I love attending births. I love how it makes me feel. I love how it makes the mom feel. I love making a difference in other peoples’ lives.
Charlotte has a great selection of professional doulas, and I am proud to be among some of the best in the business. IF I COULD DO IT FOR FREE I WOULD. But I can’t. Aside from the cost of education, books, workshops, continued education, and advertising (website, cards, brochures), we also take into consideration the time that it takes for all of these as well as out of pocket expenses.
In the grand scheme of things, you’re paying for an invaluable service during your pregnancy, labor, and birth. The difference a doula can make during this time is often priceless. The least that can be done is pay her asking fee. If you need help with that, look no further than your maternity Insurance. (See My Webpage)
As a doula, one of the first questions I’m asked is, will my HMA pay for your services? Here’s the short answer:
Expenses paid for a doula who’s primary purpose is for delivery of the infant are reimbursable. Charges where the primary purpose is child care after delivery are not covered. An explanation of the primary purpose should accompany the claim.
The following is a partial list of insurance companies have reimbursed in whole or in part for doula services:
Baylor Health Care System/WEB TPA
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO
Degussa, a German Chemical Company
Elmcare, LLC, C/O North American Medical Management
Foundation for Medical Care
Glencare Managed Health Inc.
Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co.
HNTB (Peoria, IL)
Houston New England Financial, Employee Benefits (Fort Scott, KS)
Note: I would ask the doula for her NPI (National Provider Number It may or may not be an issue. Find out before hiring her. or it may be coming completely out of your pockets.
~~~~ON NEXT Monday, I’ll tell you the procedure to filing your doula fees~~~~
HSA qualifications vary; including Medicad. For some insurance companies may want you to identify as an out of network licensed healthcare provider and may make it easier to get reimbursement to your clients. Depends on the insurance company and the state insurance laws.
I tell my clients to get their OBGYN to write them a prescription for me (a doula) One day Blue Cross Blue Shield called me directly just to ask if I was a doula in their network and I was so proud to say, “Not yet but I am a certified doula .” (Via my numerous clients birth records and doula registration receipts) But they didn’t ask for them . So far, getting paid has never been an issue for me. My clients are instructed to submit receipts through their health insurance coverage, not a flex spending.
Feel free to check out my Pintrest board on ‘Pregnancy’. It’s the rated board for doulas! I’m sure you’ll find great information there.
If this hasn’t helped, just go to your HSA . They should have a third party administrator who can answer this for you.
Call me lazy, cultural or creating mini versions of my husband. We love our locks. To be more specific DREADLOCKS. This love of culture start way before I was here. As I learned dreads are dated from 1887 They have been worn for various reasons in each culture: as an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, ethnic pride, and as a political statement.
Today, I’m just share more information on how to grow and care for them. Note: I am NOT an expert. Just a mom that tries to save money and do as much as possible in house. I.E. to save money. Since there’s not too much free information on this topic and we are asked how we do our boys hair on the regular,, I figured I would share what I know.
No matter how you start locking many experts say you must avoid getting the hair wet from 4-6 weeks. Otherwise it will breakdown…and trust me, you don’t want that.
Traditionally, it was believed that in order to create dreadlocks, an individual had to refrain from brushing, combing or cutting. This method created dreadlocks that varied greatly in size, width, shape, length, and texture. Freeform locks are patterned to a degree, as the hair is separated in “chunks” (not parted as with a comb) into fairly determinate sections after washing.
A variety of other starter methods have been developed to offer greater control over the general appearance of dreadlocks. Together, these alternative techniques are more commonly referred to as “salon” or “manicured” dreadlocks.
Using beeswax to make dreads can cause problems because it does not wash out, due to the high melting point of natural wax. Because wax is a hydrocarbon, water alone, no matter how hot, will not be able to remove wax.
My sons range from 4 to 24. Just 4 of them have locs.
As with the organic and freeform method, the salon methods rely on hair naturally matting over a period of months to gradually form dreadlocks. The difference is in the initial technique by which loose hair is encouraged to form a rope-like shape. Whereas freeform dreadlocks can be created by simply refraining from combing or brushing hair and occasionally separating matted sections, salon dreadlocks use tool techniques to form the basis of the starter, immature set of dreadlocks.
