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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Episode 70 (Epilogue): Pediatric Dentisry

Tonight, Laura and Ryan worked to gain some insight into common issues with dental health for children with the help of area dentist Dr. Glori. Dr. Glori graduated with a doctorate in dental surgery degree with honors from the University of Maryland, and has over 32 years experience in the field of dentistry. She is an active member of nine dental professional organizations, has served as President of the Sarasota County Dental associated, works as a forensic odontologist, and contributes her time and expertise regularly to charitable events providing dental care to underserved populations. She also participates in the National Organization of Women, La Leche League, Holistic Moms Network, and Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County.

Dr. Glori  began by talking with us about the ways in which children's dental health can be affected in pregnancy, and how feeding postpartum may affect jaw and tooth development. She also providing us with some recommendations for teething troubles, suggestions for making teeth brushing fun for children, and weighed in on the Fluoride vs. Xylitol debate. She also discussed the importance of a gentle dentist experience, steps which can be taken to calm children during visit to the dentist, and the importance of a good relationship between children and their dentist.

You can contact Dr. Glori at

Report from Rwanda, vol. 2

This is the second 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. 

Dear Family and Friends:

All is really well. It is what we expected. Saw “Lincoln” at a theatre here Saturday night. The ending was the same. Good thing the Union won!

Many interesting cases including spontaneous 16 weeks triplets.

I banged my knee and am hobbling a bit but will live. Pauline is fine and doing a lot of teaching. Everybody is taking good care of me. They think with the gray hair I will fall over any day now but I will fool them. Gray hair is a sign of an elder who needs to be respected.

This is hard work and it takes a lot of energy.  Everyone says it takes a month to get use to the altitude. Food is OK and there are lots of places to get a decent meal. Marriott is finishing their hotel. Lots of starches at the canteen here at the hospital. Rwanda is hilly so there is always a lot of exercise every day. Days at the hospital are from 7:30 AM at report till about 4-5 PM. There must be 50 people at morning report. This is a short week as Friday is a national holiday. Yeah! Reception this week at the Embassy for a new person. Security is what you would expect.

We are all safe and Rwandans are nice people. Found an English speaking church Sunday with a guest pastor we knew. Urania, a MFM from Yale, goes home Thursday so I will be it for a while. Rest, malaria prophylaxis and lots of water are important.

There are a 100 of us here from all over the States coming and going. Those coming bring our stuff!

The quality of the students is all over the place but they will get better. Making up quizzes to see if they are learning.

The weather is like Sarasota. Ninety yesterday which also saps your energy!

We went an bought a table and bookcase for the apartment at the lumber place. What an adventure!

Nobody has died this week and the team here is making a difference. We believe we are here for a purpose. Hopefully my check is in the bank.

See ya. Off to hear a student presentation.


Episode 70: Children's Dental Health

Join the Conversation tonight, Tuesday, January 29 as Laura and Ryan welcome Dr. Glori Enzor, DDS, to answer all of our questions about children's dental health. She'll give us the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth! Have a question for our expert? Call us tonight on the air at (941) 954-8636.
Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, January 29th 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, January 23, 2013

Episode 69 (Epilogue): Healthy Start

On tonight’s episode, Laura and Carmela discussed the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota, the accomplishments they have made in our area, and the goals that they have for the future. The Healthy Start Coalition works to help women before, during, and after pregnancy by providing resources, services, and support.

Our first guest was Ciera Coleman, the Marketing and Grants Coordinator for the Healthy Start Coalition. Ciera talked to us about the ways in which Healthy Start works to screen all pregnant women for potential health issues, both with child and mother, and works to prevent poor birth outcomes and improve developmental outcomes through services such as care coordination and professional specialized services. She also explained that they utilize research to understand the specific challenges and needs in the area, and develop a five year service plan for Sarasota. This plan addressed issues mental and physical health care needs, social services, and racial disparities in birth outcomes. Ciera and Laura also discussed the need for more funding for Healthy Start, in particular because there has been an increased need for direct services, such as psychosocial counseling, smoking cessation, and parenting courses, in our own area.

Our next guest, David Brain, is a professor of sociology at New College of Florida and a member of the Board of Directors of Healthy Start. David discussed the importance of the Healthy Start Coalition in providing support and preventative care, and how it positively affects both individuals and our entire community. David also discussed his band Passerine, and their gig at the upcoming Evening for Healthy Start on January 31st.

We then brought Lisa White into the Conversation. Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker who works for the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, who is also an Honorary member of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. Lisa talked to us about the upcoming Evening for Healthy Start, and what guests can expect at the event, including food, drink, activities, and live music. Tune in to hear some of the amazing sponsor (including lots of GREAT food sponsors) who are helping to throw this great event. She asked us to remember that all proceeds from the event go directly to Healthy Start of Sarasota!

Information on an Evening for Healthy Start:

Thursday, January 31st at Sarasota Architectural Salvage from 6-9 p.m.

