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Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy offers speech, occupational, physical therapy for children in Savannah/Pooler

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Chatterbox Pediatric TherapyChatterbox Pediatric Therapy LLC - a pediatric therapy clinic serving the Savannah and Pooler – offers speech, occupational and physical therapy services for children in the Savannah/Pooler area. Chatterbox Pediatric’s therapists are dedicated to providing children, families and physicians with the highest quality services available.

The therapists at Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy have a true appreciation for the demanding schedules that parents of all children face day-to-day, especially those with special needs. The clinic aims to be as flexible and accommodating to parents as possible when scheduling therapy. Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, LLC is a Medicaid Provider and makes every effort to assist families in getting the financial assistance that they need.

Stay connected with Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy by liking their Facebook page here.

Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, www.chatterboxpeds.com, 110 Pipemakers Circle, Suite 115 Pooler, Ga  31322 912-988-1526, email info@chatterboxpeds.com Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology opens new satellite office in Pooler in addition to their Savannah location

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Thrive OB-GYN opens in PoolerCongratulations to the dynamo-sister team at Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on the opening of their SECOND office in our area. Thrive is now seeing patients at their new satellite office in Pooler, in addition to their Savannah practice in the Candler Professional Building.

The new Pooler practice is @ 114 Canal St. Suite 403 and is open Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch just opened their first practice in Savannah this past May. So we’re thrilled to see how well the community has responded to manner in which these two deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 & 114 Canal St. Suite 403 Pooler,  tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com  Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

(New Savannah Ob/Gyn Practice)Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: A Sisterhood of Caring

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Thrive Savannah Obstetricians Gynecologists

We’re thrilled to tell you about a new obstetrics & gynecology practice in Savannah: Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology.

At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Candler Professional Building, Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch’s goal is to deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler, 31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area provide adult & pediatric medical care 24 hrs, 7 days a wk

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

24 Hour Medical Care in Savannah, Sandfly, Pooler & Tybee Urgent Care 24/7 is here for you & your family, offering complete medical care when you need it, where you need it.

Life is 24/7 and so is Urgent Care 24/7.

Urgent Care 24/7 FOUR locations in the Savannah area are full-service urgent care centers providing adult and pediatric medical care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you or a loved one need prompt medical attention, Urgent Care 24/7 are available with a compassionate and well-trained staff.

Extremely reasonable rates.

No insurance of any kind accepted. However, Urgent Care 24/7 provides you with all the information you need to file your claim with your insurance company.

Urgent Care has FOUR locations in the Savannah area:
* Historic Savannah, 144 Lincoln St., Savannah, 31401
* Tybee Island, 602 1st St., Suite A, Tybee Is. 31328
* Sandfly, 7400 Skidaway Road, Suite B, Savannah, 31406
* Pooler, 9 Mill Creek Circle, Suite A-1, Pooler,  31322

Urgent Care 24/7 Savannah, (912) 234-CARE (2273) email info@urgentcare247.com , www.urgentcare247.com  On Facebook here. Urgent Care 24/7 is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Has BCBS insurance reassigned your pediatrician?

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Close-up of a newbornSouthernMamas reader Liz Stephens is ticked about her daughter being reassigned to a different pediatrician. Her pediatrician used to be five minutes away. The new one is 40 minutes away. Not a good fit when you have a sick child.

Both Southcoast and Pediatric Associates patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been reassigned. Find out more on the Southcoast Web site here.

Liz found out one option for parents who want to keep their child’s pediatrician – complete a continuation of coverage form available on the Southcoast Web site. Doing so may increase your chances to keep your doctor, but only for 90 days. Then you will have to pick another covered doctor.

If you are concerned or frustrated by this change, you can call BCBS customer service at 706-985-3500 or 706-571-5616.

Or try contacting the corporate communications via email @ amy.odom@bcbsga.com or cynthia.sanders@bcbsga.com.

Good luck. And thank you, Liz, for providing this tip!

MDs seek gag orders to silence patients online

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


Try Angie's List!

Consumer ratings online services like Angie’s List now include medical care and some doctors aren’t happy about it.
According to several news reports including this one, doctors are asking patients to agree to what amounts to a gag order that bars them from posting negative comments online.

