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Moms groups: Pooler MOPS Open House, Aug. 22

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Pooler MOPS Open House 2018

If you’re looking to join a group of moms for brunch, conversation, crafts, speakers and a little break from the children, Pooler MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) might be just what you need!

Come learn more about Pooler MOPS and sign up for the 2018-19 MOPS session @ the Pooler MOPS Open House, Wed. Aug. 22 2018, 9:30-11:30AM @ First Presbyterian Church of Pooler.

There will be information sessions at 9:45AM & 10:30AM, for moms who want to learn more about MOPS. For moms who already know they want to join, registration can be done anytime during the open house.

Childcare will not be provided, but we will have activities for the little ones while moms fill out paperwork.

Free Admission. Kid Friendly

Pooler MOPS Open House
Wed. Aug. 22 2018
9:30-11:30AM
First Presbyterian Church of Pooler
1115 US Highway 80 E
Pooler, Georgia 31322

Learn more here. 

(Savannah Moms Groups) Connect with other moms @ MOPS @ Compassion Christian Church’s East Campus

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers Savannah

 

Connect with other moms this school year! Attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Compassion Christian Church East Campus.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.

Moms who are pregnant or have children through kindergarten are invited to the MOPS group at Compassion Christian Church East Campus.

MOPS Popsicle Party in the Park

MOPS @ Compassion Christian East Campus invites you to a MOPS Popsicle Party in the Park event on Fri. Aug. 17 2018, 10-11AM.
Hull Park (55th Street & Atlantic Avenue in Ardsley Park).

Please RSVP by Aug. 13 via email to ccceastmops@gmail.com .

MOPS @ Compassion Christian East Campus Meetings 2018-19

Dates for the upcoming year 2018-2019: Sept: 20 Oct: 4 & 18 Nov: 1 & 15 Dec: 6 Jan: 17 Feb: 7 & 21 Mar: 7 Apr: 4 & 18 May: 2
Where: Compassion Christian East Campus 9150 Old Montgomery Rd SAV, GA 31406
When: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from September 2018- May 2019, 9:15-11:30AM

(Savannah physical therapists) Stacey McKenzie @ Optim Therapy on Pelvic Health & Wellness

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Optim Health Therapy Savannah

Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist Optim Therapy in Savannah

The following is a guest post for SouthernMamas.com by Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist
Optim Therapy in Savannah
Pelvic Health & Wellness Program

Your pelvic floor muscles are very important.  They support your internal organs, give you urinary and fecal continence, and help to stabilize your core.  So why don’t we hear about exercise programs for the pelvic floor? Just like your other muscles, you need to work on getting them stronger.

Let’s use our bicep muscle as an example.  When you bend your arm, your bicep muscle has to contract (or shorten) and this will lift your arm.  If you couldn’t lift your arm or you had pain, you’d be very concerned, right?

Can your pelvic floor muscles contract through their full range of motion?  Are you leaking urine or having pain in your pelvic region? It could mean your pelvic floor muscles might not be strong enough or you might not be firing them properly.  As a pelvic floor therapist, I can examine you and teach you the proper way to fire your pelvic floor muscles.

Besides being able to contract a muscle, you also have to be able to relax it.  Going back to the bicep muscle example, for you to be able to straighten your elbow all of the way, the bicep muscle has to relax.  If there are any tight parts in the bicep muscle, it may hurt to straighten your arm or it may feel tight. These restrictions can lead to pain, altered movement, and further dysfunction.   

Your pelvic floor muscles are just like any other muscle in your body.  They have to be able to fully contract and fully relax. The overall tone and mobility of the muscles cannot be hindered or this could lead to dysfunction (i.e. urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, etc.).

At your first visit to Optim Therapy’s Pelvic Health & Wellness Program, I’ll meet with you for an evaluation in a private, closed-door environment. We’ll talk one-on-one and go over all your treatment options.

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Optim Therapy recently launched their Pelvic Health & Wellness Program and Physical Therapist Stacey McKenzie can work with you one-on-one to make sure you are successfully activating your pelvic floor.  It can be accomplished in as little as one visit.

Stacey is one of Optim Therapy’s dedicated therapy professionals, all of whom utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to providing patients with the best treatments and outcomes. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University and says that the most rewarding aspect of being a therapist is making people feel and move better.

