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Welcome to Holistic Happenings in Orthodontics! 
In Harmony Orthodontics - Dr. Catherine Murphy, DDS, MSD 

This month’s topics:

  • Coping with COVID
  • Things I Discovered While Being at Home
  • Happy Mother’s Day!
  • In Harmony Orthodontics, Post COVID Shutdown
  • Breastfeeding Challenges & Solutions
  • Guest Column: Diane Gora, RN, IBCLC

Coping with COVID

How are you doing? Hopefully, you and yours are doing well and all are healthy. For many, this time has come with many new learning opportunities, new rituals and routines.
For our essential workers, thank you for continuing to work while the rest of us stay home.
For parents of school-aged kids, that means navigating the world of e-learning.
For small business owners like myself, we’ve been learning to take things one day at a time.
For grandparents, it may mean that you haven’t seen your children and grandkids for awhile.
In short, all of us have been affected and all of us share in this transformational period.
Laura and I miss all of you. We will reopen when it is advisable. We have always followed the highest of safety protocols to ensure the health of our patients and ourselves. Upon reopening, we will continue to make our patients’ safety our top priority and will follow new guidelines.
Our governor’s permission to re-open is promising. However, it carries a large caveat with it: re-open with the personal protective equipment (PPE). At this time, the PPE is not readily available (especially because I donated what I could to a local hospital). Additionally, the PPE has changed as this is a novel (new) virus. The regulations are not exactly clear but we know that they are different than what we had before. I’ve dedicated a great deal of time to keeping on top of the suggestions through webinars and articles.
The consistent theme for me is to maintain a practice that prioritizes and promotes the health of my patients, staff, and myself. Once everything is in place, we will have our clear office guidelines and will be share with you. For more information, please visit:

Things I Discovered While Being At Home

During my stay at home with a toddler and infant, here are some things I found helpful:

  • Decorating! While trying to tie up loose ends after closing the office, I wanted to place positive messages to those going by the office. Thankfully, Payton, Laura’s daughter was on it! Thanks to her, we have signs to help maintain positivity.
  • Book Something Bad Happened by Dawn Huebner, PhD.
    Dr. Huebner offers a nice preview of the book:

You can listen to Dr. Heubner's interview with holistic pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song about how to talk with kids about coronavirus:

Click on the photo to listen or visit:
  • Shifting my mindset. As you may remember, last month I wrote a poem with my dear friend, Ashley Ludlow. This was a great stress reliever for me. Talking with Ashley about my feelings and getting her input to help better convey it in poetry was the beginning of my mindset shift. 
  • Mindset shift. Motivational columnist Sumaira Z posted a piece that resonated with me:
  • Started using the library app Hoopla! Why had I not taken the time to look into this before?! LOVE THIS!
  • Started a new Facebook group for my patients AND colleagues called Connections Made In Harmony. This continues to grow. It’s a place to funnel information for those who want to connect and learn more about holistic health, support those who are new to holistic health, and to share ideas. Currently laughter is needed and whimsical memes or silly videos have been a big hit!

Happy Mother's Day!

As with many celebrations this year, Mother’s Day may be affected as well. Typically I enjoy presenting each mother/grandmother/caretaker with a flower when they visit my office. This year I may not be able to share this experience.
However, I can make an even more unique offer to parents of my patients and to all of my followers: a chance to share your insights that could possibly be included in the book I’m writing about mothers and healthcare.

To be considered for inclusion in my upcoming book, please submit your responses to these prompts:


  • What changes would you like to see in healthcare for new mothers and babies?


  • What were your best and worst experiences as a new mom?


  • What resources didn't you get from your doctor that you would have appreciated?


  • What was your biggest fear or greatest concern as a new mom?


Send responses to I will review them all and be in touch if your submission is selected. 


In Harmony Orthodontics, Post-COVID Shutdown

We are considering the options regarding opening the office again post-COVID shutdown. 

We welcome your feedback regarding things that will make you feel more comfortable. 

-Did you like the Zoom appointments?
-Would you like to see Zoom used going forward?
-How can I continue to support you?

Please send your comments to Thank you!

Breastfeeding Challenges & Solutions 

In January, we began a new series on breastfeeding challenges and solutions. Continuing my open book about my own struggles to breastfeed and its affect on my career, I share with you my recent challenges and solutions with my daughter, Matilyn. 

Why? Well, I understand that nursing is a mother’s choice and either way she needs support. Breastfeeding requires a support system along with a lot of patience and understanding. Breastfeeding also positively affects the growth and development of the child’s face.This positive impact may lessen the need for orthodontics in the future! (Yes, it seems like I’m trying to put myself out of a job.)

Here was my timeline:
My daughter was born on Friday afternoon. By Saturday afternoon, the pain had gotten so intense that I nursed for a bit and then pumped and dispensed using newborn dropper.

Monday morning we had my daughter’s tongue tie released. Monday afternoon we had the first pediatric chiropractor visit. We were exhausted.
Tuesday night I was in tears because I didn’t understand why I was still having difficulty.
Wednesday I was elated when our local hospital said that their International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) was in and open to seeing patients. She met with me for about an hour. She offered guidance and support and shared her own struggle with breastfeeding.
It’s amazing how easy it is to get overwhelmed and not see things like my tense shoulders. I needed reassurance that it’s okay to ask for help and even discuss the possibility of choosing not to breastfeed. It is tough and it can feel lonely. Although nursing was my goal, it did feel good to know I could have support if it wasn’t going to work, and a lot less guilt.
The next day was Thanksgiving which was very fitting. My husband and son granted my request to spend the day with the grandparents while my daughter and I rested and nursed. With the guidance and stress reduced we relaxed and had a better day. I joined the family for dinner.
The next week we traveled to Indianapolis for my daughter’s osteopathic appointment with Dr. Charlie Beck. I too enjoyed getting readjusted to my post pregnant body.

