Teen Pregnancy Stories: Letter 1

I had my daughter when I was 19 and it was a pretty difficult process for me.  I didn’t really know how to deal with the contractions, or what was really going on.  But with the help of my baby’s dad’s mom it got easier.  It got a lot more easier when I got the epidural.  I felt so much better after that.

I am 20 now and my daughter is 1 year and 2 months.  I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard; even with her dad around I feel like I’m a single mom.  At the moment I am attending school and also being a home health nurse for my mom.  It gets frustrating at times with not much help.  But at the end of the day when I get to see her smile, it’s all worthwhile.

I’m glad I went through all of this.  I love being a mom. It’s the best feeling in the world, to have someone love you unconditionally.  I wouldn’t give up my life or my choices for anything.  I love this life.

Seminars planned on vaginal delivery after C-sections

YAKIMA, Wash. — Women who have previously had Cesarean births may be suitable candidates for having a vaginal birth for their next pregnancy.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will present a series of informational seminars on vaginal birth after Cesarean, known by the acronym VBAC.

Dr. Roger Rowles will give the seminar on April 27, July 20 and Nov. 2 from 7-8 p.m. at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. at the Nob Hill Plaza in Yakima.

Registration is required by calling 509-575-8484.

Classes are free, and topics include the benefits and risks of VBAC. There will also be personal testimony on the experience of VBAC.

— Leah Beth Ward

Volunteers at Memorial

Volunteers: Going from jobless to selfless
Volunteerism is up, and the recession is getting the credit as displaced workers look to do something meaningful with their extra time
By ERIN SNELGROVE
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — After spending two decades working as a surgical assistant in Yakima, Laurel Poor wasn’t overly worried when her employer let her go.

But a year later, the 57-year-old Yakima resident is still looking for a job and trying not to take the rejections personally.

“There are jobs out there, but there are so many of us applying for them,” said Poor, who collects unemployment. “I thought experience would count for a lot more than it does.”

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Collaborative Community Fair for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Month is celebrated in Central Washington

Yakima, WA – April is Autism Awareness Month and The Autism Oversight Committee of Central Washington and Children’s Village are hosting a free collaborative community fair at Children’s Village on April 17th from noon – 2:00 p.m.  The collaborative community fair is an opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in our community and emphasize the need to increase support for Children with ASDs.

What: Collaborative Community Fair for Autism Awareness

When: Saturday, April 17 from noon- 2 p.m.

Where: Children’s Village

Why: Autism Awareness Month

ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges.  The CDC estimates that one in every 110 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  ASDs are classified as “spectrum disorders” because they affect each person in a different way, and can range from very mild to severe.

“Our goal with this event is education and highlighting the work that our community is doing-working together to provide support and effective services to children on the autism spectrum and their families,” says Diane Patterson, Director of Children’s Village.  “Each day there are new advances in the area of autism research and as a community we want to support children with autism to achieve their hopes and dreams.”

The community event will represent the prevalence of Autism in our society with a visual display of one in 110 balloons.  Families and others can connect and learn more from other parents raising children with Autism.  It’s also an opportunity to find out more about how the Children’s Village expansion will offer more opportunities to serve children with autism.  Onyx salon will be offering $10 blue hair extensions with proceeds going to support the expansion campaign. Face painting and snacks will also be provided throughout the event.

About Children’s Village

Children’s Village is a unique partnership that resulted from a community vision for easily accessible, comprehensive, collaborative health, education and social services for children with special health care needs.  Since Children’s Village opened its doors in October 1997, it has transformed from being just a building into a philosophy of care for our Valley’s children.  Over the past decade, 16,000 children and their families have received services, support and care through Children’s Village in Yakima and Sunnyside.  For more information or to schedule a tour, call (509) 574-3200 or visit www.yakimachildrensvillage.org.

Autism Awareness Month Celebrated in Yakima

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Autism Oversight Committee of Central Washington and Children’s Village are hosting a free Collaborative Community Fair at Children’s Village on April 17th from noon – 2:00 p.m. View the one in 110 balloons that represent the prevalence of Autism in our society. Connect and learn more from parents raising children with Autism. Onyx salon will be offering $10 blue hair extensions with proceeds going to support the Children’s Village Expansion Campaign. Face painting and snacks will be provided. Help us raise awareness of Autism in our community and celebrate the collaboration taking place in the Yakima Valley. Call 574-3200 for more details.