Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities from United Way for Greater Austin

United Way for Greater Austin has several professional development opportunities coming up that are currently open for registration for staff from Family Support Network agencies.

1) Impact Domestic Violence Can Have Across the Lifespan training, Wednesday, June 6th from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Register here.

2) Working for Kids training, Friday, June 8th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Register here.

2)  Period of Purple Crying training, Monday, June 11th from 9:30 -11:30 AM. Register here.

Also, HOPES is soliciting feedback from coalition members through this survey. The survey closes June 6th.

Carrying to Term: A Presentation from the May Meeting

At the May Central Texas Perinatal Coalition meeting, Sarah Garvey presented on who Carrying To Term is, what her role is within the organization, and what resources and support Carrying To Term offers to parents, the medical professionals providing care, and the network of friends and family walking alongside these parents. Carrying To Term is predominately an online space, so Sarah provided a walk-through of through the Carrying To Term website, highlighting specific resources found there.

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About Sarah Garvey
Over a period of three years, Sarah experienced infertility, recurrent miscarriage, the premature birth and loss of triplets, and then the premature birth and NICU stay with her daughter. After her losses, Sarah became passionate about caring for other families experiencing loss and grief. She co-created and presented seminars on perinatal loss and the grieving process that follows. Through that work, Sarah connected with Carrying To Term, a non-profit dedicated to changing the standard of care for families facing a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. Last year, she joined the organization as the Director of Advocacy and Bereavement Services.

Fatigue, Dreaming and Discomfort: How your Sleep Changes through Pregnancy

When you become pregnant, your doctors may prescribe supplements and dietary restrictions to help you stay healthy. However, there is one health element that doctors cannot write a prescription for...sleep.

Getting adequate sleep is vital to maintaining your health and your baby’s through pregnancy. If you can manage seven to eight hours of sleep per night, you can reduce the risk of birth-related complications. Women who slept poorly during pregnancy were more likely to have a baby with low birth weight or other complications. Sleeping more is an easy solution for a healthy baby. Or is it?

Even if you are a sound sleeper, your sleeping patterns are likely to change over the course of your pregnancy. Each trimester has its challenges.

First Trimester - Fatigue

During the first trimester, expecting mothers experience a rush of the hormone progesterone. Their bodies also increase blood production and lower blood pressure. These changes combine to create one overwhelming feeling: tiredness. This trimester is also when you are most likely to experience morning sickness. It may feel like a challenging couple of months, but there are things you can do to ease your sleep and nausea.

  • Take naps during the day to counteract the fatigue.
  • Exercise. It will help you sleep through the night even if you nap multiple times a day.
  • Avoid spicy food and heavy dinner. Light and bland meals may counter morning sickness.

Soon your body will grow accustomed to these sweeping changes. Morning sickness may fade the fatigue will eventually lift.

Second Trimester - Dreaming

The second trimester is when your body is getting accustomed to the hormonal changes and experiencing new ones. Heartburn can increase during this trimester. If your chest burns or you feel cramps in your legs, that’s pretty normal. Dreaming can also become more intense. These symptoms are often more easily addressed than the tiredness during the first trimester.

  • Avoid acidic foods, which can increase heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Prop your head up at night. This elevation can also reduce the heartburn feeling.

The intense dreaming can be entertaining, but if it’s too much to sleep at night, try a guided meditation or a deep breathing relaxation technique before bed. These techniques can also help you reach a restorative deeper stage of sleep.

Third Trimester - Discomfort

The third trimester is when your body is swelling to its fullest. You may get up multiple times a night to pee because the baby is putting pressure on your bladder. Your baby also might become more active and kick at night. It may be uncomfortable to lie down with the weight of your belly, but it’s still possible to sleep well through this trimester.

Doctors often recommend lying on your side when you sleep. This position is a good way to fall asleep comfortably, especially if you prop yourself with pillows. Don’t worry if you don’t wake up in the same position.