A quote from the article:

“Consumers and patients are hungry for good information” about doctors, but Internet reviews provide just the opposite, contends Dr. Jeffrey Segal, a North Carolina neurosurgeon who has made a business of helping doctors monitor and prevent online criticism. His company, Medical Justice, is based in Greensboro, N.C. For a fee, it provides doctors with a standardized waiver agreement. Patients who sign agree not to post online comments about the doctor, “his expertise and/or treatment.”

Doctors are notified when a negative rating appears on a Web site, and, if the author’s name is known, physicians can use the signed waivers to get the sites to remove offending opinion.

We here at SouthernMamas appreciate online reviews like those at Angie’s List and other sites. Certainly, Angie’s List shouldn’t be the only source for picking or dropping a physician. But it’s a good place to start.  Find reviews on the best doctors in our area at Angie’s List. Check the List!

Don’t stop at physicians. Find reviews on the services you need at Angie’s List – from electrician to physician – Use promo code “SAVE TEN” for $10 off!

Angie’s List also offers reviews of local child care – Try Angie’s List today!

Planning to have a VBAC?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Good luck.

Few local doctors will do VBACs (vaginal birth after a c-section). An article in this week’s ican1.gifTime magazine, “The Trouble With Repeat Cesareans,” shows how the choice to give birth vaginally isn’t even there for an increasingly number of women. C-section is the only apparent option. Read the article here.

From Time:

…the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), a grass-roots group, recently called 2,850 hospitals that have labor and delivery wards and found that 28% of them don’t allow VBACs, up from 10% in its previous survey, in 2004. ICAN’s latest findings note that another 21% of hospitals have what it calls “de facto bans,” i.e., the hospitals have no official policies against VBAC, but no obstetricians will perform them.

I recently wrote about repeat c-sections vs.  VBACs in my Savannah Morning News Column here.

If you’re looking for a VBAC-friendly obstetrician in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area, check with The Midwife Group and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway, Savannah.

While the practice doesn’t do VBACs, because they must be done in a hospital, they can refer you to a doctor who does.

The goal @ the Birth Center is to prevent c-sections in the first place. The center has a very low c-section rate.

“The Birth Center” offers an open house every month for prospective families or just the curious. You can also visit “The Birth Center” on Facebook. Tracey Adams has developed a group called “The Friends of The Midwife Group and Birth Center”. It is fun and it is informative. Click here.

To register for an upcoming open house @ The Birth Center, call 912.629.6262. It is free and open to the public.

Cut & Run: The risky rise of c-sections

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Are you concerned about complications associated with c-sections? This ican.gifnew study here details some of the risks, including breathing and feeding problems and infections.

Many moms who undergo c-sections want vaginal births after a c-section (also known as VBAC), but are denied that option. I write about c-sections vs. VBACs in my Sunday column this week in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. Read it here.

Whereas VBACs were briefly popular a few years ago, increasing from 3 percent to 28 percent from 1981 and 1996, now the trend is more toward “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.” More and more doctors have banned VBACs. One of the few local practices that still offers VBACs when appropriate is Provident OB/GYN Associates.

To find out more about the risky rise of c-sections nationally, visit the Georgia chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network here.

Savvy SouthernMamas Q&A: Triplet-mom Amber McHargue

Friday, October 17th, 2008

savannah-triplets.JPGWelcome to a SouthernMamas Q&A with one of our savvy readers about parenting tips, troubles and triumphs. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet Amber McHargue, very proud stay-at-home Mommy to 2-year-old identical TRIPLET boys.

Your family: ABC, Alexander (Lex), Brody and Collin. My wonderful, amazing husband is Dove; he is a Professor of Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art & Design and a freelance comic book artist. (One of his father-of-three comic strips is pictured below!)Our dachshund, Indiana, completes our family! We currently live on the Southside.

Your Website:
I am awful about updating it, but it is: www.totsites.com/tot/tripletboys. I also have a blog that I’m a little better at: http://tripletboys.blogspot.com/.

Triplets?!? What’s your secret for daily survival? I don’t know what the secret is. We don’t have any family here, so the two of us have taken care of them by ourselves since the day they came home from the hospital. We both agree that for us that was the best thing. If we had had help at the beginning, we would have been lost when they left. We both love our little family more than anything in the world. We try not to take a single moment for granted. We try to love every poopy diaper because one day we know we will give anything to get this time back. We are both really laid back and just have fun with them! We are incredibly blessed with very good Boys. We always say that God said He would give us three, but he would make them extra good!

