Center plans classes on motherhood, sibling preparation...

HEALTH NOTES

February 26, 2002

Center plans classes on motherhood, sibling preparation

Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center in Arnold has announced its March schedule of free classes for parents-to-be.

"Motherhood Experience" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and March 18. The class provides information on reducing risks during pregnancy and delivery, offers tips for planning the childbirth experience and includes a tour of the facility.

"Breastfeeding Basics" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 19. The class explores the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby.

A sibling preparation class will be offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 6. The class teaches children what happens during labor, how to hold an infant and how to prepare for an new family member. Children will also make T-shirts for themselves and their soon-to-be sibling.

All classes will be held at the center, 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Information: 410-626-8982 .

Miedusiewski named one of Top 100 women

Patricia Bayly Miedusiewski, director of the Wound Healing Center at North Arundel Hospital, has been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2002 by the Daily Record.

The annual program, established in 1996, recognizes women whose outstanding achievements have an impact on the state. Miedusiewski, who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, will be recognized with other winners at an awards ceremony March 26. The winners will be featured in a magazine in the March 30 edition of the Daily Record.

Calendar

Cardiac health: North Arundel Hospital and O'Malley Senior Center will co-sponsor a lecture on cardiac health at 10:30 a.m. today at the senior center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. Exercise physiologist Debbie Lund will discuss symptoms of cardiac disease, risk factors, preventative measures and treatment options. Information: 410-787-4367.

Smoking cessation: North Arundel Hospital will begin the third session of its seven-session "Freedom From Smoking" program at 6 p.m. today. The program is free to Arundel residents. Registration and information: 410-787-4937.

Radio show: The topics for Talkin' Back, radio station WCBM's talk show featuring health care professionals from North Arundel Hospital, include: Glaucoma, tomorrow; and Colon Cancer, March 27 (with free colorectal screenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital on a first-come, first-served basis). The show is broadcast from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: 410-787-4246.

Lectures for Learning: North Arundel Hospital and Morningside House of Friendship assisted living facility are co-sponsoring health-related lectures throughout the year. The topics include: Alzheimer's Disease, March 14; Diabetes, April 18; Physical and Psychological Effects of Aging, May 16. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. at Morningside House of Friendship on Old Telegraph Road, Hanover. Information and reservations: 410-787-4367.

Health screenings: North Arundel Hospital will offer blood pressure screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays this month, and foot screenings Wednesdays this month at its Arundel Mills storefront, between mall entrance No. 4 and Jillian's. Information: 443-755-8773.

Blood drive: The Four Seasons Women's Club annual blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Four Seasons Elementary School multipurpose room, 979 Waugh Chapel Drive, Gambrills. Information and reservations: 410-672-5630.

Free seminar: Laurel Regional Hospital is offering a free seminar, "Arthritis and Total Joint Replacement," at 6 p.m. March 5 in Conference Room A at the hospital. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph Layug and nurse Linda Muller will teach the seminar, which will include an explanation of joint replacement surgery, a tour of the operating room and a question-and-answer session. Information and registration: 410-792-2413.

Wound management: North Arundel Hospital and Heartlands Assisted Living in Severna Park are offering a lecture on wound management at 7 p.m. March 20 at Heartlands, 715 Benfield Road, Severna Park. Dr. Richard Kelton will discuss types of wounds, treatment options and preventive measures. Information: 410-787-4367.

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