A note from Jen and Angela: There is no time like the present to get involved. If you have an opinion on what is happening with the health care bill, share it with your Senator.
By Dena Moes CNM
I sat charting on my computer when the news came. I clicked the button that sent a patient’s prescription over to her pharmacy, and then picked up my phone and learned that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed their version of a health care bill. And that one of the bill’s provisions is to defund Planned Parenthood. Surprise, surprise.
I know firsthand what shuttering Planned Parenthood means because I am a clinician at a Feminist Women’s Health Center, a locally-owned sister clinic to Planned Parenthood. Our funding is tied to Planned Parenthood, which means that if it goes, we go. One can look at lists of services and pie charts of who provides what to whom, and intellectualize that yes, family planning clinics are vital to a community’s health. But to truly understand, let me take you along for a typical day in the reproductive health clinic. You can shadow appointments from this past Thursday, the day the healthcare bill passed.
My colleague, a nurse-practitioner, and myself, a nurse-midwife, together saw forty-one patients.
Here are some of them: Continue Reading…