RWJBarnabas Health: September In-Person and Virtual Events For Families and New Moms

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This fall, why not take advantage of in-person and virtual events that help keep moms and the whole family healthy? RWJBarnabas Health is offering virtual and in-person ways for new moms and moms-to-be to connect, as well as in-person events that everyone in your family can participate in to be their healthiest this September. Whether you are looking for childbirth prep, breastfeeding support, or just a group of new moms, you can log on or come in to find support, or attend the free baby fair. Or if you want to give back and get healthy, round up your crew for a walk, run, or roll to raise money for hospital programs at one of the in-person events this month. Scroll down to find the latest events from RWJBarnabas Health.

Featured Photo Credit: RWJBarnabas Health 

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Events for everyone

Walk n’ Roll – A Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Event
September 19
Walk, run, ride, and roll for kids at Children’s Specialized Hospital. The is the 15th annual Walk n’ Roll event, and you can either walk on September 19 in-person at Johnson Park in Piscataway or participate virtually from September 1-30. One hundred percent of every donation supports vital hospital programs and services that transform children’s lives. Register, support a participant or become a sponsor.
Cost: Donation-based
Event Location: Virtual or Johnson Park- Johnson Park Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

The 13th Annual Steeplechase Distance Run/Walk
September 26 at 7:30 AM
The Steeplechase Distance Run, which benefits the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, features a 10K, 5K, 2 Mile Walk, and Kids’ Sprints. Start your own team or register to run or walk individually. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Funds raised through entry fees, individual and team fundraising, and sponsorships will help fund over $100,000 in free supportive services to patients at the Steeplechase Cancer Center, including support groups, educational programs, yoga, art therapy, healthy cooking, exercise programs, and transportation. By supporting the Steeplechase Distance Run, you are impacting thousands of local patients and their families who rely on the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset for hope and healing, adding years and quality to many lives.
Cost: Donation-based
Event Location: Virtual or in-person at Amsterdam School – 301 Amsterdam Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

RWJBarnabas Health: Cooking Classes for Kids
Dates and times vary depending on the program
Kids of all ages will love cooking up healthy treats in these virtual hands-on cooking classes (adult supervision required during class): Try Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen for kids 8-12, where they’ll learn to use a recipe, cook with nutritious ingredients, and utilize kitchen basics or try Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen, a Mommy and Me style class for 2-4 year-olds.
Cost: Free
RWJBarnabas, Virtual
(973) 926-7371

Prenatal Care

Prenatal Yoga with Ignite One
September 11, 18, and 25 from 12 PM – 1 PM

Enjoy a Gentle Yoga class just for expecting moms.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
For more information, contact:
Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN, molly.fallon@rwjbh.org, (973) 926-7371

Childbirth Education Class at Jersey City Medical Center
September 8 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This program will focus on what to expect during labor and delivery, pain management, third-trimester changes, signs and symptoms of labor, and a virtual tour of Labor & Delivery/Postpartum. This program will include four classes, 2 hours/class combination lectures, and movie presentations. Registration must be filled and payment received at least two weeks before the class date. Currently, all classes are held virtually. The link will be sent before the start of class. Payment can be made by check made out to “Jersey City Medical Center” and sent to Jersey City Medical Center.
Cost: $125
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center
For registration and more information, call: (201) 915-2365 or e-mail Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org

Pregnancy Support Group
September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Being pregnant is amazing—and at times, amazingly stressful. We get it. Pregnancy can leave you with a lot of questions. This is especially true with the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by maternal health experts, the online community is a supportive and inclusive space to meet other pregnant women, ask questions and form meaningful connections.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, RWJBarnabas Health, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Prenatal Nutrition 101
September 8 from 1 PM – 2 PM

Virtual class with all the nutrition information you need to know for moms-to-be.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
For more information, contact Molly Fallon Dixon at Molly.fallon@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Healthy Lifestyles – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 1 PM-2 PM
Weekly health, nutrition, and fitness discussions. Register and receive log in details and confirmation.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
For more information, contact: Karen Basedow, MS, RDN, CDE, Karen.Basedow@rwjbh.org or 973-926-3312

New Moms

Beth Babies: Breastfeeding Class
September 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1 PM – 2 PM

Worried that you will not have enough milk? Concerned that breastfeeding is going to be painful? Learn techniques to latch your baby well, receive skilled guidance from Lactation Counselors and meet other pregnant and nursing mothers. Pregnant women, partners, and nursing babies welcome!
Cost: Free
Virtual, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Registrant info goes to: janine.marley@rwjbh.org

