spiritual practice.
Live up to my potential as a healer for the betterment of myself and others.
To help in your journey towards wellness I would like to offer you a free 30 minute consultation to learn how I can assist you in becoming pregnant, our maternity services and beyond.
1. Give yourself and your family time to mourn the death. Each family member will need time to pass through the stages of grief at their own pace. It is often not necessary or recommended to jump immediately back on the trying to conceive band wagon. The spirit, and body need at least 4 weeks to recover if not longer.
2. Honor the loss. Depending upon your spiritual tradition and community, clergy, rabbi, priestess or imam can help facilitate a memorial service to remember and honor the death in your family. If you are not a part of a religious community it may still feel right to mark the passing. Options include planting a special tree or other living plant to remember that though their body is not here with us, the spirit still lives. In Japan, families create Jizo dolls to honor those who died as a result of miscarriage, still birth or a termination of pregnancy. Touching images of Jizo can be found at Sushibird.
3. Set aside time to be with your partner. This is time when both partners have emotions they need to share with each other. Go to a special place where you can be alone together undisturbed to cry, laugh, yell, be quiet and just be with each other processing and sharing. During this time try not to feel anger towards each other or self, no one did anything wrong and no one is to blame.
5. Recognize the growth and deepening connection with self and your family that has arisen as a result of your experiences. It is during these times of great challenge that we learn the extent of our strength and potential.
May the light shine brightly even on the darkest night.
As would be expected when attempting to coordinate wide accessibility for the meeting, it took a few minutes to be successfully up and running. Fortunately, the experiment of offering both live streaming and satellite locations allowed for over 200 web participants, 5 satellite locations throughout the state. Being a participant at this meeting, it was very encouraging to hear that there was a desire to include practitioners such as naturopathic physicians, licensed midwives, and other professions from Community Advisory Council’s to the Coordinated Care Organizations, members of the Oregon Health Policy Board, community members and representatives from professional organizations.
The Oregon Health Policy Board is still taking public comments at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Health System Transformation Feedback. You can also send written testimony to the Oregon Health Policy Board at 500 Summer St. NE. Salem, OR 97301.
Here in Southern Oregon, individuals on the Oregon Health Plan’s Open Card can be seen at All Paths Naturopathy & Midwifery while we continue to work towards credentialing with one of the local Coordinated Care Organizations in the next year.
Keep sharing your support for Oregon’s Medicaid patients to have the right to choose naturopathic doctors as their primary care physicians.
In order to help manage increasing health care costs and streamline care provided by a number of professional types. The hope and plan is that individuals requiring care for physical, mental and dental health and wellness can receive the care they need in an efficient and cost effective manner.
What is changing:
As of November 1st, 2012 many individuals on the Oregon Health Plan Open Card were transitioned to a regionally managed Coordinated Care Organization. Fortunately as a result of much hard by the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians work Governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority are allowing current open card members to continue care with their naturopathic physicians
What will be changing:
January 1st, 2013 new open cards will not be issued expect for special populations including First People’s and some individuals receiving both medicaid and medicare.
What this means:
Licensed providers who were seeing patients under the open card or were fee for service providers will not be able to continue the therapeutic relationships already established.
Who is affected:
Naturopathic Physicians, Licensed Direct Entry Midwives, possibly others.
What can be done: