Health Notes


April 19, 2006

Programs announced for expecting parents

Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer the following programs for expecting parents and family members:

Clatanoff tour, a free one-hour tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion for mothers-to-be and their partners. Information on family-centered maternity care, visitor guidelines and birth practice. An abbreviated program for children is also offered.

"Birth Class," in which expectant mothers and their partners receive information on normal labor and birth, anesthesia, birth technologies, Caesarean birth, and keeping your baby safe. Yoga-based breathing techniques, as well as instruction on progressive relaxation and guided imagery, will also be covered. Class sizes are limited to eight couples. Fee: $90.

"Refresher Birth Class," a class for mothers for whom this is not their first birth. Participants are instructed as to how the second birth, or subsequent births, are not the same as the first. Information will also be provided to help their first child adjust to a new sibling. Fee: $45.

"Spa Mama," a class that focuses on making the expectant mother comfortable through massage, aromatherapy, and using a birth ball for relief during final weeks of pregnancy. Fee: $25.

"Hypno Birthing," covers the use of hypnosis to achieve maximum comfort, relaxation and relief during childbirth. Natural forms of pain management will also be covered. Fee: $200.

"Prenatal Nutrition," a private one-hour consultation with a registered dietitian to discuss your intake to benefit mother and baby. Fee: $65. 410-481-5360, for an appointment.

"One Wonderful Day," an extensive one-day class that prepares expectant mothers and their partners for labor, birth and early postpartum. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion is included. Fee: $70.

"Marvelous Multiples at AAMC," a class for families expecting multiple births. Participants will learn about the joys and challenges of multiple births, pre-term labor, surviving bed rest, nourishing multiples, comfort measures and birth and recovery. Fee: $90.

"Dr. Dad," a class in which expectant fathers will learn from the National Fatherhood Initiative about basic health care skills to give him confidence in caring for his new baby. Fee: $50.

"Bella Belly," in which participants will learn the best care for their bodies and the baby throughout the pregnancy in an afternoon of light fare. Fee: $10.

"I'm Ready for My Epideral," a class which provides information on supporting a mother in labor with an epidural. Fee: $25.

"Breast-feeding and the Working Mother," in which a lactation consultant instructs working mothers how to maintain a milk supply. Fee: $25.

"Moving Through Postpartum," in which babies and new moms learn to spend an hour together getting in shape. Fee: $5 or for four classes.

"Grandparents Update," a class for grandparents on caring for newborns and the latest birth technology. Class will cover safety information and a tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion. Fee: $25 for two grandparents.

Classes will be held in the Clatanoff Pavilion or Sajak Pavilion. Information and registration: 410-481-4000.

County sets schedule for waste disposal

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has announced the following schedule for household hazardous waste disposal days:

May 20, Glen Burnie Convenience Center, 100 Dover Road, Glen Burnie.

June 10, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn.

July 15, Sudley Convenience Center, 5400 Nutwell Road, Deale.

Sept. 9, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Oct. 21, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility.

Nov. 18, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Drop-off times for all dates and locations are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 410-222-7951.

Harbor Hospital plans seminars

Harbor Hospital in Baltimore is offering these activities:

Monday, 11 a.m., "Senior Exercises: Put the Spring Back into Your Step," discussion on workout exercises for seniors. LifeResource Center. 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

April 25, 6 p.m., "Total Joint Tuesday," a lecture on causes and treatment of knee pain. Bring X-rays of your knees; if you have none, the hospital will take free X-rays for you. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

April 27, 5:30 p.m., "Caring for an Aging Parent," discussion of special needs of the aged and options for long-term health care. LifeResource Center. 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563 or

Medical center plans yoga classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering the following yoga classes:

"Beginning Yoga," the basics of Hatha yoga, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

"Continuing Yoga," an intermediate class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Mom and Baby Yoga and Infant Massage," 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $40 for four weeks.

"Mommy and Me," covers postpartum issues in strengthening the pelvis, abdominal muscles and core alignment, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Fridays.

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