SUBURBAN SQUARE BRINGS SPOOKY FUN TO FAMILIES WITH SCARE AT THE SQUARE EVENT Oct 25th.
Free event offers Pumpkin Decorating, Balloon Artists, Face painting, Musical Performances and more
Join Suburban Square some Halloween family fun at the Scare at the Square event on Saturday, October 25 and enjoy a variety of festive, FREE, activities including:
-Trick-or-Treating and Pumpkin Decorating in the Main Courtyard
-The Cat’s Pajamas Performance (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
-Cookie Decorating sponsored by Williams Sonoma, located in the storefront courtyard (10:00 a.m.)
-Balloon Artists and Face Painting
Don’t forget to enter to win a Suburban Square gift card by taking a selfie in front of the fall display in the Upper Courtyard, located outside the Times Building, using the hashtag #ScareAtTheSquare. Upload your selfie on Facebook and tag @Suburban Square to be entered to win!
WHEN & WHERE:
Suburban Square, Main Courtyard
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located in Ardmore, Pa., Suburban Square is the Main Line’s premier shopping destination. Offering a distinct combination of local boutiques and upscale name brand retailers including Lululemon, Kate Spade New York, Apple, Williams Sonoma, Bluemercury, and Barbour, Suburban Square offers something for everyone. This open-air lifestyle center is also home to a Trader Joe’s, gourmet Farmers Market and curated restaurant row.
SIMON BRINGS FREE FUN LAB TOUR TO FAMILIES, OCT 12th AT OXFORD VALLEY MALL
Oxford Valley Mall Provides Parents and Kids with an Interactive Event that Encourages Fun through PBS, Care Bears™ Strawberry Shortcake™ and More
Langhorne, PA — Kids and parents can plan to have a blast as the Simon® Fun Lab Tour rolls into town this weekend. The tour will be making its way across Pennsylvania, stopping at Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, PA on Sunday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Simon Malls’® Fun Lab tour offers families around the country a fun and immersive experience with hugely popular and loved kids brands. The interactive events will feature activities hosted by Oxford Valley Mall, Simon, PBS, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Families can walk through engaging themed “Fun Zones” featuring exciting activities for kids of all ages, including:
PBS Fun Zone – There’s always something new to discover when you visit the PBS KIDS Fun Zone! Stop by and explore the newest digital apps from WILD KRATTS and DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD; get up and get moving with CURIOUS GEORGE’S Monkey Jump game; and play and imagine with the newest PBS KIDS toys. With PBS KIDS, anytime is learning time, and learning has never been more fun.
#ShareYourCare with the Care Bears! – Happy? Silly? Caring? Show off your personality just like the Care Bears do when you create your very own Belly Badge! Once you make your badge, get your picture taken with it and post it to the #ShareYourCare wall. Get a peek at the new Care Bears home entertainment from Lionsgate, and make sure to check out the softest and most cuddly, huggable Care Bears plush ever that will be on hand from Just Play.
It’s a Berry Good Time with Strawberry Shortcake – Do you have a Berry Best Friend? Visit the Strawberry Shortcake friendship bracelet making station and create a special, one-of-a-kind piece for your sweetest friend! There will be lots of Strawberry Shortcake toys to play with as well from The Bridge Direct, plus previews of the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Kids will also get a chance to try out all the new Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake apps at the iPad station.
Game Zone – Test your skills at Corn Hole, Plinko, Spin Wheel and other strategy thinking games for the chance to win prizes and for some friendly family competition.
“Simon’s Fun Lab tour aims to deliver families an enjoyable hands-on experience in a safe environment that’s close to home,” said Jim Malervy, Director of Marketing at Oxford Valley Mall. “This year’s set of super fun offerings will give kids the chance to get creative and energized in a controlled, family-friendly place.”
