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Few things can change your life more than having a baby and determining if you are ready for this baby can seem overwhelming.  
One thing you can do to give your baby the best start in life is to get your own health under control before you become pregnant.  You should have a complete physical check-up three months to a year before you start trying to conceive. 
Join us 
Pregnancy 101:  Pondering Pregnancy?  Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.

Is it nearly time to meet the new addition to the family? This is an exciting and overwhelming time.
Here are some helpful tips to get ready for baby's arrival:
  1. Wash the clothes and bedding now.
  2. Cook and freeze lots of meals.
  3. Pack your bag for the hospital and put it at the front door.
  4. Program the numbers of your doctor or midwife and local hospital in your cell.
  5. Have any car repairs done now and make sure the car seat is properly secured.
  6. Select your baby's doctor, so you are ready for your first appointment.

Need an OB/GYN and/or a doctor for your baby?  Choose your Doctor Right by visiting


Join us for a guided tour of our Birth Center on Monday, May 5 or May 19. Register online.


Discover more helpful resources, calculate your due date, download new mom apps and find baby healthy recipe tips.  







Those first few weeks with a new baby can be a real shock to the system.  It can feel like you're suddenly trying to juggle 100 things at once, while being the most exhausted you've ever been.  You need help, but sometimes it can be difficult to ask for it.  Talking to the future grandparents before the baby arrives about your concerns and how they can help will help ease your stress and you may find that they are ready, willing, and very happy to help.


Do you know someone who's becoming a new grandparent?  Tell them about this fun, informative and free class.


Join Us

New Grandparents 101:  How-to Be Helpful; Monday, June 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.






May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month    

Now is a great time to talk to your doctor!  
We should all be aware of what our blood pressure is, but it is especially important if you are or are planning on becoming pregnant.  High blood pressure affects millions of Americans and can lead to stroke, heart failure or kidney damage.
Healthy blood pressure numbers should be less than 120/80.  Work with your doctor to determine what your numbers are and if you need to be concerned about high blood pressure.  
Lentils and dried beans are packed with soluble fiber and butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A and C.


There are many lifestyle behaviors that can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure:


  • Reduce the amount of sodium in your diet; eating more fresh and less processed food is an easy way to reduce the sodium in your meals
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt to add flavor 
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit alcohol (one drink a day for women, two for men; avoid if you are pregnant!)
  • Limit caffeine
  • Get regular exercise: 20-30 minutes most days of the week
Post-pregnancy weight loss
If you've been struggling to lose the weight and are frustrated with different diets that don't work for you, our Weight Loss for Life program is a clinically proven, medical weight loss program that helps you take off the extra weight for good. 
Free information session    


Mondays, 12-1 p.m. or Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 or 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Two-day class, $12; Tuesday & Wednesday, 
May 13 & 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center 
Wednesday, June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Ridgefield Community Center

Back 101: How-to Relieve Back Pain

Wednesday, May 21, 4-6 p.m.

Arthritis 101: How-to Relieve Joint Pain

Wednesday, May 14, 10-11 a.m.

Waterbirth and Waterlabor Class

Friday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.; $35

Menopause 101: Red Hot Mamas 
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Tuesday, 
May 27, 6-8 p.m.

FREE Skin Cancer Screening

Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Call 360-514-2101 starting May 26 to register

Thursday, June 26, 6-9 p.m.; $30
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