YMCA of Austin to pilot prenatal health program
AUSTIN (June 2, 2015) – This month the YMCA of Austin, in partnership with March of Dimes, will be launching “Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien©,” a free, prenatal health and fitness program for expectant mothers from low-income households. This investment is an effort to aid underserved women by providing instruction on safe fitness practices and guidance on behavioral health changes.
“Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien” will be offered in conjunction with a YMCA-developed pilot fitness component at the North Austin and East Communities YMCAs this summer. Through a generous grant partnership with March of Dimes, the YMCA of Austin will expand the program to its two Y locations that serve significant numbers of low-income residents: the North Austin YMCA located at 1000 W. Rundberg Lane, and the East Communities YMCA located at 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
“At the YMCA, we strive to help individuals in every walk of life reach optimal health,” says Lauren Milius, Health & Wellness Director at the East Communities YMCA. “This grant will allow us to reach expectant mothers in ways that we never have before. By helping mothers to adopt healthier habits before their babies are even born, we hope to help their children live healthier lives from the start. We’re very excited to help March of Dimes expand the Becoming a Mom program in Central Texas.”
Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien is a March of Dimes prenatal education program designed for pregnant women. Through a 9-week session, instructors will teach expectant mothers how to prepare for birth, create a birth plan, and what to expect both during and after pregnancy. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and share with other pregnant women in a supportive, private setting. Classes at the YMCA of Austin will also educate pregnant women on how to exercise safely during pregnancy, and will include light exercise and meditation. Sessions will be offered at the East Communities YMCA on Thursdays, June 11th-August 6th, from 6-8pm, and at the YMCA North Austin Community Rec Center on Tuesdays, June 16th-August 11th, from 10am-12pm.
For more information about the program, contact Lauren Milius at (512) 933-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the YMCA of Austin
The YMCA of Austin is a nonprofit organization that has served the Austin community since 1953, providing health and wellness, aquatics, youth sports, day camp, childcare, youth leadership, senior services and family enrichment opportunities for more than 65,000 members and 60,000 program particpants. In 2014, the Austin Y provided more than $2.6 million in financial assistance to more than 40,000 people. More information on the YMCA of Austin is available at AustinYMCA.org
About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
For the latest resources and health information, visit our websitesmarchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter