Building Healthy Families Through Play March 2010
What's Inside Winter's end
If you were starting to feel like
Food bank 4 winter was never going to end,
you’re not alone! Hopefully the
Playgrounds 5 excitement of February’s
snowstorms will soon seem like a
Doulas 8 distant memory. In the meantime,
please know how much we
Family events 10 appreciated everyone’s patience
and understanding during the
week that the PTLL was closed
Haircut tips 13 due to the weather conditions.
For those of you who haven’t
seen it yet, please be sure to stop
The art studio at the Toy Lending by the PTLL soon to check out our
Library provides a bounty of new entryway! It’s one of the
materials for creative exploration. major improvements to our space
Spotlight on Pittsburgh:
made by the First United
Methodist Church during their
the Cathedral of Learning
renovation project. The new glass
double doors offer us improved
visibility of our entryway from the
and Heinz Chapel
street and the parking lot and
better temperature control (no
more arctic blasts whenever
Standing tall at 42 stories, the celebrate diversity and someone walks in!). You’ll also
Cathedral of Learning is the understanding,” said Nationality notice that the old entryway has
highest educational building in the Rooms tour coordinator Michael been covered by a new wall; the
Western hemisphere and the Walter. church will be using the old door
second tallest university building In 1926 thenchancellor John and the space behind the wall for
in the world. The architect who Bowman began the Nationality storage.
designed the building, Room program in to involve the As always, we’d love to hear
Philadelphian Charles Klauder, community in constructing the from you about your experiences
fused the idea of a modern Cathedral, which opened in 1937. at the PTLL. If you’ve got
skyscraper with the tradition and Each Nationality Room celebrates questions, suggestions, or ideas to
ideals of Gothic architecture. a different culture that has share, please email
The Cathedral, located at influenced Pittsburgh's growth. firstname.lastname@example.org, talk to a board
Bigelow Boulevard between 5th “Anytime is good to visit as we member (the list of board
Avenue and Forbes Avenue, have several different touring members and their contact
houses various offices, options and some special events information is on the bulletin board
classrooms and a food court. But scheduled through the year,” by the front desk), or come to a
most visitors are drawn by the 27 Walter noted. All weekends board meeting (generally held at
Nationality Rooms on the first and through the year (except the the PTLL on the first Saturday of
third floors. weekend after Christmas), audio each month at 9:30, though April’s
“The rooms are colorful and tape tours are available at $3 for meeting will be held on April 10th
inspirational to a child's adults, $1 for children aged 818. due to the Easter holiday).
imagination, but they also remind Tape tours are also available —Megan Spak
us of our shared cultural heritage weekdays when Pitt classes are President, PTLL Board of
here in the USA. As such, they not in session—summer (May Directors
(cont. page 3)
Board of Directors Rummage sale
Thanks so much to everyone – from those
who donated items to everyone who made a
purchase – who helped make our final
President Megan Spak email@example.com rummage sale a success! The PTLL brought in
over $550 from this sale. Due to the
Vice President Tonya Campbell requirements of the Consumer Product Safety
firstname.lastname@example.org Improvement Act (CPSIA), the PTLL Board of
Directors has decided to stop having our annual
Treasurer Elizabeth Pitard email@example.com rummage sales as fundraisers, and we are no
longer accepting donated toys. We’re exploring
Secretary Genevieve Hower other ideas for fundraisers, though, and would
firstname.lastname@example.org love to hear any ideas that you have for ways to
raise money for the PTLL. Please email
Newsletter Coordinator Marissa Morrison email@example.com with any questions,
firstname.lastname@example.org comments, or fundraising suggestions.
Website Coordinator Heather Starr Fiedler
We are so appreciative to Aaron & Katie
Volunteer Coordinators Elizabeth Glowczewski Secrest, departing Treasurers, for all of the hours
email@example.com, Jaime Horst they put into keeping the PTLL’s finances running
firstname.lastname@example.org smoothly, but we’re happy to say that Elizabeth
Pitard (former Membership Coordinator) was
Membership Coordinator Laura McCarthy willing to take over as our new Treasurer. Laura
email@example.com McCarthy (former Outside Volunteer Coordinator)
has kindly volunteered to pick up where
Party Coordinator Kim O’Donnell Elizabeth left off as Membership Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org (check out this month’s member profile to learn
more about Laura and her family).
Toy Coordinator Joey Smith We also welcome Elizabeth Glowczewski and
email@example.com Genevieve Hower to the Board of Directors.
Genevieve is taking over as Secretary; our VODs
Arts & Crafts Coordinators Darlene Galambos will recognize Elizabeth’s name from scheduling
firstname.lastname@example.org, Shawn Alfonso Wells emails, as she is the new Volunteer Scheduling
The PTLL Board is looking for members to fill
Supplies/Snack Coordinator Open two positions (Snacks & Supplies Coordinator
and Outside Volunteers Coordinator); if you or
someone you know would be a good fit for either
of these openings, please contact Megan Spak
The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library continues as an all (email@example.com) or Tonya Campbell
volunteer, cooperative organization to provide young (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about
children (birth through age 6), their parents and serving on the PTLL Board!
caregivers with a safe, fun place to play and access high Finally, please note that our April meeting has
quality, ageappropriate toys for home play. been moved to the second Saturday of April
(4/10) due to the Easter holiday the weekend
before. As always, all are welcomed to join us!
Word Play is the official publication of the Pittsburgh Toy
Lending Library. It is published six times per year. The PTLL is happy to post parenting and
communityrelated flyers on our bulletin boards.
