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Castle Connolly Medical The farmer’s market is your ticket to healthy eating this summer. According to Atlantic Health System dietitians, the time between when a fruit or vegetable is harvested and when you actually eat it impacts the content of its vitamins and minerals. For this reason, locally-grown produce that you can obtain at or right before prime ripeness offer greater nutritional value than imported foods. As an added bonus for families, farmer’s markets expose kids to healthier snack options and teach them about the growing and harvesting process.
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Parenting Programs and Screenings


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available.

Big Brother and Big Sister
Siblings can learn how to prepare for the arrival of a newborn brother or sister. Please have children bring their favorite stuff animal and a photo of themselves as a baby to the class.

New Moms Support Group
New mothers can gain support and helpful parenting education, while sharing the joys and challenges of living with a newborn. This group is co-led by a professional social worker and nurse educator. Babies are welcome.
Morristown Medical Center, Auditorium A
For more information and to register, please call 972-971-5927.

Prepared Childbirth: Instruction for Labor and Birth
Topics include the birth process, such as signs and symptoms of labor, stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and what to bring with you; pain management strategies, such as breathing  and relaxation techniques, comfort measures, massage, positioning, hydrotherapy, medication options and epidural anesthesia; hospital procedures; cesarean section; and physical and emotional recovery after birth. A tour of our maternity center and childbirth films are included. This class is also available in Spanish.

Childbirth Mini Classes: Your Baby's Birth
Topics include the childbirth process, signs and stages of labor, and when to go to the hospital. A tour of our maternity center and a question-and-answer session with a nurse educator are included.

Great Expectations: Prepared Childbirth and Infant Care for Parents Expecting Twins, Triplets or More
Topics include how to care for more than one baby at a time, the last few days of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pre-term labor, and vaginal and cesarean deliveries. A tour of our maternity center and practical advice from moms of the Twins n’ Triplets Mothers Club of Morris County is included.

ABC’s of Going Home with Your Baby
Topics include basic infant care, diapering, dressing, bathing, swaddling, holding, soothing, bottle feeding, when to call the baby’s doctor and how to manage with pets at home. Safety issues will also be addressed, including sleeping, cribs, car seats, baby products and baby-proofing your home.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 1 – Getting Started
Topics include breast milk production, skin-to-skin care, positioning and latching, how long and often to feed, and how to tell if the baby is getting enough milk. Partners are welcome.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 2 – Beyond the First Weeks
This class is for parents who have completed our “Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 1” class or who are interested in learning how to pump their own breast milk. Topics include pumping and storing breast milk, maintaining milk supply and returning to work while continuing to breastfeed. Partners are welcome. This class is available at Morristown Medical Center only.

Breastfeeding Your Baby: “The First Weeks at Home and Beyond Support Group” ($50 for two sessions)
This class is offers an opportunity for breastfeeding mothers and their babies to engage in open discussion on how to breastfeed successfully. Topics include common issues that arise during feeding, returning to the workplace, and proper use of a breast pump and milk storage. This class is available at Overlook Medical Center only.

Especially for Siblings
Topics include what babies can do and how to safely hold them, ways older siblings can help their parents and tips for adults on easing the transition period for the big brother or sister. A short video and a tour of the maternity center are included. This program is recommended for parents with children ages 3 to 7. This class is available at Morristown Medical Center only.

Maternity Center Tours

  • Morristown Medical Center
    Expecting mothers are welcome to take a tour of Morristown Medical’s Maternity Center. Moms can bring one guest who is 18 years of age or older, in addition to any siblings of the baby. Registration is required for both moms and guests. There is a security check-in on the day of the tour, and a photo ID must be shown. Please note that our maternity center tours are included in some of our other Parent Education classes. Tours are available on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm, Fridays at 2:00pm and every other Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm. For more information and to register, call 1-800-247-9580.
  • Overlook Medical Center
    For tours of Overlook Medical Center's Maternity Center, please call 908-522-2333 and our nursing staff will assist in scheduling your visit. Please note that maternity center tours are included in some of our parent education classes.

Spasticity and Gait Disorders Clinic
Children with spasticity and gait disorders and their parents can meet with a team of specialists from Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Appointments are required for both consultations and treatment.
First Friday of every month
Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP)
Farris Family Building, 3rd floor
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-5901.

Pre-natal/Postpartum Aqua-Aerobics
Topics include gentle movement exercises, water weights and open discussions about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Atlantic Rehabilitation, Morristown, NJ
For a schedule and to register, please call 973-971-5027.

Hydrocephalus Support Group
This group provides educational information, guidance and support for children and adults with hydrocephalus and shunts.
Morristown Medical, Auditorium B
For more information, schedules and to register, please call 973-326-9000.

Caregivers Coalitions
Caregivers of seniors, adults and children with disabilities or mental illnesses will receive education, support and access to resources to sustain them in their care-giving role. Sponsored by the United Way of Northern New Jersey; registration is not required.

 

  • Morris County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Wednesday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
    Ukranian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
    For more information, call 973-993-1160.

     
  • Somerset County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Thursday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
    Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ
    For more information, call 908-253-6534.

Craniofacial and Plagiocephaly Clinic
A team of pediatric specialists will evaluate patients with craniofacial conditions and plagiocephaly. It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider for pre-approval; appointments are required.

  • Craniofacial Clinic
    Third Friday of each month, 9:00am to Noon

     
  • Plagiocephaly Clinic
    Second Friday of each month, Noon to 3:00pm
    Third Friday of each month, Noon to 3:00pm

Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP)
Farris Family Building, 3rd floor
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-8585.

Pediatric Neuro-oncology Clinic
Pediatric neurospecialists and oncologists provide services at this clinic.
Second Friday of each month, 9:00am to Noon
Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP)
Farris Family Building, 3rd floor
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-8585.

Car Seat Inspection
Seat checks and installation are performed free of charge by Safe Kids-certified child passenger safety technicians.

Wednesdays, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Atlantic Ambulance Building, 120 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ
For more information, please call 973-971-6477.

First Tuesday of every month, 2:00 to 6:00pm -and-
Third Thursday of every month, 7:00am to Noon
Chester First Aid Squad, 100 North Road, Chester, NJ
For more information, please call 908-879-5560.
 
Third Tuesday of every month, 5:00 to 8:00pm -and-
Second Saturday of every month, 8:00am to Noon
Shade Tree Garage, 171 Washington Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information, please call 973-540-9880.
 
Fourth Monday of every month, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Newton Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad
68 Sussex Street, Newton NJ 07860
For more information, please call 973-383-3377.

Fourth Monday of every month, 3:00 to 6:00pm
McGuire Chevrolet, 63 Hampton House Road, Newton, NJ
For more information, please call 973-383-1300.

Parent Support Group for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents can receive emotional support and learn how to cope with the challenges of raising a child with autism. The group is professionally led by a licensed psychotherapist.
First Thursday of every month, 11:00am
Child Development and Autism Center
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine, Suite 250
435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-8906.

Pediatric Cardiology Parent Support Group
Families with children up to four years old with heart conditions can meet to discuss family life and coping mechanisms. Registration is not required.
First Monday of every month, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
For more information, please call 973-971-8689.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Courses
Atlantic Training Center offers American Heart Association CPR and first aid training courses. Learn more and register >


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