Maternal Health and The 3rd Day of Kwanzaa. Ujima means Collective Responsibility…

As I woke up this morning at 3:33 am CST, I could hear my children doing their traditional shuffles. They were preparing to come and creep into the bed, with my husband and I. So as I prepared to tell them, “Go back to sleep”… I am wide-eyed checking my Facebook timeline. I scroll down, I see a friend had posted something about a domestic violence video, of a woman beating her boyfriend up for cheating.

Another post of a birth worker that just witnessed a new baby into the fold of humanity. 

Lastly I came to the post of one of my good friends Nicole Deggins of Sista Midwife Productions. 

She is celebrating  (5 years) of service to training women in the community as Birth Sista’s/Doulas in her signature program this month. I am so proud of her. 

Today being the 3rd Day of Kwanzaa which is Ujima, means collective responsibility. I am proud to be in relationship and position, to be working with such spirited women. There is a legacy to be told and a powerful level of commitment to birth such projects. Along with deep focus on collective responsibility, this day follows a key principal:

The third principle of the Nguzo Saba is a commitment to active and informed togetherness on a subject of common interest.


So my question is: How can we not identify with the princiles of the Nguzo Saba to begin building programs worth a collective commitment? 

In this quote below, I took from the article that Nicole shared, sparked my whole reason for writing this “first wake” post.  

Despite spending two and half times more per person on health than the OECD average, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. – the number of women who die during or as a result of childbirth and pregnancy – increased from 12 to 14 deaths per 100,000 live births from 1990 to 2015, putting the United States at 46th in the world. 


To me this is an long realized going off. A siren sounding. A gong… That we need to get to adhere to and get to work. As a social entrepreneur, birth woker, and future community developer, I have learned more about how the world works, being a mother than anything else. 

Motherhood has made me extremely passionate about creating synergistic balances, within the advancement community culture, reproductive health, and child wellness. This article spoke to me this morning and I hope that it speaks to you. That you may feel inclined to be a part of the solution for multigenerational health outcomes. Thus knowing that it all begins with how we are born. 

Til next time… I’m about to snuggle back into bed, with my husband and our youngest boy. Nothing like taking advantage of the power of a “second sleep.”

Happy Kwanzaa!!!

P.S. Check out the rest of the article below. There is a live feed from the event too. I’m gonna check it later. Leave a comment about what you think and how it relates to the 3rd Principle Of Kwanzaa Ujima.

Habari gani!!!

See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/what-explains-the-united-states-dismal-maternal-mortality-rates#sthash.nKbGvpDx.dpuf?platform=hootsuite

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Be Prepared To Learn

A Community Driven Initiative 

GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION DRIVES THE SHE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK BAG DRIVE

 

The InTune Mother “Be Prepared To Learn” CAMPAIGN

 

A community enrichment event tied to The Godby Rd Recreation Center, Annual Back 2 School Bash

 

The InTune Mother, College Park, Georgia

 

July 28st, 2014

 

On August 8th, 2014, The InTune Mother (TIM) along with management and residents at South Hampton Estates (SHE) hopes to demonstrate to hundreds of other school children around the College Park area a shared vision to empower communities through education in remote areas of Fulton County. The residents at South Hampton Estates are embarking on a “Be Prepared To Learn” campaign to broaden their cultural horizons and become members of a communal family dedicated to education.

 

How can one dollar prepare a child to learn? It doesn’t buy much in the Metro City of Atlanta. But in the  City of College Park, it can buy a pack of pencils, prepare a child for education, and transform a life. In a community where many odds are stacked against them, that pencil can empower a child to read, write, and learn. The InTune Mother’s program goal is to encourage children, who are ultimately our future leaders, to learn the value of philanthropy by collecting dollars for community empowerment.

 

South Hampton Estates’ students/residents will have an opportunity to study the culture of what community and leadership means by learning how to work and share together in the Be Prepared To Learn campaign, and come to understand their own capacity as philanthropists – one gift at a time.

 

The InTune Mother plans to use local and social media to bring awareness to the South Hampton Estates community at large. Our unique community consists of single moms, families, singles, foster families, college students, and seniors. A large population of the community are low-income, single mothers. The others are working families, but are still in economic hardship. It is our goal to assist these families, by engaging local media, businesses, and community driven organizations to help support these children. We already have a commitment for 25 book bags from the Godby Road Recreational Center, but in a community with more than 100 school age children, in economic hardship, though greatly appreciated, it is not enough. With your help, we can make a difference and help more children “Be Prepared To Learn” at the start of this school year, from a simple gift of $1700.

