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Unexpected Start for the New Year

On January 13, 2015

A week after I returned from my holiday visit to Tulsa, I got a call from my sister Jeanie that my father was in the ER with severe pain in the right temple and uncontrollable vomiting. I finished my office hours on Monday, December 29th, and booked a ticket back to Tulsa the next day. Dad was in bad shape when I arrived, on codeine around the clock for the pain. He had a hemorrhage in his right eye, causing such pressure in the eyeball that it couldn’t even be measured. He had eye surgery on Friday and was much better by the time I flew back on Sunday. I left him with a freezer full of single-portion servings of the food I know he likes – when under stress, I cook. His vision is slowly returning, and we are hoping for the best. Won’t know for a couple of weeks how much he will be able to see, but already he can walk his beloved dogs, Buddy and Sandy, and maneuver around the house.

Nicole was there for me in this emergency, and I can’t thank her enough for stepping in and managing 3 labors in 5 days, 2 at once the day I was on the plane coming back! We had 7 clients due in the month of January – how crazy is it that 3 people had their kids while I was gone! She did a fantastic job with some long hard labors, and all the babies got born vaginally. She has earned her place as a CBS midwife par excellence!

My sister Daphne, my Dad (before eye problem), me, granddaughter Kendall, grandson Kieran, daughter Amy

Me & My Dad

On December 22, 2014

I spent 5 wonderful days with my father in Tulsa just before Christmas. My sister Daphne flew in from Chicago, and we got to have lunch with our sister Jeanie. My older daughter, Amy, her husband, and my grandkids Kendall and Kieran were around as well, so it was a family-centric get-away. Lots of good food and holiday cheer. Wishing you all the best for this special season – Barbara

Daphne, Dad, and me

Climate March in Manhattan

On September 22, 2014

On Sunday, September 21, Barbara joined her granddaughter Kendall at the Climate March in Manhattan. Kendall came up with 18 of her friends from the University of Virginia, where she is a freshman, to make their voices heard in this cause.

It was a full house at Barbara’s apartment, with sleeping bags on the floors & lines for the bathroom, but we all had a great time.

3,400 Births for CBS Midwifery!

On August 23, 2014

On August 18th, CBS Midwifery delivered our 3,400th baby, Jackson Scott Harrison. Jackson’s parents, Scott and Viktoria Harrison, founded the NYC-based nonprofit charity: water, which raises awareness and money to help people living in developing nations get access to clean drinking water. Currently, 800 million people worldwide don’t have clean water to drink, and in the last 7 years, charity: water has raised more than $140 million, and funded over 11,000 water projects that will help 4.4 million people. To celebrate Jackson’s birth, Scott and Viktoria setup a fundraising campaign where friends and family could donate in his honor. To date, Jackson has raised more than $171,000 which will help 4,800 people get clean water.

To learn more about charity: water, visit charitywater.org. To visit Baby Jackson’s campaign, visit https://my.charitywater.org/babyjackson.

My week in Ocean Grove, New Jersey

On July 20, 2014

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My week in Ocean Grove, New Jersey (7/12 – 7/19) was great – truly relaxing and fun. All the family was there: my older daughter Amy, her husband Jim, and their children Kendall and Kieran; my younger daughter Jen, her fiance Tim, and Jen’s daughter Clementine; and my sister Daphne. We rented the same comfortable house we’ve had for 3 years now, a block from the beach and a short walk to Asbury Park. Our weather featured a few thunderstorms, but nothing to spoil our days of boogie boarding at the beach (not me – the water temperature was in the 60’s, but that didn’t stop the kids, Jen, and Tim), miniature golf, and just hanging out. We gorged on Korean tacos from MoGo on the Asbury Park boardwalk, ice cream at Days, and the Bradley Beach lobster fest (on Sunday).

I hope you are all having as wonderful as summer!
Barbara

Photo: Kendall, Barbara, Daphne, Kieran, Jen, and Clementine on the beach at Ocean Grove

My Dad’s 90th Birthday Celebration

On July 10, 2014

Just back from Tulsa, where the whole family celebrated my father’s 90th birthday with a big bash on July 5th. It was a wonderful party at a mansion built in 1915 -1918 by a local oil baron, and lovingly restored to grandeur by Peter and Dick, who also live there. In attendance was my granddaughter, Kendall, who will be a freshman at UVa this fall (you go, girl!)

We also had a reunion with a family we have remained close friends with since our days in Austin, Texas, in the 70’s, when I was in nursing school at the U. of Texas. Now there are 3 generations of the Parkhills and the Sellars clans. We had a wonderful time on the Fourth of July at my daughter Amy’s beautiful home overlooking Tulsa, from which we could see the fireworks shows of not only Tulsa, but countless small towns nearby. Since it’s legal there, we shot off our own pyrotechnics, too – the kids had a blast.

Next week: family week at the Jersey Shore. Report and photos soon. Hope you are all having a great summer!

My Dad’s 90th birthday celebration

My oldest granddaughter, Kendall, who’s off to UVa for college next month!

Barbara with the Parkhill clan

Summer Fun

On June 15, 2014

The last client with a due date before July 27th has had her baby, and I am almost finished taking call on Fridays for Midwifery of Manhattan. Jocelyn Hart will return from her maternity leave on July 1st, the day I fly to Oklahoma.

There will be a big reunion of my family and another that we’ve been good friends with since our Austin, Texas, days in the ’70s. Now there are 3 generations who will gather at my older daughter Amy’s place on the outskirts of Tulsa for the Fourth of July. The next day we’ll celebrate my father’s 90th birthday with a big bash.

Stay tuned for pictures and a full report.

My week at the Jersey Shore with daughters, daughters’ beloveds, grandkids and my sister Daphne will be July 12-19th. I should be relaxed and revived when I’m back on July 20th.

Have a wonderful summer!

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