The Simon Fun Lab is one of several educational entertainment programs and seasonal events held throughout the year in conjunction with the Simon Kidgits Club®. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit www.simon.com/kidgits. For more information about Oxford Valley Mall, please visit or http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com
About Oxford Valley Mall
Oxford Valley Mall is a two-level, super-regional mall located at the intersection of East Lincoln Highway and Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Oxford Valley Mall has more than 150 retailers and is anchored by JCPenney, Sears and Macy’s. For additional information on Oxford Valley Mall, visit http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com
or follow the mall on Twitter @[OxfordValleyPA](http://www.twitter.com/OxfordValleyPA)
or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shopoxfordvalleymall.com
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit [simon.com](http://www.simon.com)
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number-one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit [pbskids.org](http://www.pbskids.org), pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
About Care Bears
First introduced by American Greetings in 1982, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and beloved children’s properties, known to children and adults through consumer products, greeting cards, and an animated CGI television show. The Care Bears share hearts and hugs with children, helping them understand feelings and emotions through love, music, belly badge magic and Care Bear hugs.
About Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake debuted in 1980 as a line of social expression products, as well as toys, videos, games, crafts and books. Today, the little girl with the big personality is winning the hearts of a third generation of consumers on multiple platforms.
About AG Properties
AG Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation. Built upon the successful re-launches of Care Bears™ and Strawberry Shortcake™ licensed products, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising. In addition to Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie™ and Madballs, as well as new properties Boofle™, Packages from Planet X™ and Twisted Whiskers™. Children can experience AGP online at http://www.agkidzone.com
For more information on AGP, visit http://www.agpbrands.com
JOIN MISS MARILYN FOR END OF SUMMER FUN (free)
My daughter and I would go 1-2 times a week and we made friends with Moms & their children. We went to the Newtown Kids Music Round & the Yardley Kids Music Round.
Also Time To Sign Up For Your Fall Kids’ MusicRound Semester with Unlimited Attendance between Yardley and Newtown!!!!!!
Thursday – September 11 at 4:15 – Lower Makefield Farmer’s Market
Would love to see everyone – also please tell your friends with little ones abut the importance of Kids’ MusicRound classes for their children. I appreciate that so much!
Like My Facebook Page “Kids’ MusicRound with Miss Marilyn for all updates!”
STAY IN TOUCH
Igniting a Passion for Learning, Beginning with Preschool
Young children are famous for asking why. They have a need to know, to explore, to discover, to learn about the world around them. Grey Nun Academy knows that fostering the natural inquiring spirit of our youngest students, while encouraging their curiosity and insatiable need for answers is the key to igniting a passion for learning that will help them blossom into lifelong learners.
The youngest students at Grey Nun Academy – Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kindergarten – embark on a journey that engages them in age-appropriate learning individualized to their varied learning styles. Small classes provide the ideal environment for children to explore their potential, share ideas and investigate the world around them.
GNA offers half-day and full-day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes taught by experienced, caring teachers. The curriculum is based on a multi-sensory approach to learning, using inter-disciplinary themes and offers early introduction to music, art, movement, Spanish and technology. Making a transition from home to school is a new and exciting opportunity for young children. The Pre-K3 class at GNA is for children who are three on or before September 1st, and focuses on hands-on learning that allow them to, approach activities with imagination, and learn about friendships. Grey Nun’s Pre-K4, for students who are four on or before September 1st, builds on the activities the younger students enjoy as they also begin to develop the skills that allow them to be successful in Kindergarten, and beyond. The Pre-K4 curriculum includes Reading Readiness, Math Readiness, Oral Language Development, Motor Coordination Development, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development.
As a community committed to providing strong academics, a nurturing environment and unsurpassed education, Grey Nun Academy prides itself on providing a warm, friendly, fun and interesting full-day Kindergarten for students who are 5 on or before September 1st. Grey Nun strives to meet the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the students in an encouraging atmosphere. The students are encouraged to wonder, to seek answers, to question and be curious while exploring their environment. This is integral to igniting their passion for learning, and is evident throughout the Kindergarten curriculum. Children are immersed in a language-rich environment, where they actively participate in a wide variety of multi-sensory language and literacy situations, and experience natural learning opportunities that develop early reading and writing skills. The children begin their journey to become lifelong readers and learners as they develop an understanding of both spoken and written language. Hands-on activities in math allow students to develop thinking, reasoning and problem-solving strategies as they learn how to use math in real life.