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library Please give submissions to the VOD for posting
approval. The PTLL reserves the right to
5401 Centre Ave., Rear
approve all bulletins, and remove postings as
Pittsburgh, PA 15232 deemed appropriate. Any posting displayed
4126824430 email@example.com without approval of the PTLL will be removed
Cathedral and Chapel (continued)
through August), spring break chapel is open to visitors for free.
(second week of March), and Ketchup maker Henry John
occasional holidays. Heinz donated the chapel to the
Groups of ten or more people University of Pittsburgh as a tribute
can reserve private tours by prior to his mother. It was built in the
arrangement any day except the 1930s.
day after Thanksgiving, the first Heinz Chapel has 23 stained
Sunday of December, and glass windows, which measure
December 2731. approximately 4,000 square feet
Visitors are welcome to see any and contain nearly 250,000 pieces
Nationality Rooms not in use as of glass. The windows depict 391
classrooms free of charge when identifiable figures, a large
classes are in session, Mondays supporting cast of anonymous
through Fridays. This free option individuals, and an extensive variety
does not include the audio guide. of flora and fauna. The iconography
Klauder also designed Heinz combines traditional religious figures
Chapel, located just north of the and symbols with historic and
A Cathedral visitor enjoys the view.
Cathedral at Bellefield Avenue. cultural figures that extend from
When not in use for weddings, biblical times through the middle photo by Amie Powell
s concerts and religious services, the ages to the late 19th century. http://www.amiepowell.com
Volunteer Opportunities at the PTLL
Over the last 35 years, the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library has become the success story that it is
through the generosity of its volunteers. Did you know that we’ve always been a volunteerrun co
operative? Please help us keep the coop spirit alive—if you have a special skill, talent, or training that
you would be willing to use on our behalf, we would love to hear from you! From help with advertising,
marketing, and finances, to helping out at community events and with toy selection, we have lots of
opportunities for people to help out at the PTLL without making the time commitment of joining the
s Board of Directors. Please email Megan Spak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tonya Campbell
(email@example.com) to tell us more about how you can contribute!
The joy of
Word Play loves
works by kids in the
submit short pieces of
your child's writing and
pictures of your child's art
to Marissa Morrison at
com. If your child has a
favorite joke or recipe,
send that along, too!
Teaching young children how
to help our neighbors in need
By Becky Abrams, MSW, Squirrel adults. To accomplish this work we Children also can donate their own
Hill Food Pantry rely on more than 380 volunteers. dollars to the Pantry, whether you
One of the most important values Looking for a way to get started determine together that a certain
that my husband and I have taught volunteering with your family? portion of their allowance regularly
our two young daughters is to help Check out these opportunities at the be designated to a charitable
others. Becoming good citizens Squirrel Hill Food Pantry! cause, or if they set aside part of
starts in our own community. No 1. Packing bags: If your children their birthday money to make a
matter how or where you live, are 4 or more years of age, you can donation. We recognize Pantry gifts
chances are there’s another family volunteer as a family at a Sunday of any amount, so even smaller
nearby who’s having a tough time packing. On two Sundays every sums from younger children will be
making ends meet. It’s never too month, Pantry volunteers pack more acknowledged in a thank you note
early to start volunteering, and there than 400 bags of nonperishable sent to the child.
are many ways that you and your food and fresh produce. (Pre Another idea: Hoping your family
children can help struggling scheduling is recommended.) and friends don’t purchase any
neighbors. 2. Donating food: When more “stuff” for your toddler?
As the director of the Squirrel Hill shopping, let your child pick out a Suggest that in lieu of gifts,
Food Pantry, I work with families favorite food and buy an extra one birthday party attendees make a
looking to volunteer together to donate. Together you can deliver donation to the Squirrel Hill Food
through a handson experience. The it to the Pantry. Young kids can learn Pantry in your child’s name. Or if
Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is a that any food donation – even one they insist on gifts after all,
member agency of the Greater box of Cheerios – makes a encourage them to bring kosher
Pittsburgh Community Food Bank difference. canned goods to the party, which
and serves all lowincome people All food donations to the Squirrel you then can donate.
living in zip code area 15217, who Hill Food Pantry must be marked 5. Getting creative: Even your
qualify for supplemental food. with a kosher symbol, and our staff budding artists can help! Let your
Although you do not have to keep is happy to help you learn to identify children make colorful pictures for
kosher to benefit from our Pantry, them (it’s easy!). our Pantry clients. We’ll add their
we are the only kosher pantry in all 3. Organizing a food drive: warm wishes as special notes in our
of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Children and families can organize a food bags to brighten a client’s day.
Last year the Squirrel Hill Food traditional food drive at their school Your own volunteering and
Pantry served more than 730 people or place of worship; with their sports charitable giving can set an
– the highest number in our 11year team, arts class or other amazing example for your children.
history. Each month we distribute extracurricular activity; or as a group With your help and encouragement,
14,000 pounds of kosher food, of friends or neighbors. Collecting giving becomes second nature to
including 3,000 pounds of fresh one specific food, like cold cereal or them as they grow and develop.
produce, to seniors, working families canned tuna, is an easy way to Besides learning what a critical role
with children and laidoff or disabled involve young children. We even volunteer service plays in our
can lend you one of our giant, society, children who begin
yellow collection barrels to use volunteering at a young age also
during the drive. learn that what they do as
4. Making a financial individuals makes a difference.
contribution: Dollar donations of any That’s a wonderful selfesteem
amount help us to purchase and builder that benefits both the child
distribute food. Using our virtual and our community.
food drive is an easy and fun way To learn more about volunteering
for families to sit down at the with your family, contact the Squirrel
computer together and decide what Hill Food Pantry at 4124212708.
to give by pledging dollars toward Thanks to the support of volunteers
Becky Abrams, director of the Squirrel specific fresh produce items. For and donors of all ages, we’re able
Hill Food Pantry, with her parents, children especially, placing the items to provide food and supportive
husband and daughters. into the online shopping cart can services to those living in our
make quite an impact. Try it online community who, without our help,
photo by Joshua Franzos at http://www.sqfoodpantry.org. would go to bed hungry.
