SVHC Offers Variety of Classes, Programs

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.

Early Intervention Play Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Mondays except holidays, Bennington Free Library: Children's Integrated Services and Early Intervention host a play group for children birth to age 3 and their parents and siblings. The play group includes a snack, story time, art activities, and free play. Coordinators also provide education to parents and caregivers.

The Female Heart: What it Continues to Teach Us, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, Taconic Hotel, Manchester Village, Vt.: Among recent cardiology research discoveries are the surprising differences between men and women with heart disease. Dr. Bina Ahmed—an interventional cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and an expert in sex-based differences in heart disease and cardiovascular outcomes—will give an update on some unique features of heart disease that are specific to women.   

Sharing to Heal Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, Women’s and Children’s Conference Room, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: Losing a pregnancy or a child at or shortly after birth can be a devastating experience. This support group aims to connect families who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Free, preregistration required at 802-447-5160.

Breastfeeding for New Parents, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, Women's and Children's Conference Room, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: Breastfeeding can be a wonderful way for new moms to connect with and nourish their infants. But it isn't always easy. The certified lactation consultant leader will share beginner information  for new parents, including the benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect during the first feedings, positioning options, helpful equipment, returning to work, overcoming challenges, and more. Free, preregistration required at 802-447-5019.

Car Seat Installation and Safety Check, Monday, July 16 (every third Monday): A current and properly installed car seats is an important part of keeping your child safe. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Women's and Children's Services department offers a free car seat fitting the third Monday of every month. Certified installers can install one car seat per 1/2 hour appointment time. Call for half-hour appointment at 802-447-5160

Better Breathers, 3-4 p.m., Thursday, July 26 (every fourth Thursday), Toolan Building Conference Room, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by breathing problems of any kind. Learn better ways to better cope with lung diseases while getting the support of others in similar situations. Led by a trained facilitator, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to live the best life you can.

Childbirth Education, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, Women's and Children's Conference Room, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: This class flows over two sessions and gives expectant parents a way to explore the miracle of birth with dignity and confidence. The class teaches the physical and mental skills needed to cope with the discomforts of labor and delivery, as well as the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and delivery; care of mother and baby in the postpartum period; use of medication and anesthesia; role of the support person; a tour of the maternity unit and more. The cost is $80; all 802-447-5019 to register.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center: New blood donors are needed every day to save the lives of patients who depend on the generosity of volunteer donors. Make your appointment online.

Quitting Tobacco, weekly sessions: Smoking is the number one most preventable cause of death in the United States. And quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is the number one most important step you can take to live a longer and healthier life. Our program can help you get the support you need to quit tobacco in a small group of other people trying to quit too. Call 802-440-4098 for dates and times.
 
Chronic Disease Management Class, weekly sessions: If you are dealing with a long-lasting (chronic) disease—like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or heart disease—you are not alone. The good news is that there's a lot you can do to help manage chronic disease and prevent related problems. Our program can help you make choices to live healthier. Advanced registration required at 802-440-408; call for dates and times.

Joint Replacement Class, bi-monthly sessions: This class is appropriate for both patients who are scheduled for a joint replacement surgery and those trying to decide if a joint replacement is right for them. Instructors address what patients can expect before, during, and after. Attendees are encouraged to bring a support person along to the class. Call 802-442-6314 for dates and times.


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