Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 02, 2006

Programs for expectant parents

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering the following programs for expectant parents and their families about prenatal care, birthing and infant care:

Clatanoff Tour, for expectant mothers and their partners. A free one-hour tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion with questions and answers on delivery.

Birth Class, for expectant mothers and partners on normal labor and birth, anesthesia, birth technologies, Caesarian birth and information on baby safety. Fee: $60.

Refresher Birth Class, for mothers experiencing their second pregnancy. Fee: $45.

Spa Mama, on making an expectant mother comfortable with massage, aromatherapy, using the birth ball and additional positions during pregnancy. Fee: $25.

Hypno Birthing, on use of hypnosis and other natural forms of pain management to achieve relaxation and relief during childbirth. Fee: $200.

Prenatal Nutrition, a private one-hour consultation with a registered dietitian to aid expectant mothers in meeting nutritional needs. Fee: $65.

One Wonderful Day, an intensive one-day birth class prepares the expectant mother and companion for labor, birthing and early postpartum. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion is included. Fee: $70.

Marvelous Multiples at AAMC, for families who are expecting twins, triplets or more. The program will prepare participants for pre-term labor, nourishing multiples, comfort measures, birth and recovery, surviving bed rest and challenges and joys of raising multiple births. Fee: $90.

Dr. Dad, for dads on caring for the new baby. Fee: $50.

Bella Belly, a class of light fare and on learning to care for the body and baby throughout the pregnancy. Fee: $10.

I'm Ready for My Epidural, on how to support the laboring mother with an epidural. Fee: $25.

Breastfeeding and the Working Mother, conducted by a board-certified lactation consultant, on teaching working mothers how to maintain a milk supply, choose the right pump and how to balance everything. Fee: $25.

Moving Through Postpartum, on how mom and the baby can spend an hour getting in shape. Fee: $50.

Beyond the Blues: Postpartum Depression Support Group, for mothers dealing with postpartum depression. Group meets the first Wednesday and Friday of the month.

Car Seat 101, A certified car seat technician will teach parents to install the best car seat for baby, family and budget. Fee: $20.

Comenzando bien (Good Beginnings): Un programa de educacion prenatal apropriado para familias Latinas. A class appropriate for Latino families. The class, culturally and linguistically sensitive, is funded by a community grant from the March of Dimes. Information and registration: 800-MD-NURSE, or askAAMC.org.

Harbor Hospital sets August activities

Harbor Hospital will offer the following activities this month:

Aug. 10, noon, Rest in Peace, how to stop snoring, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., registration, 410-350-2563.

Aug. 14, 11 a.m., Harbor Seniors, food safety, LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., registration. 410-350-2563.

Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m., "Dinner with the Doc: A Second Opinion on Back Pain," including what to do before trying surgery, Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, registration. 410-350-2563.

Free immunization offered to students

The Anne Arundel County Health Department has announced immunization requirements for children in preschool through ninth grade have changed this year.

The department is offering free immunizations for county children from birth to age 18. Vaccinations are free, but a $10 donation is appreciated.

Contact the health center in your area for an appointment or schedule of walk-in clinics at Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St. (410-222-7247), or Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St., N.W.(410-222-6633).

For further information on state school immunization requirements, visit the Health Department's Web site at www.faahealth.org, or call the Immunization Services Program at 410-222-4896.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive.

The center's blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Appointments: 443-481-4215.

Hospital offers support groups

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers several support groups for the community:

Alzheimer's support group for caregivers. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 410-721-3258.

Amputee support group. Provides information for amputees, their families and health care providers. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Call for location. 410-268-6080.

Cardiac support group. Meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 443-481-1925.

Celiac support group. Meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. 410-672-5834.

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