 

The gifts that The InTune Mother collects for South Hampton Estates students/residents can add up to make a real difference.

 

$1 = will gift a 10 pack of pencils

$2-3 = will gift a pack of pencils, pens, and notebook paper

$10  = will gift one book bag, pencils, pens, and 2 composition books

$20 = will gift one child’s school supplies for one semester

$50 = will gift one child’s school supplies for one year

$100 = will gift two children’s school supplies for one year

$300 = will gift students/residents two all-in-one printers (after school program)

$600 = will gift students/residents two desktop computers (after school program)

$1,700 = will gift 100 SHE students/residents resources for back school success

$5,000 = will gift SHE students/residents with a thriving community resource center (onsite)

$25,000 = School supplies and support for up to five years for (onsite) community resource center

 

The additional 100 children living at South Hampton Estates will be on the waiting list, hoping to receive their school supplies from our community driven initiative. The InTune Mother hopes to help build a bridge of support, one dollar at a time, offering alternatives to the cycle of poverty and economic hardship, thus activating more initiatives for surrounding communities as well.

 

About Be Prepared To Learn

 

The Be Prepared To Learn campaign is a program of The InTune Mother (TIM), founded by Melvin and RaShaunda Lugrand, Grassroots Community Coordinators and Advocates for the moderate to low-income families living at South Hampton Estates. TIM is a registered LLC that promotes and provides community-based education for expecting mothers and families as a community development initiative. They also promote early childhood education through their interactive literacy “We Can” program for girls and boys via their homeschooling program SOIL GrassRoots Academy®. Founded in 2012, TIM has presented to over 3000 individuals to date nationwide. They have hosted webinars, studied at notable universities, and created a noble following via social media in over 9 countries across the globe. The unique theme behind this dynamic story is that this husband and wife team are also residents of the SHE Community.

 

To find out more about The InTune Mother’s “Be Prepared To Learn” campaign, please contact:

 

RaShaunda Lugrand, Organizer

The InTune Mother, LLC

3100 Godby Rd #12-B

770-580-3470

info.intunemother@gmail.com

intunemother.com

 

 

Transitioning Through A Crisis

Maternal Health In The USA Fails The American Family

No matter how far we believe we have come, we have to identify with the issues at hand here in America, as it relates to maternal mortality and infant death. As I worked this weekend, drafting new content and a more positive branding structure for the TIM (The InTune Mother) website, I had an epiphany. We need to keep positive stories as it relates to maternal and infant health on the forefront. This is part of a beta test that we launched to show people how powerful the media is as it relates to how we feel about the mentioned subject. But I have to be real. Maternal and infant death is why we are here (on this website). We are driving awareness to this issue because, if we don’t confront these issues head on… Looking at the root of the problems… With a clear lens… Then we won’t find a viable solution. As I woke up this morning, with my husband at my feet, my youngest son at my breast, and my middle son snuggled on the edge of the bed, with his fluffy dog pillow, I was filled with tears of gratitude. There is something unique about my life. This is not to say that other families are not unique in their own way — I just see the beauty in being a part of the majority and not the minority, of those families who woke up feeling defeated and displaced. To the mother of a child who didn’t wake up this morning because, she passed after giving birth to her new baby.  Or the family grieving the loss of the much anticipated newcomer who was stillborn at 39 weeks. Lastly for the baby who didn’t make it to his/her first birthday because, the environment wasn’t conducive to a thriving family lifestyle. And this is a majority issue to a minority people, but it’s actually the opposite. This is a minority issue, to a majority people, and majority of these people are transitioning through a crisis. When this is taking place in the community, it makes the U.S. look like a third world developing country, NOT AMERICA. If you look at the diagram below you’ll see exactly what I mean. Maternal Mortality USA