Today I’m thrilled to say that my daughter is thriving and exclusively breastfed with the exception of taking a bottle while I’m at work.

Now, on to our guest column. I’m so appreciative of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Diane Gora's contribution this month. With both my children, the help of an IBCLC has been integral to my nursing journey.
Next month we will have a column by Dr. Jenny Thurner, PT, DPT, Pediatric Physical Therapist. A common struggle when breastfeeding is untreated torticollis. This was the case with my son. Looking forward to sharing her insights with you next month!

Guest Column
Diane Gora, RN, IBCLC has been generous with her time to contribute to my series about my road to finding solutions for breastfeeding. Diane will be starting another new miniseries about breastfeeding support through the support of IBCLC. This month is her introduction to the new series.

My Breastfeeding Journey
By Diane Gora, RN, IBCLC

My first baby was born in 1980 at a time when breastfeeding was even more popular than it is now. The difference between then and now, with the exception of 40 years, is that the profession of lactation consulting did not exist.  Luckily for me, I had a very supportive husband and a very breastfeeding-savvy obstetrician. With her guidance breastfeeding started within moments of my baby being delivered and seemed to go OK in the hospital. But once we were home my little guy (not so little at 8 lbs. 14 oz.) and I struggled for several days to get that perfect latch. With a lot of help from my husband and a breastfeeding counselor (who was part of my obstetrician’s breastfeeding team), I was able to exclusively breastfeed my little guy for 2 ½ years, through my second pregnancy and to my surprise, tandem fed him and his new little sister for about 2 months.
My breastfeeding journey continued over 11 years and 4 children. And though there were times when I just felt “touched out” and thought about weaning the current breastfeeding child, it ended up being no more than a thought and, maybe a little laziness on my part. I am happy to say they have all grown to be some of the most fantastic people I know!
I found a great deal of support for breastfeeding through the counselors who volunteered with my obstetrician and felt privileged when l was asked to become part of their group. It was at that point (1986) that my obstetrician urged me to consider becoming a lactation consultant and provided me with the required counseling hours I needed to finally sit for the examination and become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Here is a little history of the lactation profession:
Prior to the introduction of the IBCLC to the healthcare setting, volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding support groups were the major source of assistance and information about how to breastfeed. As the number of breastfeeding mothers increased, healthcare providers at first ignored these groups, but later came to appreciate them for the important role they played in helping mothers and forcing the medical profession to consider lactation as a missing piece of prenatal and post-partum care.
The concept of the profession of lactation consulting began in 1981 when two experienced La Leche League leaders were asked to develop a certification and training program for lactation consultants. The need for a knowledgeable healthcare team who was responsible for lactation and breastfeeding care was in the making. A certification program was viewed as a way to recognize the important of role of the volunteer and provide a credential that identified knowledge and experience. 

In 1984, the two La Leche Leaders convened a group of breastfeeding experts who had come to the field of lactation through volunteer service. Subsequently, a 62-member panel of experts was recruited to develop the first practice analysis, create standards of practice and develop an examination blueprint with the guidance of a psychometrician as a way to measure the credibility of the emerging profession. The first examination was administered in 1985. The exam is administered twice annually to applicants who meet eligibility criteria for education and clinical training. 
Thanks to the work of these two women, a new profession was born and recognized as a valuable asset to the healthcare team. Today breastfeeding mothers and babies have many options for in-person and online breastfeeding help. 
About Diane Gora, RN, IBCLC
Diane Gora is a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She started her nursing career working in the medical-surgical and oncology arenas. During that time, she enjoyed positions from bedside nursing to becoming a manger of a 40 bed nursing unit. With the birth of her children and realizing that though breastfeeding is the normal and best way to feed a baby, mastering the art of lactation required a village. Diane started her career in lactation as a volunteer counselor and became am International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1990.
Diane graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 1974 with a Degree in Nursing. Following graduation from Bishop Noll Institute in 1970, Diane had two career paths in mind: nursing or becoming a newspaper reporter. Not wanting to make a defining decision, she applied to both the school of nursing and the school of journalism. At the end of her sophomore year, thinking that it might be easier to support herself as a nurse rather than a newspaper reporter, (her practical side ruling) Diane made the decision to declare nursing as her major.
Several years later, Diane returned to school to pursue a degree in business management. She hoped that a management degree would allow her the ability to become a lactation consultant in private practice. In 1996 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organization Management from Calumet College of Saint Joseph and started her private lactation practice in 1997. It was one year later, after receiving an offer for a lactation position in a hospital setting, that Diane transitioned her private practice to a hospital-based practice at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana.
While at St. Mary Medical Center, Diane developed in-patient policies and protocols to help guide the lactation care for newly delivered mothers and their babies. Additionally, an out-patient lactation department was developed and opened to provide lactation assistance for mom and baby for continuation of lactation care post-hospital discharge.
While at St. Mary Medical Center, Diane was instrumental in acquiring a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to increase breastfeeding support in the communities of Northwest Indiana. With that funding, the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition was founded in 2013 and still exists today.
Diane currently is employed by Franciscan Health Hammond as a project lead for pursuing the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Designation. She lives in Crown Point, Indiana with her husband of 43 happy years. Between them they have close to 80 years of nursing experience!

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