What’s the most challenging part of your typical day? The most rewarding part?
Lately we have had an “issue” with fighting. They are best friends and worst enemies all in one. It’s tough when I am by myself and someone has been hurt by another one or two. You have to decide whether to comfort first or punish first. I really think they are just trying to decide their “pecking order”, it’s frustrating for me to see them treat each other so rough, but they are boys and this too shall pass.

With that said, I am silly I know, but I honestly think every moment is rewarding. Every time I look at them, I am awestruck. I still can’t believe that these three beautiful, healthy, perfect little men were given to me!

As an auntie to triplets, I know multiples tend to attract attention wherever you go. What’s the most common question you’re asked and/or the most common comment you hear?
The absolute most common is “You have your hands full!” We hear that every single time we go out at least once. I really don’t mind the attention as long as it’s positive. I am so amazed at the things people say. We have had many people tell us that they would shoot themselves if they were us, how sorry they feel for us, how horrible it must be and on and on. These boys are the greatest gift in the world. I don’t see how people can see a child as anything but. What really hurts is that they hear people say stuff like this and I do not, for one second, ever want them to think they are anything but a beautiful, wonderful, perfect miracle!

What were the reactions of you and your husband when you learned you were having triplets?
I already knew that we were having more than one baby. I kept telling Dove, but he said I was “just being dramatic“. HA! We had actually just suffered a miscarriage a few months before and I thought we were having another one when I found out there were three. He was out of town and I called him and had him rush back. I called him on his way and told him that “The babies are absolutely perfect and I say babies because there are 3!” He said he would have to call me back. He called back about 2 minutes later and asked if they were sure that there wasn’t just one really fast one or maybe one with 3 heads. He had to call me back again after I informed him that I had a picture of all three of them at once. He was shocked but excited when it finally hit him. I think his ego blew up a little when he realized he had fathered 3 kids at once. MEN!

If you remember much of their first few months of their lives, can you tell us in one sentence what those months were like?
I’m trying, but I’m not good at this! It was wonderful! Busy and exciting, scary and tiring, but perfect in some way.

The boys are now 2. Is it getting easier now?
They really are very good! It’s never really been hard. We have never known what it’s like to just have one baby, so this is totally normal for us. We are always super busy, but I like that. I do better when I have 50 things to do at once. We have always had a really good schedule and that helps a ton. They hate being off of a schedule. They get all out of whack. I was never a super organized person before, but I definitely am now with them. The only time we are ever sleep deprived is during a stomach bug and let me tell you that that is hard. I can usually laugh about it, but I never knew how much the human body could really hold until my little men came along.

Are there any specific resources that have helped you with the challenge of having multiples?
There is a book by Dr. Barbara Luke called ‘When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads’, it is a must have for those expecting multiples. There is a “Multiple Blessings” class offered at Memorial for $40 for those pregnant with multiples led by Del DeMauro. It was a tremendous help. I would strongly urge anyone pregnant with multiples to take this class. Also the Coastal Parents of Multiples club is a great way to meet other parents of multiples and get advice. They meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Hoskins Center at Memorial. There is a website forum called The Triplet Connection that I have used occasionally to get info.

I have to say though that the absolute best resource for me, not for multiples but just being a Mom in general has been another Mom. I met a girl at my OB’s office while I was pregnant and we became friends. She had a son exactly one week after my boys were born. A few weeks after they were born we started walking at the park and hanging out. I can’t tell you how much that support has meant to me. We have become such good friends and I couldn’t imagine doing this without that friendship. It’s so nice to be able to talk and share notes or get advice from someone going through the same things with the same parenting philosophies. It has been my lifeline, every Mom needs a friend like that!

Describe mealtime at your house? Is it assembly-line style?
It used to be, but they started self-feeding around 10 or 11 months. We still did some baby food until a year, but they learned really quickly. They got a lot of practice with Cheerios while they were waiting for their turn. Now we all sit at the table and eat together. Well they all eat together, I don’t know how but my food is always soooo much better than anyone else’s and usually disappears before I’ve taken two bites. It’s a great diet!