Baby’s First Foods
September 15 from 1 PM – 2 PM

Join this virtual class on what to feed a baby in the first year and more. For class links and more information, contact: Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Registrant Info: Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN molly.fallon@rwjbh.org or (973) 726-7371

Virtual New Moms’ Circle Support Group (Saint Barnabas)
September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10 AM 

New Moms Circle offers an opportunity for moms to discuss all facets of becoming a mother during this precarious time. Conversations generally focus on child-care topics but are dictated by the interests of the women attending the meeting. It’s an excellent opportunity for moms to connect and bond around a shared experience.
New moms along with their babies are welcome to participate occasionally or each week. A Breastfeeding Support Group follows at 11:30 am. 
Cost: Free— Please register online in the event of a cancellation (you only need to register once).
Sponsored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Breastfeeding Classes at Jersey City Medical Center
September 28 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This program will include two hours of combination lectures and movie presentations. Topics include how breastfeeding works, latching on and positioning, when to feed your baby, how much is enough, and breast care. Registration must be filled and payment received at least two weeks before the class date. Currently, all classes are held virtually. The link will be sent before the start of class. Payment can be made by check made out to “Jersey City Medical Center” and sent to Jersey City Medical Center.
Cost: $35
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center
For registration and more information, call: (201) 915-2365 or e-mailing Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org

Infant Care Classes – Jersey City Medical Center
September 20 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The program will include two hours of combination lectures and movie presentations covering the baby’s physical appearance, diapering, bathing, cord care, and special procedures. Registration must be filled and payment received at least two weeks before the class date. Currently, all classes are held virtually. The link will be sent before the start of class. Payment can be made by check made out to “Jersey City Medical Center” and sent to Jersey City Medical Center.
Cost
: $35
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center
For any questions, please contact Eufemia Rios RN, Childbirth Educator, Class Registration: (201) 915-2365 Email: Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org or Attention – Eufemia Rios/3 East, 355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group
September 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Do you have questions about breastfeeding? We are pleased to offer our communities a safe place for new and expecting moms to connect online. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants will provide guidance and answer questions about latch issues, breast/nipple pain, milk supply concerns, pumping, supplementation, returning to work, and weaning. Don’t let breastfeeding challenges discourage you during COVID-19. We are here to support you along your breastfeeding journey. For more information and to be sent the link to participate in the group, please register online.
Cost: Free
Virtual,
Sponsoring Facility: Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, RWJBarnabas Health, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support Group
September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 11 AM – 12 PM
Are you a pregnant or new mom? Do you feel like motherhood isn’t what you thought it would be? Do you have feelings of anxiety, panic, rage, or sadness? You are not alone. You could be experiencing one of the most common complications of childbirth, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, this is temporary and treatable, and we can help. We are pleased to offer our communities a safe place and a judgment-free group for new and expecting moms to connect online. We understand that during this time of COVID-19, increased isolation and increased concerns about crowds/gatherings may be preventing you from reaching out for help. Join our virtual community, led by a Perinatal Mood Disorder certified specialist in this field, who can answer your questions, validate your feelings and concerns, and offer more resources if needed.
Cost: Free
Virtual, 
Sponsoring Facility: Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, RWJBarnabas Health, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Pregnancy Support Circle (Saint Barnabas)
September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers free Zoom Support Groups for expecting and new moms facilitated by Lauren Meisels, Ph.D. For more information and to be sent the Zoom link, please register online. The Pregnancy Support Circle provides a space for pregnant women to connect and support each other during this time. Please check the online calendar for a Monday New Moms Circle and a Friday Mommies Moods Group.
Cost: Free
Virtual, 
Sponsoring Facility: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Mommies Moods Group (Saint Barnabas)
September 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers free Zoom Support Groups for expecting and new moms facilitated by Lauren Meisels, Ph.D. For more information and to be sent the Zoom link, please register online. Mommies Moods Group focuses on mother-care rather than child-care. Discussions address anxiety, depression, irritability, and feeling scared and overwhelmed by the transition to motherhood during the pandemic. Please check the online calendar for a Monday New Moms Circle and a Wednesday Pregnancy Support Group.
Cost: Free
Virtual, Sponsoring Facility: Saint Barnabas Medical Center

This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health to help make every #NJMOM her healthiest.

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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