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It is because of generous supporters like you, that mom's like Migdalia are able to get the healthcare they deserve.
In June 2017, Migdalia, 24, came to CCI to confirm her pregnancy. Migdalia's sister-in-law received care at CCI in the past, and recommended it because she had a good experience. When she learned that she was expecting her first child, Migdalia had mixed emotions. She shares, "I can't explain it – I cried but I don't know whether it came from a place of happiness or sadness." Soon after, she established prenatal care.
In September, Migdalia attended her first session of the group prenatal program called CenteringPregnancy®. Rather than patients having one-on-one appointments, patients are placed into groups of 8-10 other women based on their due date month. The groups meet throughout their second and third trimesters for routine health assessments with their provider and for group education about pregnancy and delivery. Group education allows the patients to have an open discussion about pregnancy- and birth-related topics including, nutrition, body changes, family planning, the birth experience, pediatric care, emotional adjustments and postpartum depression, and newborn care. The provider facilitates the discussion and encourages the mothers to answer each other's questions. This dynamic allows first-time mothers to ask questions, while experienced mothers share their past experiences and advice to the other women. Migdalia shares, "I liked everything about the program. I thought it was helpful, especially for a first-time mom. [The staff] taught me how to breastfeed and understand when contractions would become delivery."
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, she delivered a girl named Mechell at Washington Adventist. Despite Migdalia reporting that she has been getting little to no sleep since her daughter was born, she and her partner are adjusting well to their newest family member.