20+ May Events For New And Expecting Moms, Kids And Grandparents With RWJBarnabas Health

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If you’re pregnant or just gave birth, we’ve got some good news—RWJBarnabas Health is offering in-person and virtual ways for new moms and moms-to-be to connect and be their healthiest this May. Whether you are looking for childbirth prep, breastfeeding support, or just a group of new moms, you can log on to your computer or meet up in person with experts and moms who will share tips, ideas, and support. Got older kids who need to keep busy or got grandparents looking to help out? There are classes and workshops for them, too, so go ahead and check out everything to help with your babe—read on for details on where and how to register. (featured photo credit: iStock/Viorel Kurnosov)

Programs for new moms

Breastfeeding Support Groups 
May 2, 6, and 9 from 1 PM – 3 PM
Join our Certified Lactation Consultant for a discussion on breastfeeding preparation at the LiveWell Center or virtually. The talk allows mothers-to-be and their support person to learn more about breastfeeding basics. We will explore how to get a good latch, establish your milk supply, identify that your baby is getting enough, and pump and store breastmilk. Registration is required.
Cost: Free
LiveWell Center, 200 Wyckoff Rd. Suite 1200, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Breastfeeding Classes – Jersey City Medical Center
May 23 from 6:30-8:30 PM
This two-hour program combines lectures and movie presentations to enhance the learning experience. Topics include how breastfeeding works, latching on and positioning, when to feed your baby, and more.
Cost: $35 per couple
Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Sponsoring Facility: Jersey City Medical Center

Virtual New Moms’ Circle Support Group (Cooperman Barnabas)
May 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers Zoom Support Groups for expecting and new moms facilitated by Lauren Meisels, Ph.D. New Moms Circle allows moms to discuss all facets of becoming a mother during this precarious time. Conversations generally focus on childcare 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.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Virtual Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support Group
May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 11 AM-12 PM
Are you pregnant or a 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, which 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. Join our virtual community, led by a certified Perinatal Mood Disorder 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)
May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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

New Moms – New Babies: A Support Group For New Mothers – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 12 PM

Connect with other moms to share the joys and challenges of new motherhood. With group discussions, we will address postpartum issues such as sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, including getting started, how and when to pump, weaning and more, body image issues, staying at home or working outside the home, childcare issues, balancing baby’s needs with family needs, functioning without personal space, and postpartum depression.
Cost: Free
RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center – RWJUH Community Education Room (2nd Floor), 100 Kirkpatrick Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Sponsoring Facility: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Prenatal programs for moms-to-be

Join our Meet and Greet: JCMC Women’s Health Services – Jersey City Medical Center
May 16 from 5 PM-6 PM
Learn about women’s health services offered by Jersey City Medical Center. Meet our providers for OBGYN, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Midwifery. There will be a Q&A and tours of the facility. 
Cost: Free
Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, Fourth Floor, 4 East Conference Room, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Prenatal Education Class – Jersey City Medical Center
May 9 from 3 PM-4 PM
This one-hour class for prenatal women must be completed before entering the third
trimester of pregnancy. There will be an option for virtual or in-person sessions. (*In-person session
will include a maternity tour.) Note: This session is for existing prenatal patients at Women’s Health at Jersey City Medical Center. Topics include breastfeeding, nonpharmacological pain relief methods for labor, rooming in on a 24-hour basis, and the importance of early skin-to-skin contact.
Cost: Free
Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, 3 East Sky Lobby, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Maternity Orientation & Tour – Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
May 19
Are you delivering at CBMC? Our Woman’s Health Education Department hosts an informative tour to help you prepare for your special delivery. This hour-long group tour walks you through the arrival process, our newly renovated Labor and Delivery suites, private postpartum rooms, and more. Class size is limited for a more personalized experience and online reservations are required.
Cost: Free
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039

Maternity Tour – Jersey City Medical Center
May 1 and 15 from 3 PM-4 PM and May 9 and 23 from 5 PM-6 PM
Is a baby on the way, or are you planning your birthing journey? Take a tour of our Labor & Delivery and Lord Abbett Maternity Wing, and get your questions answered by our Mother-Baby team. For adults only, no children will be allowed.
Cost: Free
Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, Lord Abbett Maternity Wing, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Maternity Tours at Newark Beth Israel
Seven days a week at 9:30 AM, 4 PM, and 8 PM
If you or your family is expecting a baby, we are ready to help you manage your prenatal health throughout your pregnancy and plan for the big day. Let us show you our rooms and amenities, expert labor and delivery support, and high-tech neonatal intensive care units (NICU) so you will be comfortable choosing us for your maternity care.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace, Newark, NJ 07112
RSVP required. Call 973-926-7108 or fill out our Request a Maternity Tour form.