Time for outdoor fun: Parks and playgrounds
A playground structure in Shadyside's Mellon Park photo by Amie Powell
Now that Pittsburgh’s winter of recordbreaking snowfalls is finally behind us, families are flocking to the
area’s parks and playgrounds.
Ann from the North Hills loves taking her children Beatrice and Henry to Carnegie Grove playground at
North Park. “It's small enough to see kids while they play,” she said. Ann appreciates Carnegie Grove’s fun
equipment and lack of crowds. “It's on a fun walking loop with trails in the woods too!”
Naomi Canella is a fan of Mt. Lebanon Park. “It has two levels of play equipment (one is for older kids). The
park is wellmaintained and there are trees on either side, which make the setting really beautiful,” she said.
“My son Vincent loves to try everything at the park, but lately he really enjoys the spinning rings at the older
Families looking for new favorite outdoor play spaces will benefit from the following list, provided by
Heather Starr Fiedler at http://www.PittsburghMom.com. The goal of the Pittsburgh Mom website is to help
parents raising young children quickly find local resources and information they need in their daily lives.
Pittsburgh Mom can also be found online as part of the PostGazette's website.
g Downtown North Camp Horn Road
Point State Park Allegheny Commons Park Has Kids Kingdom play area, pool,
downtown at the Point North Pittsburgh, PA 15122 trails and large shelters for rent
The park provides recreational Arsenal Park Blueberry Hill Park
space for workers, visitors, and 39th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Franklin Twp, PA
residents in downtown Pittsburgh Aspinwall Recreation Field & 87 acre park in Franklin Township.
and also acts as the site for major Park Take the little ones for a day of fun
cultural events in the city, including During the summer, there is a at the “Blueberry Patch” playground
the Three Rivers Arts Festival and fountain for kids to run through. or one of the other two playgrounds
Three Rivers Regatta. Avonworth Community Park located in the park
Parks and playgrounds (continued)
Deer Lakes Park sand volleyball courts (great The medieval castlelike Anderson
1090 Bailey Run Rd., Tarentum, PA sandbox), pretty pond in the center Playground includes ladders,
15084 with ducks, basketball courts, hiking turrets, and slides surrounded by a
1,180 acres located in Frazer and trails landscaped moat of uneven timber
West Deer Townships. 3 Fishing Riverview Park rounds, evergreens, and perennials.
lakes, disc golf course, walking Riverview Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15122 Brontosaurus paw prints cast from
trails, children's play area. This 251 acre park, located 4 miles the fossil collection of the Carnegie
Emmerling Park north of downtown has a public Museum of Natural History help
off of Route 910, Indianola Twp, PA pool, a playground, the only lead children from one play area to
multipurpose fields, fishing, sand equestrian (bridle) path in the City the next.
volleyball courts (make a great Park system, various shelters, the Schenley Plaza
sandbox), children's play area, nice Allegheny Observatory, and Once the grand entrance to
trails through the woods easy summertime concerts and movies. Schenley Park, Schenley Plaza
enough for kids. South spent much of the 20th century as a
Harrison Hills Park Farmhouse Playground parking lot between Pitt’s Cathedral
5200 Freeport Rd., Natrona Heights, West Mifflin, PA 15122 of Learning and Forbes Field.
PA 15065 Phillips Park Restored as a park by the
500 acres located in Harrison Twp. Parkfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15122 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in
Children's play area, soccer fields, Round Hill Park 2006, this emerald gem in Oakland
walking trails 651 Round Hill Rd., Elizabeth, PA is a hive of activity during the
Hartwood 15037 summer months. With food kiosks,
200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 1,101 acres, soccer fields, visitor's free wifi, a tent with free lunchtime
15238 center, trails music (MF), and the beautiful PNC
Guided tours, summer theatre, South Park carousel operating daily, Schenley
trails, offleash dog areas, free Buffalo Dr., South Park, PA 15129 Plaza is the goto place in Oakland
summer concerts 1,999 acre county park, wave pool, for family entertainment. For an
Karrington Woods Park golf course, ice skating rink, sports updated list of activities, visit
Pine Township, PA fields, tennis courts, picnic groves www.pittsburghparks.org/plaza
7 acres, children's play area, multi East music
purpose field, picnic tables Bloomfield Playground Swisshelm Parklet Onondago
Knob Hill Park 408 Ella St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Whipple St., Pittsburgh, PA 15122
Marshall Twp, PA Boyce Park White Oak Park
116 acre facility offering the Jaycees 675 Old Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, 3 Muse Lane, McKeesport, PA
and Overlook pavilions, the Elias PA 15239 15131
Fry Barn, a baseball field, the Frick Park 10 acres, rabbit farm, wedding
Whitey Soergel little and pony Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15122 garden, groves, walking trails, off
league fields, a sand volleyball Park is the largest of the city's four leash dog areas
court, sledding hills, horseshoe pits, parks, covering 600 acres. Park Wightman Playground
the Sean DeArment Nature Trail, the users love the extensive trails Wightman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15122
Country Castle Playground, an 18 throughout the park's steep valleys West
hole disk golf course and a trail and wooded slopes that are ideal for Banksville Park
system. hikes. The Blue Slide Playground off Greentree Rd.
