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Children get hands-on healthcare lessons at WMC

Kaisha Brown, 13, Madi Park, 12, and Cheyenne Crouch, 12, participate in a birthing demo using a training mannequin in the mother baby unit during the National Take Our Daughter and Sons To Work Day on Thursday morning at the Wyoming Medical Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

Children delivered babies on Thursday morning at the Wyoming Medical Center.

Fortunately, the babies were made of rubber and the children were related to WMC staffers.

About 75 kids ranging from grades K-9 toured six major departments at the hospital, including the ER and baby/mother units.

Aniyah Clayton, 9, practices chest compressions on a mannequin as the group counts in the ER at the Wyoming Medical Center on Thursday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

It was all part of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a program that encourages parents or mentors to share their work lives with kids.

It’s the second year the WMC has participated, according to spokesperson  Kristy Bleizeffer.

Children get yoga instruction in the WMC’s courtyard. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The children at the hospital on Thursday had parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who work at the hospital.

“It’s often a sacrifice for loved ones to be in healthcare,” said Bleizeffer of the long and unusual hours many hospital employees work. “This shows they don’t just leave for no reason.”

The hospital also wants to spark interest in younger people about the healthcare profession.

Children were given hands-on experience with hospital operations with hospital employees.

The hospital coordinated with the school district to give the children excused absences, according to Bleizeffer.

Naty Taylor, 9, looks around the ER at the WMC on Thursday morning. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Kyri Emerson, 9, reacts as paramedics talk about the contents inside an ambulance. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Cheyenne Crouch, 12, participates in a yoga demonstration at the WMC courtyard. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Children put on sterile suites in the sterile processing area at the WMC. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Olivia Sausedo, 13, smiles after being issued a WMC employee badge. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Kaisha Brown and Madi Park deliver a baby from a training mannequin. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)