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Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue - we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at anne@southernmamas.com

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family: http://www.gofundme.com/hid3wk

Free tours, Q&A on 3D mammography technology at Belk in Hilton Head, Savannah, Nov. 19-20

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Mobile Mammograpy at Belk in Hilton Head, Savannah SouthCoast Health Imaging to host 3D mammography mobile coach at Belk in
Savannah and Hilton Head Island this month.

SouthCoast Health Imaging will host Hologic, Inc.’s 3D mammography mobile coach tour bus in Savannah on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and on Hilton Head Island on Thursday, Nov. 20. The bus will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days to share educational information on the benefits of 3D mammography.

The mobile coach will be outside of Belk locations at Savannah’s Oglethorpe Mall (7804 Abercorn St.) and Hilton Head Island (28 Shelter Cove Ln.) on Nov. 19 and 20, respectively. During the free educational events, guests are invited to tour the mobile coach to learn how this groundbreaking 3D technology has become the new standard in breast cancer screenings. 3D mammogram services will not be offered on the mobile coach during these events.

Representatives from Hologic, Inc. and SouthCoast Health Imaging will be on board the mobile coach to answer questions and provide health and wellness information for women of all ages.

For more information about the mobile coach events, contact SouthCoast Health Imaging’s Rachael DeRing at
SCMG-Imaging@SouthCoastMedical.com or (912) 691-4200.

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Discover Hope for Autism with Tyneise Seaborough, Savannah Autism Specialist & Author

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

autism resources support Tyneise Seaborough Savannah Hope for Autism book Tyneise Seaborough, Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist, releases new e-book, “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”, as an answer to the many questions posed daily by parents desperately seeking ways to simplify the lives and daily tasks of their children living with autism.

This book addresses topics such as making eye contact, sleeping, trying new foods, homework, play skills, tantrums, communication, waiting, toileting, and transitions.

Incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach, Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges, allows the reader to:
*Discover the appropriate way to develop social stories, a visual guide that presents information in a story format to help children with ASD learn daily routines, expectations, procedures, and behavioral standards.
*Gain access to the M-CHAT-R (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), a scientifically validated screening tool used to assess the risk of ASD in children 16 to 30 months of age.
*Obtain insight from a host of specialists in designated fields such as feeding, vision, dental, clinical psychology, applied behavior, and speech therapy, just to name a few.
*Get connected to social networks, support groups, and local/online resources.
*Be empowered from practical solutions and the insightful interviews from a variety of specialists.

Download your copy today on Amazon for only $3.99.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to request Tyneise to speak at your next event, please contact TYNEISE SEABOROUGH at (912)401-4105 or Seaborough.events@live.com.

Connect with Tyneise  on Facebook here. 

Subscribe to the Hope for Autism webpage today at www.hopeforautism.info

Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist Tyneise Seaborough, author of new e-book,  “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”, www.hopeforautism.info, (912)401-4105, email Seaborough.events@live.com On Facebook here.  Tyneise Seaborough is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Memorial’s Rehab Services Moving to New Pooler Location; Therapist Offers Tips for Healthy Infant Development

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Pediatric Rehab outpatient therapy services Memorial’s Rehab Services Moving to New Pooler Location

The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center is moving its Pooler outpatient office to the Mulberry office park.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 27, therapists will see adult and pediatric patients at 101 West Mulberry Drive, Suite 210. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 912-273-1000.

Therapist Offers Tips for Healthy Infant Development

Two of the conditions treated at The Rehabilitation Institute are torticollis and plagiocephaly, which affect some infants before or shortly after birth.

Torticollis is caused by a tight neck muscle and results in the baby’s head tilting to one side. It may occur before birth, although its cause is unknown. Left untreated, torticollis can cause developmental delays in rolling, sitting up and walking.

Plagiocephaly, which is often present with torticollis, is a flattening along the back of the head causing asymmetry. It can cause an uneven facial shape and uneven ear position.

Studies have shown that positioning and exercise started within the first three months result in excellent outcomes. Consult your pediatrician if you have concerns. Early referral to a physical therapist for evaluation may prevent a child from having to attend prolonged therapy and may prevent the need for a cranial molding helmet.

If you suspect your baby may have symptoms of these conditions, try these suggestions from Sherry Mitchell, lead pediatric physical therapist at The Rehabilitation Institute:

Give your baby tummy time when she is awake.

Position the crib, swing or bouncer so that your baby turns his head toward the tight side.

Position your baby on her side for play and alternate sides.

Alternate sides when nursing or bottle feeding to encourage head turning.

Use only approved positioning devices in the carseat to keep the head midline.

For more information on pediatric or adult rehabilitation services, call 912-350-7128 or visit rehabinstitute.memorialhealth.com.

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FREE Registration for ages 2 & 3 @ Childcare Network in Savannah in October & November

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

affordable childcare savannah daycare preschoolsFREE REGISTRATION IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2014 FOR TWO AND THREE YEAR OLDS!