Any quick meals, food items etc that have really helped you out when it comes to making sure your kids have good diets?
This is going to sound ridiculous, but they had a pretty severe milk allergy and it was the biggest blessing in disguise. They would get so sick from even a graham cracker with a touch of milk in it. As a result they ate a ton of lightly seasoned fresh veggies, fruits and meat/fish. They will eat fruit and veggies over almost anything and don’t want most of the junky stuff. Luckily they outgrew it a couple of months ago. I had to read every label and it was so hard to tell them they couldn’t have something if I wasn’t sure what was in it. Now they can eat whatever, but still prefer fresh veggies and fruits. They do love cheese now though!

What’s the one book, toy, DVD or TV show etc that is a real saving grace in your house, one that you use when you really need to entertain or distract them?
I guess Baby Einstein for DVD’s, we use to call them baby crack, because they would stop whatever they were doing, it could be the biggest meltdown in the world and they would hear the music and instantly zombify. It still has that effect, but they love other stuff too, Word World, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Little Einstein’s are favorites. As far as toys, their best friend got them the Little Tikes Bounce N Slide for their birthday and that was the greatest gift ever! They LOVE to jump and that keeps them happily occupied for awhile. Plus it is great exercise and they can do it together!

It has to be financially-challenging to have three kids at once to say the least. Any money-saving tips you can share when it comes to raising kids?
A lot of places offer multiples discounts, I’ve found that it never hurts to ask. The thing about multiples is that you have to buy so many things at once. Every time I buy a shirt for $10, it automatically becomes $30. It gets very expensive very quickly when you are talking about cribs, excersaucers, and whatever else. You don’t even want to know about diapers and formula. We had figured out that by the time they were two months old we had changed over 1600 diapers. We should own Pampers at this point! One thing I realized early is that sometimes actually spending more on some things will save you in the long run. I always factor time into what I’m buying also. I don’t have a lot of extra time, so I need to know that what I’m getting will do what it should, like diapers. I would rather spend more than have to worry about leaks and the time it would take me to clean up and do extra laundry. I really shop around and stock up when things are on sale. I also have off and on planned out a menu for the week in advance. That saves a ton on groceries. I make my list, then make my shopping list and I’m done. It also saves time because I don’t have to stress about what to cook and I can balance foods to make sure they are getting a healthy variety in their diet throughout the week.

Describe your most humbling parenting moment:
The most humbling moment was the day I was discharged from the hospital. I was discharged five days after their birth, but they didn’t come home until two weeks later. That was the hardest moment of my life. I was a wreck the entire day. I only went home to get clothes and eat, but walking out of that hospital without my babies was something I wish no mother ever had to do. I can’t even begin to describe the agony that I felt. Luckily they let me room in for another 5 days, but every time I left them, I felt empty. I was in the NICU with them every second that I could be. I try not to take anything for granted. Not a single moment.

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment:
A few days after they were born I got to kangaroo hold all of them on my chest at once. It was the first time since they were born that I got to hold them together. It was the most incredible moment of my life. They laid all three of them on my chest, skin to skin and I started crying. I am so incredibly blessed to have three beautiful, healthy boys. I can be in that moment in an instant. When they are grown up with their own lives, that is how I will still see them. So tiny and fragile, but so strong. That is a moment that is just mine and I can’t even begin to do it justice in words.

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery?
We have a few! They love the buffet at the Lady and Sons. They have never eaten as much in one meal as they do there! We go to the food courts at the malls a lot. Sporty’s at Savannah Mall and Chick Fil A at Oglethorpe Mall are their favorites. We play at the soft play and then eat and then go back and play some more! They also love Clary’s on Habersham for breakfast. They each pick out a toy to play with while they wait for their food and then they get to play after they are done eating.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event?
We love The Little Jumping Bean, ; they pretend to call it on the phone all the time! A few favorites are Oatland Island, the Tybee Playground, and Daffin Park.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here?
I would love to see a Children’s Museum and a Gymboree type place!

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician?
Dr. Michael DeMauro at Pediatric Associates of Savannah. He is incredible! He has been such a blessing to us. He and his wife have triplet boys and it is so nice to have someone actually understand what you are going through, offer firsthand advice and realistic suggestions. He is very patient with all of my questions and has never made us feel like he is in a hurry to get us out of the office. He knows how to balance multiple patients at one time and always makes the boys feel comfortable. They actually get excited to go see Dr. D!