If you are interested in improving your pelvic health, please talk to your personal physician about a referral to physical therapy. If you have any questions, or need help with a referral, feel free to contact Stacey directly at smckenzie@optimhealth.com(912) 644-5333.

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(Savannah physical therapists) Stacey McKenzie @ Optim Therapy on Pelvic Health & Wellness

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
Optim Health Therapy Savannah

Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist Optim Therapy in Savannah

 

The following is a guest post for SouthernMamas.com by Stacey McKenzie, Physical Therapist
Optim Therapy in Savannah
Pelvic Health & Wellness Program

Imagine if your shoulder and arm muscles were weak and you couldn’t lift or hold your child. You would do something about that, right?

Now, what if weak muscles caused you to leak urine when you run, laugh, cough or sneeze? This could mean you need to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which are a group of muscles that support your bladder, bowel, rectum and uterus. Just like your other muscles, you need to work on getting them stronger. As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor therapy, I can assess your pelvic floor muscles and make sure you are firing them correctly.

At your first visit, I’ll meet with you for an evaluation in a private, closed-door environment. We’ll talk one-on-one and go over all your treatment options.

At Optim Therapy’s Pelvic Health & Wellness Program, our goal is to provide a comfortable environment with individualized treatment programs to make sure you receive the most from each of your visits.

Now is the time to address your urinary incontinence because, unfortunately, this problem can get worse. As we age, our ligaments, tendons, and muscles get weaker.

If you are interested in improving your pelvic health, please talk to your personal physician about a referral to physical therapy. If you have any questions, or need help with a referral, please feel free to contact me directly: Stacey McKenzie, , (912) 644-5333.

Stacey McKenzie is one of Optim Therapy’s dedicated therapy professionals, all of whom utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to providing patients with the best treatments and outcomes. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University and says that the most rewarding aspect of being a therapist is making people feel and move better.

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Learn more about Au Pair live-in child care @ Wilmington Is. Farmers’ Market, Savannah

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Au Pair live-in nanny childcare Savannah Hilton Head Au Pair in America will be at the Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market, Sat. June 2 2018. Come by to meet Au Pairs from South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand and learn more about the most experienced live-in cultural childcare program.

Au Pair will also have Savannah Banana tickets available for an upcoming SOLD OUT game.

The non-profit works with more than 60 countries to bring international students over as caregivers, offering an affordable and flexible childcare experience. Host families gain peace of mind knowing their children are well loved while gaining a unique experience with cultural exchange.

For more information, visit www.aupairinameria.com or www.facebook.com/APIASAV/.

Use promo code: SAV for $300 off the program fee.

Wilmington Is. Farmer’s Market
9AM-1PM Sat. June 2 2018
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Road
Savannah, Ga. 31410

Free “Baby Basics” class for expectant parents @ Pediatrics Associates of Savannah

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Savannah pediatricians Baby Basics

Attention expectant parents.

Pediatrics Associates of Savannah invites you to a free “Baby Basics” class at 6PM on the first Thursday of each month.

This class is FREE to expectant families (but reservations requested).

Come join Dr Brandy Gheesling (pictured here). Held after office hours the first Thursday of each month, at the Waters Ave location. Space will be limited, so to register or for more information about the class please email BabyBasics@pedsav.com or call  (912) 355-2462.

Classes are offered on the first Thursday of each month at 6pm at Pediatrics Associates of Savannah main office (4600 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA).

Pediatric Associates of Savannah pediatricians

New Pediatric Associates Web site

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has a brand new and improved Web site! Check it out at pedsav.com.

New to the area & in need of a pediatrician? Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler. Learn more here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, by ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.comOn Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Discount on Au Pair live-in child care in Savannah, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Au Pair Savannah nanny service Hilton Head nannies

Want to give your children the experience of a lifetime?

Consider an Au Pair.

Au Pair in America is the world’s first and most experienced live-in cultural childcare program. The non-profit works with more than 60 countries to bring international students over as caregivers, offering an affordable and flexible childcare experience.

Host families gain peace of mind knowing their children are well loved while gaining a unique experience with cultural exchange.

For more information, visit www.aupairinameria.com or www.facebook.com/APIASAV/.

Use promo code: SAV for $300 off the program fee.

Prenatal Yoga Class Starts May 7 at Memorial Health, Savannah

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

prenatal yoga memorial savannah pregnancy yoga

The next prenatal yoga @ Memorial Health’s FitnessOne in Savannah begins May 7 2018.

