Infant CPR classes offered at Memorial

 Infant CPR classes offered at Memorial

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) isn’t just for adults. Sometimes the tiniest of people—infants—need CPR too. Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under one year of age. If you care for a baby up to 1 year old, taking an infant CPR course could be a literal lifesaver. If you have a pool, live near water or care for an infant who’s at high risk for heart or lung failure, this training is especially important.
Even if you know adult CPR, you need separate training for infants because some of the steps and methods are different.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering an infant CPR course on Thursday evening. This course provides current CPR instructions and information as recommendations change.

Why are these skills so crucial?

You will get experience practicing these emergency techniques. And studies have shown that the more people practice, the more confident they are in a true emergency.

In a class, you’ll learn the proper techniques for breathing, chest thrusts, back blows, and more.

Does this class meet necessary requirements for certification for childcare providers?

No. But it is good training for caregivers to have in the home setting.

What does it cost?

The class is $5 per person, due at the time of class, or you can prepay online.

Do I need to preregister?


When and where?

Thursday, September 10

6:30-8 p.m.

Memorial’s Community Education Center

2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima

To register, call 509-248-7322 or email

Memorial offers summer babysitting classes

Memorial is again this year offering a series of Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

What are the benefits of Safe Sitter classes?

  • Students are empowered. They learn rescue skills and basic first aid. They learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, though they will not become CPR-certified.
  • Students gain confidence in how to deal with children. They gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children.
  • Students learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits.
  • And they have fun! It’s an interactive class with games, role-playing situations.

There are also benefits to the community:

  • We increase the number of young adolescents providing safe child care, and we increase the personal safety of teen sitters.
  • Some students use this class as a marketing tool – “I’ve completed a Safe Sitter class” to better sell their abilities to care for children.
  • Students use these skills later in life to be better parents.

This one-day course is being offered seven days this summer at Children’s Village:

June 15, 18 and 22

July 8, 20 and 24

August 4

The $40 fee includes:

  • One-day class, Safe Sitter manual and completion card.

To register, visit, click on classes and events and find the class you want, on the date you want on the calendar. You’ll find a link there to register.

Or for more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 577-5015 or

Young and Pregnant – Teen Pregnancy Class – This Saturday!

This childbirth education class is designed specifically for teen moms, 19 years or younger and their support person (boyfriend, husband, sister, mom or friend) who want more information on pregnancy and labor/delivery.

Class includes:
A tour of the Family Birthplace
Labor and Delivery
Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
Comfort Measures
Medical Procedures
Cesarean Information
Post-Partum Planning

***All those who complete the class will receive a complimentary car seat for your baby.

When: August 23rd
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Classrooms A & B (in the basement)
Cost: $75, includes Mother and a partner. Registration required (Medicaid Accepted). We also accept debit/credit cards and checks. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to register please contact Teresa Posada at 509-248-7322.

Have A Healthy Pregnancy

pregnancySo, you’re having a baby! After the shock wears off it’s now time to think about your health habits during your pregnancy. You may not feel like a mother yet, but by following these guidelines you are already doing the right thing for your baby.

Make sure to go to all your prenatal appointments

Check with your doctor before taking any medications whether they are prescription or over the counter
Take your prenatal vitamins as directed by your doctor
Eat a nutritious and balanced diet – You’ll need extra protein, calcium, iron, and zinc during your pregnancy
Try to stay physically active unless your doctor suggests otherwise

If you experience any of the following symptoms you need to call or see your health care provider:

Excessive vomiting or diarrhea

Swelling in your face, fingers and feet
Strong cramps and bleeding

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – For those of us that know or work with teens during pregnancy, it is critical we continue to spread the word about prevention of subsequent pregnancies until they are older. In 2010, 1 out of 5 teens had another baby within 2 years. At Memorial, we offer a Young and Pregnant class to pregnant teens 19 and younger and have partnered with Pacific Northwest University to educate teens on their birth control options and the importance of finishing their education before having another baby. Empowering these teens to finish their education so that they can provide for themselves and their children is a message they can’t hear often enough.


Related Links:

This May, along with identifying new adolescent health resources from across the federal government, the Office of Adolescent Health recognizes Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month with a series of events and the launch of a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center. Read about the new resource center, other new adolescent health resources, and a Twitter chat on adolescent physical fitness and sports below!

