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Yoga Moms prenatal yoga

Pregnant mom doing yoga meditation

Cropped image. Randy Pantouw, Flickr. CC license.

In honor of National Yoga Month, we are highlighting Beaumont’s prenatal yoga program, Yoga Moms.

If you’re expecting a baby, prenatal yoga can be a great way to relax, stay fit and prepare for birth. Studies have suggested that prenatal yoga may:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Decrease swelling
  • Encourage socialization and support with other expectant moms
  • Increase strength and flexibility of the muscles needed for birth
  • Decrease low back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath
  • Decrease the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension

Beaumont’s Community Health Education Department offers Yoga Moms at SOLA Life and Fitness in Rochester Hills and the Beverly Hills Club in Southfield. The six-week class series is taught by certified yoga instructors. Classes include breathing, gentle stretching, postures and relaxation. The class is recommended for any stage of pregnancy, with physician approval.

For more information or to register, visit Yoga Moms or call 800-633-7377.

Disciplining a toddler

Toddler girl throwing a tantrum

Unaltered image. Citril, Flickr. CC license.

Being the parent of a toddler can be fun at times, but it’s definitely challenging sometimes, too. Toddlers often cause concern and frustration for their parents through their behaviors like biting, hitting, pulling hair, being defiant, using bad language, and throwing temper tantrums. How do you deal with these behaviors? Are they too young to discipline and how do you go about doing that for such young children?

Beaumont’s Beginning Discipline – The Toddler Years class can help parents dealing with the wonderful but sometimes difficult toddler years. You’ll learn where toddlers are at developmentally and why their behaviors make sense within that context. You’ll also get suggestions for how to help them learn to manage their emotions and act more appropriately. Discipline means to teach, not to punish. Come join us at Beaumont’s Toddler Discipline class and learn how to better understand your toddler and how to help them learn positive behaviors.

Register for an upcoming class.

Lil’ Sprouts: A Parent/Child Educational Program

Offered by the Beaumont Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders, Lil’ Sprouts is a 10-week course designed for parents/caregivers with their children. The goal of this program is to teach parents/caregivers how to increase speech and language within their home environment. Children enrolled may be developing at a normal/average rate or may be delayed in speech and language development. Children are between the ages of 18 months and 2½ years. Due to limited space, we request that siblings do not attend the Lil’ Sprout sessions.

Session Format

  • We meet for 10 consecutive Tuesdays from 5:00 – 5:50 p.m.
  • The first 25 minutes of each session: We discuss our topic and teach you and your child how to complete a task related to our topic.
  • The next 10 minutes are spent at a table for a snack. During snack time, the clinician will help the children use word approximations, sign language, or simple words to request for food.
  • The final 10 minutes: We do a circle time activity and sing a song related to our weekly topic.

Each week your family is given a handout with home program ideas and ways for you to increase your child’s speech and language development at home. Please feel free to interact with other families in the group. This is a time to find out what works for other families and try ideas out on your own!

Summer Term Schedule

  • Week 1: First Day! Speech and Sound Development and Sign Language
  • Week 2: The Development of Receptive Language Skills (Part 1 of 2)
  • Week 3: The Development of Receptive Language Skills (Part 2 of 2)
  • Week 4: The Development of Expressive Language Skills (Part 1 of 2)
  • Week 5: The Development of Expressive Language Skills (Part 2 of 2)
  • Week 6: The Interaction of Play Skills and Communication
  • Week 7: The Interaction of Sensory Skills and Communication
  • Week 8: The Interaction of Oral Motor Skills and Communication
  • Week 9: Idea and Toy Exchange
  • Week 10: Last Day! Wrap Up and Review and Recommendations

Enrollment Information

  • The summer term runs June 16 – Aug. 18, 2015.
  • Sessions will be held at the Beaumont Health Center in Royal Oak and the Beaumont Medical Office Building in West Bloomfield. Please contact one of the locations if youare interested in enrolling for the summer term.
    • Royal Oak: (248) 655-5975
    • West Bloomfield: (248) 855-4480
  • We will be taking payments during the first class. If you need to set up a payment plan, we will do so during the first visit. There are no refunds for this group program.

