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Through the generous support of donations received by United Way St. Croix Valley, St. Croix County Public Health Department has received funding for its Childbirth Education Classes and Emergency Medical Care Programs.
Funding is used to help pay for childbirth education classes at local hospitals. If this funding was not available, some women would not be able to attend these valuable childbirth classes. Childbirth classes help prepare the pregnant woman for a healthy birth outcome. “I believe that people learn best in group settings. When there are other persons present in the same situation (pregnant) and therefore with the same interests (to increase understanding of labor and delivery and to improve the health and well-being of their new babies) they can learn from the questions and comments of their peers, as well as from the instructor,” says Kathy Fredrickson, Public Health Nurse.
The Emergency Medical Care program funding is used to pay for individuals that need to see a clinic physician for an acute medical illness. These individuals do not have medical insurance, are unable to pay the insurance deductable, or do not have other means to pay for a physician clinic visit. All of the people, who are served by the emergency medical fund, are assessed by a registered nurse and a determination is made if the individual needs to be seen by a physician. In 2011, seventeen St. Croix County residents were served at a cost of $1,322.82.