Health Notes


May 16, 2007

Newsletter addresses car safety seats

Car safety seats and how to use them is addressed in the new issue of Building Blocks, a free newsletter from the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Building Blocks discusses the kinds of seats needed at different ages and when it is safe to start using the car safety belt without a child car seat.

In Anne Arundel County, car crashes are a leading cause of hospitalizations and emergency room visits for children ages 5 to 14. Many of these injuries could be prevented with child safety seats.

Besides safety seats, other newsletter articles cover healthy drinks for children and sun safety. Information: 410-222-7979, or

Hospice appoints two key officials

Hospice of the Chesapeake has hired Michael McHale as the organization's chief operating officer and Deborah Caldwell as the vice president of development.

McHale most recently was vice president of business development and sales at the Washington Home and Community Hospices. He resides in Silver Spring.

Caldwell was previously the assistant dean of development for the College of Health and Human Performance at University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Annapolis.

AAMC has classes for natal needs

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

Clatanoff tour, a free one-hour tour for expectant mothers and their partners. A shorter tour for children is also available.

Birth class, for expectant mothers and partners on labor and birth, and anesthesia. Also covers birth technologies, Caesarian delivery and information on baby safety. Fee: $100.

Refresher birth class, for mothers experiencing their second pregnancy. Fee: $50.

Spa Mama, making an expectant mother comfortable with massage, aromatherapy, using the birth ball and additional positions during pregnancy. Fee: $40.

One Wonderful Day, an intensive day-long birth class that prepares the expectant mother and companion for labor, birthing and early postpartum, and includes a tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion. Fee: $80.

Marvelous Multiples at AAMC, for families who are expecting twins, triplets or more. This program will prepare participants for pre-term labor, nourishing multiples, comfort measures, birth and recovery and surviving bed rest. Fee: $100.

Dr. Dad, for the fathers to help instill confidence in caring for the new baby. Fee: $50.

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

Breast-feeding and the Working Mother, on teaching working mothers how to maintain a milk supply, choose a breast pump and other essentials. Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant. Fee: $30

Grandparents update, informing grandparents about birth technology and proper care for newborns. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion will also be provided. Fee: $30 for two grandparents.

"Car Seat 101, to show parents how to install the best car seat for baby, family and budget. Fee: $25.

"Comenzando bien" (Good Beginnings), A class appropriate for Latino families. The class is funded by a community grant from the March of Dimes.

Information and registration: 800-MD-NURSE.or

Harbor Hospital sets health events

Harbor Hospital will offer the following activities this month:

May 23, 11 a.m., LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., Harbor Senior Event: "Heart Health." Discussion on heart health and treatment. Registration.

May 23, 6 p.m., Loyola College Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Dinner and discussion on joint replacement procedures, techniques and materials. Registration.

May 24, 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium. 3001 S. Hanover St. A discussion on causes and the treatment of chronic headaches. Registration.

May 30, 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium. 3001 S. Hanover St. A discussion of the causes of back pain, such as poor posture, minor injury, improper movement or other causes. Registration.

Information: 410-350-2563.

Nutrition help at area store

The county Department of Health's Learn to Live Program will offer "Good Food for Good Health" at:

Safeway, 1781 Forest Drive, Annapolis.

Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Safeway, 2644 Chapel Lake Dr., Gambrills:

June 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoppers can visit nutrition booths staffed by dietitians to learn more about diet and cancer prevention, and take home free low-fat recipes.

Information: 410-222-7979 or


Remembrance -- Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center will offer a Celebration of Remembrance, to honor those who have lost a loved one during the past year, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road in Severna Park. 410-987-2129.

Blood drive -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park. All blood types are in short supply. Anyone 17 years of age or older (16 with written parental consent in Maryland) who weighs 110 pounds or more can donate blood every 56 days. Senior citizens in good health are welcome. Donating blood takes less than an hour of time from registration to refreshments. 410-757-7885.

Parkinson's group -- The American Parkinson's Disease Association, Anne Arundel County chapter, will meet from noon to 2 p.m. May 28 at the Elks Lodge, on Truck House Road, Severna Park.

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