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Harrington Starting Teen Parenting Program in Lea County

LAS CRUCES -- Sarah Harrington, a registered nurse, is starting teen parenting programs in Lea County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Harrington works part-time for Extension as a visiting nurse. She is also employed with Lea Regional Hospital in Hobbs, where she works on the postpartum/surgical and infant care unit teaching parenting and breastfeeding classes, which began in January 2001.

A trained medical/surgical and oncology nurse, Harrington has worked in home health care, postpartum care and dialysis units in Louisiana and Alabama. She was director of nursing for a dialysis unit in Louisiana.

In 1996, Harrington helped initiate a 28-week visitation program for teen mothers in Garfield County, Okla. She was among four nurses who received special training in Denver, Colo., for the state health department. Harrington counseled teen mothers about pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting and education.

She won a Lamp Award in Enid, Okla., for starting a church-based General Educational Development (GED) program for single mothers.

"I feel more than fortunate to join the Extension Service in starting a program for teen moms in Lea County," Harrington said.