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Ochsner Medical Center’s West Bank Campus released its 2015 Childbirth and Parenting Class Schedule, offering something for the needs of every parent. From prenatal “Birthing and Beyond” and belly dancing classes to learning support groups for first-time parents with newborns (to 6 months), Ochsner has a class for it. The classes range from free to $100 and cover the basics of breastfeeding, infant safety, Lamaze, prenatal health, labor and delivery, safe babysitting and management and a sibling’s class for children to prepare for a new brother or sister. Call 391-5529, email familyunitwb@ochsner.org or visit Ochsner.Org/FamilyUnitWB.

According to a recent report from Louisiana Medical News, Louisiana ranks second highest in the United States in breast cancer and fourth in cervical cancer deaths. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant extension and increase for 2014 to ’15 to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program however, aims to help improve that ranking. The grant will assist the LBCHP in providing additional free breast and cervical cancer screenings, which includes mammograms and Pap tests, to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women in the state. Call (888) 599-1073 or visit Lbchp.org.

The CDC also recently awarded the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health a $2.2 million grant. According to a press release by the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, the award is aimed at young breast cancer survivors in the Gulf South for programs to increase availability of health information and support services. It will be dispersed over a five-year period. For more information, visit PublicHealth.Lsuhsc.Edu.




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