Maternal Health Care Has Bad Karma In The US

When I got out of bed, I brushed my teeth and washed my face, I sat down in front of the computer to check my email and Facebook inbox for pertinent notifications… Only to find an article by the Huffington Post (read more here), and see what you see above this paragraph. It’s sad that the United States is number 7 out of 10 other countries and has a 1.7% increased in the rank of maternal mortality. This should not be a shocking thing. When you look at the lineup of how other countries are progressing, I can’t do anything, but be driven down into my spirit and insight about bad karma for the United States. I say this because, when you look at the other countries; Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Chad to name a few, you know these are heavily war ridden populations. And it bothers me that we would be in the running with these countries, who are not as developed,  and we (Americans) a thriving, technology driven country, are still poorly ranking, with these specific numbers in our diverse populations. This tells us something very very deep. It tells us… when we see places like Romania, Poland, and Albania even Morocco having decreased its maternal mortality rate, it tells us something very important… It tells us that we’re just placing our resources and cosmic energy in the wrong place. This universal energy is abundant and full of endless possibilities, including self preservation. It is no secret to the solution here. We know that education has always been the key to successful developments in time. Yet now misuse of this energy is showing its face and “Houston we have a big problem!” I won’t go into the history of our ancestors from South Africa, to West and East Africa, to the West Indies, and South America. I won’t go into those places within this blog post. But what I will say is that in order for us to see a solution and to break the karmic past of the United States, as it relates to this maternal mortality rate… Specifically within the African-American population we have to speak the truth.

There has to be a driving force here and it has to be filled, with deliberate and strategic ideas, around how to fix things.  I believe the way to creating this solution is sitting right in front of our faces. Don’t let this data get twisted up. There is probably going to be a higher spike in the numbers yet because, with better reporting and tracking applications, we will see a great difference. In hopes that the determining information is building bridges for more innovative strategies. For instance, by returning to nature, we allow fresh perspectives to be introduced to the public eye. But, when you have a society that refutes nature, and that talks against nature… and everything is so medical and scientific… We miss the ball. We miss the opportunity to eradicate these different types of disparities, within the culture of maternal health. This is about primary care for all, or better yet human rights (period). I study with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and when you think about what Primary Healthcare For All means, it’s declaration is about preserving humanities well being, starting with proper health care. If anything, the care women receive here in the states is so shabby because, we don’t have the two very most dynamic pieces of the maternal puzzle working together. We have medical vs. political vs. humanity and then what we end up having is; different types of disparities that were unable to be maneuvered into a solid solution because, the minds are geared towards social experimentation, new technologies, new ways to utilize instruments (toys) versus following the mind of nature drawing off of the karma of what has always been… Or “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The Mental Mentality Behind Maternal Health 

“Mind your matter” is the biggest message that we’ve always said to families that we service here at TIM.  One other finite perspective we pride ourselves in here at The InTune Mother Project  is that there is usually no physician in attendance to help you (mother/father) learn the act of lovemaking. It was a natural and consensual process 90% of the time.  Which in turn implanted that child into the womb of the mother… so why should there be the need of physician assistance to extract or remove a child from it’s mother’s womb, when there is no serious reason to do so.  In America right now, the cesarean rate is at 32.8%. When we look at this clearly, the maternal and infant death rate doubling and tripling in the populations here and abroad, what are we really arguing and debating over? Is it money or the idea of childbirth being a natural event versus a medical event? So then I’d say we’re causing ourselves more harm than good because, simply put, there is no solution that lives in the research money you spend on commonwealth education. Starting with effective ideas around what is being done right, instead of what certain populations lack or are in need of is the one way to be effective. Ever watched a cat give birth, or a dog, or any other animal in the wild? There’s no one there to interrupt the system or massage human, domesticated concepts into the life force energy of that well equipped creature. In itself and I’m humbly speaking that the more we identify with the problems from suggestive entities, lying down the ground rules inside the minds of those controlling “We The People,” then the populations mental faculties surrounding the natural and holistic body of successful health and wellness, will continue to see faltering in the human population.  I’m not sorry for seeking deliberate therapy and equally just access for those who know not.  There is nothing that can be done or that will be done, if we do not create programs that speak to the reality of these issues.  There will only be more disparities, more works toward balancing faulty mental energy, until we learn to go where the love is. Following and loving, piece by piece. This is found when humanity takes hold of the foundation of what we know we have, and that is a voice. There is an amazing quote by Jim Rohn that says,

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”

The beauty of effective communication is 20% of what you know and is just your learned concept… and the other 80% of how you feel about what you know is based on how confident you are of what you learned to trust as true or false. Here is an example: You’re pregnant. 20% of this information you know as truth.. Whether you took a test at home or found out from your practitioner, you know that you’re pregnant. Now the real cookie here is about how you feel now that you know your pregnant. Do those same anxious thoughts come to mind that most women have? You plan to go to the hospital, They may play the money card and fill your head with this statement, ” You’re a small woman and most women your size have complicated deliveries”. And this is where we have to get a serious action plan.  These physicians actually tell these new moms things that spike stress levels and create hypertension, nor do they advise women of alternatives outside of prescriptions or nutritional value, for prenatal health, and they seldom work with Midwives & Doulas due to inferiority complexes in the male dominated field of obstetrics.