What is your pick for the area’s best preschool?
We like the St. Francis Cabrini’s Parents Morning Out Program. Everyone is super friendly and accommodating and the boys love it there!

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without?
It was a boppy-style pillow for multiples. That thing has been through so much and still looks great!

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:
I would donate to the March of Dimes and the Old Savannah City Mission.

What’s the biggest challenge when it comes to raising multiples?
Fear. I can get caught up in being afraid that they aren’t getting enough attention, that they don’t get to do a lot of things that single children do and on and on. What I have to look at is that they have something that very few others have. They have two extra people besides Mommy and Daddy to comfort them. They never have to go somewhere alone. They have two extra people to play with and hug and talk silly too and snuggle with. They have an incredible, unique bond that will be with them for their entire lives.

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Savvy Southern Mama Q&A: Beth Howells

Friday, September 19th, 2008

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Welcome to another SouthernMamas Q&A with one of our savvy readers about parenting tips, troubles and triumphs. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet Beth Howells, English professor and Armstrong administrator.

Your family: husband, David Thompson, Nurse Anesthetist; daughter, Elsie (Elizabeth Locksley Thompson), 2 years old; pug, Oscar, 7 and aging quickly with Elsie around; cat, Baby, who has better things to do. We live in midtown Savannah.

How would you describe your parenting philosophy?

Wow! We don’t really have a philosophy since this is our first. We are kind of making it up as we go. I guess we try to encourage Elsie’s independence, we try to let her explore and experience the world, and we try to stay positive. Most of this is not premeditated, though, we just end up trying to react appropriately in the moment and later reflect on whether or not our reaction was correct.

What are your child’s favorite books and toys?

It seems there are new toys every day: new instruments, animals, puzzles, balls… She finds them, loses them, refinds them, and loves them. And of course, the toys she likes best aren’t toys at all: toothbrushes, hair products, shoes… Actually, her current favorite is the Dora umbrella her babysitter Elaine gave her for her birthday.

Elsie loves books, every book, really. She loves the Boynton books; Each, Peach, Pear, Plum; Knufflebunny; the Carl books, the Peggy Rathman books; and Good Night Moon, of course. We’ve moved from the touchy-feely books to those with words and stories and find she even likes longer ones like Amelia Bedelia or Sylvester and the Magic Pebble–though we might summarize a bit. Ultimately, at this point, it is more about her parents’ favorites, books we aren’t tired of or too tired to read!

What are your child’s favorite TV shows or movies?

Elsie likes the Wiggles, Hi Five, and the Doodlebops–oh and Thomas, she has a thing for Thomas the train. She adores the bonus DVD that came with catch-the-moon.jpgthe Lisa Loeb/Elizabeth Mitchell CD–it has two songs that she dances to over and over: “Catch the Moon” and “Stop Go.” As for movies, she likes parts of Charlotte’s Web best but watches bits of Nemo from time to time. Of course, we try not to do too much TV, and then again, we just broke down and got the car DVD player for long roadtrips.

What are your child’s favorite foods?

Guacamole and chips. Edamame. Cheese. And ice cream for special treats.

What one adjective would you choose to describe motherhood?

Wondrous.

Describe your most humbling parenting moment:

The most humbling moments are probably yet to come with #2 on the way in January. When we find our hands full with one two year old and see those handling much more than that with such grace, we are incredibly humbled. And we’ll have two girls–I imagine the teenage years with two will be a daily lesson in humility.

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment:

Coming home from work every day and seeing her face lit up and having her run to me saying “Mommy… Mommy…. Hug.” If she is anything like I was, unfortunately, she won’t always have that reaction to her mother, so it is especially beautiful to me.

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery?

Jalapenos.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event?

We love all of the little parks and playgrounds in Ardsley. We walk and bike to them daily.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here?

I hear the Charleston Children’s museum has a kid’s size little grocery story. I think Elsie would love something like that.

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician?

Dr. Dudley Stone

What is your pick for the area’s best preschool?

Montessori Academy of Savannah.

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without?

Our Mountain Buggy stroller.

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:

Fighting Cancer.

What is the one phrase you hope your child will say to you when she’s all grown up?

Nothing’s better than “I love you,” though, I will miss the childish little lisp–”I lub you.”

