Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is implementing new childbirth education classes and expanding existing programs with help from funding through the March of Dimes. The Memorial Foundation was awarded a Chapter Community grant of $20,000 for the childbirth education program. Only three Chapter Community grants are given in Washington State each year by the March of Dimes.
The Childbirth education classes will emphasize education, health and fitness, and preparing mothers for birth. Other childbirth education classes that Memorial will be hosting are Comenzado Bien, a prenatal curriculum for Spanish speaking women, Young & Pregnant, Supporting Your Teen and Prenatal Yoga. Memorial will also be working in collaboration with Stanton Academy, an alternative high school with a high percentage of teen mothers.
“These new programs are targeted for low-income and minority women who are at risk of experiencing disparities in health,” says Bertha Lopez, Outreach Manager of the Memorial Community Education Program. “We are so grateful to the March of Dimes for helping us offer these programs—in both English and Spanish—so these new families have a better chance in life.”
Memorial also received one of six, $5,000 March of Dimes Hospital Based Perinatal Quality Improvement grants for their efforts to eliminate elective births before the 39th week of pregnancy. Research has shown that births before the 39th week without a medical or obstetrical reason can lead to increased complications with the baby’s health.
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that helps mothers have full-term, healthy pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies.
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been providing healthcare to the Yakima Valley for over 60 years and continues to provide state-of-the-art, quality-of-life health care services for our community.