Purchase tickets online today at:

Food and Beverage Sponsors:

Caragiulo'sCarr’s Corner CafeCookie CottageGold Coast Eagle DistributingLocal Coffee and TeaThe Lollicake QueenMozzarella Fella
Nancy’s Bar B-QNellies Deli Market and Catering
Paradise Pops
Patellini's Pizza
Sarasota Cupcake CompanyShamrock PubVin Cella SarasotaWhole Foods Market Sarasota

Event Sponsors:

Special Thanks to our 2013 Event Committee!

Event Chairs:

Laura Gilkey
Lisa WhiteColleen Augsburger
Ciera Coleman
Gana Gilkey
Karen Leonetti
Dan Leonetti
Dale Lewis
Diane Marcus
Angela Miller
Lynne T. Murphy
Ryan Hartford Stanley
Jesse White

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Episode 69: Healthy Start

Join the Conversation on Tuesday, January 22nd as Laura and Carmela get ready for An Evening for Healthy Start with members of the Board and staff of The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. We will learn what challenges are facing our community's at-risk pregnant women and families, and what we can do to help.
Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, January 22nd 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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Report from Rwanda, vol. 1

This is the first 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. 

This has been a great week. Our goal  and that of the team here is to improve health care in this country but being teachers of medical students, nurses, midwives and OB-Gyns.  There are representatives fron 10 universities in many other specialties and subspecialties. There is a lot that can be done here. This is all possible through a consortium of many agencies including the Clinton Foundation.

This week started on Friday night when I arrived. Pauline had been here 6 months teaching in a District and poor hospital nursing students. She was a good "advance party" and had everything in place to live in an apartment. She has made sure I don't fall and break a hip!

I am working with a MFM from Yale at the referral hospital. We get all kinds of patients from the district hospitals.Just this week we received patients with postpartum hemorrhage, twins. preeclampsia, breast cancer, HIV, pulmonary embolism etc.  That is just week 1. There was one maternal death from ruptured liver from preeclampsia.

We are all starting with the basics in improving health care. Stop that bleeding.  High BP and low platelets can be deadly.

Today is Saturday so we traveled to southern Rwanda to the Nyungwe Rain Forest.  Simply beautiful hilly country. And od course there is a light rain.

Weekends are for travel and relaxation as the teaching work is hard during the week.  We run morning report and there are 40 students, residents and others from around the world. Then ward rounds.

Hope that gives you a good idea of what we are all doing here.

Do we miss anything?

Not yet.

See ya,


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Episode 68 (Epilogue): Baby, What's Your Sign?

(via: Happy Birthday, Carmela!)

On tonight’s very special show Carmela and Laura were joined by Brian Hill. With years of astrological research and study behind him, Brian Hill has used this gift to benefit literally thousands of people in all different walks of life across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand. Brian has also lectured, given classes and workshops across the country, been on countless television and radio shows, and has published articles in magazines, as well as an audio series on Sun Signs. Tonight, Brian loaned us his skills in order to help some lucky listeners understand a bit more about their children using their “Natal” information (date, time, and place of birth.) Brian explained the importance of understanding children’s astrological information in order to be the best parent to each individual child, as he says it gives guidance in matters like best ways to love and listen to your child. He also discussed some common misconceptions about astrology, and shared the meanings of terms, such as “Mercury in retrograde” and “Crystal Children,” which may have previously left astrological newbies mystified.

Brian’s Contact Information:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Episode 67 (Epilogue): Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

  On tonight’s show, Alisha Sexton joined Ryan and Cheryl to discuss aromatherapy during pregnancy, labor, and with children. Alisha is a graduate of the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, a Certified Personal Trainer, and has been a Licensed Esthetician since October of 2009 after attending Florida College of Natural Health. Alisha is the creator of Graceful Tides; all natural skin care products available only at Whitewave Bodywork.

                We began the show by talking about what, exactly, essential oils are. Alisha described them as “the aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds,” which are typically extracted via steam distillation. She shared with us the importance of differentiating therapeutic grade essentials oils from adulterated oils, the latter of which may be cheaply distilled, less pure, and with more potential for allergens and other harmful side effects. This is particularly important considering there are no labeling laws for essential oils. Alisha recommended the Young Living brand.

                Alisha also discussed the importance of diluting essential oils, especially during pregnancy or when using with children. Because oils are not water soluble, this must be done with a vegetable oil. She also noted the importance of consulting a care provider before beginning a treatment plan involving essential oils, and informed us that there are some oils which should NOT be used during pregnancy (listed at the bottom of the epilogue.) When used properly, Alisha noted that essential oils may have many positive effects for pregnant and laboring women, such as nausea relief and relaxation. For use during baths, Alisha noted the importance of using Epsom salt to help make the oils more soluble in the bath solution.

                Our discussion with Alisha ended with some of the other ways essential oils can be used, including cleaning and for perfume. She also gave us her recommendations for her top 5 essential oils, which were peppermint, tea tree,  eucalyptus, and ginger, as well as some recommendations for book, namely Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern and  the Young Living Pocket Book.
Stay tuned for Cheryl's experimentations with essential oils and laundry!