Understanding that every child has unique gifts, possessing special abilities, interests, talents and approaches to learning, Grey Nun offers each student the tools they need to succeed.
For more information, visit www.GNAEDU.org, call for private tour or visit the school at 1750 Quarry Road in Yardley for an upcoming Open House: October 19th 12-2 PM, October 22nd 9-11 AM or November 5th 9-11 AM.
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Grey Nun Academy
Disney Week At The Pop Shop
COLLINGSWOOD NJ – Do you want to build a snowman? Meet a princess? Win a trip to Disney World? Then come to The Pop Shop’s Fall Disney Week sponsored by Gloucester Travel. The Pop Shop’s Spring Disney Week was such an overwhelming success we are bringing it back Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3, 2014.
Bring the whole family to experience a week of magic, music, and merriment of Disney with a different theme each day! Events include Princess and Pirate visits, magical kids menu, Disney Family Trivia Night, pin trading party, “Behind the Scenes” with Disney Travel, plus story times, coloring sheets, and Disney movies on the TV. Our Pop Shop “Cast Members” will be wearing Disney pins for trading, too! See complete Event Listing below.
The Pop Shop has created a magical kid’s menu of Disney-inspired fare including Mickey Mouse Grilled Cheese, Hotdog Pirate Ships, Toy Story Planet Pizza, Rapunzel’s Pretzel Braids, official Disney Mickey Rice Krispy treats and more! The special Disney menu will be available every day beginning at 11am for lunch and dinner. Tuesday start the little ones early with a new Disney Junior breakfast. And we cap the week off with TWO solid days of Frozen-inspired fun!
Guests will also have the chance to win a trip to Disney World! Gloucester Travel will be raffling off a THREE NIGHT STAY at any Disney Resort! Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will benefit the Pop Shop Party Fund for underprivileged kids. The winner will be announced Monday, October 6th. You do not have to be present to win. Contact Chris Schwam from Gloucester Travel at 856-559-0224 for further information.
MONDAY 9/29: Mickey & Minnie Monday
- Mid-day Magic: Guests are encouraged to wear their “ears” and classic Mickey & Friends gear. A princess will make an appearance from 11:30am to 1:30pm. A special guest will read a classic Disney book at 11:30 am. Mickey cartoons will be on the TV. Mickey and Minnie coloring sheets will be available.
- Disney Dinner: Guests are encouraged to wear their “ears” and classic Mickey & Friends gear. A princess will make an appearance from 5 to 7:30pm. A special guest will read a classic Disney book at 5:30 Mickey cartoons will be on the TV. Mickey and Minnie coloring sheets will be available.
- Disney Trivia: Our team trivia quiz game will feature Disney trivia for all ages. 7:00 to 8:30pm. Held in our Party Room. A Princess will be visiting!
TUESDAY 9/30: Pirates & Princesses Day
- Disney Junior Breakfast: 9:00-11am.Meet a pirate and princess! Disney Junior shows will be on the TV. Disney Junior coloring sheet. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best pirate and princess finery.
- Mid-day Magic: Guests are encouraged to dress in their best pirate and princess finery. A princess will make an appearance from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Pirate and Princess Disney movies will be on the TV. Pirate and princess coloring sheets will be available. A special guest will read a classic Disney book at 11:30 am.
- Pin Trading Pre-Dinner Party: 6-9pm in our Party Room. Bring your stash and come prepared to pin trade with our “Cast Members” and other pin trading fans! Full menu is available.