For African hair types, salon dreadlocks can be formed by evenly sectioning and styling the loose hair into braids, coils, twists, or using a procedure called dread perming specifically used for straight hair. For European, Hispanic, Asian, and Indian hair types, Backcombing and Twist and Rip are some of the more popular methods of achieving starter dreadlocks.
Regardless of hair type or texture and starter method used, dreadlocks require time before they are fully matured. So use light weight oils to condition your scalp and a little gloss if you choose for shine. Do not use heavy greases, waxes and pomades while the process hair goes through as it develops into matured dreadlocks is continuous.
During this time, don’t let your lock become a magnet for lint. Wear a silk scarf or use a satin pillow case.
There is also the ability to adopt different types of fake dreadlocks that may make the hair look as real as possible. This process is called synthetic dreadlocks. There are two different types of synthetic dreadlocks. The first is dread extensions, in which other hair can be infused with the wearer’s own hair. The second is dreadfalls, in which one dread is tied into another with either elastic or lace. Both of these methods are used to make dreads look better and more appealing.
Grown Mama talk…… All Kids Need a Caring, Loving, Mature, and Providing Dad.Notice I said nothing about fashion, a genius, cute or rich? Because those qualities really don’t matter to a child.
I had a pretty good dad. We had a roof over our head, food on our table and clothes on our back. Every once in a while we got extra’s. Without a doubt we enjoyed having him and my om together. To this day, I still can’t recall them ever arguing. He never forgot any birthday, his anniversary or any opportunity to enjoy a good fishing rip with his friends on Saturday mornings.
My memories growing up with my dad is like a hurricane. I was the wild one. The super crazy,’Black Sheep” of the family.The 1st one to break the rules would be me. I was a teen mom that helped my sister push the car out the yard to party, and ate candy in the store before reaching the cashier.I was wild and careless. But he never called me anything other than my birth name.
He didn’t make it to many of my chorus events or games,but when I got home, the moon-pies were in the table and his stink work boots were waiting to be pulled off. There were no father daughter dances, pictures or lunches, but we barely missed any family reunions.
Once I left home and became a mom, I met Raj. Raj was the total opposite.
I guess what I’m saying is there is no magical fatherhood path.
I asked God for a man to treat me like a queen, that I might feel beautiful.
I was remained cuddly after birthing and nursed his babies, that I might learn love myself.
I asked for a man that would always put our family first, that I may never have to beg for groceries..
I was given a desk top computer and garden sneakers, that I might grow food in the yard and work from home after the children are asleep..
I asked for a man that also wanted a big house, that I might entertain family and friends.
I was given a decent sized- happy home with an incredible yard, and lawn chairs that I might enjoy nature, fresh air and the opportunity to watch the kids as they play outside.
I asked for a man to worship God with me every Sunday, that I may follow the traditional ways of my people.
I was given a tank of gas and a bunch of adios, that lead me to discovering the many faces of God outside of the church.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given Life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had desired.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers and true needs were fulfilled.
I am, among all moms, most richly blessed.
Need Ideas for your guy? Try all or a few of these odd but cute ideas for dad
Scavenger Hunt – Create a scavenger hunt and give dad clues to help him find his special Father’s Day gift. This can be an indoor activity or a scavenger hunt bike ride around the neighborhood. Arrange to have dad find his last clue at a picnic lunch or a nearby restaurant.
Dad Olympics – For the dad who likes all kinds of competition, set up a Dad Olympics. Dad and the kids can compete in fun games such as Frisbee throwing or three-legged races. Younger children can decorate the game props with Father’s Day wishes and pictures
Make a Dad Book! It’s a book all about dad and how incredible he is.The feature picture is a rough draft of what our final product will be. We’re using his actual photos in action doing different thing with the family and adding script. The binding will be done with a hot glue gun and hole puncher.
If any good games are on this weekend that you already know he wants to watch, turn it into a big deal! Create a tasty spread of his favorite dishes and cold drinks to enjoy. Now everyone can sit a enjoy it with him. Just promise not to talk too much during the game.
Here’s another list of absolutely amazing gifts too! lick here—-> X <——
That’s my dad and grand dad below on my wedding day! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155745040140252&set=t.839145251&type=3&theater
Let’s jump right in here. This is a collection of things to do this summer that is not only cheap but educational too! It’s a string of conversations between myself and my online friends everywhere! The great thing about their collection is that you can find most of the ideas in your town under a different name. Just search, ask and go. The summer you want is available. You do not have to sit in the house this summer. Get out with your children and have fun!