North Park offers kids a great place to swing, swimming pool, a playground,
off of route 19, Pittsburgh, PA 15122 slide, and play. tennis courts, ballfields
largest manmade body of water in Highland park Moon Park
the county, bordered by four miles of N. Highland Ave. Ewing Mill Rd.
woodlands. Plenty of children's play 2 large water reservoirs, ideal for Nice play areas, playing fields,
areas, five mile walking/biking loop fishing. Great new wood "Super shelters, clean facilities, hiking trails
around the lake. Good duck/goose Playground" as well as Farmhouse Robinson Twp Clever Rd Park
feeding by boathouse playground with toddler area and swimming pool, tennis courts,
Pine Community Park water feature basketball courts, ballfields, shelters
105 acres, trails, basketball court, Mellon Park Settlers Cabin Park
sports fields 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 1225 Greer Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071
Squaw Run Valley Park Schenley Park wave pool, diving pool, tennis
Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel, PA 101 Panther Hollow Rd., Pittsburgh, courts, groves and shelters, trails,
nice playground with toddler area, PA 15122 log cabin
Member profile: Laura McCarthy
Laura McCarthy grew up in New working outside of the home at the kids busy in other ways, too.
Kensington (a small town north of WPIC very little. Laura also serves “We love to hold playgroups at our
Pittsburgh) and went to Carlow for as a coleader of Pittsburgh house since we have waaay to
college. “I loved being in their Babywearers, a support group for many toys due to very generous
woman centered environment and parents who want to try baby relatives! In nicer weather we love
made life long friends there,” she wearing. The group holds monthly parks and taking walks. There are
said. She studied social work and meetings and can be found online at so many playgrounds in this city, we
continued her education at Pitt http://www.pittsburghbabywearers
where she earned a master’s in .com.
social work in 2003. “Other than time with the wee
Laura has worked for Women's ones I try my hand at baking and
Center and Shelter, Bloomfield occasional sewing,” she said.
Garfield Corporation and most “I currently live in Greenfield
recently UPMC Braddock/WPIC. where we moved to be near some
“I've been married for almost 6 good public schools and to be in
years to Helder Vicente, who helps walking distance to grocery stores
me see the funny side of life,” Laura and whatnot,” Laura said. “Pre
said. “I had both of my children at kiddos we lived in Bloomfield and
the Midwife Center which has loved all the great restaurants
piqued my interest in a variety of (and lack of hills!).” rarely get tired of any particular one.
topics including natural childbirth, Laura and her children spend a In the summer and fall months we
babywearing and breastfeeding. I lot of time at the Toy Lending also love to visit the local farms/
can't say enough about how Library. “We are grateful for its orchards. Soergel's has a nice little
wonderful my experiences were with existence during the dead of winter playground and cafe, and we loved
the midwives.” especially.” She has been a member berry picking at Reilly's.”
Laura’s children, Sam and Betsy, for two and a half years. “I Laura also takes time for adult
are 3 1/2 and 17 months old. She discovered the TLL when Sam was activities. “My husband and I met at
spends most of her time with them, about 8 months old but didn't really a gothic/industrial dance club and
visit much until used to attend industrial music
he was walking. shows a lot before the kiddos came
What a great along. Now we are just thrilled to get
place to be a out for dinner! I do my best to see
young toddler!” adult friends a few times per month,
Laura enjoys and I attend an evening kidfree
meeting other mom's group once per month. We
families at the look forward to more traveling when
Toy Lending Sam and Betsy are a bit older.”
Library. “I'm a In August of 2009, Laura joined
very social the board of the Toy Lending
person and tend Library. “The more I go to the TLL
to feel isolated if I the more amazed I am that it is run
spend too much by volunteers 100 percent and that
time at home. everything somehow works out. I
The social aspect felt that I should try to help keep this
of meeting other excellent organization going any
parents has been way I can. I recently took over as
a blessing for me Membership Coordinator, and I'm
and I've made slowly getting adjusted to that work.
some wonderful I also manage outside volunteer
friends there. My groups that come to clean toys,
kiddos take after make crafts with the kids, et cetera.”
me and get antsy Laura said that she enjoys
if we don't get solving problems and thinking about
out from time to ways to make things easier on
time. It's perfect members and volunteers. “I always
for our family.” want to do more to help but try not
Laura keeps to bite off more than I can chew!”
Doula options By Jan Mallak, 2LAS, ICCECDCPDIAT, CDCPD(DONA), CPD(CAPPA)
Since the doula movement postpartum and breastfeeding are light housekeeping, meal
began in 1992, the initial definition going. Fees range from about $350 preparation and limited errand
and roles have changed a bit. Aside $850 dependent on the running. She may even go to the
from birth doula certification there experience/skill of the individual hospital to assist with early
are now several professional doula. Trained doulas sometimes breastfeeding if requested. Fees are
organizations offering programs to provide pro bono services until usually hourly with rates being
become a certified postpartum certified and there are grant paid dependent on whether the doula is
doula. doulas available for some women certified and how many children she
So, what types of doula services on medical assistance. Women is helping with. Expect to pay about
are currently available in Pittsburgh? using midwives often wonder why $20 per hour. Postpartum doulas
There are established groups that they might need a birth doula – even are not just glorified babysitters –
provide a variety of assistance to though their roles may overlap, a they are specially trained women
women at any point in their doula does not provide medical who facilitate communication,
pregnancy, birth and beyond. Here care, advice or interpretations. She organizational and time
are the types of doulas to consider is strictly responsible for the management skills. They also look
and what their basic roles are: women’s social support. So she can for physical/emotional red flags in
• Birth doula – She connects with REALLY be devoted to just the the family … like a mom heading for
the clients beforehand through mother without having that extra postpartum depression or a baby
meetings and phone calls. She then responsibility midwives have. And, looking jaundiced or a sibling
attends the birth and provides 5 she is not on shift work or showing signs of serious rivalry
types of support – physical, responsible for other clients like issues.
