Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Releases Schedule of Upcoming Parenting Classes for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

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(North Bergen, NJ) – The following is a schedule of upcoming Parenting Classes at Hackensack Meridian HealthPalisades Medical Center.  To register, please visit www.Hackensackmeridianhealth.org/Events.  For questions, please call Robin Petrick, IBCLC, ICCE, Parent Educator/Lactation Consultant at 201-295-4823.


Childbirth Education Series (Two-Day Course)

Cost is $150 per couple. The more you understand about the process of labor, the better prepared you and your support partner will feel. Topics covered include: understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person, options for pain medications and medical interventions, Caesarean birth, understand your changing body after birth, newborn appearance and procedures after birth. The series also includes a tour of the Maternity Unit.


Dec. Series – Classes on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jan./Feb. Series – Classes on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March Series – Classes on March 7 and March 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Newborn Baby Care Class

Cost is $50 per couple. The class covers the basics of newborn care, starting with the appearance and characteristics of a newborn. Other topics include: bonding, understanding cues, crying, colic, safety measures, health and development, sponge bathing and bathing. We practice swaddling, dressing, and diapering.


Nov. 20, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

March 18, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Keys to Successful Breastfeeding Class

Cost is $50 per couple. Topics include: the importance of skin-to-skin contact, latching techniques, supply and demand as it relates to breastfeeding, positioning for breastfeeding, indications for breast pumps including a demo, Dad’s role in the breastfeeding relationship, and community resources available post-delivery for breastfeeding assistance. Dads are encouraged to attend.


Dec. 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

March 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Sibling Preparation for Birth Classes

Cost is $25 per family.  This is a fun and effective way to teach soon-to-be-siblings (ages 3+) all about babies.  Your young one will learn the exciting parts of being a big brother or sister while explaining safety issues like holding the baby properly.  To register or for more information, please call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.



Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 450,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties.  The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 206-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.  Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.  The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities.  Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees.  It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare.  For more information, please call 201-854-5000 or visitpalisadesmedical.org.


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