K-Moments Photo from the Total Children’s Wellness Fair
Hikes through a wooded area, camping in the backyard/ living room turn all electronics off for the day. We just did this over the weekend and everyone had a great time. We set up games like a water balloon throwing contest, bean bag toss, kick ball, sack races and other fun things. Made a fake fire, and had a simple dinner of hot dogs and chips, lunch we had a picnic lunch at the local park and did some exploring of the trails
Library programs. Swimming, fishing, and picnics at the lake. Free concerts at the park. Slumber parties or tenting in the back yard. Hot dogs on the grill.
Get active in your mom group. If you don’t have one find one like Queen City Stay At Home Moms. We do a lot of co operative adventures together!
It doesn’t cost anything just being with friends and family is enough for me. Sitting visiting laughing playing board games card games or sitting around a fire in my back yard
Both of my daughters (now in their 30’s and 40’s) remember the fun times we had loading up stuff from the pantry – crackers, tuna, peanut butter, jug of water and beach towels – and heading to the beach for the day. Most favorite memories =o)
Free science museum Thursday afternoons, zoo passes, park, pool, and drop off at grandmas!
Oh, water SPRAY PADS!!!! Everywhere has at least one spray PAD!
Get a foam swim tube @ dollar store poke holes in it attach it to hose. Viola a sprinkler you can make it go upward or down like a shower!
VISIT a friend that live in an apartment with a pool- Grab some towels and go swimming!
Make koolaid popsicles in ice cube tray. Make a tent in the backyard with old sheet or blanket or tarp. Catch fireflies at night. Look at the stars. Have a block party with neighbors. Potluck and play the radio. Teach kids how to tell ghost stories or read out loud to them from library books.
welcome to my life right now. That is ok, some of the most fun things are free.
I set up obstacle courses for my kids then we take turns setting it up we use stuff we already have
Thank god there’s a site for free stuff to do in Chicago lol I’d be struck too often.
NC by Train and Amtrak are offering a Summer 2016 Deal for kids ages 2-12! Up to two children can ride for $5 (per each full-fare paying adult) to any destination in NC Tuesday-Thursday, and Saturday (some blackout dates apply). Entry promo code V765 for the discount!
Yes. Think we’ll go somewhere. Go set in pickup in are driveway for awhile. And not even move. Get out go back into house. Wow that was cool
Yup… well, there is always the imagination and that’s free! You can even run away with it. 3 bucks will get you some lemons, you probably some sugar just add water. lol Make the best of your day.
Summer Bonus Perks:
You can even earn free coffee/ make an extra $200-$300 a month with no investment. by hosting Organo Gold House Parties with friends. (You can get more info on that —–right here!
RIGHT NOW I’m hooking up a family in need! I am giving away a week of media camp with Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp.
Haven’t heard about it yet?….I’ll update you.
At CYBC [Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp]. We have campers from various states, cities, and regions who come for the CYBC experience. Radio (June 20-24) & Sports Broadcasting (June 27th-July 1st) is still available register now atwww.Charlotteybc.com. Age groups 9-12 and 13-17.
All you have to do tell how you would spend the extra $300 you’ll save.
Post it below. I’ll notify the winner RIGHT here on next Friday!
This just has me in tears I couldn’t imagine this being the last text from one of my Babies “Mom I’m gonna die”
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It had been an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows. After hours of revelry, the party-goers crowding the gay nightclub known as the Pulse took their last sips before the place closed.
That’s when authorities say Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and spraying the helpless crowd with bullets. Witnesses said he fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.When the gunfire finally stopped, 50 people were dead and dozens more were critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen, who law enforcement officials said had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a 911 call around the time of the attack, died in a gun battle with SWAT team members.
Thank God for JetBlue & other local organizations:
JetBlue is providing free seats on its available flights to/from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured. Those family members and domestic partners requiring travel assistance can contact 1-800-JETBLUE for details.
Today, JetBlue announced the offer on its blog and Twitter under the banner #WeStandWithOrlando. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and friends and the Orlando community,” the blog post read. “This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando—one of our focus cities—at Orlando International Airport, our Orlando Support Center and JetBlue University.”