emotional, informational, spiritual midwives. Plus doulas offer “wrap • Antepartum Doula – This doula
and mediatorial. In other words, she around care” which is not provided specifically connects with a high risk
is the ‘Queen’s’ personal by any other member of the mom who needs assistance. She
handmaiden, a caring friend, a professional birth team. These provides mother care, sibling care,
walking textbook, a nurturing aspects make the doula and the light housekeeping, meal
companion and a skilled negotiator midwife quite different. preparation and limited errand
all rolled into one. Birth doulas • Traditional PP Doula – She also running. Most postpartum doulas
generally visit the new family after connects with the clients before the can handle these responsibilities as
the birth at home and provide a birth to see if it is a good fit and to well and get hourly rates
detailed birth report and small gift. assess their individual home needs. commensurate with their
Occasional phone calls for up to 6 After the baby is born, the post professional credentials. An
weeks is the norm to see how partum doula generally provides antepartum doula may also be hired
mother care, baby care, sibling care, by a woman who has no family in
Exercising kids' bones
We all know that exercise helps your kids make “deposits” and
tone muscles, improve flexibility, “withdrawals” of bone tissue. During
regulate weight and strengthen the childhood and adolescence, much more
heart and lungs. Don’t forget that bone is deposited than withdrawn as the
keeping active also promotes bone skeleton grows in both size and density.
health! For most people, the amount of bone
Osteoporosis, a disease that tissue in the skeleton (known as bone
leads to thinning of bone tissue and mass) peaks by their late twenties. At
loss of bone density over time, has that point, bones have reached their
been called "a pediatric disease with maximum strength and density. Up to 90
geriatric consequences." That’s percent of peak bone mass is acquired
because the amount of bone mass by age 18 in girls and age 20 in boys,
attained in childhood provides a which makes youth the best time for
strong indicator of how healthy a your kids to “invest” in their bone
person’s bones will be later in life. health.
Bones are the framework for your —National Institute of Arthritis and
child’s growing body. Bone is living Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Dancing is a way to build strong bones.
tissue that changes constantly, with bits (NIAMS)
photo by Amie Powell of old bone being removed and replaced Prescribed activity
http://www.amiepowell.com by new bone. You can think of bone as a Just as muscles get stronger
bank account, where (with your help) when used, bones benefit from a
) the area to help her prepare for the parenthood by other women. The famines start their life journey
baby. In this case, the doula may go doula movement is trying to bring together.
shopping with her, help set up the back those successful times.
nursery and guide her in ways to Research shows that doulas help Jan Mallak has been in the baby
feel better educated and ready to reduce interventions (like drugs and business for over 30 years. She is
handle motherhood. cesareans) at births, improve the founder/coordinator of “Heart &
• Childcare Doula – She watches breastfeeding success and help Hands” Doula Service which is the
siblings at their home or the birth lower the rate of postpartum largest, oldest and most
facility during the actual birth. So, depression. It also shows that comprehensive doula group in
she is ‘on call’ like a birth doula. Her mothers are more satisfied with birth western PA. All types of doula care
only function is to provide sibling outcomes and feel more positively mentioned above are available
care. It is critical for her to meet with towards their baby. Research also through “Heart & Hands” as well as
not only the parents but the siblings reveals that fewer babies are taken educational classes, belly casting
she will be responsible for so there to NICU for septic workups when a and blessing way consultation. Jan
is comfort on all sides. Her fee doula is involved. These are huge is also a certified childbirth educator,
would be similar to a birth doula’s findings! a certified birth doula (by 2
since she needs to be ready at a Until recently, doulas have not organizations) and a certified
minute's notice. been covered by insurance. But, a postpartum doula (by 3
• Overnight Doula – This doula is code has been created and now organizations). In addition, she is an
hired to spend the night so the doulas need to get provider status to approved doula trainer (DONA and
parents can catch up on their sleep. be covered. This will probably mean ICEA) and is currently initiating
Mostly, she provides mother care specific standards being established ICEA’s Postpartum Doula
and baby care. A mother can have for doulas to comply with. So, time Certification program.
the doula bring the baby to her to will tell. But even the insurance Jan is a well known speaker
nurse and then go back to sleep, for companies can no longer ignore the (both locally and nationally) and has
instance. Most families provide a obvious benefits – and they will been published over 30 times. In
space for the doula so she can rest soon take advantage of the cost March, her new book – Douals’
when not tending to the baby and so savings doulas provide overall. Guide to Birthing Your Way will be
she will not interrupt the family’s As a doula myself, I can honestly published by Hale Publishing, a
usual routine. The fee is hourly as say this has been a calling for me. company that is particularly
well, like a postpartum and Some refer to it as a ministry; others recognized for their breastfeeding
antepartum doula. feel it’s their personal mission to be books.
