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American Red Cross Instructors now Make House Calls, Available for Parties

'Safe Baby Presentations' make learning infant CPR convenient and fun

Southern Maryland area parents will find their infant CPR class could be as close as their living room with classmates who go by "grandma" and "grandpa." This is available with the launching of its "Safe Baby Presentation" service, a non-certified orientation to infant CPR, which makes learning the lifesaving skill convenient and fun by delivering training in a "party" setting-a gathering of parents, family and friends. Led by a certified Red Cross CPR instructor, the approximately one hour session costs ten dollars ($10) per person and is available through out the Southern Maryland area.

Targeted to parents, caregivers and other family members, the "Safe Baby Presentation" is ideal for those interested in learning infant CPR, but who do not need detailed information or certification for official purposes such as a work or volunteer position requirement. The interactive session includes hands-on instruction and skills practice with infant manikins. Caring for a choking infant is also covered and participants receive a "has completed" certificate at the end. In addition, instructors refer to, and leave behind the "American Red Cross First Aid and Preparedness Booklet," a handy guide for refreshing and expanding knowledge.

As a take on the very popular "product sale party" category, the Red Cross hopes the flexibility that "Safe Baby Presentations" provide will help in its goal of having at least one person in each of Southern Maryland's 290,00 homes trained to administer first aid, CPR and use an AED.

"We want people to look at training not as a requirement, but a critical step towards their individual and family preparedness," said Debora Storey, Health and Safety Director. "So we challenged ourselves, 'how can we better prepare the community by training more people?' Establishing a connection by positioning a service that helps keep infants healthy and safe in a new way was the answer. Not only do babies make us all a little happier, they also bring people together-in this case to get trained-so we Red Crossers are very happy," Storey exclaims.

For more information, or contact the Southern Maryland Chapter at 301-934-2066 or 888-276-2767.

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