Health Notes


March 02, 2004

Harbor Hospital sets variety of classes for expectant families

Harbor Hospital will be offering the following women's and infants' classes at the hospital, 3001 S. Hanover St.:

Tomorrow, at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., tour of the labor and delivery unit. Free.

Tomorrow, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Teleconferencing Center, Breastfeeding Class, introduces expectant parents to prenatal preparation, proper positioning and tips to make breastfeeding less challenging. Fee: $25.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Teleconferencing Center, Siblings Class, a course to help children ages 3 to 7 years prepare for the new baby. There will be a video presentation, a puppet show, a discussion and a tour of the Women's and Infant's Center. Fee: $15 for the first child, $5 for each additional child.

Tuesdays, March 9 through 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., hospital's Life Resource Center, comprehensive three-session course designed for busy first-time expectant parents who only need the essential facts. Fee: $50.

Mondays, March 22 through Apr. 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Life Resource Center. Six-Week Childbirth Class, covers the role of the birth partner, signs and stages of labor, prenatal exercises, relaxation techniques, birthing methods, the postpartum period and a tour of the hospital's Labor and Delivery facility. Fee: $75. 410-350-8255.

Support groups meet regularly at hospital

Harbor Hospital offers the services of support groups to aid area residents. The groups include:

Adult Day Health Care, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., provides medical day care for frail elderly and mentally handicapped adults. 410-350-8260.

Arm-In-Arm, 7 p.m., third Tuesday of the month, in the hospital's Life Resource Center, support group for breast cancer patients and their families.

Bay Bridge Breathers, 7 p.m., second Monday of the month, Life Resource Center, gives support for people with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., second Tuesday of the month, in the Life Resource Center Library.

Harbor Hikers, an informal walking program that meets daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Glen Burnie Mall, 6711 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. The hikers offer free blood pressure screening each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Red Cross offers CPR, first aid courses

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at several sites in Anne Arundel County by the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult CPR, training in emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims age 8 and older. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and March 13, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater; 9 a.m., March 20, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., March 23, Edgewater Red Cross; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 27, Edgewater and Annapolis. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR, training for use on victims in variety of emergency situations, including performing rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 20, Annapolis and March 27, Edgewater. Cost: $42.

First Aid Basics, training to identify and care for victims of illness and sudden injuries; participants learn to control bleeding, minimize shock, care for musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses due to poisoning and heat and cold emergencies. This course does not include Adult CPR. Class will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, Edgewater. Cost: $35.

Infant and Child CPR, training for those who might be reluctant to act in emergency situations and have frequent contact with children younger than age 8 in emergency situations, including performing rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 13, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park, and March 20, Edgewater Red Cross. Fee: $37.

Crime Avoidance Training, interactive training that focuses on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an ATM and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will come to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or

All courses are on a first-come basis, and preregistration with payment is required. Information: 410-764-4609.

Health Department offers child safety-seat inspection

The county Health Department and local law enforcement agencies offer year-round car-safety seat inspections at:

Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., third Thursday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-6620.

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