CONCLUSION

If these women do not have the right information as to who can help them give birth successfully, then I’m not so sure that traditional methods of childbirth will rise, with little or no support to their education. And giving them a very basic education is such a slap in the face. What should they have to learn you might ask? People need to be educated by people that look like them first! The more and more were able to educate people from a communal standpoint, the more we are able to identify with the problems at hand, and create valuable solutions. There is no way to look at every woman’s body as a one-stop shop or SRX-Model. These are human beings and we have to get out of that sick state of mind and broken mentality that everybody is created the same way. Yes! Every woman has a vagina, with her very own uniqueness about her vagina, it is actually her fingerprint in childbirth. No vagina is the same. Ask the men who sleep with random women and they’ll tell you that. There’s no identical aspects in relation to the promise that every woman’s pelvis is also unique, so we have to treat it that way. This simple idea has been oppressively used by those who prey on the weak, when they take away a woman’s right to identify with her own bodily forces.  They are obstructing her ability to charge forward, within her responsibility by convincing her that  letting go of her power is right and exact. This is almost as bad as rape and being taken advantage of because they are mentally stripping her of what she’s capable of doing innately by herself, and that is protecting herself and her young. So by telling her to resist herself, this is the reason why we’re losing so many women, and so many babies to Deadly Deliveries because, too many don’t want to see women giving birth the way that mother nature intended. To many want to disturb nature in every way that they can, to research, pick, and probe to get information that is unnecessary for human evolution. It’s so simple, Dr. Bradley speaks of this highly ~ If you just watch nature you’ll get the research, you’ll get the information, you’ll get your solutions. but then again, it all begins with the key component and that is the power of effective communication. When you have blockages in your communication, you’ll find disparities at every turn… Can you hear Mother Nature crying for her children?

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – What Every Pregnant Woman Needs

“Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is an herbal tea that should be in the kitchen”… It is surly in my cupboard… How about yours?

Journey To Here


Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is an herbal tea that should be in the kitchen of every pregnant woman and even those who aren’t (it’s actually good for everyone).

I should preface this post by saying that I was not a fan of tea, herbal or otherwise prior to learning about Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I have never, ever cared for tea and have never found myself compelled to drink it because every time I’ve tried it I thought it was nasty. I am also LDS (Mormon) and we don’t drink caffeinated teas in general so it wasn’t until I became pregnant again that I discovered herbal teas (which are completely acceptable from an LDS perspective). I have to admit that drinking herbal teas still takes some getting used to for me. I am finally starting to actually enjoy the earthy taste of the Red Raspberry Leaf tea (which tastes NOTHING…

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Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance

Midwives play an important role in healthy outcomes for mother and infant. As a woman’s primary health provider, midwives have traditionally cared for all aspects of a woman’s reproductive well-being. Many of us are not aware or have been kept unaware that midwives are an option and, in many cases, a much more holistic and compassionate one. In African-American communities, the midwife is one category of healer who survived the Middle Passage. In this country, they were the primary go-to person for both enslaved African women and their white mistresses. They had the knowledge of herbs and traditional healing methods and also mothered the mother….

 

Read the entire article here ->Radical Birthwork as an Act of Resistance.

Georgia Can Change The World of Childbirth

There Is No Magic Pill… Well What Is Magic Anyway?

The rates were included in a series of health statistics presented at a recent Department of Public Health board meeting.

Infant mortality is the number of infants dying before reaching their first birthday. Maternal mortality, defined by the World Health Organization, is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth.

All Southeastern states have seen a decline in infant mortality, said Dr. Mitch Rodriguez, a Macon neonatologist and Public Health board member, in a presentation to the board.

Georgia’s rate dropped from 8.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births from 2002 to 2006 to 7.3 deaths during the 2007-2011 period. That translates to more than 550 fewer infant deaths during the most recent period, he said.

“There is no magic pill to solve the problem,” Rodriguez said.

But then we have this…

Georgia Counties w: NO OB Services

Yet the state is pursuing several initiatives to help lower the rate, including a task force, community programs, and recognizing “baby-friendly” hospitals that promote breastfeeding.

The state has also lowered its premature birth rate by 17.7 percent from 2007 to 2011, Rodriguez said. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death….

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