- Disney Dinner: Guests are encouraged to dress in their best pirate and princess finery. A princess and a pirate will make an appearance from 5:00-7:30pm. Jack the Balloon man will be here making balloon wands and swords. Pirate and Princess Disney movies will be on the TV. Pirate and princess coloring sheets will be available.
WEDNESDAY 10/1: Heroes and Villains
· Behind the Scenes Look at Disney Vacations Breakfast: 8:30-9:30am in the Party Room. Adults can learn the secrets to creating a once in a lifetime Disney vacation with this informative seminar by Gloucester Travel. Free Continental breakfast. Each attendee will receive a complimentary raffle ticket for our Disney Trip! Free Continental breakfast available.
· Mid-day Magic: Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain from Disney movies or theme parks. A princess will make an appearance from 11:30am-1:30pm. Disney “good guy vs. bad guy movies” on the big TV. Hero/villain coloring sheets will be available.
· Disney Dinner: Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain from Disney movies or theme parks. A princess will make an appearance from 5:00-7:30pm. Disney “good guy vs. bad guy movies” on the big TV. Hero/villain coloring sheets will be available.
· Behind the Scenes Look at Disney Vacations Ice Cream Social: 8:00-9:00pm. Adults can learn the secrets to creating a once in a lifetime Disney vacation with this informative seminar by Gloucester Travel. Free ice cream social for each attendee plus receive a complimentary raffle ticket for our Disney Trip!
THURSDAY 10/2: Frozen Thursday
· Olaf’s Frozen Breakfast: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. Special Disney-inspired breakfast menu. A princess will make an appearance from 9am to 10:30am. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets. Frozen sing-a-long at 9:30am and 10:30am.
· Mid-day Magic: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. A princess will make an appearance from 11:30am-1:30pm. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets. Frozen sing-a-long at 12:30pm
· Disney Dinner: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. A princess will make an appearance from 5:00-7:30pm. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets. Frozen sing-a-long at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.
FRIDAY10/3: Frozen Friday
· Olaf’s Frozen Breakfast: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. Special Disney-inspired breakfast menu. A princess will make an appearance from 9am to 10:30am. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets will be available. Frozen sing-a-long at 9:30am and 10:30am.
· Mid-day Magic: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. A princess will make an appearance from 11:30am-1:30pm. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets will be available. Frozen sing-a-long at 12:30pm
· Disney Dinner: Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery and or favorite Disney gear. A princess will make an appearance from 5:00-7:30pm. Frozen will be on the TV. Frozen coloring sheets will be available.Frozen sing-a-long at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.
Schedule subject to change
The Pop Shop specializes in American comfort cuisine including 30 kinds of grilled cheese, a dozen varieties of 100%-from-scratch pancakes, build-your-own burgers, creative blue plate entrees, salads and sandwiches, hand cut fries, and soda fountain favorites featuring creative sundaes, splits and milkshakes. Breakfast is served all day. Located at 729 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, NJ, The Pop Shop calls to mind the main street soda fountain era with its retro décor, real 1950’s soda counter, bubble gum colors, original tin ceiling, and vintage juke box. 856-869-0111. www.thepopshopusa.com
Disney Menu follows below
Menu subject to change
Disney Magic Menu
Meal includes choice of entrée, one side, drink, and dessert. Menu subject to change.
$10.99 for children 14 and under.
Disney Drinks: Frozen Fizz Punch or “Drink Me” Lemonade or Monster’s University Milk
Mouseketeer’s Main Course
Mickey Mouse Grilled Cheese
Hotdog Pirate Ship
Alice’s Tea Party PB&J
Toy Story Planet Pizza
Tigger’s Tenders with Honeypot–Mustard
Mickey Mouse Cheese Nibbles
Strawberry Mickey Bowties
Rapunzel’s Pretzel Braid
Olaf Noses and Snow Dip
Pop Century Fries
Anna and Elsa OR Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats
THE STORY OF FROZEN:
MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC
Hosted by Josh Gad, the Voice of Olaf
All-New Exclusive ABC Special Features Interviews with Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad as well as John Lasseter and the Frozen Filmmaking Team
Mama is personally excited to watch how animated movies are brought to life, even for us adults
AN UNPRECEDENTED BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF A MODERN MOVIE BASED ON A TIMELESS TALE, “THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC” PREMIERES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 8:00-9:00 PM ET, WITH A LOOK TOWARD THE NEXT CHAPTER FOR ANNA, ELSA AND FRIENDS
FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF “BIG HERO 6,” WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS’ NEXT COMEDY ACTION ADVENTURE & MORE
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical. Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.
