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Mammography unit

on the road in January

North Mississippi Medical Center’s Mobile Mammography Unit will visit several Northeast Mississippi towns in January.

Jan. 2 through 4, the mobile unit will be providing screening and diagnostic mammograms at Pontotoc Hospital. The mobile unit will return to Pontotoc Jan. 16 through 18 and again Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

The unit will be at Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic in Tupelo Jan. 7 and 8.

The mobile unit will visit NMMC Family Medicine Residency Center in Tupelo.

On Jan.14 and 15, the mobile unit will provide screenings at Ecru Family Medical Clinic on Main Street.

The mobile unit will be at the Mantachie Medical Clinic on Mississippi Highway 363 on Jan. 21 and 22.

Jan. 23 through 25, the mobile unit will visit the Saltillo Family Medical Clinic on Mobile Street.

The mobile unit will visit the Hamilton Family Medical Clinic on Military Street South on Jan. 28 and 29.

A screening mammogram, which costs $81, is used to detect breast cancer and is available through self-referral. A diagnostic mammogram, which is scheduled through a physician, can rule out or confirm the presence of breast disease or abnormalities, which may include cancer.

Call 841-4158 for details.

Baby classes

to start in January

Expectant parents have several opportunities to better prepare themselves for their impending arrival of a newborn.

North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital is offering several different classes to benefit families expecting a baby.

The weekly early pregnancy class will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. It focuses on the physical and emotional changes, discomforts of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, tests and concerns about the newborn.

Two sessions of the weekly preparation for birth class, which is recommended at the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy, are scheduled on Mondays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 and on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12.

A breast feeding class is scheduled for Jan. 21. A free class on Caesarean births is set for Jan. 3.

A sibling class, designed to help children from 3 to 9 years old to prepare for the arrival of a newborn, will be Jan. 19.

Infant CPR classes are taught at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information on the Wonderful Beginnings classes, 841-4956 or (800) 843-3375. It costs $60 to join the program, which includes all Wonderful Beginnings classes.

For information on the infant CPR classes, call 841-4934.

NMMC behavioral center provides free surveys

Free behavioral health assessments will be offered throughout the region at North Mississippi Health Services facilities.

Surveys are one-on-one confidential meetings with a mental health professional from NMMC Behavioral Health, and are available by appointment. Areas of concern that prompt people to schedule surveys are depression, alcohol and substance abuse, family difficulties, stress, financial pressures, grief, school-related issues, divorce, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.

Some behavioral health issues can be treated on an outpatient basis, and the surveys will help determine the appropriate treatment plans.

For Prentiss County, the surveys are available on Tuesdays, except for Jan. 1, at Booneville Family Medical Clinic on North Second Street. For Chickasaw County, the surveys are available on Thursdays at Chickasaw Family Medical Clinic on Country Club Road.

For Union County, the surveys are available on Wednesdays at New Albany Family Medical Clinic on Doctors Drive. In Lafayette County, the surveys are available by appointment on Wednesdays at Family Medical Clinic of Oxford on South Lamar Boulevard.

In Pontotoc County, the surveys are available on Wednesdays at Pontotoc Family Medical Clinic on Mississippi Highway 15 North. In Clay County, the surveys are available by appointment on Fridays in January at Clay County Medical Center in West Point.

In Lee County, the surveys are available by appointment Monday through Friday at NMMC Behavioral Health Center on Garfield Street in Tupelo.

For more information or an appointment, call (800) 843-3375.