SouthernMamas Q&A: Ginger Heidel

Friday, August 1st, 2008

ginger-qa.jpgWe here at SouthernMamas rely on our savvy readers to keep us informed. One such reader is Ginger Heidel, the subject of our latest savvy SouthernMama Q&A. Meet the woman behind a popular Savannah mommy blog, gummibunny. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Your family: I’m married to my high school sweetheart Lee Heidel, and we are the very proud parents of Camille, who just turned two. We live in Savannah’s Ardsley Park, and Lee and I together own Heideldesign, a web development and multimedia firm. I work there three days a week, and spend the rest of my time being mommy to the sweetest girl I’ve ever met.

Website: www.gummibunny.com

How would you describe your parenting philosophy? Listen to all the advice you’re offered, and then go with your gut. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do or how to parent in a particular situation, and I find the advice of trusted friends and family very helpful. But on occasion when we’ve disagreed, I’ve found going with our gut instinct has worked best for us.

What are your child’s favorite books and toys? Right now she is loving Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. But her favorite book is her First Baptist Church of Savannah pictorial directory – it’s hilarious! She enjoys flipping through and looking at all the pictures and asking everyone’s name, and we joke that she knows our fellow church members much better than we do. As for toys, she really into her tea set, her little toy farm and various farm animals – the goat is her favorite.

What are your child’s favorite TV shows or movies? She is a huge Elmo fan, and also likes the TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. But her favorite thing to watch is a Brainy Baby DVD about farm animals (noticing a farm animals theme? More to come).

What are your child’s favorite foods? Right now she’d like to eat a popsicle for every meal if I’d let her, which I don’t. She loves grits (my true Southern Belle!), fruit, and macaroni and cheese.

What one adjective would you choose to describe motherhood? Rewarding.

Describe your most humbling parenting moment: I think the whole parenting experience is humbling because the learning curve is so steep! I felt humbled when we left the hospital after her birth, knowing we were responsible for the care and upbringing of another human. It was an awesome, albeit humbling, moment.

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment: There are so many great moments, how to choose? I remember feeling blown away the first time Camille smiled at me and meant it. It was like the biggest payday to realize she was communicating her happiness to me.

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery? We enjoy going to Barbara Jean’s on Wilmington Island. The portions are large enough she can eat from our plates, and she likes many of the yummy veggie casseroles. And if she gets antsy, we go out on the deck and look for birds flying around the marsh.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event? Our favorite spot is definitely the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. We like their Toddler Tuesday program (which we learned about on southernmamas.com!), and Camille LOVES visiting all the animals in the barn. She’ll talk about them for days after we visit – “Cow eat hay! Goat itch ear!” I am also infinitely grateful to the City of Savannah for maintaining so many nice parks and playgrounds – we frequent Daffin and Hull Parks.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here? We recently visited the public library in Estes Park, Colorado, and they had a fantastic kids area. There were lots of books and reading tables of course, but they also had a table with a great train set, a farm set with plastic animals, architectural building blocks, and several other wonderful toys that encourage creativity and imagination. They had wifi too, so I surfed the net a little while she busily put the plastic animals on the train tracks (didn’t have the heart to tell her it was a recipe for disaster). We visit the Bull Street library branch here in Savannah and enjoy the books, but I’d love to have a kid’s play area like the library in Estes Park. We’d be there all the time!

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician? Do I have to tell? We love her so much, and I’m afraid if everyone knew about her she’d be swamped! Our pediatrician is Dr. Micah Riegner with SouthCoast Pediatrics. She has the know-how of a doctor with the loving compassion of a mother, and we’ve been very pleased.

What is your pick for the area’s best preschool? Camille goes to Bible Baptist, and we’ve been very happy with her care there. The staff seem very loving, and the owners are very attentive.

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without? Camille really liked her exersaucer when she was an infant, and sometimes putting her in there was the only way I’d have enough time to get dinner in the oven!

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:That’s tough … I’d probably donate some to cancer research, some to Oxfam to help fund solutions to poverty, and some to my church.

What is the one phrase you hope your child will say to you when she’s all grown up? “I love you, Mama!” I’ll never get tired of hearing it.