The six-week course meets Mondays*, from 5:45-6:45PM at FitnessOne in the Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center. Cost: $75.

A yoga instructor specially certified in prenatal yoga leads the class, which is designed to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and keep you fit for childbirth. Prenatal yoga improves strength and flexibility, aids in digestion and mood, and exercises the spine. The practice of yoga enhances the mind-body connection, leading to a sense of wellness and more restful sleep.

No previous yoga experience is required.

Call FitnessOne at 912-350-4030 to register or go to: women.memorialhealth.com

Gift certificates are available.

* No class on Memorial Day, May 28.

Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center
Third Floor
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

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Savannah preschools: Open House @ First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

First Presbyterian Preschool Savannah FPP

Preschool searching in Savannah for 2018-19? Come and check out a beloved Savannah preschool for ages 1-4.

Open House for Prospective Families @ First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah.
Tues. Feb. 20, 2018
6-7PM
First Presbyterian Preschool
520 Washington Ave.
Savannah, GA 31405

First Presbyterian Preschool offers a warm nurturing environment operating Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM.

Registration for the preschool’s 2018-2019 school year will open to the public on March 1 2018.  The preschools’ school year will start on Aug. 6 in order to follow Savannah-Chatham County School calendar.

Teachers @ First Presbyterian Preschool would love to meet you and your child!

For more information call 912-351-0609.

Learn more about First Presbyterian Preschool in Savannah here. 

Savannah/Wilmington lsland-area Speech Therapists: The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Speech Therapists Savannah Coastal Empire

We’re excited to tell you about a new pediatric speech language pathology clinic on Wilmington Island in Savannah.

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire makes speech therapy more convenient for families on the Islands and has sister locations in Waycross, Jesup and Brunswick, Ga.

Therapists at The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire are nationally certified and state licensed, and can provide assessments and treatment for the following: developmental delays, expressive language, receptive comprehension, pragmatic language, articulation, fluency, voice disorders, feeding/swallowing issues, oral motor, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, etc.

Services are provided at their office location or in private preschools or daycares around Savannah to help parents with busy schedules.

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire accepts most insurance (Medicaid, Amerigroup, Peach State, BC/BS, Cigna, Tricare, etc).

The Speech Clinic of the Coastal Empire
315 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Suite D
Wilmington Island
Savannah, GA 31410
912.235.2166
email: TSCCoastalEmpire@gmail.com

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Prenatal Yoga Class Starts Feb. 12 at Memorial Health, Savannah

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Prenatal pregnancy yoga Savannah Memorial Health

Experience the benefits of prenatal yoga for yourself by signing up for the next prenatal yoga class at Memorial Health’s FitnessOne in Savannah.

A yoga instructor specially certified in prenatal yoga leads this weekly class designed to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and keep you fit for childbirth.

Benefits of prenatal yoga

Prenatal yoga improves strength and flexibility, aids in digestion and mood, and exercises the spine. The practice of yoga enhances the mind-body connection, leading to a sense of wellness and more restful sleep.

No previous yoga experience is required.

Savannah class details

Instructor: Alexandra Mitchell, LMT, RYT-200
Six weekly one-hour classes, $75
Drop-ins are welcome, $15 per class
FitnessOne barre studio
5:45-6:45PM
Mon. Feb. 12–March 19 2018

Registration details

Registration is required; payment must be made in advance.

Call FitnessOne at 912-350-4030 to register or go to: women.memorialhealth.com

Memorial Outpatient & Wellness Center
Third Floor
4700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

Special Offer

Participants receive a discount on massage therapy sessions at FitnessOne that is good until one month after their baby is born.

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Autism Conference 2018 in Savannah

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Autism Conference 2018 Savannah Matthew Reardon Center

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s third annual Autism Conference on March 2 in Savannah will provide learning opportunities for parents and caregivers, educators and individuals with any level of autism.

Read about two conference speakers here.

Autism Conference 2018 in Savannah by The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism
7AM-5PM March 2 2018
Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.
Cost: $60-$125 at eventbrite.com
Info: Faye Montgomery at 912-355-9098 or fmontgomery@matthewreardon.org

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About The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism in Savannah

MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 800 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,000 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. Info: matthewreardon.org

Savannah Schools: Open Houses @ Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Savannah schools Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School

Come see all the Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School has to offer.

Attend an open house or guided tour of this Kindergarten-5th grade public charter school.