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center. OAH’s new online resource center is a collection of federal training materials and resources for professionals working to reduce teen pregnancy. Along with skill-building materials, you’ll find direct service resources, podcasts, e-learning opportunities, and much more.
  • What’s Your HIV Infection Risk? If You’re Under 24, Probably Higher than You Think. This op-ed from OAH’s Director Evelyn Kappeler covers the high incidence of HIV infections in young people, new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force HIV testing recommendations for persons 15 to 65 years of age, the connection between HIV and STDs, and what young people can do to learn more about preventing HIV infections.
  • on Tumblr. Tumblr, an easy-to-use microblogging site, is taking off among youth. is using the platform to spread inspirational and informative messages about bullying and bullying prevention.
  • Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment. This review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality synthesizes the best evidence in the field of child maltreatment (including parenting interventions and enhanced foster care approaches) and identifies critical areas to address. Also, attend a free webinar from on Tuesday, May 21 at 2pm ET, “Implementing a Trauma Informed Approach for Youth Across Service Sectors.” Register here.
  • Finding the Right College for You – Tools & Resources. As adolescents navigate the college decision process, the U.S. Department of Education provides tools for youth and their families to compare important information such as college costs, average student loan debt, and graduation rates across different institutions.
  • Healthy People E-Learning.’s e-learning opportunities take participants beyond the data to explore the challenges, successes, and processes involved in creating and sustaining healthier communities. Each features a case study of a community working to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives (such as those related to childhood obesity) and provide free continuing education credit.

Twitter Chat on Adolescent Physical Fitness and Sports

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Join a #MoveInMay Twitter chat on physical fitness and sports during the teenage years, Tuesday, May 14th from 3:30 – 4:15pm ET. The chat is co-hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov), the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (@FitnessGov), the Office on Women’s Health (@WomensHealth and @GirlsHealth), and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (@GoHealthyPeople). Special guest GENYOUth Foundation (@GENYOUthNow) will also join! Learn more about the chat.


Nutrition and Pregnancy

Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your soon-to-be-born baby. Pregnancy nutrition is essential to a healthy baby. Ideally, adopting a healthy eating plan before pregnancy is best. No matter how many weeks are left on your countdown calendar, it’s never too late to start! Supplying your own body with a tasty blend of nutritious foods can not only improve your fertility, keep you feeling healthy during pregnancy, and pave the way for an easier labor, but it can also help to establish essential building blocks of growth and overall health for your child.

The food we eat on a daily basis affects how our bodies work, how we heal and grow, and how we maintain energy and strength for years to come. It also determines the basic nutritional health that our children are born with, and provides a model for their eating habits during childhood and beyond. Pregnancy is the one time in your life when your eating habits directly affect another person. Your decision to incorporate delicious vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean protein, and other wise food choices into your eating plan before and during pregnancy will give your baby a strong start in life.

The Period of Purple Crying

Do you have a new baby? Is that baby crying more that 3-4 hours per day ? Read about the Period of Purple Crying for help…….

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to help parents understand this time in their baby’s life, which is a normal part of every infant’s development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby “has colic” because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. When the baby is given medication to treat symptoms of colic, it reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with the baby, when in fact, the baby is going through a very normal developmental phase. That is why we prefer to refer to this time as the Period of PURPLE Crying. This is not because the baby turns purple while crying. The acronym is a meaningful and memorable way to describe what parents and their babies are going through.

Click on the following link to learn more about this at

Being a young mom doesn’t mean I won’t succeed

Hi my name is Maithe I’m a senior at Davis High School. We’ll let me tell you my story about my life. I was a sophomore I was 16 years old when I got pregnant for the first time.

So one day me and my boyfriend went to the clinic for my pregnancy test and after 30 minutes of waiting they told me I was pregnant; I was about 1 month. I was shocked by what the nurse was telling me almost cried but my boyfriend was very happy. Then I went home, I was very scared to tell my parents that I was pregnant; I come from a family that expected a lot from you. So we both told my parents that I was expecting a baby at first were mad at me and they didn’t tell my anything.

So after 3 days we sat down and we talked as a family and they told me about what I was planning to do with the baby so we told them that the dad was going to be responsible for the baby we were going to have. So the months went by and I had my first baby girl she was born in February of 2010. She brought happiness to my life she is my everything. So now my parents love her lot.

So when I started school after 4 weeks of being off it was very hard to concentrate in class. I was very tired because she will sleep during the day and be awake at night it was like this for 1 month or so. When she started sleeping through the night it was much easier for me I was able to manage school and being a parent both at the same time. I was also a wife because I got married after 4 months of our first baby being born. After two years I had my second baby she was born on January 2012.

My second baby was born with a special need. She was born Down syndrome. When I found out she had special needs I could not believe it was true. But I understand why gods send me this special gift she is a beautiful baby. God send her to my life for a reason. Being a teen parent is not easy but every moment of it I enjoy it.

I had many challenges in my life I had a lot of people come to me and tell me I was too young to have a baby. I would tell them it’s not their business if I was too young to have a baby or not. So many things change during those times. Some things that change was my relationship with my husband some for the better and some for the worst but after my second baby was born that really united us we had more communication.

I felt I had more support from his side. I also face the challenge to not be able to go out with my friends and have fun because I was a mom already but I knew I would rather be at home with my babies and spent time with them. I knew at the end all will be worth. So don’t let people tell you won’t go anywhere in life if you have a baby while attending school.

This is not true the people that think I was not going to graduate after having 2 baby’s I prove them wrong.

So now I’m here writing my last essay my senior year because in a couple of days I will graduate from high school. And I know that my daughters will be very proud of their mother when they grow up.

