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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

(UPDATE: A 12-year-old Savannah boy named Keith Passmore was shot dead Saturday night Nov. 22. That means three children were shot in three different shootings in Savannah in less than one week.)

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

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

Mommy & Me Relaxation Classes (Prenatal & Postpartum) @ Erigo, Savannah

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

pregnancy yoga post-partum yoga fitness at Erigo Savannah mommy and me yoga Savannah Erigo Mommy & Me Relaxation Classes (Prenatal & Postpartum) @ Erigo in Savannah, the one-stop resource for expectant & new parents.

This class offers you the education needed to face the physical, mental and emotional changes of your body, mind and heart with poise and grace.

Classes are: 

10 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays @ Erigo, 5301 Paulsen St.

Lynn will guide you, and your child, through a variety of relaxation techniques leaving you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated to face the day. This class is open to expecting and new moms as well as those with small children (4 & younger).

Cost: $15 a session. If you’d prefer to pay for multiple classes at once you can purchase 6-sessions for $70 to be used within 2 months of purchase

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

Erigo – 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. Detailshere. 

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

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

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.  
Whether you are thinking of starting a family, currently pregnant, a new parent or maybe looking to connect with other parents and kids: Erigo Savannah has created a new environment where all are welcome to discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will also be on hand to answer all of your questions.
This is a free event with refreshments served.
1st Tuesday of Every Month from 10-11:30 am
5301 Paulsen Street, in the Medical Arts District
912-544-6387

*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 

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah offers Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy for Children

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah is THE practice for physical, occupational & speech therapy for kids.

Their therapists are here to answer your concerns about your child’s development.

Do people have difficulty understanding your child when he/she speaks?

Are you concerned about the effects of chronic ear infections on your child’s speech?

Are you concerned that your child is not crawling?

Does your child interact with others?

Therapists at Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness can answer these and many other questions you may have about your child’s development.

Call Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness for an appointment: 912.351.4793.

You can meet the therapists from Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness at their booth at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Annual Buddy Walk at Forsyth Park this Saturday October 4th. Learn more about the Buddy Walk 2014 here. 

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness, 10B Mall Ct., Savannah, 31406, 912.351.4793, On Facebook here, email management@pediatricrehabandwellness.com , www.pediatricrehabandwellness.com Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness 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.

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics, www.southcoastmedical.com/services/pediatrics, SouthCoast Health Pediatrics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Unidentified respiratory virus likely to hit kids nationwide has already hit Georgia

Monday, September 8th, 2014


Spread the word: Handwashing. Handwashing. Handwashing. The way to possibly prevent your kids from getting this scary virus.

This below is from ABC News.

A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states — Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia — have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

Learn more here. 

Pooler Kids’ Club means Parents’ Night Out, Pooler

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Pooler Kids Art Club Scribble Art Studio Pooler

Scribble Art Studio in Pooler offers the Saturday evenings Pooler Kids’ Club so you can enjoy a night out.

Drop off your kids at Scribble Art Studio in Pooler on certain Saturday nights this Fall 2014 so you can enjoy a childfree night out with your sweetie or so you can take some time for a Girls’ Night Out or just so you can get caught up.  

Kid’s will make fun arts and crafts projects, hang out with friends, and eat pizza! Ages 5+, 6-9pm, $30 per student ($20 for siblings)

Call 912.713.7376 or click here. 

Scribble Art Studio in Pooler is at 115 Canal St. Pooler, 31322 

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler offers private & group art classes for kids, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble has art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or emailinfo@thescribbleartstudio.com  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

From Macho to Mom: a military sergeant’s humorous handbook for surviving being a stay-at-home dad

Friday, August 15th, 2014

From Macho to Mom bookJ. Masters is a retired USAF Sgt. SERE Instructor. He spent over 20 years within the strict discipline of the military and he was good at it what he did, more than good really. He was an exceptional member of the United States Air Force. He thrived.

Then came retirement.

J. Masters tried out several professions after retiring from the military, but he never found anything that fit his personality so well as the SERE field. Then his wife, several years his junior, graduated and Masters decided that it was his turn to tackle homemaking and child-rearing full time while she became the bread-winner.

And tackle motherhood he did.

The results of his applying military principles to household life were at times ridiculous, at times fruitless, and, most times, comedic. Day after day, Masters discovered that there was something infinitely more challenging than performing pre-jump checklists and surviving enemy interrogation (no enemy interrogator is quite as effective as a child asking all the whys of the known universe)- housewifery (as he so aptly coined) was the most challenging role he’d ever played.

One day, Masters sat down at his computer- the house finally quiet with the older kids at school and the younger kids napping- and started typing (rambling really). Every day, he penned the hilarity and chaos of household maintenance.

From Macho2Mom, in all its randomness, will have you laughing, crying and truly appreciating the greatness of mothers all over the planet.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON here.

Universal Survival Innovations is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE Pre-K openings for 2014-15 @ Childcare Network on Wilmington Is., Savannah

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Free pre-K program for 2014-15 in Savannah Wilmington Is. Childcare Network on Johnny Mercer Drive on Wilmington Is. in Savannah has openings for their GA Free Pre-K Program! If you or someone you know has a child that turns 4 before September 1st, you are eligible to enroll.

Call today to find out about this state funded Free Pre-K Program. 912-897-3888. More details by clicking here.

Childcare Network, 350 Johnny Mercer Drive, Savannah 31410, 912-897-3888, Childcare Network is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser