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2002 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital Launches Boot Camp for New Dads

CLEARWATER, Fla. (August 15, 2002)---Lessons in changing diapers, burping, swaddling and singing lullabies will occur on Saturday, August 17, 2002 when Morton Plant Hospital launches its new Boot Camp for New Dads program. The first in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough counties, Boot Camp for New Dads is offered to expectant or "rookie" dads, as well as "veteran"dads with babies aged two to six months. The three-hour workshop starts at 10 a.m. in the second floor classroom of the Sarah Walker Women's Center located on the Morton Plant campus, 300 Pinellas Street in Clearwater.

"The staff at the Sarah Walker Women's Center realize that the father plays an important role in a family and it is just as important for him to bond with the new baby as the mother," said Marcia Albanese, director of women and children's services at Morton Plant Hospital. "Getting fathers involved early is the goal of the class and what better way than to learn from other dads."

The workshop is facilitated by a coach and "veteran" dads who show expectant fathers the ins and outs of infant care covering everything from changing a diaper to getting through sleepless nights. Created in 1990 by Greg Bishop, boot camp is a community education program offered at 150 locations across the United States that use a man-to-man training approach. Needs of new mothers and tips providing support and help are also covered. "In addition to helping with the baby's care, dads can also play a very important part in providing new mothers with much needed comfort and support," said Albanese.

The first hour's discussion centers on topics such as forming a new family, the changing role of fathers and helping mom with breastfeeding. The middle hour is a hands-on opportunity for prospective dads to practice baby care skills under the guidance of veteran dads who bring their new babies to the workshop. The last hour is an interactive session featuring the best advice veteran dads can offer the rookies.

The three-hour workshop starts at 10 a.m. in the second floor classroom of the Sarah Walker Women's Center located at Morton Plant Hospital. Future boot camps for 2002 are scheduled on September 21, October 19, November 23 and December 14. The workshop fee is $25 with a limit of 15 dads per workshop. For more information or to register please call (727) 462-7743.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. In the May/June 2002 issue of AARP Modern Maturity, Morton Plant Hospital was named one of America's 50 Top Hospitals and a Solucient Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital for the fourth consecutive year in 2001. Morton Plant Hospital has more than 50 specialty areas of service including cancer treatment, cardiovascular medicine, behavioral health, neurosciences, emergency care, surgery services, women's health, rehabilitation and orthopaedics. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

MPMHC News Bureau

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