Improve Sleeping Habits after Giving Birth

Pregnancy is an opportunity to learn how to better care for yourself. Try to remember what sleep habits worked best for you. Even after pregnancy, maintaining seven to eight hours of sleep per night can improve your overall health.

This guest post was submitted by Ellie Porter, Managing Editor of SleepHelp.org. For more information and resources on healthy sleep for expecting and new parents, visit SleepHelp.org. 

LifeSteps is Hiring: Part-Time Social Worker

Part-time Social Worker: Position will be providing parenting education & case management to females (Prenatal & Wee Care Program) & males (PADRE program), largely referred by DFPS/CPS. May include occasional home visits. Must be willing to teach evening classes 2 times per week, from 6:00-7:30 PM, in Travis County. Will also be responsible for providing parenting education & case management services to clients at Methadone Clinics, and jail populations. Possible Street Outreach & case management hours, with transient population.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health field with 3 to 5 years case management or social work experience. Must be dependable, organized, and submit paperwork in a timely manner. Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time, and be able to lift 25 lbs. Travel Required. Must have reliable transportation, a valid Texas driver’s license, and current auto insurance. Must be a non-smoker.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $16.34 to $17.31 /hour

For more information, please email your resume to:  lisa_wallace@lifestepscouncil.org

Community Meeting on Women's Preventive Healthcare in Central Texas

The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition (TWHC) is holding a free event in Austin on March 28th. The morning symposium features several key presenters who will be providing updates on key issues currently impacting family planning services and women’s health providers in Texas.

The event will include presentations from Dr. Janet Realini, Chair of the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

Though the event will focus on women's health and family planning, we are hoping to bring in voices from all aspects of preventive care and treatment. 

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The TWHC and our members are all working hard toward the shared goal of improving access to family planning services across Texas, and events like these help us come together, share knowledge, and align around our common values.

We hope you will be able to attend! To RSVP, please visit this link and complete the registration form. Refreshments will be provided.

Your Life, Your Legacy

Intentional Childbirth and Parenting for New Parents and Expecting Couples

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Join Kenneth Thompson, Sr, Fatherhood advocate and Dad’s Show Host, and Darline Turner, owner and founder of Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond and Healing Hands Community Doula Project for intentional parenting.

Children often don’t remember our words, but how we made them feel. Will your children feel adored or abandoned, loved or lost, capable or “unable to do anything right”? In creating a loving and lasting legacy for their children, parents will examine their own childhood experiences to see what they want to keep, what they want to get rid of and what they want to create that’s all new!

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10 am to noon
The African American Youth Heritage Foundation
6633 US-290 #303, Austin, TX 78723
Information, info@mamasonbedrest.com or 512-288-0827


Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training

As you know through the recent Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR) funding, Operation Naloxone and the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative have been scheduling Overdose Prevention and Naloxone training across the state.  We are excited about this opportunity and are even more excited that we can help provide access to Naloxone/Narcan.  We have currently scheduled training in Amarillo, San Antonio, Lufkin, Beaumont, and Waco.  We are currently working on El Paso, Tyler, and Longview with Dallas, Ft.Worth, College Station and Houston on our radar.

With your help, we can get the word out about scheduled and upcoming training.

People can RSVP here - www.tinyurl.com/ttortraining

Keep an eye on our Event Calendar - http://recoveryatx.org/events/

Request a training here - http://recoveryatx.org/request-a-training/



About TONI

The Texas Overdose and Naloxone Initiative was founded in December of 2013 by Mark Kinzly and Charles Thibodeaux.

“Our friends were dying out there and we couldn’t just sit back and wait for something to happen.” – Mark Kinzly

Mark and Charles’ efforts have served to educate organizations and communities not just in Austin but across the state of Texas. TONI is dedicated to educating the public about overdose prevention and community support for the state of Texas and making life-saving medication more available to the opioid using population. As a result of these efforts, there have been over 600 overdose reversals since 2013. TONI has distributed over 5 Million dollars worth of medication across the state of Texas.  

Read More about TONI here...