Safety Notes about Essential Oils:

Keep oils out of ears, eyes, and other mucous membranes. Citrus oils (such as orange or lemon) can ripen skin in the sun, so do not apply these oils to areas that will be exposed when you know you will be outside for long periods of time. If using oils on babies or small children take extra care to dilute properly.


Oils Not to Use During Pregnancy:

Angelica, Aniseed, Basil, Cedarwood, Chamomile (german, mixta, and roman), Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Oregano, Pennyroyal, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang.

Oils which may Accelerate Labor Once it is Brought on:

Fennel and Clary Sage

Oils Best for Childbearing Women:

Benzoin, Bergamot, Chamomile (Blue,) Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender (although it should be avoided during the first trimester,) Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Tea Tree.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Episode 67: Aromatherapy for the Childbearing Year

Join the Conversation on Tuesday, January 8th at 6pm, as Cheryl and Ryan examine the ways that aromatherapy and essential oils can support a healthy pregnancy, offer comfort in labor and enhance postpartum recovery and breastfeeding.
Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, January 8th 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, January 7, 2013

March of Dimes "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby" Book Offers Scientifically-Based Advice For Pregnant Women and Tips for New Parents

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2013 -- Taking a daily multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid is one of the best ways to prevent birth defects and an important step toward having a healthy baby, yet only about one-third of women know about it.

Taking your folic acid beginning before pregnancy is just one piece of advice found in the new March of Dimes book "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide" from Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., MPH, an obstetrician-gynecologist and clinical geneticist who is a medical adviser to the March of Dimes, and Alice Lesch Kelly.

January 6-12 is national Folic Acid Awareness Week, a time when the March of Dimes reminds all women of child-bearing age of the important role folic acid plays in preventing serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs), which include spina bifida and anencephaly. Daily consumption of folic acid beginning before and continuing through the early months of pregnancy is crucial because NTDs occur in the first few weeks following conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

"All women of reproductive age should be taking a multivitamin containing folic acid every day," advises Dr. Dolan. "It's such an easy thing to do, and it can have such a major benefit to your future family. About half of pregnancies are unplanned, so take your folic acid daily and be sure to give your baby the healthiest start in life."

In the book, Dr. Dolan advises taking 400 micrograms of folic acid before conceiving and up to 600 to 800 micrograms after. You can watch a short video of Dr. Dolan talking about her new book and order a copy online at

Dr. Dolan says that in 1992, the U.S. Public Health Service began recommending that all women capable of having a baby consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid beginning before pregnancy and continuing throughout to prevent NTDs. Since then, the March of Dimes has worked to spread the word about the importance of folic acid for women of childbearing age, and helped bring about folic acid fortification of the grain and cereal supply. "Since folic acid was added to the grain food supply in 1998, our nation has seen a 26 percent decrease in NTDs," Dr. Dolan notes.

"However, while fortified foods are helpful, a healthy diet alone usually can't provide enough folic acid for pregnant women, so you need that multivitamin. They're easy to get over the counter and most brands contain the recommended amount of 400 micrograms," she says. Dr. Dolan says the March of Dimes and its partners now are petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fortify corn masa flour with this important B vitamin because NTDs are more prevalent in the Hispanic population than other racial or ethnic groups.

Hispanic women are about 20 percent more likely to have a child with an NTD than non-Hispanic white women, according to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.  Although the reasons for the disparity is not well understood, Hispanic women have been found to have lower intake of folic acid overall compared to non-Hispanic white women.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE March of Dimes

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Episode 66 (Epilogue): Looking Back, Looking Ahead

On Tonight’s show Ryan and Cheryl reviewed some of the years favorite shows moments for the Maternally Yours collective this year, and looked ahead to what we will be doing next year.  We looked back on some of 2012’s favorite shows for the MY crew, including our show on same-sex parenting (Episode 34),  milk sharing (Episode 20), and our episode focused on relaxations for mothers (Episode 27). We also discussed some of our work on more serious episodes, which tackled issues such as racial disparity in birth outcomes (Episode 21) and addiction in pregnant mothers and newborns (Episode 30). We also discussed some of our special show guests this year, including Maya Angelou (Episode 39), The Business of Being Born’s Abby Epstein, (Episode 38), and midwife Robin Lim (Episode 31).   

                We also looked ahead to what we have planned for next year, including LGBT conception, more shows focused on alternative and natural health care options, family planning and growth, lactation support, and other issues surrounding birth and parenting in our own community.

                Most of all at the beginning of this New Year, we want to thank our listeners for all of their continued support. Working on Maternally Yours has been an amazing journey for all of us, and one which we look forward to continuing. We do this show so that it will hopefully positively affect our listeners , both as individuals  and as members of our community. Because of this we invite you to “join the Conversation” in 2013 by letting us know what you would be interested in hearing from us!

Episode 66: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Join the Conversation on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 6pm ET as we take a look back at the 2012 season of Maternally Yours and share what you'll hear on the airwaves in 2013.

Tune into WSLR 96.5 LPFM or online at tonight, Tuesday, January 1st 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