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Aug
21
Mon
Weight Loss Surgery Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We offer a support group for anyone that is looking at weight loss surgery, or has had weight loss surgery before. Everyone is welcome whether you had your surgery at WVMC or at another facility. We will have our program psychologist at each meeting and cover an array of topics. It is a safe, discrete place to gather information and talk to others. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Amerson, program coordinator at 503-435-6432.

Aug
22
Tue
Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

Aug
23
Wed
Child Preparation Series 6 @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Prepare for your baby’s arrival with calm and confidence in this 6 week course. Learn about the many choices you can consider as you near the end of your pregnancy: nutrition, comfort during late pregnancy, physical and emotional experiences of labor for mothers and partners, comfort techniques (breathing, relaxation, massage, etc) for labor and birth, medications and medical procedures, postpartum care for mother and baby, and so much more! Class includes a full class dedicated to breastfeeding and one to newborn care. Also a birthing center tour, videos and handouts will be provided.

Aug
26
Sat
Child Preparation Series – All Day Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Prepare for your baby’s arrival with calm and confidence in this 6 week course. Learn about the many choices you can consider as you near the end of your pregnancy: nutrition, comfort during late pregnancy, physical and emotional experiences of labor for mothers and partners, comfort techniques (breathing, relaxation, massage, etc) for labor and birth, medications and medical procedures, postpartum care for mother and baby, and so much more! Class includes a full class dedicated to breastfeeding and one to newborn care. Also a birthing center tour, videos and handouts will be provided.

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Wear Your Glasses. Period.
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Tomorrow is the big day; the Great American Total Eclipse is finally upon us. People from all over the country have flooded into our beautiful state to get a glimpse of this once in a lifetime event.

Campgrounds are packed, traffic jams have been insane (although yesterday I was zipping around Clackamas county like it was a normal day), gas stations are running low, and eclipse viewing glasses are sold out everywhere.

Let’s talk about that last part. Eclipse viewing glasses.

Yes, those flimsy, gimmicky, silly looking things that we are supposed to wear if we are planning on viewing the eclipse safely. My question is, do we really need to wear them?

The answer is Yes. Absolutely, unquestionably, indisputably, without-a-doubt, YES.

Here’s why.

We all know that staring at the sun directly for any length of time will roast your eyes and burn holes in your vision. Literally. Burn holes.

When light enters our eyes, our lenses focus that light on the retinas on the back of our eyes. Our retinas can handle indirect sunlight, but direct sunlight can actually permanently damage our retinas within a matter of seconds.

We don’t have pain receptors in our retinas, so this damage can occur without us really being aware what happened. As adults we know better, but we’ve got to be watching our kids closely (especially young ones) during the eclipse to ensure they do not look directly at the sun.

The only time we can safely take our glasses off is when the moon is directly blocking the sun, which in some places in Oregon will last for about two minutes. Unless the total eclipse is taking place, it is not safe to look at the event without your safety eclipse glasses.

It’s also important to make sure that your eclipse viewing glasses are certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The glasses should have disclaimers that state they meet ISO 12312-2 safety standards. Imposters are out there as people are trying to make a quick buck on the eclipse hype. Be sure to check your glasses ahead of time to ensure they are safe.

The sun is in the sky every single day and while we never really stare at it directly because we know it will damage our eyes, when the eclipse happens tomorrow, people will be tempted. Just a quick glance. Only a few seconds. It can’t do that much damage.

Wrong! It can damage your eyes. It will damage your eyes. You don’t want that damage!

Enjoy this event with your friends and family, but please protect your eyes and view the eclipse safely.

As always, here at WVMC we are here for you if you need anything. With all these extra people in town and the buzz surrounding the eclipse, we have additional clinical staff coming in tomorrow and we are here for you.

Cheers.
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Are you prepared for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21, 2017, for approximately 55 seconds people in McMinnville, OR will be able to experience the once in a lifetime total solar eclipse. Partial phase starts at 9:05:33AM and at 10:17:48AM totality will begin and last less than 1 minute.

Like the Boy Scout motto says, Be Prepared! You will NOT have the best possible eclipse experience if you are NOT prepared!
You will need to be in the right place at the right time if you want to see the total eclipse of the Sun! And that means planning ahead! Those who make plans will be glad they did! It is widely agreed that there is no more amazing sight to see in this world than a total eclipse of the Sun, when night falls at a noon for several minutes. Even if you stay home that day, everyone in the USA will have a very deep partial solar eclipse.

The point being, EVERYBODY in the USA will observe something that day, and the ones who prepare in advance will have the best experience.

It is estimated that 1 million people will travel to the State of Oregon for the event, increasing our overall population of 4 million by 25%.

Predictions are that travelers will begin to arrive in Oregon the Wednesday prior to the event, and departing immediately afterwards causing major traffic delays. Roads are expected to be crowded, especially in smaller towns. They anticipate grocery stores may run low or be out of items as the event approaches and visitors come into the state. ATM's may run low or run out of cash, and gas stations may run low or out of fuel.

It is recommended that August 21st be treated as a severe weather event. Yamhill County residents are encouraged to stock up on necessary items such as groceries, bottled water, and fill fuel tanks. Residents will be encouraged to stay home, or close to home, and avoid driving unless necessary; plan your travel accordingly.

Suggestions for RESIDENTS and VISITORS:
• Be prepared for crowds, lines and traffic. Be patient. Bring books, games, etc., to keep busy; Take the time in long lines to get to know Oregonians and other visitors via lively conversation. It’s a good time to learn about Oregon and other areas from which guests are visiting, and to make friends from around the state/country/world.
• Have snacks, water and first-aid supplies on hand in case crowds/lines/traffic become paramount.
• Become aware of the beauty, splendor and hazards that are all part of Oregon. Know what to do and where to go in the event of severe heat, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
• Have an emergency kit and an emergency plan; make sure family members or friends back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
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