Thursday, April 10, 2003
La Leche League
Planning to breastfeed? Already breastfeeding? Then you’ll want the information and encouragement that La Leche League provides. leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. Whether you’re pregnant or already nursing, LLL has something for you — tips and techniques shared by mothers who have enjoyed a successful breastfeeding relationship. Services available include monthly informational meetings, lending library, and 24 hours phone help for breastfeeding problems or questions. All mothers and their babies are welcome. Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, from 6-8 p.m., at the Seaford Public Library. Fore more information or immediate breastfeeding help call Tammy at 410-742-8895 or email

Inspirational speaker
If your everyday stress level seems out of control, inspirational speaker and author Nancy Proud Freebery can offer help. Freebery will give a free, one-hour public presentation on achieving balance in your life on Monday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the Arts & Science Center theater at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Freebery, a Newark resident, is a corporate communications and strategic growth consultant and the mother of a child with special needs. She has written about her family’s tribulations and growth in the recently released book “Blossom! It’s Not What Life Throws At You —It’s How You Catch It.” In it, she describes the process of struggle, understanding, action, and acceptance that helped her learn to live wholly and to truly appreciate the important things in life. “Life is meant for living — joyfully living — now, not at some point in the future when you hope your dreams come together or when you think your struggles will be over,” says Freebery in her book. She introduces seven “ingredients” that can help anyone rise above the stresses of life and discusses the whole-life gifts of wisdom, grace, tolerance, compassion, and thankfulness that she has gained as a result of her experiences. Freebery and her book have been the subject of feature stories in several Delaware newspapers and other publications. “Blossom!” is available in area bookstores and may be ordered on the Web at Copies of the book will also be available at the presentation on April 14. Freebery has addressed businesses, professional groups, hospitals, schools, and churches and received high marks for her dynamic presentation. Her caring, upbeat, and humorous personality helps her forge a genuine, heartfelt connection with listeners.

Safety in baby sitting
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. on April 24 and 26. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.

National Volunteer Week
Nanticoke Health Services joins communities across the nation in celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 27 – May 3. According to Jean Baldwin, Manager of Auxiliary/Volunteer Services, “Nanticoke Health Services will show their appreciation and give recognition to the hundreds of citizens who actively volunteer their time and talents to the betterment of their community.” The highlight of volunteer week will be the banquet on May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Laurel Fire Hall where many volunteers will be recognized for their dedication and commitment and the Volunteer of the Year will be announced. This year’s theme is “Volunteers Make Smiles Happen”. The extremely dedicated volunteers of Nanticoke Health Services gave over 42,000 hours of service to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, LifeCare at Lofland Park, Small Wonders and Seaford High School Wellness Center during 2002. “Come join the Nanticoke family of volunteers and help put a smile on someone’s face. Nanticoke can’t smile without you,” Baldwin says. To learn more about becoming a Nanticoke Volunteer, contact the Volunteer office at 302-629-6611, ext. 2301.
Stop smoking seminar
Don’t be discouraged — you can kick the smoking habit! Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown, can show you the way to better health. A Stop Smoking seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 7-9:30 p.m. Anne Connor, RMT, RHy, explains how hypnosis can free you from the cigarette habit without withdrawal, anxiety, or weight gain even if previous attempts to quit have failed. The American Medical Association recognizes hypnosis as a safe, quick, and effective way of kicking the smoking habit. You will be awake, relaxed, and in control the entire time. A free cassette tape helps reinforce what you learn in the seminar. The seminar fee is $39. For more information or to register, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Pediatric first aid
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including but not limited to: convulsions, burns, insect bites, poisoning, drowning, fractures and sprains. The course is approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing. One session class meets Wednesday and Friday, April 7-9; another session meets Tuesday and Thursday, April 29-May 1. The cost is $30; all classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a three-year course completion certificate. For information and/or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 855-5988.

Free child seat checks
Most parents and caregivers put a lot of effort into installing and securing their children in car seats and think they are using them correctly. Still, statistics from Delaware car seat checks in 2002 have found that 82 percent were being used incorrectly. Child car seat checks promoting child safety in motor vehicles are held periodically throughout Sussex County. Certified child passenger technicians educate parents and caregivers on the proper use of vehicle restraints, check for manufacturer recalls, and assist with the correct installation of their child car seats. Car seat check is scheduled for Monday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Seaford Parks and Recreation, Virginia Avenue, Seaford. Many organizations offer free child car seat checks by appointment as well. For more information on child passenger safety or to arrange for a car seat inspection, contact the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Community Traffic Safety Program Coordinator at 856-2585, ext. 326.

Need summer help?
April is Autism Awareness Month. The Vocational Team of the Sussex Consortium is inviting local employers to a meeting on Friday, April 11, to learn about the gifts and abilities young adults with autism possess for gainful employment. The Consortium Vocational Team will give a brief powerpoint presentation of individuals working at various job sites. Representatives from food, clothing, restaurants, entertainment and other local businesses will discuss their success in employing individuals with autism. The meeting is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sussex Consortium, located on DuPont Avenue in Lewes. For details call 645-7210.