For hundreds of thousands of in service to other women. What Jan can be reached at 724/327
years, mothers have been attended ever draws a woman to this career, I 6063, firstname.lastname@example.org or
to, guided by and assisted with their can guarantee her that she will feel visit her website at
pregnancy, birth and early honored and privileged to help new http://heartandhandsdoula.com.
workout. To build strong bones, kids be active. According to the Nemours wheels), and supervised water play.
need to get lots of exercise. Foundation, 2yearolds should be Make fitness a family affair
According to the National able to walk, run, and jump in place Children who engage in lots of
Association of Sports and Physical with both feet. By age 3, most kids physical activity are more likely to
Education, each day toddlers can run and jump well. In addition, stay active and be physically fit in
should: they'll learn to balance briefly on the future. To give them—and their
* get at least 30 minutes of adult one foot, climb well, kick the ball bones—the gift of health, keep the
led structured physical activity forward, throw the ball overhand, whole family walking, playing,
* get at least 60 minutes and pedal a tricycle. dancing and exploring the outdoors.
unstructured physical activity (free For
play) children ages
* not be inactive for more than 1 2 to 5, the
hour at a time Mayo Clinic
Weightbearing exercises— recommends
including running, hiking, jumping running,
rope, dancing and gymnastics—are climbing,
especially helpful for increasing kicking,
bone density. Older children’s bones tumbling,
also benefit from organized sports playing catch,
like as basketball, soccer, and pedaling a
tennis. tricycle (or a
It is important to keep kids’ skills bicycle with
in mind while encouraging them to training
Upcoming family events
Special Events 28, 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a unique musical center members is $2 per person or $5
performance that fuses jazz piano with per family; for nonmembers it's $4 per
Kids Create: Pittsburgh Heroes and traditional klezmer and join the action as person and $10 per family. (412) 741
Landmarks Squirrel Hill Library Wed., you experiment with rhythm and 7536.
March 24, 4:30 p.m. Create artworks improvisation in a group workshop. Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company
that will be included in a Pittsburgh World Kaleidoscope: Amethyst Bellydance Byham Theater Sat., April 10 through
Neighborhood Kids Gallery on the Group Carnegie Library (Oakland) Sun., Sun., April 11. Ideal for kids ages 3 and
library's web site. Grades K5. FREE March 28, 2:00 p.m. Amethyst older, this show presents artist Fred
Maple Madness Beechwood Farms Nature Bellydance Group will perform world Garbo’s inventive inflatable creations.
Reserve Sat., March 27, 10:00 a.m. fusion bellydance and provide a short These blowup shapes move in sync
Audubon Society of Western presents a educational session. FREE with the music across the stage, and
pancake brunch and guided living Cartoon Breakfast ToonSeum Fri., April 2, before long, the audience is playing
history trek. The entire family can 9:00 a.m. Have fun with the most catch with the giant inflatable objects.
investigate the sweet mystery of turning important meal of the day with a cereal (412) 4561390.
sap to syrup after digging into a stack of bar, live cartooning performance Saturday Outdoor Hike Regional
pancakes. Cost: $6 per member; $10 surrounded by a great exhibit of cereal Environmental Education Center (Upper Saint
per nonmember box characters. Admission is $5; kids Clair) Sat., April 10, 10:00 a.m. Perfect
Family Dance Party Children's Museum age 2 and younger are free. for all ages and a great for family
Sat., March 27, 1:00 p.m. The Amphibians Of The Night Fern Hollow activity, this onehour hike covers a
museum’s theater will be transformed Nature Center Fri., April 8, 7:00 p.m. Join specific topic while following the many
into a familyfriendly dance club with Naturalist April Claus to learn about beautiful trails around the center. The
disc jockey RawZ. everyone's favorite four legged fee is $3 per person. (412) 8380064.
Ortner/Roberts Duo Musical Fusion amphibians: salamanders, toads and I Made It: Spring Arts & Chili Festival
Workshop Children's Museum Sun., March frogs. Start at Fern Hollow Nature SouthSide Works Sat., April 10, 2:00 p.m.
Center for a short More than 60 regional crafters will join
program and a together to create a popup marketplace
chance to get up inside the former Joseph Beth
close and Bookseller space, on the corner of 27th
personal with and Carson Streets, which will also
different include a Kids Korner. A stage outside
amphibians; then will feature live entertainment.
the group will Carnegie Mellon University Spring Carnival
venture over to Thurs., April 15 through Sat., April 17
Sewickley Heights Families with young children will enjoy
Borough Park for buggy races and the Midway.
a night hike to a Thumbelina Andrew Carnegie Free Library &
vernal pond to Music Hall (Carnegie) Fri., April 16 through
listen to frog calls Sat., April 17. This charming play is
and look for based on Hans Christian Andersen's
Danica (age 3), playing the drums on a visit to her aunt's amphibian egg classic tale of a tiny girl no bigger than
house. "We think she showed some aptitude, and she masses. the tip of your thumb. Tickets are $12 for
definitely showed enthusiasm!" her mother Gina Peirce said. Admission for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
Spanish Fun with Patricia Galetto Carnegie appearances by the Litter Bug and Zoo cold, thirst, and even sunburn. Family
Library (Oakland) Sat., April 17, 10:30 mascot. Meet with local organizations program, ages 4–8. FREE
a.m. Stories, songs and rhymes in that will show you all of the ways you Dr. Seuss World Oceans Day Pittsburgh Zoo
Spanish for native speakers and can help protect the environment. & PPG Aquarium Sat., June 5 through
beginners alike. FREE El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros Sun., June 6. Celebrate the 50th
OrigamiBeginner Class Squirrel Hill Library Carnegie Library (Oakland) Sun., April 25, anniversary of Dr. Seuss' children's
Sat., April 17, 12:00 p.m. Come and fold 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Children's Day/Book book "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,
magical creatures. FREE Day with stories, songs, rhymes and Blue Fish" and learn about the condition
Fiddlesticks Family Concert: Musical more! This program will feature Spanish of our oceans and how each one of us
Celebrations Around The World Heinz Hall and English material. FREE can make a difference.