Mention you read about Childcare Network in Savannah on SouthernMamas.com to receive free registration during October & November 2014 for children ages two & three.

Childcare Network
7360 Hodgson Memorial Drive
Savannah GA 31406
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years
Phone: 912-662-0421

Childcare Network #21 on Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah is currently accepting new enrollments in their premiere preschool programs for two and three year olds. Children enrolled in these programs will follow a themed curriculum, which is tailored to each child’s development. Healthy USDA breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in addition to potty training assistance. The two and three year old teachers know that partnering with parents of children at this age is very important, the children are eager to explore, ready to learn, and extremely active. We want to help Savannah families by providing a safe, educational, and fun environment for their children while they are at work.

Call Childcare Network to find out more information about the two and three year old programs mentioned above. They’d love to give you a tour and tell you about all of the exciting possibilities available to you and your child when you join the Childcare Network Family!

Below is an example of Childcare Network’s two and three year old curriculum email that you will receive once you are a parent to keep up with your child’s learning each month. This is just one part of the many components of their premiere preschool program.

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Childcare Network, 7360 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah 31406, 912-662-0421 http://www.childcarenetwork.com/metro/Savannah On Facebook here. On Twitter here. Childcare Network is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE breast health awareness seminar on 3D mammography technology, Oct. 21

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

SouthCoast Health Richmond Hill SouthCoast Health, the Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group, will host a community breast health awareness seminar in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The free event, held at the practice’s Richmond Hill medical campus (89 Interchange Drive), will include a discussion on the latest advancements in 3D mammography technology. SouthCoast Health is one of the first practices in Georgia to offer this innovative service.

Family medicine specialist, Dr. Regina Dandy, obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Neil Odom, and family nurse practitioner, Nanci Ahearn, will be available to answer questions and provide health and wellness information for women of all ages during the seminar. Light refreshments will also be served.

3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, has become the new standard in breast cancer screenings. This technique involves the digital production of a 3D image of the breast tissue, which allows physicians to examine the area in fine detail without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Recent studies have shown that the use of this technology has led to a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, a 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers, and a 15 percent decrease in the number of false positive callbacks.

For more information about the breast health awareness seminar, call (912) 527-5301 or visit www.southcoast-health.com.

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Erigo – nurturing Savannah’s expectant & new parents through breastfeeding help, birthing classes, group support, postpartum care

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Erigo Savannah breastfeeding help

Erigo in Savannah is the one-stop resource for expectant & new parents.

Savannah’s first and only boutique maternity firm offers a wide variety of services, tailored specifically to each client’s needs. The fresh & welcoming spot is located in the heart of Savannah’s medical district at 5301 Paulsen St.

Services

The list below only begins to cover what Erigo can offer. Please click on any that interest you.

Lactation (Breastfeeding) consultation
Postpartum Care for Mom & Baby
Group Support Meetings for New & Expectant Parents
Birthing Preparation Classes
Parenting Classes
Pregnancy and Postpartum Fitness Classes

To see more of what Erigo offers, please visit their Web site by clicking here. 

Connect with other parents

*FREE Expectant & New Parent Support Group, meets @ Erigo, 10-11:30 AM the 1st Tuesday of every month. Refreshments served. No RSVP necessary. Just show up! Details here.  

*New Mamas Club,  10 AM-Noon Fridays @ Erigo. Engaging activities for mom & baby including some light yoga. Details here. 

*Birthing & Newborn care, 6-8 PM Tuesdays @ Erigo. Details here.

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT OR SIGN UP FOR A CLASS, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

Erigo, 5301 Paulsen St. Savannah. On Facebook here. Email info@erigosavannah.com (912) 544-6387,  erigosavannah.com  Erigo is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics in Savannah, Richmond Hill offer Saturday Urgent Care hours; walk-ins welcome

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Pediatricians in Savannah, RIchmond Hill, Rincon

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics – Children don’t keep regular hours, so we are extending ours!

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Rincon 

The pediatricians at SouthCoast Health provide a comprehensive range of in-office & urgent emergency care focused fully on the child’s needs:
Immunizations
Annual Physicals
Screenings and Tests
Patient Education
Wellchild Visits

Saturday Urgent Care in Savannah, Richmond Hill

The Pediatric Department is happy to announce that not only do they offer Saturday/Sunday Urgent Care in Savannah 9 AM-Noon, but starting Sept. 6 2014, they will now offer Saturday Urgent Care hours from 9 AM-Noon at their Richmond Hill location! Walk ins welcomed.

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics locations:
SAVANNAH
310 Eisenhower Drive, Building 16
912.303.3500
Saturday/Sunday Urgent Care hours; 9 AM-Noon.
www.southcoastmedical.com/services/pediatrics
On Facebook here. 

RICHMOND HILL
10055 Ford Avenue, Suite 4A
912.527.5352
Extended care: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7:30 PM. Walk-ins welcome.
Saturday Urgent Care hours: 9 AM-Noon. Walk-ins welcome
www.southcoastmedical.com/services/pediatrics
On Facebook here. 

