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Hospitals win breastfeeding support award

Clearwater/ Safety Harbor

Hospitals win breastfeeding support award

Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater have won an award for their efforts to support and educate breastfeeding mothers. The Care Award is given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of U.S. babies start out breastfeeding, but only 13 percent are exclusively breastfed by the end of six months. Morton Plant and Mease Countryside offer educational classes for expectant mothers and weekly support groups for women nursing infants at home or in the workplace. "Morton Plant has increased the percentage of women successfully breastfeeding from 63 percent in 1991 to 85 percent in 2010 and Mease Countryside has increased the percentage from 71 percent in 2009 to 82 percent in 2010," said Marcia Albanese, the Morton Plant Mease director of women's services. "We believe it is the best start for baby and supporting the new mother is essential for long-term breastfeeding."


Event focuses on green community

Residents are invited to attend a Clearwater Greenprint Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. March 1 at Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. A draft version of Clearwater Greenprint, a community action plan that will help guide city decisionmaking about creating a more sustainable community, will be included in the discussion. The event will also include exhibits and door prizes. Electric cars and the city's natural gas vehicle will also be on display. Call Lauren Matzke at (727) 562-4547 or visit


Ex-adviser to Gore will speak to club

At its Monday meeting, the Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas will host Joyce Martin, the former club president who served as an adviser to Al Gore during his presidential run. The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Red Lobster, 26320 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. The public is invited, and reservations are not required. For more information, call Mary Freeman at (727) 581-4630. The group also is selling tickets for its annual Membership Luncheon and Fashion Show, to be held at 11:30 a.m. March 19 at Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave., Largo. Tickets are $20, which also covers membership fees for new members. The deadline to buy tickets is March 14. Call Kathy Murray at (727) 442-1672.

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