The Memorial Foundation has received a $1,000 grant from Junior League of Yakima to fund a new childbirth education program called “Nutrition Before, During, and After Pregnancy.”
This is a program that Memorial Hospital has not offered in the past. However, with obesity and diabetes rates on the rise, nutrition education is an issue at the forefront of overall health. There are approximately 3,000 births at Memorial each year, and the hospital serves over 350 first time mothers each year through its Childbirth Education Program.
In 2012 Memorial conducted a needs assessment to find out what educational opportunities pregnant women would like to see offered. Proper nutrition during pregnancy was voted as a top priority. A registered dietician will instruct pregnant women about nutrition during pregnancy, healthy snack and meal choices, along with the importance of essential nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy through breastfeeding.
We are very grateful to Junior League of Yakima! Their generous grant allows us to offer this important pregnancy nutrition program for the first time.