RINCON
613 Towne Park Drive West, Suite 305
912.826.4866
www.southcoastmedical.com/services/pediatrics
On Facebook here.

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Savannah Hope Affiliates offers therapy for children & adults including therapeutic art classes, music therapy, yoga for kids

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Therapeutic Art, Music Therapy Classes, Yoga for Anxiety  at Savannah Hope Affiliates

We’re thrilled to tell you about a new, much needed health service in Savannah: Savannah Hope Affiliates

Savannah Hope Affiliates in partnership with Hope Counseling Center in Savannah provides services & support to children & adults through an integrative approach to wellness. Offerings range from parent training in educational advocacy, counseling, Grief Recovery Method groups or one-on-one sessions, play therapy, music therapy, therapeutic art classes, yoga for anxiety reduction & nutrition consultations.

Their staff is fully licensed and/or certified in their prospective fields & strive to offer hope instilling, uniquely tailored treatment plans and/or life paths that allows each child, family, adult, and/or couple to develop & obtain their goals in a supportive environment.

Learn more about Savannah Hope Affiliates’ therapeutic classes, educational consulting, grief recovery & their team here. 

Learn more about Hope Counseling Center counseling services & their team here. 

Therapeutic Art Classes

Among the services & classes offered by Savannah Hope Affiliates is a therapeutic art class for children of all ages on Fridays after-school Oct. 3-Dec. 5, 3:45-4:45 PM.

Therapeutic art improves well-being and confidence in children. Classes are based on the premise that self-expression can be used to address emotional problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, and increase self-awareness. Children naturally communicate through art and play. Therapeutic art classes can give them a non-verbal way to face challenges.

Savannah Hope Affiliates is partnering with a SouthernMamas.com favorite kids’ spot – Scribble Art Studio – to offer a unique class, giving your child an opportunity to express themselves in a nurturing environment.

Class will run for eight weeks Oct. 3 to Dec. 5. No classes on Halloween October 31st or Thanksgiving break November 28th. Cost $275. Class size is limited to 6 children.

To register please contact Savannah Hope Affiliates at 912.201.3025 or amcglynn.sha@gmail.com

Music Therapy

Music Therapy Classes will be held for ten weeks Wednesdays October 1 – December 3 from 3:45-4:30 (ages 6-9) and4:30-5:15 (ages 10-13). No classes during Thanksgiving break November 26. Cost $250. Class size is limited to 8 children. To register please contact Savannah Hope Affiliates at 912.201.3025 oramcglynn.sha@gmail.com

Yoga for kids

Yoga Classes will be held for ten weeks Thursday October 2-December 4 from 4:45-5:45 ( ages 7-10) and (11-14). No classes during Thanksgiving break November 27th. Cost $125. Class size is limited to 5. Age groups will alternate every other week for a total of five classes each. To register please contact Savannah Hope Affiliates at 912.201.3025 oramcglynn.sha@gmail.com

Grief Recovery for adults

Grief Recovery Group for Adults will be held for 10 weeks Tuesdays, September 30-December 9 from 7-9:00pm or Thursdays October 2-December 13 from 10-12:00. No classes during Thanksgiving break November 25 or 27. Cost $250. Class size is limited to 6 adults per class. To register please contact Savannah Hope Affiliates at 912.201.3025 oramcglynn.sha@gmail.com

Savannah Hope Affiliates, 37 West Fairmont Avenue, Suite 201 Savannah, 31406, email amcglynn.sha@gmail.com, tel.912.201.3025, savhope.com

Savannah pediatricians: Dr. Kasey Berman’s pediatric office – Be Pediatrics – is now open & accepting new patients

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Savannah pediatriciansDr. Kasey Berman’s new Savannah pediatric office, Be Pediatrics, is open and Dr. Berman is accepting new patients!

Dr. Berman is a local Savannahian who has been practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine in Savannah for the last 10 years. She is excited to bring a fresh perspective to child medical care to the Savannah community with advanced medical technology to keep her families connected to their pediatrician.

Dr. Berman believes in proactive and integrative medicine, evaluating all facets of a child’s life that may affect their health. At Be Pediatrics, we don’t just treat your child’s symptoms, we aim to eliminate the underlying cause.

Dr. Berman is a cum laude with honors graduate of the University of Georgia and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her pediatric residency at Memorial Health, where she spent several years as an academic attending teaching residents and medical students before entering a career in private practice medicine. Dr. Berman enjoys spending her down time with her husband and two children, relaxing outdoors in our beautiful city and volunteering for various local charitable organizations.

Stay connected to Be Pediatrics by liking the practice on Facebook here or follow on Twitter @drkaseyberman

Be Pediatrics, 400 Mall Blvd, Suite 410B Savannah, 31406, 912.472.0314, email drberman@bepediatrics.com  www.bepediatrics.com  Be Pediatrics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.