News Release

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
(757) 668-7554
Greg.Lampman@chkd.org

CHKD free public programs in April

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — The following free public programs will be offered by CHKD in April.

April 13, Separation and Divorce: Helping children cope. Free. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke, 500 Discovery Dr., Chesapeake. Raising children as a single parent with limited time and finances is challenging. Learn how to balance home and work and create a supportive and positive environment for your children. Also learn ways to help children deal with separation and divorce. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

April 14 , Sibshops For Siblings 9 - 14 years old. Free. 6:30 - 8 p.m. CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News. A recreational workshop for brothers and sisters of children who have special health and development needs (including, but not limited to, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart, kidney, liver gastrointestinal or lung disease, sickle cell, AIDS, head injuries, autism) to obtain peer support and education. Please call Natalie Bjorkman at (757) 668-7382 for information and registration.

April 15, Baby Care 101. Free.  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, 119 Bulifants Boulevard, Williamsburg.  Please join us for our free Baby Care 101 class for expectant and newborn parents who want to learn about providing a safe and secure environment for their infant. Learn about how to bathe and comfort your baby, belly button and diaper care, how to position your baby for sleep and general household and car seat safety tips. Lots of opportunities to ask questions about the first year of life. Please call (757) 564-7337, Option 8 to register or Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

April 15, Infant Massage. Free.  5:30-6:30 p.m. Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, 119 Bulifants Boulevard, Williamsburg.  Please join us for our free new born infant massage class for expecting and new parents. Parents will learn simple infant massage techniques designed for infants from birth to 6 months. Gain hands-on experience with your baby and learn about the benefits of infant massage that will help your baby sleep and feed more peacefully, as well as strengthen their immune system. Call 757-564-7337, option 8 to register.

April 17, Sibshops for Siblings 6 to 10 years old. Free.  10 a.m. – noon. CHKD Health Center, 850 Southhampton Ave., Norfolk. A recreational workshop for brothers and sisters of children who have special health and development needs (including, but not limited to, diabetes, cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart, kidney, liver gastrointestinal or lung disease, sickle cell, AIDS, head injuries, autism) to obtain peer support and education. Please call Natalie Bjorkman 757-668-7382 or e-mail her at Natalie.Bjorkman@chkd.org for information and registration. The Sibshop for siblings ages 6 to 10 has CHANGED LOCATIONS, but we haven’t gone far. We are at the Health Center at the CHKD Medical Center Campus, 850 Southampton Avenue (1/8 mile from CHKD). To get there from downtown, you will take Brambleton to Colley Avenue. Turn LEFT at Colley (away from CHKD). Take the next right onto Southampton Avenue. The Health Center is on the right, just past the Norfolk Health Department. The Health Department is closed on Saturdays so you can park there. Sibshops will be in the lobby of the CHKD Health Center on the first floor.

April 22, Speech 101: Normal Development from Birth to 5 years. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News. Join CHKD Speech therapists for an educational session for parents covering the basics of speech development from birth to age 5. Learn what normal development is, red flags/warning signs for language delays, community resources and activities to promote language development. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

April 29, Breastfeeding. Free. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, 119 Bulifants Boulevard, Williamsburg.  Please join us for our free breastfeeding class. This is an introductory breastfeeding preparation class is designed to inform the prospective breastfeeding mother about the advantages of and contraindications to breastfeeding. Several topics are discussed including proper positioning; latch on tips, management of engorgement and sore nipples, as well as returning to work and maternal medications while working. Come join us for this informative and fun breastfeeding class. Please call (757) 564-7337, Option 8 to register or register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

April 29, Separation and Divorce: Helping children cope. Free. 7:00- 8:30 p.m. CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News. Raising children as a single parent with limited time and finances is challenging. Learn how to balance home and work and create a supportive and positive environment for your children. Also learn ways to help children deal with separation and divorce. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.