“Like many of you, we continue to watch reports of the Orlando nightclub shooting with great sadness. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.
We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.
o JetBlue is providing free seats on its available flights to/from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured. Those family members and domestic partners requiring travel assistance can contact 1-800-JETBLUE for details.
o A fee waiver is in place for customers traveling to/from Orlando who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.
o For JetBlue crewmembers impacted by this event, we have activated resources to assist and are offering a donation program. Crewmembers can visit our internal website, hellojetblue, or talk to their crewleader for more details.
o JetBlue will make a charitable contribution to support the victims and their families.”
We thank the legions of supporters who are reaching out to the Orlando community!!
As the investigation remains active and open in the horrific Pulse nightclub mass shooting, here are some resources and links available to the public.
•Orlando officials are identifying the victims and notifying their families. The names of the victims will be added to this link:http://www.cityoforlando.net/blog/victim….
•The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing emergency mental health assistance to Veterans, employees, and the general public in wake of the mass shooting. An Orlando VA Medical Center Mobile Medical Unit is located at the Beardall Senior Center, 800 Delaney Ave, Orlando, 32801, or call 321-277-6672.
• Blood donations — OneBlood has reached capacity for blood donations, so no further donations are immediately needed. However, anyone interested in making an appointment to donate in the near future can go tooneblood.org/donate-now/ or call 1.888.9Donate.
•Funds for victims and families — Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page at Gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.
One of my favorite street vendors and I was talking and somehow we began discussing dental care. I still don’t recall how we got on the subject, but he asked for resources because he wanted his remaining teeth all removed. I knew there were local resources, but couldn’t recall them at that time.
Once I got home I was able to collect this list for him from posting online already. I’m gonna print it and hope he makes good use of it.This list is a gift to any adult in the medical coverage whole as well. If you are not near any of these locations, just use the keywords and enter your town or county name. Something must come up.
Low Cost and Free Dental clinics in or near Charlotte
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Services: Pediatric Dentistry This facility sees children ages 0-13 and offers Sedation Dentistry. As well, they provide a full range of primarydental services like cleanings, fluoride varnish, fillings, sealants, extractions, pulpotomies (babyroot ca
The mobile center provides quality dental care to those in need in the north Mecklenburg and south Iredell area. Basic dental services are provided at this center(dental screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and referrals to specialty services). Volunteer dental profess
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm This facility opened in January 1996, and began treating patients in July 2004. They serve people who have Medicaid, Health Choice, or private insurance as well as those who are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford fees charge
Clinic HoursMonday-Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm(Closed for lunch 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm)Friday (Closed) York County Free Clinic provides compassionate care for qualified patients (age 18-64) by appointment only for free services, including dental care. Visit the website provided for full information
601 E. Fifth St., Suite 140 Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 Phone number (704) 375-0172
Matthews Health Clinic
113 N. Ames St. Charlotte, NC 28105 (704) 841-1694
One of the leading place to turn to for help in the greater Charlotte area. A number of basic medical and dental care services are offered, and programs are targeted at the less fortunate and uninsured.
Medical Society, Mecklenburg County – This is a great resource for referrals to government programs and local community clinics as well as social services.
Location of the clinic is 1112 Harding Pl., Suite 200 Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) @ Myers Park
Address – 1350 S. Kings Dr.Charlotte, North Carolina 28207 Phone number – (704) 446-1600
Primary Health-Care of Charlotte, P.A.
Address and phone numbers are 508 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216 Dial – (704) 347-1172
Loving Touch Adult Day/Health Care Center, Inc.
Address of the health center is – 1302 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216 Call the location at (704) 331-0015
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) @ NorthPark
251 Eastway Dr. Charlotte, North Carolina 28213 (704) 446-9991
Physicians Reach Out
Location is 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 150 Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 371-4740
Many volunteer nurses, doctors, dentists, and hygienists provide free health and dental care to the homeless and people who can’t afford to pay medical or hospital bills.
W. Williams Community Health Center @ Wilkinson Blvd.
3333 Wilkinson Blvd. Charlotte, North Carolina 28266
Call (704) 393-7720 to speak to a medical professional and to make an appointment. A charity care program is in place for the poor and uninsured.
Another office of the C. W. Williams Community Health Center is @ Midtown Medical Office
High School Graduation brings all types of newness.
