Chilton Hospital’s Parent Education Division Announces April Class Schedule|
Chilton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department, Parent Education division, announces its April 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.
Stroller Strides: Wednesdays, Apr. 3 to May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Greenview Park, 27 West Parkway, Pequannock. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms and form long lasting friendships! It is designed to give mothers the “Strength for Motherhood!” Required bands will be available for purchase at class. Pre-registration is $80 for all 10 weeks, plus $8 for required bands.
Safe Sitter: Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 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. Call (973) 831-5475 for class location and registration materials. Pre-registration is $70 per student.
Baby Basics: Wednesday, Apr. 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at 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, Apr. 12 and 26, 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.
Breastfeeding: Wednesday, Apr. 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at 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.
Grandparents Class: Thursday, Apr. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Old Methods! New Methods! There have been so many changes since your own babies were born. MaryAnn Deregibus, RN, CPCE, will inform new and seasoned grandparents of the current trends and help to develop a better understanding between grandparents and new parents. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss your concerns and the new ideas in childcare. Pre-registration is $5.
Childbirth Preparation (four-week classes): Tuesdays, from Apr. 30 to May 21. 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, Apr. 13, 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.
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 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.