Finding Out That I Was Pregnant Was Shocking

Finding Out That I Was Pregnant Was Shocking

When I first found out I was pregnant I was shocked, I mean I could not believe it. There were so many emotions and feelings going through my head that I just froze for a while.

I just thought about everything I had planned to do in my life.  I wanted to go to college somewhere far from here and I wanted to be able to work this summer, I also wanted to travel to Mexico to visit my family that I have not seen for 15 years. Now what am I going to do I thought, how am I going to tell my aunt, the person who raised me since I was very young and she is like a mother to me.

For the first time in a long time I felt alone and afraid to tell my aunt that something was wrong. Everything was going good. I was doing well in school and she really liked my boyfriend who went with us almost everywhere. After I found out that I was pregnant, I went to my boyfriend’s house to have a very serious talk with him about what we were going to do. I knew that having an abortion was not an option for me, I just couldn’t do it. So I told my boyfriend and he was just as shocked as I was. We cried together and decided we were going to take on the responsibility and raise this child.

So now we had to find a way to tell my aunt and uncle. We were both scared to tell them because we didn’t know what their reaction as going to be.  When we told his mom she said that she was there to support us but it’s different because she’s not my parent. It was great to know we had her support. So it took us 2 days to tell my parents. So finally on a Saturday my boyfriend came over and we sat down with my aunt and told her. I was surprised that she didn’t yell at me and go all crazy instead she was really calm and understanding. She just told us that all we had to do now was take on the responsibility and raise our child. She was disappointed for a few days, she didn’t really want to talk about it but I understood her reasons. Even though my aunt didn’t freak out on me I still felt really bad because I now have to give almost everything up all my goals and dreams for now.

Finding out you’re pregnant at such a young age is really stressful and complicated because so many things go through your mind that sometime it’s hard to decide whether to keep it or not.

Life As A Single Mom

My 9 months of being pregnant was really rough in the beginning, great in the middle and bad at the end; now it’s wonderful. When I found out I was pregnant I was 2 ½ months, my dad flipped. I felt really bad for disappointing my parents, especially my dad because I was his little girl. The baby’s dad was really scared to tell his parents, but eventually he told them and they were ok with it. When I was 5 months, the baby’s daddy cheated on me with a girl from Sunnyside, since I lived in Yakima and he lived in Sunnyside. To me it was the end of the world because I didn’t expect that from him. After a while we talked things out and he said it wouldn’t happen again, but it did.

On New Year’s  I was fed up with the drama he was putting me through because it was just stressing me out  and that wasn’t good for me, so I told him we were done for good and that I wanted to start my new year without him. It was pretty hard for me since he was my baby’s daddy, but that was the best thing to do for me and the baby at the time. After I had broken up with him, we didn’t have any communication for 3 month until the baby was born. On March 5, 2011 we saw each other and he was with me throughout my entire labor and while I gave birth. To me, it felt like things would be better when the baby got here, so we gave it one last chance. The days I was in the hospital were great, they felt like we would be a perfect family after all; until I was released from the hospital he showed the other side of him that I didn’t want to see. He did a 360 on me and changed completely and wasn’t responsible for our baby. He wanted my parents to buy the baby everything; he didn’t want to watch him and would always be playing video games. Once again like the first time, it didn’t last. After the baby was a month I put an end to us and told him we just had to be friends because it wasn’t working out. When I told him that, he flipped out on me and started telling me a lot of stuff. He threatened me saying he was going to take the baby away from me, I was really scared and didn’t know what to do so I told me parents and they told me not to worry because he had to have a good reason in order to take him away from me. Plus, it’s a lot of money to go through all of that. Since the day we broke up we had absolutely no communication with each other, he didn’t care much about seeing the baby so I didn’t put in effort if he wasn’t going to try either.

When Jayden turned one, his dad made him a birthday party which I had approved of. I know for a fact he was happy to be with his son and his parents with their grandson because they hardly see him. At times I feel bad that I don’t him to take the baby, but in my personal opinion he has no right since he’s never been there or helped me out with anything since the baby was born. When the baby daddy comes around, Jayden cries because he doesn’t know who he is, and it breaks my heart because as much as I don’t want things to be like that I can’t really do anything about it because it’s his dad’s fault and not mine. He chose not to be around and now that he tries, the baby doesn’t like him or know who he is.

For the past year and 3 months, I’ve been a single momma and I’m proud of it because I’ve made it this far in life. People see me and feel bad for me when really they should feel happy for me for not giving up. Some of my friends’ say they’re proud of me and that they look up to me because after everything I’ve been through, I still stand strong and smile. Hearing that people look up to me makes me try harder in life and not give up. People think being a teen mom is a big issue, but to me there’s different teen that actually keep strong and stay in school and don’t drop out. A lot of it is also having support from family members, friends or even teachers. My son means the world to me and I don’t care if I have to be a single mother all my life, as long as I make him happy and show him how strong I really am is all that matters. I want my son to be able to grow up and be proud of me for not giving up  on life when things got rough, so therefore I will always keep my head up and when I fall I’ll just get back up and keep going.