Sat., April 17, 11:15 a.m. Bring the kids World Kaleidoscope: Takeaki Miyamae 10th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza
to enjoy the day with Pittsburgh Carnegie Library (Oakland) Sun., April 25, Carnegie Library (Oakland) Sun., June 6,
Symphony Orchestra and discover how 2:00 p.m. Takeaki Miyamae, Chiseko 12:00 p.m. Join other children, teens
music from around the world is a big Hayakawa and Tamiko Iida perform and adults singing and dancing as the
part of special occasions. Tickets cost traditional Japanese music for flute, excitement builds to summer reading in
$16$19. For more information, call piano and the Japanese harp called a funfilled day of free activities and
(412) 3924900. koto. FREE entertainment. FREE
TalknWalk: Spring Birding Regional CarKids: Boneshaker! Frick Art & Historical English Country Dancing Friends' Meeting
Environmental Education Center (Upper Saint Center (Point Breeze) Sat., May 1, 11:00 House (Oakland) Sat., June 12, 7:15 p.m.
Clair) Sun., April 18, 8:00 a.m. Beginning a.m. Learn all about early bikes. Family Families and individuals of all ages are
and intermediate birders will benefit program, kids ages 4–8. FREE welcome at these monthly, traditional
from this program. Bring binoculars and Annual Puppet Show: The Little Red Hen AngloAmerican folk dances. Admission
a field guide. The fee is $8 for adults Carnegie Library (Oakland) Tues., May 4, is $5; all dances are taught and no
and $3 for children under 12. To register, through Fri., May 28. FREE partner is necessary. Please wear
please email Mother's Day Brunch Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG comfortable clothing; softsoled shoes
JessicaS@regionaleec.org. Aquarium Sat., May 8, 10:00 a.m. Bring are required to protect the dance floor.
Pittsburgh Flea Season Opening Pittsburgh mom to celebrate her special day with
Flea (Strip District) Sun., April 18, 8:00 great food, a special animal
a.m. The city's premier flea market presentation and caricature portraits.
officially opens, offering an eclectic mix Preregistration required. For more Mondays
of items in a unique shopping and information, call (412) 6653640. Beginner Spanish Play Group (FREE)
gathering place. SuperMedia Mother's Day At The Zoo Woods Run Library (North Side), 10:30
GameORama: Preschool Bingo Carnegie Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Sun., May a.m.
Library (Oakland) Tues., April 20, 7:00 9 Moms receive free admission when Tuesdays
p.m. Is your child learning the ABCs? accompanied by their children and can Kids Create: Toddler Art Club (FREE)
This is a great way to learn to identify also enjoy free chair massages, beauty Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh
the letters of the alphabet and have fun tips and child safety info. (Oakland), 10:30 a.m.
at the same time. FREE Pittsburgh Folk Festival Monroeville Wednesdays
Earth Day Celebration National Aviary Convention Center Fri., May 14 through Story Time (FREE)
Tues., April 20. Staff will bring out Sun., May 16. Celebrate the region's S.W. Randall Toyes & Giftes (Squirrel
feathered friends for guests to meet, rich cultural diversity with this annual Hill) 10:30 a.m.
and kids will enjoy a greenthemed story festival featuring activity booths, Thursdays
time. Guests will also learn ways to help vendors, live entertainment and great Mommy & Me Yoga (FREE)
the environment at home, in the food. More than 35 ethnic groups will be Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh (North
community and in the workplace. presented. Tickets are $8 in Side/Allegheny), 10:00 a.m.
National Puppetry Weekend Children's advance/$10 at the door for adults and Join other mothers and their children (6 weeks to
Museum of Pittsburgh Sat., April 24 $5 in advance/$6 at the door for 3 years) for a class that promotes healing from
through Sun., April 25. Enjoy live students aged 1317. delivery and bonding with your baby. This class
performances, puppet making SchoolAge Fun: Nature Detectives: Owls is designed to help new moms regain strength
workshops and other fun. Carnegie Library (Oakland) Sat., May 15, and flexibility while connecting with other moms.
Panther Hollow Earth Day Volunteer Event 2010, 2:00 p.m. Explore the mysterious Wear comfortable clothes in which you can move
Schenley Park Sat., April 24, 9 a.m. world of owls and investigate their and bring a yoga mat.
Activities include tree planting, garbage habitat, owl senses and diet. We will Kids Create: Toddler Art Club (FREE)
collection and invasive plant removal. also view specimens from the Carnegie Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh (Oakland), 10:30
Food and music in Schenley Plaza will Museum of Natural History and learn a.m.
wrap up the day. what's inside an owl pellet. FREE Fridays
Party for the Planet & Green Marketplace GreenKids: Welcome to My Green House Kinder Klimb at REI (South Side Works),
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Sat., April Frick Art & Historical Center (Point Breeze) 1:002:30 p.m.
24, 11:00 a.m. Celebrate Earth Day with Sat., June 5, 11:00 a.m. Explore how Climbing wall open for children of the store's
recycling games, ecocrafts and greenhouses keep plants comfy against members. Lifetime memberships cost $20.
