Health Notes


September 20, 2006

Outreach Center lists activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center between Dave and Buster's and entrance No. 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung-capacity screenings.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized back and neck screenings.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings. Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers Sept. activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month:

Today, 4 p.m., Joint School. Free information on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery. Reservations. 410-553- 8282.

Today, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, information on diabetes management. Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

Monday, , 1 p.m., lecture, "Shingles: Are You at Risk?" Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6680.

Monday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., town hall meeting on "Seasonal, Avian and Pandemic Flu: What You Need to Know and How to be Prepared." Courtney Conference Center, lower level, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-787-4940.

Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Sept. 27, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness' free weight-loss seminar, Registration. 410-328-8940.

County to hold rabies project

The Anne Arundel County Health Department will distribute oral rabies vaccinations for raccoons through Sept. 30.

The vaccine-laden bait will be distributed by hand in densely populated residential areas. Bait teams will wear fluorescent orange vests and travel in marked county vehicles.

There are two kinds of bait. One resembles a small brown brick, and the other looks like a light-brown condiment packet. The raccoon must bite down on the packet to receive the vaccine. The baits are safe for humans and pets.

Information: 410-222-7168 or

Expectant-parent programs slated

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 one-hour tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion with questions and answers on delivery. Free.

"Birth Class," for expectant mothers and partners on normal labor and birth, anesthesia, birth technologies, Caesarian delivery 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 preterm labor, nourishing multiples, comfort measures, birth and recovery and surviving bed rest. Fee: $90.

"Dr. Dad," for fathers 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.

"Breast-feeding and the Working Mother," conducted by a board-certified lactation consultant, on teaching working mothers how to maintain a milk supply, choose a breast pump and other essentials. Fee: $25.

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

"Grandparents Update," to inform grandparents about birth technology and proper care for newborns. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion will also be provided. Fee: $25 for two grandparents.

"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. Information and registration: 800-MD-NURSE.

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.

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