Virtual Events For New Moms, Moms-to-Be and Kids with RWJBarnabas Health This February

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If you’re pregnant or just gave birth, chances are you’re missing those essential in-person support opportunities like prepping for your baby with pre-birth classes or bonding with other new moms. But here’s some good news—RWJBarnabas Health is offering virtual ways for new moms and moms-to-be to connect and be their healthiest this February. Whether you are looking for childbirth prep, breastfeeding support, or just a group of new moms, you can log on to find support, all while still wearing your PJs. And if you have bigger kids, there are ways for them to connect virtually too. So grab a cup of tea and your favorite snack, and cozy up on the couch with one of these mom groups and classes below—no commute required.

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Programs for new moms

Healthy Cooking on a Budget
February 2 at 1 PM
Learn to make a healthy meal for a family of 4 for $10.
Cost: Free
Virtual 

Molly.fallon@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Virtual Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support Group
February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11 AM
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 childbirth complications, 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, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Mommies Moods Group (Cooperman Barnabas)
February 4, 11, 18, 25 at 11 AM

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers free Zoom Support Groups for expecting and new moms facilitated by Lauren Meisels, Ph.D. 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.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group
February 7, 14, 21, 28 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 in a friendly virtual environment. Don’t let breastfeeding challenges discourage you during COVID-19. We are here to support you along your breastfeeding journey. For more information and 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, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual New Moms’ Circle Support Group (Cooperman Barnabas)
February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10 AM
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers free Zoom Support Groups for expecting and new moms facilitated by Lauren Meisels, Ph.D. New Moms Circle provides 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 and their babies are welcome to participate occasionally or each week. A Breastfeeding Support Group follows at 11:30 AM. Please register online in the event of a cancellation (you only need to register once).
Cost: Free
Virtual, Cooperman Barnabas Wellness Institute at Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest – 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Breastfeeding Basics at Cooperman Barnabas
February 15 from 7 PM-9 PM
Women’s Health/Parent Education Department at Saint Barnabas offers a virtual prenatal workshop to help mothers achieve the confidence and skills necessary for a satisfying nursing experience once their baby is born. Partners should participate along with mom.
Cost: $30
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039

To be placed into a class and make payment, please call 973-322-5360 or submit the completed registration form by fax to 973-322-9784 or email Teresa.Lastella@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Breastfeeding Classes at Jersey City Medical Center
February 22 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
The program will include two hours of combination lectures and movie presentations. The class is held monthly. Topics include: How breastfeeding works, latching on and positioning when to feed your baby, how much is enough, and breast care. You must fill out the registration and send payment at least two weeks before the class date. The link will be sent before the start of class.
Cost: $35
Virtual
Eufemia Rios RN, Childbirth Educator, (201) 915-2365 or Email: Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center

Baby’s First Foods
February 23 from 1 PM-2 PM
A virtual class on what to feed a baby in the first year, and more.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN (973) 726-7371 or Email: molly.fallon@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group

Prenatal programs for moms-to-be

Cesarean Delivery Preparation (Cooperman Barnabas)
February 2 from 7 PM-9 PM
Women’s Health/ Parent Education at Cooperman Barnabas offers this virtual two-hour class for parents about having a cesarean birth and how to care for their newborn.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Teresa Lastella, (973) 322-5360 or Teresa.Lastella@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Childbirth Preparation at Cooperman Barnabas
February 3, 12, 20 Multi-Part Courses and One-Day Courses are available
Women’s Health/Parent Education at Cooperman Barnabas offers this virtual class for parents to help prepare them for pregnancy, labor, and delivery and provide instruction in baby care. This class addresses breathing patterns, relaxation, cesarean sections, epidural, review of the Maternity Center, and newborn care.
Cost: $75
Virtual 

To be placed into a class and make payment, please call (973) 322-5360 or submit the completed registration form by fax to (973) 322-9784 or email to Teresa.Lastella@rwjbh.org.
Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Pregnancy Support Group
February 3, 10, 17, 24 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, our 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, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Prenatal Yoga with Ignite One 
February 5, 12, 19, 26 at 12 PM
Gentle Yoga for expecting moms. Pre-registration is required.
Cost: Free
Virtual
Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN, (973) 926-7371 or email: molly.fallon@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Childbirth Education Classes at Jersey City Medical Center
February 7 at 6:30 PM
The program will include a set of 4 classes, 2 hrs. /class-combination lecture and movie presentations. Topics will include: Third Trimester Changes, Signs and Symptoms of Labor, Labor & Delivery “What to Expect,” “Pain Management,” and A tour of Labor & Delivery/Postpartum. You MUST fill out the registration and send payment at least two weeks before the class date. The link will be sent before the start of the course.
Cost: $125.00 per couple
Virtual

Eufemia Rios RN, Childbirth Educator, Class Registration: (201) 915-2365 or Email: Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center

Prenatal Nutrition 101
February 9 from 1 PM-2 PM

A virtual class with all the nutrition information you need to know for moms-to-be. Please register online.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN (973) 926-7371 or Email: molly.fallon@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Infant Care Classes – Jersey City Medical Center
February 28 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
The program will include two hours of combination lectures and movie presentations with topics like Physical Appearance, Diapering, Bathing, Cord care, and Special Procedures. You must fill registration and payment received at least two weeks before the class date. The link will be sent before the start of class.
Cost: $35 per couple
Virtual

Eufemia Rios RN, Childbirth Educator, (201) 915-2365 or Email: Eufemia.rios@rwjbh.org
Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center

Hannahs Cooking class

Cooking classes in Hannah’s Kitchen are taught by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Wellness Team dietitian Emily Ho, RDN.

Classes For Kids

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen
February 8, 15, 22 at 4:30 PM

Hands-on cooking for ages 8-12; parent/guardian must register. Your child will learn how to cook with nutritious ingredients, how to read a recipe, kitchen safety tips, measuring techniques, knife skills, and more.
Cost: Free
Virtual
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group

My First Cooking Class in Hannah’s Kitchen
February 12 at 9:30 AM
Hands-on cooking for ages 4-7 with a parent/guardian/loved one present. Even the pickiest eaters will learn to love their veggies in this fun and interactive class.
Cost: Free
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Emily Ho, RDN at emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen
February 12 at 11 AM
Mommy & me style virtual cooking class for ages 2-4 with a parent/grandparent/loved one.
Cost: Free
Virtual
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group

Monmouth Medical Center Safe@Home Program
February 24 from 4 PM-5 PM
Safe@Home by Safe Sitter® is a program designed for students in grades 4-6 to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. Safe@Home is a 75 minute, FREE program that teaches students how to practice safe habits, prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Students are also introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. All students will receive a book that will be mailed after registration. Space is limited.
Cost: Free
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
(732) 597-6075

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About Author

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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