Does this happen to you: you go for months with no check-ups, ear infections, or busted teeth? Then all of a sudden, it feels like you are living at the doctor's office? You beg for friends and relatives to watch your kids so you don't have to explain to them what exactly that doctor is doing during the pap smear. Or you beg with the doctor's scheduler to fit you in during that one tiny time window you have when all of your kids are at school? I don't know about you, but it happens to me like that all the time.
A pair of Portland moms are trying to make it easier on us. Here's the scoop:
We are two Portland moms working as volunteers to create drop-in childcare for families at the doctor, just like they have at many area gyms, Fred Meyer stores, churches, community centers and Ikea. Here is a link to our blog that has background information about our project and a recent Beaverton Valley Times article.
We could really use your help spreading the word about a survey we’d like your readers to take. We have nearly 100 parents who’ve weighed in so far saying they would use drop-in child care at the hospital. The data we collect from this survey is how we’ll prove to local hospitals that this is a service Portland parents want. A link to the survey can be found on our web site splash page: www.mylittlewaitingroom.org.
Amy Patterson, who sent us the email, is a breast cancer survivor. So the amount of appointments she has had to find childcare for makes mine pale in comparison. It's a short survey, so if you have a few minutes, please complete it so they can make this new option for childcare happen.