SouthernMamas Q&A: Deganit Ruben

Friday, July 18th, 2008

deganit-rubin.JPGWelcome to another SouthernMamas Q&A with one of our savvy readers about parenting tips, troubles and triumphs. (If you know a SouthernMama you’d like to nominate for a profile, email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past profiles by clicking here. )

Meet savvy SouthernMama Deganit Ruben of Skidaway Island. Deganit was kind enough to answer these questions on the same week she was to due to give birth to her second child. (UPDATE: On July 15, Deganit had her baby Elana Suzanne, weighing 7 lbs, measuring 19 ins. Congratulations Rubens!)

About:

Your Family

Husband: Jesse, Child: Jordan, age 3 1/2 & another due any day now. We live at The Landings. My husband works at NetJets in Bluffton, SC.

How would you describe your parenting philosophy?

Lots of love and patience in all situations, but with the clear message that rewards and good things all come from being earned and that there is no such thing as “entitlement.”

What are your child’s/children’s favorite books and toys?

Jordan loves the Little Critter series and enjoys toys that involve arts & crafts.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite TV shows or movies?

She loves the Wonder Pets on TV, and is not really a fan of movies yet.

What are your child’s/children’s favorite foods?

She is a typical 3 year old: pizza, fries, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter

What one adjective would you choose to describe motherhood?

awe-inspiring

Describe your most humbling parenting moment:

Finding out about my daughter’s permanent hearing loss and realizing that there was nothing I could do to fix it

Describe your most beautiful parenting moment:

Realizing that all the months of hard work on behalf of my daughter’s disability was manifesting itself in success beyond what I would have imagined

Favorite local kid-friendly eatery?

The Original Pancake House near Mall Blvd. My daughter loves the food and atmosphere and the staff there is wonderful with children.

Favorite local kid-friendly spot/event?

Storytime at the Bull Street and Oglethorpe libraries, Oatland Island, the 2 soft plays at the malls.

What resource for children does our area lack, one that you would like to see here?

A REAL Children’s Museum

Who is your pick for the area’s best pediatrician?

We love our pediatrician, Dr. Gustave Kreh of Pediatric Associates, and we also loved Dr. Ben Spitalnik who we saw once when Dr. Kreh was unavailable.

Most valuable baby gift you received that you couldn’t live without?

My mother’s continuous babysitting offers!

If you had zillions of extra bucks to donate, what charity/cause would you select?:

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and other organizations devoted to helping children with a hearing loss learn to listen and speak

What is the one phrase you hope your child/children will say to you when they are all grown up?

Thank you for everything you did for me, and I’m sorry for all I did to you!

Midwife Group’s Birth Center opens in Savannah

Friday, July 11th, 2008

midwife-group.jpgSome local expectant moms have said they’d opt for a homey birthing center over the institutional-feel of a hospital if only our area birthing center wasn’t located all the way out in Rincon.

No more excuses, moms-to-be. The Midwife Group/Family Health & Birth Center Inc. recently opened a birth center in Savannah, @ 1692 Chatham Parkway. Services include women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.

The Midwife Group of Coastal Georgia had long had a practice in Savannah, but no birthing center until now. The center’s Web site hasn’t be updated as of today (Fri. July 11) to reflect the new location.

Until it is, you can obtain more information by calling 912.629.6262.

Is your OB savvy about cord blood donation?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

cord-blood-where-2-donate.jpgWe here @ SouthernMamas are always looking for tips about quality medical practices.

Thanks to SouthernMamas reader and expectant mom Sarah Newman for this one about OB/GYN Associates in Savannah. Sarah’s doctor, Dr. Melissa Cobb, asked Sarah if she was interested in cord blood donation when she went in for her first pregnancy visit.

This is such an important- and often overlooked – question that every pregnant woman should consider. But frequently obstetricians don’t even ask their patients if they want to donate the umbilical cord blood.

Umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to treat blood cancers, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and about 60 other diseases.

As this ABC News article “Saving Nature’s Miracle Substance” says “As many as 10-thousand Americans each year could benefit from donated cord blood, but there is such a shortage that many while die waiting.”

Still, only a tiny fraction of mothers donate their cord blood. Usually the cord blood is thrown away or, in some cases, parents shell out big bucks to privately store the cord blood it for their child’s possible use later in life. The American Medical Association suggests that is a waste of money.

“The chances that a person would use their own cord blood to help that child are somewhere between one in 20,000, all the way up to one in 200,000,” Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University’s Medical School says in the ABC News article.