Virtual Pregnancy and Breast Feeding Support Group
May 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 12 PM
Do you have questions about pregnancy or breastfeeding? In a friendly virtual environment, our Board-Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultants will provide guidance and answer questions about what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, as well as latch issues, breast/nipple pain, milk supply concerns, pumping, supplementation, returning to work, and weaning for breastfeeding mothers. We are here to support you. Please register online for more information and to be sent the link to participate in the group.
Cost: Free
Virtual

Breastfeeding Support Groups 
May 2, 6, and 9 at 1 PM
Join us for a free, in-person Breastfeeding Support Group offered weekly and facilitated by a Certified Lactation Consultant at the LiveWell Center. Call for first-time registration: 862.781.3873. Contact Info: Lactation Support
Cost: Free
LiveWell Center, 200 Wyckoff Rd. Suite 1200, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Virtual Childbirth Preparation at Cooperman Barnabas
Multi-Part Course – May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 7 PM-9 PM; One-Day Course – May 18 from 9 AM-5 PM

Women’s Health and 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, epidurals, a review of the Maternity Center, and newborn care. A multi-part course consists of four-weekday sessions from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A one-day course is on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 
Cost: $95
Virtual 

Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
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

Childbirth Education Classes- Jersey City Medical Center
May 1, 6, 15, and 22 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
This in-person program consists of a set of 4 classes, 2-hours at a time, featuring a combination of lectures and
movie presentations to enhance the learning experience.
Cost: $125 (per couple)
Jersey City Medical Center, 355 Grand Street, 4 East Conference Room, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Infant Care Class – Jersey City Medical Center (virtual)
May 30 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
The program will include two hours of combination lectures and movie presentations on topics like physical appearance, diapering, bathing, cord care, and special procedures. You must complete the registration and payment received at least two weeks before the class date. They will send the link before the start of class.
Cost: $35 per couple
Virtual

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

Events for Kids and Parents 

Managing Your Child’s Behavior – 2024 Virtual Workshops for Parents – Children’s Specialized Hospital
This parent workshop was developed by the child psychologists at Children’s Specialized Hospital to help
parents of children ages 2-10 years learn how to manage their behavior. Participants should select one cycle and attend all classes in that cycle. Each seven-part course will cover the following:
– Causes of misbehavior
– Setting limits and dealing with tantrums
– Managing sibling conflicts
– Developing and implementing behavioral systems
– Parent stress management, self-care, and support system
Virtual Workshops – with Psychologist Shoshana Isenberg
Wednesdays from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Virtual Workshops – with Psychologist Charles Borgen
Mondays from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
March 6-April 10
Cost: $99 Sponsoring Facilities: Children’s Specialized Hospital and RWJBarnabas Health

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen
May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 4:30 PM
Join in-person or virtually for this 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. For class links and more information, contact Emily Ho, RDN. emily.ho@rwjbh.org. 973-926-7371
Cost: Free
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
May 18 at 9:30 AM
Join us in-person or virtually for this hands-on cooking class for ages 4-7 with a parent/guardian/loved one present. In this fun and interactive course, even the pickiest eaters will learn to love their veggies.
Cost: Free
Online OR Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 208 Lyons Ave. Newark, NJ 07112

Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen
May 18 at 11 AM
Join in-person or virtually for this mommy & me style healthy cooking class for ages 2-4 with a parent/grandparent/loved one. For class links and more information, contact Emily Ho, RDN. emily.ho@rwjbh.org. 973-926-7371
Cost: Free
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group

Toddler Snack Time 
May 6 from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Bring your little ones, ages 2 to 4, for a hands-on cooking class with our registered dietitian featuring a fun and healthy snack.
Cost: Free
LiveWell Center, 200 Wyckoff Road, Suite 1200, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Sponsoring Facility: Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Kids Cooking Class (in-person)
May 11 at 10 AM and 11:15 AM
Join Ms. Jenn in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class where we’ll have fun making healthy, seasonal
recipes. Open to kids aged 4-10 years old. Please email livewellcenter@rwjbh.org with any allergies before attending.
Cost: Free
RWJ Fitness & Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Mercerville, NJ 08619

Kids Snack Time (in-person)
May 15 at 5 PM
Join Ms. Jenn in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. We’ll have fun making simple, healthy snacks. This class is open to kids aged 4-10. Please email livewellcenter@rwjbh.org with any food allergies before attending.
Cost: Free
LiveWell Center, 200 Wyckoff Road, Suite 1200, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Sponsoring Facility: Monmouth Medical Center Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Events for Grandparents

Virtual Grandparenting Seminar – Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
June 13 at 4 PM
This virtual seminar allows grandparents-to-be to discuss their concerns and receive information on the importance of grandparenting, advancements in childbirth, trends and changes in infant care, and family communication.
Cost: Free
Sponsoring Facility: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

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