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Chilton Hospital’s Parent Education Division Announces March Class Schedule
02/05/2013

Chilton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department, Parent Education division, announces its March 2013 schedule. All classes require pre-registration at least one week in advance. For more information and registration, call Janet Amore at (973) 831-5475.

Childbirth Preparation (four-week classes): Thursdays, from Mar. 7 to 28.  All classes are held from 7 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, coping and breathing techniques and the postpartum period. Class is for the expectant mother and partner and should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date. A tour of Chilton’s new MotherBaby Center is included. Pre-registration is $200.

One-Day Intensive Childbirth Preparation: Saturday, Mar. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 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, coping and breathing techniques and the postpartum period. Class is for the expectant mother and partner and should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date. A tour of Chilton’s new MotherBaby Center is included. Bring your own lunch. Pre-registration is $200.

Baby Basics: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 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 welcome too, for an additional fee. Pre-registration is $45.

New Moms Group: Friday, Mar. 8 and 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from 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. Pre-registration is required.

Babies and Pets: Wednesday, Mar. 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Chilton Hospital Pediatrician David M. Namerow, MD, and Veterinarian Matthew Krupnick, DVM,
of Pequannock Animal Hospital provide helpful information in this new adjustment period. Pre-registration is required for this free program.

Just For Dads: Wednesday, Mar. 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Whether you’re anticipating “Daddy’s little girl” or your first son, there’s so much to cherish about fatherhood. This one-day class highlights the importance of bonding with your child and the vital role you’ll play in his or her life… from diapers to driving! You’ll also receive practical tips on newborn care. Pre-registration is $40.

Breastfeeding: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 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 the benefits of breastfeeding, pre-natal preparation, positioning, nutrition and avoiding common problems. Pre-registration is $40. This class is for moms only.

Ongoing programs: Online education, hospital tours 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.

A full schedule of Parent Education classes and events can be found online by clicking here.

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 www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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