I have a classmate that gave her daughter to a community friend. This year she graduated from high school and I was so pleasantly surprised to see here there supporting her child. It signified a a new chapter for them both. No matter what happened in the past,she was there and her child needed that. Another classmate of mine told me her nieces mom didn’t even showed up and the graduate actually cried on her BIG day. What I want to share with any absent parent, let go of the ego and get your child! Unless you are a creep, molester, etc,. the current guardian can no longer keep you from your child. Yes, honey, it’s YOUR TIME TO bond!
Need help making it happen? I got you. Here’s FOUR ways To To Take Advantage Of This bonding Opportunity:
Apologize for everything. Some things could have happened and you may not be aware of it.It may not even be your fault. Something could have happened completely out of your control. Own up to it.Gone on, claim your ‘ish. Sort through all of it.But don’t put blame completely on the child and other guardian*
Answer Offer to Answer any and all questions she/her may have. You’ll be embarrassed,but keep the end goals in mind. Sometimes you have to “UNTIE KNOTS “to get on a smoother road. Now is that time.
Ask for a relationship. Don’t be crazy and ask her/him to call you mamma/daddy, but ask can we build some type of relationship from here.
Find ways to be significant. You already know your child will need a mini fridge. Go buy it. Create a pintrest page to share with her/him. Keep it updated with college tips and advice. Send monthly care packages, Send gift cards to local venues/attractions in her /his college town. Whatever you do, keep sincere. While you will never make up for lost time, you most certainly can create a special relationship with your child that will never be broken. When she celebrate- you celebrate. When she upset, you find ways to put a smile on her face that no one else can.
These are my personal tips. They are working so far for me. Met my number 3.(yes, I altered her face) She and I are building a real bond now.I know in my heart, she’s another reason why my professional services create more opportunities for me to be in her life. I’m not wasting the opportunities. I’ll let you know how that goes!
It’s Summer and officially wedding season! If you’re in North or South Carolina, I’m ya girl!
Okay, so what began as a way to bring more money into the home, has grown to something so much more. Yes, I’m creating marriages, but I’m also creating more ways to be a part of my children life. That really excites me!
It cost me less than $200 and I can use this new asset in all 50 states for the rest of my life. To all my mama friends, readers- you gotta do it!
I’m still getting used to being called Minister Kelle, because I am a southerner, and grew up thinking of ministers sorta differently. But then I thought about it and said to myself, “Girl, you’re more real than a lot of them out there. -Girl You Good!”
So with my ordination, I can do many things.besides solemnize a wedding I could also:
Perform A Baptism/ Welcome To The World Ceremony
Preside Over A Funeral
Be A Chaplain
We can touch the lives of others in a prison or hospital. Sick and dying patients in hospitals around the country have been comforted by our church’s members, and prison officials actively encourage those who are eager to bring religion to others to come to their institutions and rehabilitate their inmates.
Start A Church ( I know right? Wow!)
The perfect couple for me would be laid back, spiritual but not too religious, fun loving , don’t have a church home and most times open minded.
For me, it’s important to know the couple and meet them way before they get to the altar.I want to know if couple has any religious or cultural rituals that they want to include. Do they want to break a glass? Jump a broom? Do they want to include any Buddhist poetry? Will there be any readings or songs in the ceremony? Of course I offer counseling, but it’s not required. But I will pray with the couple before the wedding and commit to pray for them all the way to the wedding day.
And I was thinking, for now, I’ll offer my services to the moms of Queen City Stay At Home Moms at a discount as a member perk. Everyone else $220 for a basic service and rehearsal rate. I really don’t think I would marry anyone out of the Carolina’s.
Which works out fine based on the research I’ve done already. It is said, that in
In North Carolina, I must return the license in SC….. the couple can once completed,return the license to its office of issuance (usually by mail) within 30 days of the wedding. The license is then recorded by the state and the marriage becomes a legal binding contract.
Marriage in South Carolina is governed by Chapter 1 of Title 20 of South Carolina’s Code of Laws.
SECTION 20-1-20. Persons who may perform marriage ceremony.
Only ministers of the Gospel, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized to administer oaths in this State, and the chief or spiritual leader of a Native American Indian entity recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs pursuant to Section 1-31-40 are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in this State