Chilton Hospital’s Parent Education Division Announces January 2014 Class Schedule|
Chilton Hospital’s Community Outreach Department, Parent Education division, announces its January 2014 schedule. All classes require pre-registration at least one week in advance. For more information and registration, call Janet Amore at (973) 831-5475.
Breastfeeding: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 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.
Childbirth Preparation (three-week class): Wednesdays, from Jan. 8 to 22, 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 learn everything they need to know including: stages of labor and birth, the partner’s role, coping and breathing techniques and the postpartum period. This comprehensive program includes a tour of Chilton’s MotherBaby Center. Classes should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date. Pre-registration is $160.
One-Day Intensive Childbirth Preparation: Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 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.
New Moms Group: Friday, Jan. 10 and 31, 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.
Relating to Motherhood: Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and 28, 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 it is also guaranteed to 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. The group is also open to topics introduced by those present. 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: Tuesday, Jan 14, 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, 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.
Safe Sitter: Monday, Jan 20, 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 Five-Star Rated, the highest possible by Heathgrades, for Total Knee Replacement and Heart Failure, for three years in a row and two years in a row, respectively. Chilton is also named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Chilton’s reputation in the community has been built on personalized care and many close-to-home services including an Emergency Department, MotherBaby Center, Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center and Sleep Health Institute. The hospital has nearly completed its $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center, Total Joint Center, Cancer Center and Surgical Services. The Chilton Health Network is continuously growing with satellite offices currently in Butler, Haskell, Hewitt, Pompton Plains and Wayne, NJ. Chilton Hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about its facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.