Guided tours are every Wednesday at 10AM. Advance registration required by calling 912.395.4070.

2018 Open Houses

Thurs. Jan. 25, 2018 @ 6 PM
Mon. Feb. 12, 2018 @ 6 PM
Sat. March 10, 2018 @ 10 AM
Tues. April 3, 2018 @ 6 PM

Applications for the 2018-19 school year are being accepted now. Deadline to apply: Fri. April 6, 2018 @ midnight. 

The lottery will be Tues. April 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

Learn more about the application process here.

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School
301 Buckhalter Road
Savannah, GA 31405

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About Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School 

  • Kindergarten-5th Grade Charter School
  • Outperforms district elementary schools in College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)
  • Holistic academic & social-emotional programming
  • Consistently superior parent satisfaction rates
  • Montessori-trained teachers & genuine Montessori materials
  • Before-and-after care programs
  • Bus transportation within Chatham County
  • Nature curriculum & school garden

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School, cemco.org,  (912) 395-4070, cemcssav@gmail.com  On Facebook here. Coastal Empire Montessori is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah Family Therapists) Parenting classes @ Building Blocks Family Counseling

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Family Therapists Savannah Parenting Classes

Struggling to keep calm when parenting heats up? Can’t get your kids to listen?

Parenting isn’t easy!

Let Building Blocks Family Counseling in Rincon help you enjoy being a parent again.

Building Blocks’ Parenting with Love & Logic classes teach parents how to avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments, stay calm when their kids do incredibly upsetting things, and set enforceable limits. Next class starts Feb. 22 2018.
Sign up today!

Register online here or contact Building Blocks Family Counseling at 912-349-8043 or via email
buildingblockscounseling@gmail.com

Building Blocks Family Counseling, buildingblocks.solutions,  912-349-8043, email ashley.moore.mft@gmail.com, 9390 Ford Ave., Suite 7B, Richmond HillOn Facebook here. Building Blocks Family Counseling is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah dentists) A child’s 1st dental visit should be by age one

Friday, October 20th, 2017

 

Pediatric Dentists Savannah Krista Hinchey Dogwood Smiles

“Get it done in year one!”  

A child’s first dental visit should be by age ONE. 

That’s the message from Dr. Krista Hinchey @ Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry of Savannah & The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Krista Hinchey reiterates AAPD’s recommendation that infants need to see the dentist before their 1st birthday.

Studies show that dental costs for children who have their first dental visit before age one are 40 percent lower in the first five years than for those who do not see a dentist prior to their first birthday, Dr. Krista said.

See the AAPD’s recommendation here. 

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About Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry of Savannah specializes in children. Board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Krista Hinchey and her team are experts on the growing smile.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry accepts the following insurance: Amerigroup, CareSource, PeachState and Well Care (these are all Georgia Medicaid) The other main ones accepted @ Dogwood are United Concordia/Tricare (military), Ameritas, MetLife and Cigna. 

Stay connected with Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry and learn more about this new Savannah pediatric dentist practice by liking the practice on Facebook here. 

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry, www.dogwoodsmiles.com, 4849 Paulsen St., Suite 101, Savannah 31405, 912-298-KIDS (5437), email admin@dogwoodsmiles.com. Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah Family Therapists) Only a few spots remain available in parenting class @ Building Blocks Family Counseling

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Family Therapists Savannah Parenting Classes

Building Blocks Family Counseling in Rincon only has a few spots still available in a parenting class  that starts Oct. 12 2017.

This six-week parenting class utilizes the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® Curriculum where parents will discover that their jobs can be really enjoyable, and that they can teach personal responsibility and respect without losing their kids’ love. Class facilitators will guide participants through the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® videos and workbook.

Class Facilitators:
Kathryn Klock-Powell, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S
Ashley Moore, LMFT, Love & Logic Certified Facilitator

Classes will be 6:30-8PM @ United Way Building, 711 Zitterour Road, Rincon, GA 31326
*Child care available for a small fee

Class starts Oct. 12 2017.

Registration is still open online here. 

Questions? Call 912-349-8043 or email ashley.moore.mft@gmail.com

Building Blocks Family Counseling, buildingblocks.solutions,  912-349-8043, email ashley.moore.mft@gmail.com, 9390 Ford Ave., Suite 7B, Richmond HillOn Facebook here. Building Blocks Family Counseling is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser