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Friday, June 28, 2013

Episode 91 (Epilogue): Elimination Communication

Tonight’s Maternally Yours focused on Elimination Communication. Elimination Communication (or “EC”) is a parenting choice which tends to receive a great deal of intense reactions. Whether you’re a parent who can’t stop expressing their love of EC or one whose left a little weary at the idea of going diaper free, our show tonight is for you!

Elimination Communication is also known as “EC” “Natural Infant Hygiene”, “natural infant pottying, and Infant Toilet training, and Diaper-Free Parenting Elimination Communication. Elimination Communication is a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant's need to eliminate waste. EC emphasizes communication between the caregiver and child, helping them both become more attuned to the child's innate bodily rhythms and ability to control urination and defecation.  

We spoke tonight to Stephanie Savalli. Stephanie is a wife and mother to 3 amazing little people with a 4th on the way. She facilitates a local EC group that meets at Rosemary Birthing Home. Stephanie also runs her own business, “Your  Space. Beautiful.” Through her consulting, Stephanie helps families to realize an organized, non-toxic, and functional living space that supports the physical and spiritual health of the entire family.
Stephanie provided us a great deal of information on her own journey with EC, which she prefers to call “diaper free!” Stephanie worked to encourage confidence of parents who may be having some difficulty getting started, and shared her own experiences, challenges, and successes as motivation. Stephanie worked to dispel the idea that EC has to be something you “do,” and instead worked to frame EC has a natural relationship that can develop between parent  and child- similar to rhythms of breast feeding. Stephanie also talked about the different relationships one can have with each child, and how it is important to keep in mind that these differences don’t signify “success” or “failure.” Stephanie also got into the nitty gritty of EC, to dispel fears that parents have about mess and embarrassment that they worried are related to the process.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Episode 91: Elimination Communication

Join Cheryl and Ryan tonight, Tuesday, June 25th as we talk Elimination Communication. Otherwise known as "EC" or "Natural Infant Hygiene," the practice is a choice that, while unconventional, can work in our modern life--and it comes with plenty of benefits. Stephanie Savalli, local EC group leader and mom of three EC'd children (with another on the way), will share how a baby can be happily diaper free--part or full time--and why a parent would want to help their newborn or infant use the potty. Questions? EC stories? Please email us or post to our facebook page!
Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours, 
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Episode 90 (Epilogue):Stay-At-Home Moms (Part I)

Tonight’s show focuses on women who choose to become stay-at-home mothers after working prior to giving birth. We joined Ryan (a current stay-at-home mother) and Carmela (who stayed at home during her time with younger children) to tackle experiences with stay-at-home parenting. The choice to stay at home can be a scary one- women have to consider the financial impact, changing what they might have previously understood as their desired career path, and facing up against negative gendered notions of what it means to stay at home. However, in a society which is not particularly supportive of the needs of mothers in general, let alone mothers who work full time, the choice can also be a rewarding one.
Our guest tonight was  Danielle Cuvelier. Danielle is the mother of three Rosemary Birthing Home babies - Scott who is 3.5, Marabella who is almost 2 and Leah who is 3 months, and is married to her best friend.Danielle shared her story of becoming a stay-at-home parent, tracking her original path as a working mother after her first birth, to her employers’ lack of flexibility with working in her second birth which ultimately helped clarify her choice to stay at home. Danielle’s story included fears of finances and leaving work, as well as gains from staying at home - including closer breastfeeding relationships with her children who were born during her time at home.
We closed with a discussion about the divides that have unfortunately been created within our society between women who stay-at-home and those who work. The discussion highlight the way in which these conversations often serve to devalue women’s work in general- whether it be unpaid domestic work or work within the paid labor force.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Episode 90: Working Mothers, Part I: Choosing to Stay Home

Join the Conversation on Tuesday, June 18th as Ryan and Carmela kick off part one of a summer series on "Working Mothers." We all know that every mom is a working mom. In Part 1 of our 3 part series, we'll meet the women who are opting out of paid employment and choosing to stay home with their children instead of returning to work after their maternity leave ends. Later in the summer we'll meet moms who work for pay, both in and outside of the home.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Episode 89: Paternally Yours, Music Edition

Join the Conversation Tuesday, June 11th as Carmela and Ryan honor our sweet Papas! Just like our Mother's Day show, we will be celebrating with song. Have a special request to honor the Daddy in your life? Please email us or post to our facebook page!

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Episode 88 (Epilogue): Summer Camp!

Tonight’s show focused on the joys of summer camp, and how we can set our little ones up for success by giving them experience of an extended sleep away camp. We joined Laura and Cheryl, who discussed their own experiences with summer- Cheryl reminisced about her own experiences as a camper, while Laura expressed her joy (but also nervousness!) about sending her own child to camp in the upcoming weeks. We were joined by Dr. Michael Thompson and Tracy Bachmann. Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Thompson is also the author of Homesick and Happy: How Children Change and Grow When They Are Away from Their Parents. Dr. Thompson serves on the board of the American Camping Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent Magazine.Tracy Bachmann only spent one week at Girl Scout Camp growing up, but she luckily married into the family who owns and operates one of the oldest private boy's camps in the country, Camp Highlands for Boys.
We started the show by discussing the independence and freedom that camps offers as a unique counter to children’s lives at home. Michael argued that camp is a wonderful way to combat “over-parenting,” and to give children and chance to create their own identities in a space separate from Mom and Dad. This separation from family, while beneficial to children, brought up another issues that is a concern for many parents: homesickness. Michael and Tracy discussed steps for knowing how children are ready for camp, and also discussed how to identify what’s “normal” when considering homesickness. Michael imparted some wisdom which may be particularly beneficial for parents who are concerned about their children’s homesickness, noting that missing home means you have a home you love! Tracy pointed out that it is also important to remember that staff at good sleep away camps will be trained to deal with homesickness, and have often been homesick campers themselves at one point.

Our discussion closed on how parent’s can find the camp that’s right for their children. Michael emphasized the importance of meeting a camp’s director. Laura discussed the high cost of camp, and our guests noted that not only is camp a great way to prepare for a child’s time in college, as being away from home may help them prepare, but also discussed the wide variety of different summer camps at different price points. Michael also mentioned that the American Camp Association offers scholarships for campers who may need some financial assistance.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Episode 88: Summer Camp!

Join the Conversation tonight,Tuesday, June 4th as Laura and Cheryl talk about the value of sending your children (away!) to summer camp. We will welcome back Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy, as well as Camp Highlands for Boys Communications Director Tracy Bachmann to answer our questions and yours. Can time away from parents make kids happier? More independent? More confident? Let's find out! Have questions for our experts? Email us or post to our facebook wall.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00pm ET. The program will also available later in the evening via podcast at

For more information, please contact the hostesses of Maternally Yours at, or on our facebook page at

Maternally Yours,
Cheryl, Carmela, Ryan and Laura

Monday, June 3, 2013

Report from Rwanda, Vol. 6

This is the third installment of our regular "Report from Rwanda" feature, written by our friend and regular Maternally Yours contributor Dr. Washington Hill, who is spending eleven months in Rwanda, Africa, as part of a Clinton Foundation through Duke University. 

Hi friends, family and colleagues,

It is me again. We are both teaching and learning a lot here. Kigali has many hills. Helps with losing at least 20 pounds.

There are good days and bad days but you have to take that. Most of the days are definitely good. Most Rwandans are lovely and appreciative people. In any country, you meet some who are not!

Hope my malaria prophylaxis is working. Mosquitos are out and about. Weather is dry with just occasional rain now.

A wonderful MFM fellow from Yale has joined me for 2 months of teaching. Whoopee! I may kidnap her.

Home the end of July and August for a break (yeah) and lots of appointments.

Cases here are still complex. We get OB referrals from all over Rwanda. Sometimes pregnancy does not go well.

Hopefully medical students and midwives and staff and residents and OBs are learning some things as we sure are. Still working on learning the local language but progress is slow.

Still going to the same church. Wooden benches are still hard. These people know the purpose of Sunday. A international Christian children's orchestra performed. Received standing applause!

I have shared some more pictures and captions below. All patients agreed to their photos being taken. Enjoy.
With smiling resident and medical student. Morris, what is your plan?  Note the mosquito nets.
Breakfast on the ward. Don't ask! They say it is good though.

Time for discharge. What vibrant colors! Babies here are very quiet. Time for the IV to come out.

Rwanda OB-GYN Society Meeting. An Egyptian OB-GYN Speaking on PCOS.
The MFM Yale Fellow Karen Teaching George, a Resident

A Sunday With The Rwandan Midwives celebration. They deliver most of the babies here.
Sport Saturday Day and school kids kids WALK!  No childhood obesity problem here.
A Midwife Team Member Tina and I Teaching About Postpartum Hemorrhage. No One Is Sleeping!! It is a very important topic here.
Resident presentation on Malaria and Pregnancy. Presentations required of all residents.
Proud people who have been through a lot.
All Dressed Up And No Place To Go!
A Rwandan Doc Sharing His Expertise.
Our antepartum nurses.
"Thank you Doctor". Thanks for letting us take your picture.
More patients breastfeed here than most countries. It is natural.
Nice for many reasons.
Meeting the residents after work. Lots of local beer.
The Last Saturday Morning Each Month, the City Closes Down Completely and Everyone Cleans!  Taken at 11 AM last Saturday.
Another of our Team Teaching a Midwife.
An infant of a diabetic who needs a little help getting started.
Can you believe this in the middle of Africa along side Lake Tanganyika.  Original tribes felt if you look at the lake, you died. Evidently NOT true.

Take care and hug someone or something this week.

Washington C. Hill, M.D., FACOG
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
HRH Rwanda
Duke Department of OB-GYN Faculty
Kigali, Rwanda