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I am the Prenatal “Healthy Beginnings” Program Coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente Hayward and Fremont Medical Centers. I organize and teach classes for expectant parents including Mid-Pregnancy, Late Pregnancy and Newborn Care. I feel so lucky every day that I am able to do this work. It is truly an honor to communicate with pregnant women and their partners during what is likely the most exciting transition of their lives: birth and parenthood! Whether your first or fourth child, each pregnancy and baby is like no other and offers a unique opportunity for learning.
My goal is not only for you to learn from me, but for me to learn from you.
You may be wondering things like: What is best for me to be eating during pregnancy? How much should I exercise? What signs will show that I am really in labor? Your list of questions can be long. From you, I want to know your joys and concerns for your pregnancy. Are there certain things you hope to have in place during labor and delivery? Are there special birth traditions you follow that come from your own culture of birth? With this information, I can direct you to the educational and community resources that will support your journey. Please don't hesitate to call me. My direct number is 510-784-2909. I'm here to help.
Other pregnancy-related classes you can consider include: Breastfeeding Basics; Preparing for Childbirth; Pain Medication Options and Cesarean Birth; Prenatal Yoga; Tour of Labor and Delivery; Pediatric Clinic Tour; La Leche League Meetings; Mommy and Me Groups; and more. Just call me or the Health Education Center at 510-784-4531 (Hayward) or 510-248-3455 (Fremont) to find out about class schedules and registration. You can also view upcoming class schedules at www.kp.org/hayward/prenatal.
My personal background has taken me from growing up in Oakland to many years in the upper Midwest where I went to college and started a family. Now with my husband and two young children, I am back living in the Bay Area. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. For the last 12 years, I have worked in maternal and child health -- particularly with low-income families, and newly arrived immigrants and refugees. I love to travel and have studied abroad in Croatia (where my husband was born and raised), France and Madagascar. In my free time, I enjoy exploring with my kids, gardening, traveling, reading, running, and spending time with family locally – a treat after so many years living far away!
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