Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grace~ 4 days old

Baby Grace was so much fun to photograph. She was so happy in her mama's arms and her big brother was hilarious! Here a just a few from that special day.

He really can put his toe in his mouth~

Playing with Mama!

This was the biggest yawn ever~

I love the smile Grace has on her face.

Big Brother!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Water Birth...10 pounds 6 ounces~

On Thursday evening, June 11th, I received a telephone call from S in the Fort Worth area around 5pm. S had begun labor and was letting her team know. A mere 15 minutes later, it was time to drive in. I made it to her home right before the midwives and slipped into place. S and N were working hard during contractions and barely an hour later, their son was gently born in the water. This is their fourth child and first boy. S was a fabulous mom to work with and I am blessed to have been a part of their birth.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pregnant women's access to health care threatened

Hot off the press....
American Association of Birth Centers
America's Birth Center Resource
3123 Gottschall Road ~ Perkiomenville, PA 18074 ~ Tel: 215-234-8068 ~ Fax: 215-234-8829 ~ aabc@birthcenters.org ~ www.birthcenters.org

Pregnant Women’s Access to Care Threatened

H.R. 2358 Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act

U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Lois Capps (D-CA), and Rob Wittman (R-FL) introduced the Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act to ensure Medicaid birth center facility fee payments to states. Over the past few years, CMS has begun disallowing federal matching funds for state Medicaid payments for freestanding birth center services. Birth centers have been recognized by CMS (and earlier, by HCFA) as a Medicaid provider type in State Medicaid Plans since 1987. Recently, however, CMS has disallowed such payment by several state Medicaid Agencies, including Alaska, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington State, claiming that it lacks clear statutory authority and direction to allow these payments.

CMS has directed its regional offices to stop federal payments to any state for birth center services. Texas recently lost an appeal that would have directed CMS to continue paying for birth center facility fees in the state - as it had for over 20 years. This bill will direct CMS to make payment to the states for birth center services.

This action by CMS puts pregnant women at risk of losing access to safe, high quality maternity care. Birth centers in other states are now at risk of losing this reimbursement. Here are the facts about birth centers:
􀂃 Birth centers are part of a vital safety net for Medicaid mothers across the U.S.
􀂃 Birth centers fill the void left in many areas when hospitals – rural, urban, or suburban -- close their obstetrical services
􀂃 Many rural and urban birth centers serve a disproportionately high percentage of Medicaid recipients. Texas provides two examples – at least 95% of patients in an inner city Houston birth center, over 85% for a center in Weslaco, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley
􀂃 Birth centers have a proven history of reducing low birth weight and preterm birth, the main causes of neonatal death in the U.S.
􀂃 Birth centers provide innovative approaches to maternity care that reduce disparities for low income and minority women, lower cesarean section rates, and reduce health care costs
􀂃 The U.S. needs a network of birth centers to provide alternatives to busy hospitals for mothers and babies during an epidemic, natural calamity, or other disaster

Congress must act now!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just waiting on my mommas!

I have been lucky enough to be hired as a birth photographer for two families. One Momma was due in May and the other early next week. I am now just waiting for the telephone to ring so I can photograph such a wonderful time in their lives.