Focus on Life Radio w/ Cheryl Ciamarra
Birmingham Doula Christine McDonald Frist shares what a “birth Doula” is and does for mothers during the natal process – providing information on birthing options, reviewing and devising birthing plans and coaching, encouraging and reassuring women during the birthing process providing emotional and psychological support available in hospitals, homebirths or birthing centers. She explains this is a non-medical role separate and different from the medical birth attendant (Physician, midwife, liscensed nurse etc) advocating and communicating with and for the woman during this important time , the birth of her child. As a former Olympian athlete she brings her coaching experience into the process. She also has a massage therapy degree and assist her clients in relaxation to reduce fear and pain perception. For more information on Doula’s go to her new website www.birthforlife.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Embracing Alzheimer’s in Mind and Heart w/ Ellen Edmonds
SEE THE CHILD INSIDE – #5 “Relationships & Role Reversal”
Continuing the series topic “See the Child Inside”, this show takes a more intimate look into traditional relationships with the adult dementia patient, recognizing the change to “littleness” taking place in the patient, and discusses role changes required to form a new relationship with the patient in order to meet their needs in the call to love. Specifically, the relationships discussed include spouse-to-spouse, child-to-parent, and grandchild-to-grandparent. In addition to matters of intimacy, the discussion focuses on meeting the needs of the patient “in the moment” with consideration to the psychological and physical needs of the patient, maintaining dignity and respect for the patient called for in the traditional relationship, and loving the patient in a “parental” way that responds to their “child-like” needs. The message is framed in scriptural teaching to bring the listener hope and courage in their journey of dementia, touching on areas such as forgiveness and healing of the traditional relationship. Following the mid-program break, Birmingham Bishop Robert Baker spoke on the upcoming 40-Days for Life event at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville AL, and celebration of the Holy Rosary in the month of October. The second half included excellent email questions with regard to behavior difficulties, “surviving parent” issues, and father-son relationship challenges. The show opened with a feast day tribute/invocation to the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael – and closed with the Guardian Angel prayer.
Get Ellen’s book – Embracing Dementia – “A Call to Love” at www.embracingdementia.com