A recent story in a local newspaper illustrated a crisis people in my state are facing – a lack of access to healthcare in rural areas. The Columbia Missourian ran a well-researched article by Taylor Blatchford that outlined a crisis hurting women in rural counties. In shows that: In 43% of rural counties in Missouri, there is […]Read More Out of Range: Rural Healthcare for Moms
This week, a lot of strange things took place on Capitol Hill. A strange, archaic way to pass bills was used to call for a motion to open debate on a bill. Various versions of “reform” were trotted out for the “Obamacare Crisis”. One version would have removed health coverage from an estimated 30 million […]Read More Let’s Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Okay?
Common wisdom about pre-eclampsia seems to be that it ends after pregnancy. Most people know pregnancy hypertension means you need to get the baby out before mom’s blood pressure spikes even more. Because it is usually successfully treated, I’ve heard people say that it’s “no big deal”. Still, between 5 and 8% of births in […]Read More Pre-Eclampsia and Heart Disease: Why We Need Medicaid Expansion
I’ve often compared my ability to parent and have a relationship with my husband to the relationship between passengers in a row on a plane. You can’t help your family if you can’t help yourself or help your partner when they need. Adults have needs. We need to meet them so we can be good […]Read More Maternal Mental Health: A long and lonely road