Childbirth and New Parent Education

There are many things to think about as you prepare to have your baby. Not only do you have to think about buying diapers, a crib, an infant car seat and more, but you also need to think about getting prepared for the delivery itself. To make this process easier for you, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital offers a full complement of childbirth and new parent education classes:

  • Maternity Tours (Free)

    Expectant parents, this complete maternity experience will guide you through what to expect from your first steps into the hospital until you leave our maternity unit with you beautiful baby. Two tours offered each month. Registration required. For details and to register call 1-888-724-7123. 
  • ChildBirth Experience

    A class which prepares new parents to care for their newborn. Safety, growth and development, bathing and feeding are a few of the topics covered. One day, 6-hour session. Offered once a month. Registration required. Fee. For details and to register call 1-888-724-7123. 
  • Preparing and Caring For Baby

    A class which prepares new parents to care for their newborn. Safety, growth and development, bathing and feeding are a few of the topics covered. One day, 6-hour session. Offered once a month. Registration required. Fee. For details and to register call 1-888-724-7123. 
  • BreastFeeding 101

    Get expert advice from our certified lactation consultant on beginning your breastfeeding journey with your newborn. Find out how to tell if things are going well and when to get help. Offered once a month. Registration required. Fee. For details and to register call 1-888-724-7123. 
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block

    Expectant and new parents will learn step-by-step how to help their baby sleep better, and how to soothe even the fussiest baby, in minutes. This program was developed by renowned pediatrician and child development expert, Dr. Harvey Karp. Offered once a month. Registration required. Fee. For details and to register call 1-888-724-7123. 
  • A Gift of Love & Security (Infant Message)

    Communicating Parents’ Love through Touch
    Infant Massage is one of the most natural and pleasant methods of providing early nurturing contact. What better gift can you give your baby in just 15 minutes of your time? Offered once a month. Registration required. Fee. For details and to register call 1-888--724-7123.  
  • The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

    A family packet, designed to prepare parents and soon-to-be big brothers and sisters for the arrival of a new sibling. Parents will learn tips to help manage their growing family. Big-brothers and sisters-to-be will receive an interactive workbook to express their feelings about the new sibling. For ages 3-10. To request your “Start of a Beautiful Friendship” family packet, call 732.846.0131 or email Kathleen.johnson@rwjbh.org. FREE.  
  • New Moms - New babies Weekly Support Group

    Connect with other moms to share the joys and challenges of new motherhood. With group discussions and speakers we will address such postpartum issues as: sleep deprivation; staying at home or working outside the home; breast feeding; balancing baby’s needs with family’s needs; body image issues; functioning without any personal space; childcare issues. The facilitators are registered nurse/certified lactation consultants. No registration or fee is required. The group meets every Thursday, 12 noon to 2 pm, in the (BMSCH) Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room. For more information call (732)-253-3871.    

We want you to be ready and to feel confident that you and your loved ones will have a warm, comfortable setting for labor, delivery and recovery. Knowing what to expect when it comes time for labor and delivery can help ease any anxiety you may have about the birth process, especially if this is your first baby.

For additional information on the childbirth courses and their curriculums, please contact the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Community Education Department at 1-888 724-7123.

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