World Breastfeeding Week, Green Craft Kids, What's New in San Diego

Breastfeeding Support:  Close to Mothers

Scripps Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2013

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
Thursday, August 1, 1-3pm
Best Fed Breastfed Baby Parade - Refreshments, prizes and information tables. 

Skin to Skin/Self-Attachment presentation
Monday, August 5, 6-8pm
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Conference Room, Registration is not required.

Breastfeeding Support Groups
Friday, August 2, 1-2pm
San Dieguito United Methodist Church
170 Calle Magdalena
Encinitas, CA 92024

Tuesday, August 6, 2-3pm
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Monday, August 5, 10:30-11:30am
Scripps Mercy City Heights Wellness

Monday, August 5, 1-2pm
Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista Well Being

Thursday, August 1, 2-3pm
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Third floor classroom

Wednesday, August 7, 1-2pm
Scripps Coastal Medical Center, Vista

TheBlueDotProject. The Alliance is hoping to bring the issues of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), including postpartum depression and anxiety, out of the shadows with this universal symbol.

TheBlueDotProject magnet or bumper sticker displayed on a car is a subtle way of saying “I’ve been there, or I know someone who has been there,” and gives women who are suffering from PMADs some much needed hope. According to co-founder Dr. Katie Hirst, Director of UCSD’s Maternal Mental Health Clinic, one in eight women suffers from postpartum depression or anxiety.

Peggy O’Neil Nosti, co-founder of the TheBlueDotProject, experienced postpartum anxiety after the birth of her third child. “I have had my share of trying times, and had always been able to rely on inner strength, the support of family and friends, and living a healthy lifestyle. This time, even with all of that, I could not power my way through it…the anxiety overpowered me,” said Nosti. “When other women would share similar experiences, it gave me hope that I would recover.”

TheBlueDotProject is funded through a generous grant from the Mason Hirst Foundation and is operated by volunteers from Postpartum Health Alliance.  BlueDots are now available with each $10 donation

Proceeds from the BlueDots will be directed to the development and provision of treatment services to women in low-income areas, where resources are particularly scarce.  Applications for mini-grants will be accepted beginning fall 2013.  For more information about TheBlueDotProject, visit

What's New at Disneyland

Fantasy Faire
Step into Fantasy Faire, an enchanting new storybook world within Fantasyland in Disneyland Park, where you can meet favorite Disney heroes and heroines - and become part of their timeless tales come to life.  In Fantasy Faire, "once upon a time" begins the moment you arrive - and "happily ever after" happens every day.
Mickey & The Magical Map
Take part in Mickey's surprising adventure as the magical map transports them on a journey to imagination.  This all-new stage show features theatrical wizardry, wonderful songs, and appearances by favorite Disney characters from cherished Disney films.
Nearby SeaWorld in Chula Vista is Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Aquatica San Diego is a lushly landscaped waterpark with up-close animal experiences, high speed thrills and the amenities of a beachside resort.  Among dozens of slides and rides at this whimsical, South Seas-themed waterpark is Big Surf ShoresTM.   Adventurers should check out HooRoo Run®, where they have a choice of two enclosed and two open-air slides that take them down an 80-foot descent. Caribbean flamingos and freshwater turtles round out the Aquatica experience, as only SeaWorld® can. Admission is $38 for ages 10 and older; $31 for ages 3–9; free for children under 3. Parking is $15.  Cabanas and lockers are optional and available at an additional cost. An Aquatica 2013 Season Splash Pass may be purchased for $69 for ages 10 and older; $61 for ages 3-9 (a season pass that includes parking is $98 and $90). Season passes for both Aquatica and SeaWorld are also available. Aquatica opens at 10 a.m. daily (closing times vary; please check website). Operating schedule for 2013 is daily through Sept. 2; weekends only Sept. 7 to Oct. 20. For more information visit or call (800) 257-4268.

Upcoming Classes

Your Child's Home - Little Changes, Big Results
Wednesday, July 24, 10-11am
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
Did you know a child's home setting is crucial for healthy development?  Come hear our guest, Jeanne-Marie from Voila Montessori, speak about the four basic areas your child needs at home; how you can create fun and engaging activities for infants babies, and toddlers, how to create a baby-focused nursery; support early toilet awareness; and much more.  This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.  Registration is required.  Register here.

Healthy Chats for Girls
Sunday, August 11, 2-4:45pm
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
This popular seminar presents accurate information for mothers and daughters (9-11 years old) about the normal physical and emotional chnages that preteens experience during puberty.  Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, pediatrician and mother of three will be leading this discussion.  The cost is $60/mother & daughter pair and includes a "Growing Up" bag for the girls.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  For more information, go to

Parent's Guide to Wills, Trusts & Saving for College
Monday, August 19, 7-9pm
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
What would happen to your children is something happened to you?  Achieve peace of mind by ensuring that your child(ren) would be raised by the person you choose and that your child(ren) would not inherit everything at age 18, but at the ages and stages you want them to inherit.  Stacy DenHerder, an Estate Planning Attorney and a Financial Planner will discuss how to avoid probate, how to be prepared to cover the issues of incapacity, and how to secure your financial future as well as your child's college education.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about 529 plans, education and Roth IRAs, UTMA accounts and alternative investments.  This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.  Registration is required.  Register here.

Tummy to Play Every Day for Infants - Introductory Class for First Timers
Tuesday, August 20, 10-11:15pm
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
Is your baby happy on his tummy, or is he one of the majority who fusses, screams, and cries when place down?  This class provides more than an hour of FUN learning about the importance of tummy time and practicing back moves and easy modifications to help ensure that tummy time is a happy time.  This class is for babies 0 to 6-7 months and up to two caregivers.  The cost is $25 with code PC2013, $35 for nonmembers.  Register at moveplaygrow.

Exclusive to Parent Connection - get your first month of Green Kid Crafts for 50% off! Green Kid Crafts, the local company that just won the exclusive Dr. Toy's Best Green Products Award, delivers a box full of 3-4 fun, educational, and eco-friendly activities to kids all over the nation each month. Each box is designed by childhood education experts to help develop creativity and engage kids with the world around them. Join Green Kid Crafts before July 31 and you'll receive their Around the World Box for just $10 with the code PARENTC.
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