GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A free grief and loss support group sponsored by the Akula Foundation meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call to learn the meeting room. The next meeting will be June 17. To register or for information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesdays of February, April, June, August, October and December at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be Aug. 11. For information, call (504) 454-4941.

INFANT SAFETY AND FIRST AID: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will present a program on infant safety and first aid from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 16. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: There will be a presentation from Jerry White, of Medtronic, on deep brain stimulation surgery when the Parkinson’s Disease Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. June 9 at St. Francis Villa Assisted Living, 10411 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge.

The July 14 meeting will include separate gatherings for patients, in the first-floor dining room, and for caregivers, on the third floor. Michelle Land and Esther Smith will lead the patient group, and Susan Sapir-Fields and Eloise LeBlanc will lead the caregivers group, allowing everyone to share their experiences, frustrations and laughter in a private setting.

The Circle of Friends support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.

BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of children with autism or attention disorders can learn about alternative and complementary treatments when the Louisiana Chapter of the Thinking Moms Revolution meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 20 in St. Joseph Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

Biomedical treatments work with a child’s body, using vitamins and other natural medicines to treat the underlying source of the problem and not the symptoms. For information, contact Rainna Moran and Jeanna Broussard at chaseanswers@gmail.com.

BABYSITTING CLASS: A babysitting class for people 11 and older will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 23 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The $55 fee for this condensed Red Cross course includes a textbook, CD-ROM and lunch. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN: A physician and a registered nurse from West Jefferson Medical Center will discuss newborn behavior and care from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 27. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

SIBLING T.L.C.: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 10 a.m. June 27 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

STOP-SMOKING PROGRAM: The Smoking Cessation Trust has reached a milestone in its efforts to help Louisianians quit cigarettes. In April, the Trust received 1,301 applications for its free products and services, bringing its total enrollment to 30,140 Louisiana residents who have committed to quitting cigarettes. The trust’s goal is to help 210,000 Louisianians become smoke-free by 2022.

“As smoking bans in New Orleans and other cities across Louisiana go into effect, we are seeing more people take advantage of these opportunities to give up cigarettes,” said Mike Rogers, CEO of Smoking Cessation Trust Management Services, L3C.

The Smoking Cessation Trust is the result of a court judgment that ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 210,000 Louisiana smokers who began smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988.

Qualified applicants are eligible to receive any of the following trust program cessation services completely free: cessation medications, individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit line support, and/or intensive cessation support services.

For information or to register online with the Smoking Cessation Trust, visit smokefreela.org or call (504) 529-5665 or toll-free (855) 259-6346.

CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment. For information call (504) 349-2173. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To learn more about car seat safety, visit www.safercar.gov.

STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is being held Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer an introduction to CPR from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 30. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

ABC’s OF BREASTFEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer a discussion of breastfeeding basics, and common concertns, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 7. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER RAP: A breakfast discussion for mothers and preteen girls sponsored by West Jefferson Medical Center will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25. The cost is $25 per couple. For information and to make a reservation, call (504) 349-6200.