Nurturing care is critical to improving health outcomes

A friend recently told me, “I vowed to never use the word ‘diet’ in front of my daughter.” She explained how as she was growing up, her mother was fixated on dieting, and how that affected her relationship with food and her body image. I sympathized. My grandmother was a model, and I grew up …

Changing the culture of mother baby separation in one Northeastern hospital

“I got to touch him once and they took him right away from me,” Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center labor and delivery nurse Jennifer Wickett says, remembering the birth of her first child 19 years ago. Wickett desired non-medicated births, but her three children ended up being born via cesarean sections for various reasons. …

To know is to do: retired nurse dedicates time to humanitarian aid in East Africa bringing awareness to the paradox of direness and vibrancy

Some days Susan Gold, RN, BSN, ACRN misses her ignorance. Since 2003, Gold has embarked on over 30 trips to various locations in East Africa where she teaches sexual and reproductive health and offers humanitarian aid. Recalling one of her first visits to a clinic in Nairobi, Kenya, Gold describes a young mother, around 18-years-old, …

The words we use

“Is ‘jerk’ a swear word, Mom?” “Can I say ‘Hell’ if I’m talking about a place, Mom?” “Mom! George said a bad word!”  More than ever, my kids are experimenting with words. Exposure to new phrases– especially through media and books, friends at school, even us parents, etc.– requires the careful navigation of appropriate vernacular. …