Introducing Beaumont’s New Natural Birth Workshop

Dad holding mom's hands over birthing ball

Cropped image. Sonya Green, CC License.

Beaumont’s Community Health Education Department is happy to announce a new class: Natural Birth Workshop.

This class was developed in response to feedback from expectant families who expressed an increased interest in birthing in a more natural manner, with little or no medical intervention, while maintaining the comfort and safety of a hospital setting.

The goal of Beaumont’s Natural Birth Workshop is to provide mom and her support person with the knowledge and skills needed for a natural birth experience. The workshop will increase mom’s confidence and assist her in developing a personal plan for her baby’s birth.

This is a “hands-on” class where practice will include positioning, breathing for labor and birth, and learning a variety of comfort measures, such as ways to handle labor challenges. The expectant mom’s labor partner will learn how he/she can support mom and the natural birth process. The goal is to help mom work with her body to increase comfort, enhance the birth process, and decrease or eliminate the need for pain medications.

During the workshop, moms will receive information on natural birth, post-partum care/newborn baby care and breastfeeding information. Expectant parents will also receive a natural birth book and a web-based resource for further learning and review.

The workshop is taught by a registered nurse/ childbirth educator. Mom and her support person should attend this Natural Birth Workshop together and plan to complete it about 4–6 weeks before baby’s due date.

Workshops are scheduled in two formats: One full Saturday session or three weeknight sessions on consecutive weeks. The class fee for mom and support person is $120 and includes all materials.

A follow-up session of the workshop is held 4–8 weeks after baby is born. The new family, including baby, is invited to attend a Beyond Birth class where postpartum adjustment, time and priorities, infant massage, and parenting myths and realities will be discussed. The fee for this class is included in the cost of the Natural Birth Workshop.

For dates, times, locations and registration, visit us online or call (800) 633-7377.

Please contact Mary Anne Kenerson, RN, mkenerson@beaumont.edu, (248) 273-6323 with any questions about this class.

We hope to see you in one of our Natural Birth Workshops very soon!

– Mary Anne Kenerson, RN, Coordinator, Community Health Education, Beaumont Health System

Meet the Beaumont Center for Children’s Rehabilitation

Girl on floor puzzle holding a letter.

Floor puzzles offer great visual, sensory and motor skill development.

Therapy services at the Beaumont Center for Children’s Rehabilitation have become very diverse. Not only has our program grown geographically (we now have clinics in Royal Oak, West Bloomfield and Grosse Pointe), but we’ve broadened our specialty services and our scope of care.

Overview
We provide therapy for children with long-term rehabilitation needs, but we’re focused on shorter bursts of therapy–capturing a child’s key developmental times, providing therapy, and then taking a break until they are ready to resume again. Often children are transitioned into other programs either within our clinic or within the community, which provides for intensive and successful therapy and better long-term results. We also provide therapy for children with more short-term needs where a brief course of treatment is provided and they rarely need to come back.

Therapist holding a child on foam slide.

In our sensory rooms, children are able to participate in therapy on swings, padded slides, large cloud pillows, and ball pits.

Services Offered
Our patients come to us with neurological, orthopedic, sensory and developmental needs. We’re trained to work with a large range of diagnoses and ages (birth–18). In addition to offering groups for children with special needs, we also offer groups for children without a diagnosis. For example, we offer very successful handwriting groups for children who are struggling with all aspects of handwriting and letter formation.

We also offer group programs which help to enhance therapy goals, and/or offer therapeutic activities for children who may not need intensive therapy. We offer adapted dance, martial arts, sports groups; as well as sensory integration, feeding, social, peer support and vision groups.

Our programs fall under four main therapy areas:

  • Occupational: Focus on fine motor, arm strength and movement, dressing, eating, vision, sensory and feeding (picky eaters, babies with latching or swallowing difficulties).
  • Physical: Focus on gross motor, leg strength and movement, walking, head and neck movement and position
  • Speech Therapy: Language skills (expressive, receptive, articulation)
  • Social Work: Family and patient coping skills, emotional support, assist with insurance and community assistance.
Child doing therapy using a universal exercise unit.

Every clinic has a universal exercise unit that helps children isolate muscles for strengthening and they can stand inside and experience standing and jumping with the help of bungee cords.

