Have you ever seen a child severely choke? In a flash of a second, small children can get food or toys lodged in their throats. As a mom, you know how utterly terrifying this moment can feel for both you and your child. Since little ones very often put things in their mouths, it's not only smart to learn CPR, it's vital! An organization in the Washington, D.C. area is bringing instruction directly to moms by having them host parties so they don't have to spend time away from home.
Laura Metro, a mom living in Washington, D.C., watched as her young son almost drown at their community pool. She realized most parents don't know the proper techniques to help save a child who has breathed in water, choked on food or has been shocked by an electrical outlet unless they take a class or become certified as a work requirement. She wanted to help educate other moms, so she started The C.L.A.Y. Foundation, an organization that brings infant and child CPR training to parents in their homes.
The C.L.A.Y. Foundation organizes parties so that moms can get together to learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but in a relaxed and convenient way. Hostesses invite people over to their houses, eat a little food and chit-chat a bit before learning the correct hand positions, compressions and breathing techniques to use on a choking or unconscious child. The goal is to help moms feel comfortable enough to jump in during an emergency.
The C.L.A.Y. Foundation offers the CPR awareness courses free of charge, but guests can contribute the suggested donation of $35 per person, which helps the C.L.A.Y. Foundation continue their work.
"Most of the time, people just don't have the extra money needed to complete a certification course. The C.L.A.Y. Foundation solves this problem by offering a CPR awareness course free of charge to empower as many parents as possible," Laura says.
Planning the party
Laura encourages hostesses to make the event more lighthearted by selecting a theme, such as heart-shaped foods and decorations.
"Cut fruit into the shape of a heart and serve with yogurt dip," Laura says. "Make a heart-shaped pizza with heart shaped pepperonis."
You don't have to live in the D.C. area to host a party. Just visit the C.L.A.Y. Foundation website for more information. They can walk you through preparing your home with their party-planning checklist. You could turn your party into a backyard barbecue this June, since it's CPR awareness month.