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Bridgeport Hospital screenings, support groups and classes in February
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Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital will offer the following classes, screenings, services and support groups in February.

Billing questions – Bridgeport Hospital provides free, confidential assistance to patients and families with questions about their hospital bills. Financial counselors are available during regular business hours to discuss billing issues and payment assistance options, including eligibility for free or discounted care. Bridgeport Hospital also pays a state employee to be on site to help patients apply for Medicaid and other state assistance programs. For an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-384-3449.

Breastfeeding basics – 10 am - 12:30 pm Saturdays, Feb. 10 and 24, Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class covers the benefits of breastfeeding, establishing and maintaining milk supply, latch-on and positioning techniques, how to know if baby is getting enough breast milk, trouble-shooting, debunking myths and fitting breastfeeding into a busy lifestyle. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Car seat installation – Learn how to properly install a car seat in your vehicle and secure your child in the seat. Bridgeport Hospital provides free instruction from a certified technician. For an appointment, call 203-200-KIDS (5437).

Childbirth preparation – 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 3, or 9 am - 4 pm Sunday, Feb. 18, Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. A class on the essentials of labor and birth. Topics include stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures, positioning, partner's role, pain management, medications, cesarean birth, and postpartum adjustment. Newborn care is discussed during the four-week class or during your hospital stay if you elect the one-day class. The class is taught by a certified childbirth educator and provides total preparation for childbirth. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Expectant parent classes and tours – Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including:

• Birthplace Tours – 6 - 7 pm Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22
• Infant CPR Anytime – 7:15 - 8:15 pm Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22
To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Administration of medicine class – Bridgeport Hospital will offer an American Heart Association administration of medicine class at the hospital, 267 Grant St., 6:30 - 9:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 15. Cost is $65 for full program or $30 for injectable medicine only 6:30 - 8 pm. Registration is required. Call 888-357-2396 or visit For information about workplace or community-based group classes, call 203-384-4497.

Genetic counseling – Bridgeport Hospital, in partnership with the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, provides weekly genetic counseling services by appointment at Norma Pfriem Breast Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield, and Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave, Trumbull. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-200-4362.

Healthy Traveler service – Bridgeport Hospital’s Healthy Traveler service provides pre-travel consultations, travel vaccines, medications and comprehensive travel information. Services include evaluation of travel-related hazards linked to food, drinking water, insects, animals, deep-vein thrombosis, sunburn, jet lag, swimming, scuba diving and more. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-384-3613.

Mothers support group – Bridgeport Hospital's Support Group for Mothers will meet 10 am - noon Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 21, at Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. The group provides a safe and non-judgmental place for expectant mothers and those with children under one year old to express their concerns, ask questions and resolve some of their anxieties related to motherhood. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, group participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns.

Physician information and referrals – Bridgeport Hospital provides free information about and referrals to more than 600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-357-2396 for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Bridgeport Hospital physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Senior driving course – AARP’s Smart Driver course will be offered 9 am - 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 3, in the first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, which covers handouts and instructional materials. Classes are taught by trained AARP instructors. Successful completion may entitle seniors to a discount on automobile insurance premiums. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Stroke support group – 6 - 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 6, Ahlbin Rehabilitation Center, 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton. This monthly support group is open to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Includes discussion of stroke-related topics, guest speakers and question-and-answer session. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Understanding weight-loss surgery – Free informational seminars are held regularly at 112 Quarry Rd., Trumbull, for people interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery. The seminars are presented by Andrew Duffy, MD, program director, and Saber Ghiassi, MD, Bridgeport Hospital site director, Yale Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. Candidates for weight-loss (bariatric) surgery are generally 60 or more pounds overweight or have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. For dates and times and to register, call 203-789-6237.

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