Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

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Calm down
Breathe in
Breathe out. . .
Have some Ice in your hands. . .
I know it’s cold.
Just think of something else
Hold it as long as you can. . .
Have some peace,
And silence. . .

Meriter Hospital

202 South Park Street

Lots and lots of babies are born every month here. Meriter and St. Mary’s have the most newborns every month,Instructions on changing a diaper using a baby doll Holding the practice baby[more] than any other hospital in Madison.

Monica M. is a birthing educator at Meriter. She showed us some techniques and methods she uses in the classes that she holds up to six days a week.
–Sam R.

Changing a diaper on a practice baby

A relaxation exercise she uses is having them breathe in through their nose and out through their mouth. They concentrate on their breathing. She has them take away tension in each muscle group.

To simulate the pain of labor, she has the women hold ice. She tells them to concentrate on their breathing and try not to notice the pain.

There are about 300 childbirths every month at Meriter. Meriter is always competing with St. Mary’s. Sometimes Meriter will be ahead, sometimes St. Mary’s will be ahead.

The pain of holding iceTwo male students holding iceWe did an ice exercise where we held ice for forty-five seconds. The first time it was really hard. It felt like hundreds of needles were shooting up my arm. The second time it was really easy. Why? Because we were concentrating on our breathing not how painful it was. Monica told us that pregnant women have to do this exercise five times a night. She tells every woman this saying, “The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery.”

Looking into the cup
Knowing soon you’ll have to hold the Ice
Picking up the Ice
Feeling the cold turn into pain
The chill is moving through your arm
Hearing a painful noise coming from others in the room
Letting the Ice fall back into the cup
You can’t feel your fingertips
You’re going to pick Ice up again
–Sara K.

Enduring the pain of holding ice


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