Getting Help
If you have a concern about your child’s development or recovery from an injury, please talk to his/her physician about a referral to therapy. While children all develop or recover from an injury at a different pace, even siblings, don’t disregard concerns you have. A parent’s instinct is important and your pediatrician can help you determine the best plan. We can evaluate and offer suggestions for ongoing treatment or a program for home. For more information, visit us online.

Have a wonderful summer; this is a great time to develop motor, sensory and language skills by just getting outside and playing with your children.

– Debbie Adsit, OTRL, is the Supervisor, Pediatric Rehabilitation at the  Beaumont Center for Children’s Rehabilitation. She can be reached at (248) 655-5687.

 

 

 

Beaumont Cooking Demonstrations: Clean Eating

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is defined as consuming whole, natural foods that haven’t been processed. It is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Benefits

Those who choose to eat clean may experience weight loss, increased energy levels, reduced disease risk, shinier hair, clearer skin, and an improved mental state.

Simple Guidelines for Success

  1. Eat small frequent meals 5–6 times per day to level blood sugar and prevent hunger.
  2. Include lean protein, complex carbohydrates and heart healthy fats in each meal choice.
  3. Avoid processed and/or refined foods (e.g., sugar, baked goods, candy, white flour, white rice, etc.).
  4. Avoid trans fats.
  5. Avoid sodas, high calorie juices and other drinks that give your body no nutritional value and lots of unnecessary (unwanted) calories.
  6. Avoid high calorie, non-nutritious foods like junk food.
  7. Drink at least 8 cups of water per day.
  8. Eat lots of plants. Eat food that is straight from nature (“as close to the way nature made it as possible”).
  9. Read nutrition labels for nutrition information and ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t put it in your body.

A Live Cooking Demonstration

The demonstration menu includes a kale and potato hash with poached egg topper, a Tuscan tuna melt, a chipotle chicken taco salad, and mocha banana ice cream.

  • When: May 13, 2014 from 6–7 p.m.
  • Where: The Beaumont Health Center, Royal Oak Demonstration Kitchen at 4949 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48073.
  • How to Register: Sign up online or call (800) 633-7377.

– Mary Ligotti-Hitch, R.D., a registered dietitian with the Beaumont Health Center’s Weight Control Center

The Goodness of Homemade Baby Food

Ann in Baby food class

Have you ever thought about making your own baby food? Homemade baby food can be reassuring because you know exactly what goes into the food you serve. You avoid preservatives and fillers, which can be especially helpful when babies have food allergies or sensitivities.

Did you know homemade baby food is also:

  • Nutritious? By choosing fruits and vegetables that are either in season or frozen (which are picked at the peak of freshness) you help retain nutrients. You can also opt for grains, meats, beans and lentils.
  • Versatile? As baby grows and chewing abilities develop, you can prepare food as thick or chunky as your child can manage.
  • A cost-savings? Preparing your own baby food can be less expensive than buying commercial food.

Getting started can feel daunting though. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, come join our interactive class!

In one night, we’ll talk about necessary equipment and supplies, different cooking methods, and safe storage options. Most importantly, we’ll prepare several recipes from the first introduction of solids moving into finger foods.

You’ll leave with a wealth of information, a handout and a great booklet of baby recipes like the one below.

Our next class will be on March 24, 2014. We’ll meet at the Beaumont Health Center at 4949 Coolidge Highway, Royal Oak, MI 48073 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person, but there’s no fee for Parenting Program volunteers.

To sign up, call (248) 633-7377 or register online.

We look forward to seeing you!

Apple Puree
For babies 6 months and up
(Recipe from Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes)

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples, quartered and cored just before cooking (Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady, Golden and Red Delicious are naturally sweet).

Directions:

  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan. Put apples in a steamer basket, set in pan. Cover and steam until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes or longer if necessary.
  2. Let cool, reserving cooking liquid. Scrape flesh from skins and puree in a food processor until smooth. Add reserved cooking liquid to thin puree if desired.

Storage:

  • Refrigerate cooled apple puree in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze: spoon individual portions into ice-cube trays or other baby food freezer containers and freeze up to 3 months.

Note:
Cooking apples with the skin on retains more nutrients. Golden, Red Delicious and Fuji are least acidic, making them good choices for baby.


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