Recall news info from http://www.cpsc.gov
* Do It Best Bicycle Bells due to violation of * Children’s Bracelets by Chandigarh * Allreds Design Baby Bracelets and
lead paint standard Fashion due to violation of lead paint Pacifier Clips due to risk of lead exposure
* Lumetique DayNa Decker Botanika * PullALong Friends Toucan™, PullA
Candles due to fire and laceration hazards * Boys’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings by Long Friends Alligator™, and PullALong
Ten West Apparel due to strangulation Friends Sharky™ Toys by Manhattan Group
* Konrad and Loft Office Chairs due to fall hazard; sold at Burlington Coat Factory LLC due to choking and aspiration hazards
hazard; sold exclusively at Cost Plus/World
Market * Children's Scooby Doo, Tweety and * Britax “Blink” Umbrella Strollers due to risk
Batman Fork and Spoon Sets by Peachtree of fingertip amputations and lacerations
* Graco Harmony™ High Chairs due to fall Playthings due to choking hazard; sold at
hazard Dollar Tree and Deals * Tiny Love Wind Chime Toys due to
puncture and laceration hazards
* Haselson International Trading Children’s * Commercial Ice Cube Machines by
Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings due to Scotsman due to fire hazard * Innovage LLC Discovery Kids™ Animated
strangulation hazard; sold exclusively at Marine and Safari Lamps Lamps due to fire
Burlington Coat Factory * Climate Control Footrests by Fellowes due and burn hazards
to fire hazard
* Mobile Power Packs By Tumi due to fire * Generation 2 Worldwide and
hazard * Sportime BigBox Children’s Floor Hockey “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs; three infant
Sets due to lead paint hazard deaths reported
* Remote Control Kits for Electric Fireplaces
and Stoves by Dimplex North America due * Copco and Wild Leaf Tea Co. Bristol model * Dollar General Special Forces and Police
to fire and burn hazards and Martha Stewart Collection® Enameled SWAT Toy Gun Sets due to choking hazard
Steel Tea Kettles due to burn hazard
* Fluke VoltAlert® Voltage Detector by Fluke * Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy
due to shock or burn hazard * Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles due to fire Jewelry Sets by Playmates Toys; charms
hazard violate the total lead standard
* Coil Nailers by Hitachi Koki due to serious
injury hazard * Pumptec Electric Motor Controllers for * Children’s Jackets with Drawstrings by
Submersible Pump Systems by Franklin GTM Sportswear due to strangulation
* Byer California Girls’ Cargo Pocket Electric due to shock hazard hazard
Jackets with Drawstrings due to
strangulation hazard * Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with * Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with
Drawstrings by Baycreek due to Drawstrings by New Mode Sportswear due
* Girl’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings by strangulation hazard to strangulation hazard
Regaliti due to strangulation hazard; sold
exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory * Franshaw Children’s Hooded Jackets Sold * Children’s Papyrus Brand Greeting Cards
Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory due with bracelets due to violation of lead paint
* Telebrands Therma Scarf with to strangulation hazard standard
Microwaveable Heat Packs due to fire and
burn hazards * Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts by Weeplay
Kids due to strangulation hazard
Infant slings warning
* Brand Evolution All Over Boys’ Hoodies,
The U.S. Consumer Product
All Over Skaters Boy’s Hoodies and Rock * GE Telaire Airestat and Carrier Single
Safety Commission (CPSC) is
Mask Boy’s Hoodies due to strangulation Beam Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and
advising parents and caregivers to
hazard Temperature Sensors due to fire hazard
be cautious when using infant slings
for babies younger than four
* Gerber Legendary Blades Gator Machetes * Bobens Trading Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts
months of age. In researching
due to laceration hazard With Drawstrings due to strangulation
incident reports from the past 20
hazard; sold exclusively at Burlington Coat
* LELE & Company Children’s Hooded Factory years, CPSC identified and is
Sweatshirt Sets with Drawstrings due to investigating at least 14 deaths
strangulation hazard * Kikkerland Design Foldable EasyFold and associated with slingstyle infant
EasyStore Step Stools sold by QVC due to carriers, including three in 2009.
* Outdoor Lighting Fixtures by American fall hazard Most of the deaths inolved babies
Electric Lighting due to shock hazard under four months.
Haircuts for kids:
Tips for safe scissoring
When your child’s overgrown hair clippers. They can really frighten
blocks his vision, and your mother children (especially if a child has
inlaw has dropped her umpteenth sensory issues),” she said.
hint that the kid’s looking “shaggy,” it "For children over 2, honestly?
may be time for that first haircut. Bribery. Chocolate, a toy, et cetera.
Whether you plan on a doityourself Dangle that carrot and ‘git er done!’”
“do” at the dining room table, or an Zima recommends scheduling
outing to a salon, safety is the main toddler haircuts at times when kids
concern. are calm and well rested. “I would
“It can be very dangerous to cut say this is a nobrainer,” she said,
kids' hair, especially if they are warning parents to not plan haircuts
fussy, crying and in general moving after children have been running
about,” said local hairdresser Erin around all day and are cranky or
Zima. “The rule of thumb need a nap.
hairdressers usually follow It may be better to wait until true
(particularly for very young children) toddlerhood has set in before
is if it isn't happening in 15 minutes, getting that first haircut. “I personally
it isn't happening at all.” refuse to cut anyone under 1 year Don't monkey around with toddler
For children under 2 who are old,” Zima said. “I think it's unsafe haircuts.
visiting the salon, Zima suggests and unnecessary.”
having the child sit on Mom or Dad's Zima, who lives north of the city, photo by Amie Powell
lap, with both parent and child provides cut and color services in http://www.amiepowell.com
wearing a cape. “I would NOT clients' homes. She especially likes
recommend a stylist (or parent) use working with adults, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Fast, tasty wheat bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cups allpurpose flour
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups of
warm water, stirring with a wooden spoon.
2. Transfer dough to a greased loaf pan. Let it rise in a
warm place, covered, for an hour.
3. Preheat oven to 425 F. Bake for about 30 minutes.
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