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Chilton Hospital’s Parent Education Division Announces December 2012 Class Schedule

Chilton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department, Parent Education division, announces its December 2012 schedule. All classes require pre-registration at least one week in advance. For more information and registration, call Janet Amore at (973) 831-5475.

One-Day Intensive Childbirth Preparation: Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Collins Pavilion at Chilton Hospital, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (located adjacent to the hospital).  Learn about the stages of labor and birth, the partner’s role and coping techniques including Lamaze breathing and the postpartum period. Bring your own lunch. Tour of the new Mother Baby Center included. Pre-registration is $200.

Childbirth Preparation (three-week class): Wednesdays, from Dec. 5 to 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Learn about the stages of labor and birth, the partner’s role and coping techniques including Lamaze breathing and the postpartum period. Tour of the new MotherBaby Center included.  Pre-registration is $200.

Baby Basics: Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Learn the basics: how to bathe, take care of the cord, diaper and burp. In addition, learn some basic steps on how to help infants sleep longer and soothe even the fussiest of babies in minutes, based on the “Happiest Baby on the Block” method. Class is for expectant mother and partner. Grandparents are also welcome for an additional fee. Pre-registration is $45.

Dilemmas of Discipline: Thursday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne. Child discipline involves rules, rewards and punishments intended to teach the child self-control and appropriate and desirable behavior. Parents should learn how it is done effectively. Social Worker Sandra Van Nest, LCSW, of JFS of North Jersey will help attendees understand the different philosophies and methods of discipline such as time outs, appropriate positive and negative parental responses to behaviors and rewards and punishments based on the child’s developmental and emotional stage of life. This workshop will focus on discipline for the preschooler to elementary-aged children. Pre-registration is $5.

Breastfeeding: Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital).  Attendees will receive information on benefits of breastfeeding, pre-natal preparation, positioning, nutrition and avoiding common problems. Pre-registration is $40. This class is for moms only.

New Moms Group: Friday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Collins Pavilion at Chilton, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (adjacent to the hospital). Come join new moms and their infants for an informal group. Laugh, learn and share your stories with other new moms. Babies welcomed! This free meeting is held every second and last Friday of each month (no session scheduled for December 28).

Safe Sitter: Thursday, Dec. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Safe Sitters learn basic knowledge of CPR, safety for the sitter, preventing problem behavior, babysitting business skills, basic child-care skills, injury management and how to entertain children while keeping them safe. Pre-registration is $70 per student. This class is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Ongoing programs: Online education, hospital tour and breastfeeding support

Childbirth Education Online: Are you unable to attend conventional prenatal classes due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints? Chilton Hospital offers a web-based alternative suitable for any parent. The eLearning Childbirth Education Program is an interactive class that covers everything in the Childbirth Preparation program. After signing up, you will receive a password and instructions. Online class is $200, or $25 for those registered for the live Childbirth Preparation class.

Tour of Chilton Hospital’s new Mother Baby Center: Tours are scheduled for Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Please call in advance to register (973) 831-5122.

Breastfeeding Warm Line: Breastfeeding sounds like it would come naturally, but unexpected issues may occur. Problems such as plugged ducts, leaking and other normal occurrences can lead to anxiety and stress. For any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, Chilton Hospital’s MotherBaby Center offers a Breastfeeding Warm Line for support and personalized care. It’s free of charge and your call will be answered within 24 hours. Our specialists, who are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., can determine whether you need a physician’s order for a lactation consultant. Call (973) 831-5263 to speak to a compassionate professional who understands what you’re going through. If your call is not returned within 24 hours, please call (973) 831-5122.

Click here for a full schedule of Parent Education classes and events.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, the Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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