Thursday, April 07, 2016
Nanticoke offers childbirth classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks  four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. 2016 dates include: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16 July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4 Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13 The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticokes Mother Baby Care Unit. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Registration in advance is required for either class. To register, or for more information, contact the Maternal Child Health clinical educator of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free stroke support group on Tuesday, April 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. The two-hour support group meetings consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6224.

Planning for the future seminar Several years ago, a 44-year-old husband and father of two young daughters went hunting with friends and died of a massive heart attack. He had no history of any medical condition. A few years later his brother-in-law was killed in an automobile accident. Events like this happen every hour of every day. No one planned on dying that day, leaving families behind who were unprepared for decisions that had to be made immediately (funeral arrangements) and long-term to provide for their families needs (mortgages, college educations, etc.). The free seminar, Before death comes: What can I do for the ones I love, will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. The seminar will consist of three presentations: 1. Funeral Pre-Planning by Ed & Holly Hannigan; 2. Legal Considerations (living wills, power of attorney, distribution of estate, care of minors and more) by Amber B. Woodland, Esq.; 3. Financial Planning (providing for survivors, charitable gifts, etc.) by Melinda Tingle AAMS, Edward Jones, financial advisor Each presentation will be no more than 15-20 minutes in length and questions and answers will follow. The Rev. Joe Burris will serve as the host and moderator. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, April 21 at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30-3 p.m. The topic is compression garments. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or

Southern Delaware Kidney Walk The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its ninth annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, Apr. 24, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Approximately 600 people are expected to participate in this fundraiser, which calls attention to the need for organ donation and prevention of kidney disease, the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney disease is on the rise, said Traci Barnett, NKF-MDs president and CEO. This signature event helps the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland to build awareness, drive prevention and support treatment of kidney disease, which affects 3,380 Delawareans on dialysis. Check-in and festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. The Walk will kick off at noon. Participants can choose from a 3.2-mile trail or a shorter trail for strollers and wheelchairs. There is no registration fee, but Cape Henlopen State Park charges an entrance fee for vehicles. To register or learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit or call 410-726-8732.

Parkinsons Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinsons Disease (PD) education and support group on Thursday, April 21 from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Each individual may experience different symptoms, such as tremors, rigidity, poor balance, and a list of others. Studies show that the information, training, and counseling that participants receive while attending support group sessions enhances the quality of life, help to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, Care Giver Resource Coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County, Delaware. For more information, contact Trout at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

Diabetes prevention class Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, April 25 and Monday, May 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This two-session course is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. This condition puts patients at a high risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and shedding excess body fat can all help decrease blood glucose levels, improve blood pressure and either delay diabetes or reverse prediabetes altogether. This course provides individuals with basic tools to help them make lifestyle changes and reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Cost is $20 per person and a physician referral is required for registration. For more information and to register, call 629-6611, ext. 2288.

Walk for Autism is April 16 The 10th Anniversary celebration of the Walk for Autism will begin on Saturday, April 16, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.The funds raised at the Walk for Autism support Autism Delawares statewide programs and services, which address the range of services that people on the spectrum need to live full lives as members of their communities.