This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”
The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios –under wraps until now – as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6” is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer and Rudy Bednar is director of “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.”
Click here for an interactive experience:
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The film’s Feb. 25 digital debut was the biggest digital release (sell-through) ever; it’s Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18 was No. 1 on the Nielsen overall disc charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks. The “Frozen” soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 31 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed nearly 300 million times on YouTube.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning “Frozen,” the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Lincoln Square Productions:
Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories. Clients include ABC Television Group, Scripps Networks, Viacom, Discovery Communications, National Geographic Networks, and more. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City.
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St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Raises Awareness of Breastfeeding
PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2014 — To celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will host a breastfeeding awareness week August 4-8, 2014 at the hospital, located at 160 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.
The event will help raise awareness for the importance of breastfeeding and provide helpful information to hospital employees and the community. Throughout the week, tables with informative materials on breastfeeding, staffed by St. Christopher’s employees, will be set up in three locations: the Lower Atrium at the main hospital, in Ambulatory Pediatrics on the first floor of the main hospital, and in the lobby of the Nelson Pavilion, located across the parking lot from the hospital.
St. Christopher’s currently has a hospital-based Breastfeeding Committee comprised of nurses, and Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBC). A CBC is a person who receives training and competency verification in breastfeeding, knowledge of milk production, prevention and management of breastfeeding complications, feeding difficulties and handling and storage of breast milk. The group assists mothers who are learning to breastfeed, as well as provides support and education to breastfeeding or pumping mothers and staff.
“Currently, our group sees about 170 newborns per month,” says Deborah Sandrock, MD, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), physician at St. Christopher’s. We assist moms in obtaining personal items to help with breastfeeding and work closely with home care visiting nurses who are involved with our patients. We also have a MILK warmline that provides breastfeeding support to moms if they have questions or concerns between appointments.”
The purpose of the Breastfeeding Committee at St. Christopher’s is to increase the rates of breastfeeding at St. Christopher’s and to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk. Lactation Consultant services are a part of outpatient newborn visits for breastfeeding families, as well.
“Breastfeeding may help to lower the risk of SIDS in babies, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, childhood leukemia, ear infections, obesity and asthma,” says Dr. Sandrock. “Breast milk is also easier to digest than formula and is rich in nutrients and antibodies.”
Dr. Sandrock adds that breastfeeding may also lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression in women.
St. Christopher’s Hospital
Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine.
A 189-bed hospital, St. Christopher’s is committed to delivering high quality family-and patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. Its highly acclaimed programs include a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Level IV NICU, a Heart Center and Oncology unit. Hospital services also include the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. Thanks to our nursing excellence, St. Christopher’s achieved Magnet status in 2009. Numerous St. Christopher’s physicians are frequently recognized in regional publications as “Top Docs” in their fields of expertise. In 2012, St. Christopher’s announced a $110 million expansion to include two new structures. The Critical Care Tower, which features advanced technology while incorporating families’ needs, will house 50 critical care and 60 Level IIIC NICU beds. The Center for the Urban Child will provide children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness.
To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit www.stchristophershospital.com or call 215-427-5000. Find us on social media at facebook.com/stchrishospital, stchrishospital.blogspot.com, youtube.com/stchrisvideos, pinterest.com/stchrishospital, and on instagram at @stchrismarketing and twitter at @stchristhospital.