Absolutely enthralled by my child, I watched her sleep for hours, finding peace in the sound of her breath.
I figured I would leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church. I wanted to find a pediatrician who was smart, clinically experienced, and would know how to take care of my child in an emergency. As a pediatrician, a wife, and a mother of four, here are my top reasons why you need a Catholic health care provider for your children, and why I have started a not-for-profit directory of Catholic pediatric health care providers at www.
Do you know of a faithful Catholic health care provider that sees children? Our listing is free to both patients and providers. Unfortunately it can be challenging to find Catholic health care providers who practice in accordance with traditional Catholic teachings. For this reason we have started this not-for-profit physician directory, CatholicPediatrics.
All health care providers listed sincerely support a Catholic faith-centered approach toward pediatric care in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Your health care will be incomplete if your physician prescribes treatment but cannot help you approach medical challenges with a faith-filled spirit.
Just because a health care provider works for a Catholic hospital or institution does not mean that they are Catholic or that they practice in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
I suspect the number is actually much higher.
Any provider can counsel your child with values other than your own, and you have no recourse or control. Never under-estimate the power of God to heal, even though modern medicine.
I believe health care providers need to be praying for the strength and guidance of God that the care they provide will be healing and bring glory to God. In most states, health care providers can prescribe medications including contraceptives to children 14 and older and providers can withhold that information from parents.
You will send your pre-teen and teen into exam rooms with closed doors and allow your child to talk to providers about controversial issues. You will not have any ability to discover what is said and prescribed behind those closed doors.
You need a pediatric health care provider who shares your faith and values. From breastfeeding and newborn care to adolescent drug abuse and sexuality, every step of parenthood is fraught with challenges and failures.
Parenthood can be humiliating. Through the sacrifices of parenthood and the suffering of physical illness, our souls can be healed. When we accept parenting and health challenges with faith, we can more fully appreciate the sacrifices that God, our father and parent, makes for us every day.
Copyright Kathleen Berchelmann, MD.My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby. This spring he gave birth to his first child.
I Had My First Child at 18, My Second at 38 – Is there a right age to be a mom? Ariel Gore When I was a teen mom with an infant, people often mistook me for my daughter’s nanny. No one came running in to reclaim our discharge papers, and I already loved my child with an intensity I had never before experienced, so I had no choice but to claim my future at that moment and walk the walk.
I slowly swung my legs over the side of my hospital bed, clutching for the new life I was about to slip into. thoughts on “ So You’re Wondering If Your Child Might Be Autistic Jen January 1, at pm.
Thank you. There are alot of times I think, he’s normal, he just has (x, y, z) challenges.
Then I think to myself, this ISN’T normal. Those first few weeks with my child I thought I had transcended all trivialities and was officially crowned the “New Age Queen of the Now.” I was so present in the moment, I put Buddhist monks.
After giving birth to my first child just 10 days shy of my 40th birthday, it struck me how much times had changed. Growing Up As a teenager and young adult growing up in the s and s, I read countless articles in newspapers and magazines and heard stories about the negative issues and dangers associated with women over the age of .