Learn more about how to donate cord blood by clicking here.

Among the places that offer a public cord blood donation program is Cryobanks International Inc. Cryobanks will send a courier to collect cord blood from hospitals nationwide. FOR FREE! But you have to fill out paper work etc beforehand.

Donated cord blood is registered with the National Marrow Donor Registry, where it potentially can help patients and save lives. Click here for more info.

Meanwhile, kudos to OB/GYN Associates for asking patients about cord blood donation. Here’s the link for contact info to OB/GYN Associates.

Feel free to email anne@southernmamas.com about other local doctors that we should spotlight on SouthernMamas.

Defeat Autism Now! doctor in Savannah

Monday, April 28th, 2008

autism-puzzle.jpgParents seeking biomedical treatments for their autistic children used to have to travel out of Savannah to find a pediatrician certified as a Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) doctor.

DAN! – a project of the Autism Research Institute – focuses on experimental and alternative treatments for autism, rather than the standard treatment of behavioral therapy and drugs.

No longer will such families have to spend the extra money and time to leave Savannah for the treatment they want for their children. Dr. Ramon Ramos, a Savannah pediatrician who practices integrative medicine, is becoming certified as a DAN! doctor.

The Defeat Autism Now! approach considers autism spectrum disorders (from ADD/ADHD to severe autism/mitochondrial disorders) to be medical issues, as opposed to the conventional belief that the disorders are mental or psychiatric disorders.

People with autism often present with gastrointestinal issues, severe food allergies and sensitivities, sensory issues and more. Advocates of the Defeat Autism Now! approach say such problems can be improved by medical treatment from a DAN! doctor.

Ramos’ office will provide counseling on diet and supplementation, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and other treatments.

Although some mainstream physicians discount the DAN! approach, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently met with representative of Defeat Autism Now! in an effort to facilitate communication between pediatricians, parents and researchers about the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. All advocates for these children agree that further research is needed regarding causes as well as safe and effective treatment, according to an AAP news release.

“Autism is a challenge for pediatricians, their patients and families. By working together, we stand the best chance of helping these children to realize their full potential,” AAP President Dr. Renee R. Jenkins. “The Academy is committed to working with researchers and treatment groups like Defeat Autism Now! to get closer to finding answers to the multiple causes of autism and determining effective therapies.”

Autism: How many vaccines is too many per pediatric visit?

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

kim-and-sam-spencer.JPGA couple of moms responded to my column today in the Accent section of the Savannah Morning News. You can read the column “Reform the childhood vaccination schedule” by clicking here.

The moms said they’ve long been concerned about the aggressive vaccine schedule and plan to ask their pediatricians to spread out the shots. Unfortunately, not all pediatricians are keen on this idea.

Sam and Kim Spencer, the parents spotlighted in my column and pictured here, say parents pushing for a less aggressive vaccine schedule are often met with impatience when they question how many shots their children receive per pediatric visit. The Spencers’ 7-year-old son is autistic. They attribute it partly to the aggressive vaccine schedule.

“Pediatricians have said “If you are not going to vaccinate on schedule, then you have to leave,’’ Spencer said.

Savannah pediatrician Dr. Ramon Ramos, who spreads out the shots over a longer period of time so no patient receives more than three per visit, said he’s seeing an increase in new patients at his practice whose pediatricians refused to deviate from the standard shot schedule.

Expect more news on this whole issue later this week. A meeting of the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s Vaccine Safety Working Group will be held in Washington, DC on April 11.

A couple’s story of suffering, joy and faith

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Happy Easter.

Of course, it’s a busy day. But when you get a chance, please check out sean-grant-and-stefanie-reeder.JPGmy column today in the Savannah Morning News about a remarkable Savannah couple’s story “When a miscarriage is prevented.”

Anyone who has suffered a miscarriage knows you’re usually told that, chances are, the loss was your body’s way of ending an unhealthy pregnancy. But not all miscarriages are the result of fetal chromosome abnormalities.

The story of Sean and Stefanie Reeder and their very healthy 22-month old son, Grant (pictured here) is proof that some miscarriages can and should be prevented. Thank you Sean and Stefanie for sharing such a personal, emotional story.

To see the Lori Grice photo of Sean and Stefanie – the one which captures their “I’m pregnant!” moment and is mentioned in the column – click here.