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Chilton Hospital’s Parent Education Division Announces December Class Schedule
11/14/2013

Chilton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department, Parent Education division, announces its December 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 (three-week class): Tuesdays, from Dec. 3 to 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Attendees will learn everything they need to know, including: stages of labor and birth, the partner’s role, coping techniques (Lamaze breathing and other methods of relaxation), pain management options and postpartum care. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of childbirth and includes a tour of Chilton’s MotherBaby Center. Classes should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date. Pre-registration is $200.

One-Day Intensive Childbirth Preparation: Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Chilton Hospital, in the Education Classroom, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains. Attendees will learn everything they need to know, including: stages of labor and birth, the partner’s role, coping techniques (Lamaze breathing and other methods of relaxation), pain management options and postpartum care. This comprehensive program addresses every aspect of childbirth and includes a tour of Chilton’s MotherBaby Center. Classes should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date. Pre-registration is $200.

Breastfeeding: Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). Moms will discover the benefits of breastfeeding while receiving information on prenatal preparation, positioning, nutrition, how to avoid common problems and tips for making this a positive experience for mom and baby. Pre-registration is $40. This class is for expectant mother and father.

Relating to Motherhood: Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Chilton Hospital Board Room, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains. Motherhood is a time filled with countless joys, but can also be challenging and stressful. This group offers a safe and confidential place to explore emotions and all that comes with being a mom. Topics include baby care, sleep issues, body image, work/life balance, taking care of yourself and understanding powerful hormones during the postpartum period. A complimentary light dinner is included. All mothers with babies up to one year of age are welcome. Childcare will be provided at a nominal cost. Pre-registration is required for this free program.

Baby Basics: Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Chilton Health Network, 242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains (just 1.5 miles from the hospital). This class covers everything to know about bottles, burps, binkies and more. In addition, attendees will 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. This class is for the expectant mother and partner. Grandparents are welcome too, for an additional fee. Pre-registration is $45.

New Moms Group: Friday, Dec. 13, 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 stories with other new moms. Babies welcomed! This free meeting is held every second and last Friday of each month. There will be no session on Dec. 27 due to the holiday weekend. Pre-registration is required.

Safe Sitter: Friday, Dec. 27, 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. Pre-registration is $70.

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 MotherBaby 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.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also 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. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012 and 2013. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. 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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