In November last year I had just concluded a support group session for moms who’ve lost a baby at our office. You know how it is after a meeting – people don’t leave immediately. Instead, we stayed and chatted about a myriad of things. Then as we were about to leave, one of the women walked up to me and asked “do you take insurance for payment of counseling?” I said no. And I did not give that question much thought afterwards. Until this year someone asked me “why don’t you get certified to have people who come for counseling pay using their insurance?” and the conversation I had last year came flooding back in. I started to ask myself some rather interesting questions. What processes do hospitals and clinics go through to be certified by insurance companies so that patients just swipe a card after receiving service? How do the hospitals then process the claim to the insurance company so they can get paid? Halfway through these questions I realized I did not even know if insurance companies covered counseling services. Was I stressing myself wondering how to get Still A Mum certified and maybe no insurance company covered counseling services? The next step was obvious. I started to research insurance covers that catered to any mental health conditions. [Read more…]
Tomorrow marks the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day. Stakeholders from all over the world come together on 8th of March each year to acknowledge and celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women and also call for actions that will promote gender parity in the world.
This year’s theme is #PressforProgress and is a clarion call to all of us to keep up the fight because now more than ever we cannot afford to give up. We can’t deny that women have made great strides in recent years as far as fighting misogyny and promoting women empowerment is concerned. Women have more access to resources and it is no longer as uncommon to see women in powerful positions as it was in the past. Girls have more female role models and are given the message that they can do it, whether it’s acing mathematics and science subjects in school or owning their own companies.
Children grow up so fast. It seems like one minute they are breastfeeding and the next they are through with high school. Or at least that’s what my parents say. On each of my birthdays, every year without fail, one or both of them exclaims, “How can you be this old? You were in baby class just the other day!” Their surprise always brings one point home for me: Our busy lives often cause us to miss many of what would have been special moments to remember had we been paying attention. Every parent cherishes the memories of their children’s growing up. Their first step, their first day of school, the funny things they say and do. When that time is gone, and you want your kids to be little again for a few moments, it helps to have relics from that time. There are many ways you can keep your memories close and here are a few: [Read more…]