Dublin Woman Turns 80 and Still Teaches | Families
A Dublin woman is still going strong, trying to help moms deliver healthy babies.
Carolyn Hayworth's co-workers planned a surprise party to celebrate the 80th milestone. It only took a week of planning and scheming.
"Oh my goodness, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. They really pulled it over on me. I really had no idea what they were up to. No idea at all," gushes Hayworth as she wiped away tears.
The party was only the first part of Hayworth's surprise to honor her 80th birthday.
Her colleagues set up a Skype session so that Hayworth could talk to her son in Orlando.
For nine years, Hayworth has worked at the Heart of Georgia Healthy Start, a federally funded coalition to prevent infant mortality.
She's made a career teaching about natural childbirth. Hayworth still teaches one Lamaze class a week.
"She has provided child birth classes to 509 women. And you double that and even add more because they bring a support person with them. That's over a 1,000 people she has reached, just here," says Margaret Turner, the director of Healthy Start.
Lamaze increases a mother's confidence in her ability to give a natural birth through breathing exercises, movement and massages.
"Fear is not something you want floating around when you're having a baby and she neutralizes the fear factor," says co-worker and former student Cathy Morris.
Despite her age, Hayworth is still hard at work with no plans to retire.
You can find the Healthy Start program in 12 counties across central Georgia: Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox.
For more information about Healthy Start, visit the website.