Pregnancy

It’s a sobering experience for any first-time parent – that moment when you’re ready to take your baby home and realize the nursing staff is not going with you. Being on your own can be overwhelming at first, but Atlantic Health System has put together an instructional video covering the basics of child care that will have you feeling confident in no time. Topics include baby products, feeding, swaddling, car seats, baby-proofing the home, crib safety, when to call the pediatrician and more. Watch now >

Pregnancy Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Unless otherwise noted, for a schedule, fees, class location and to register for the below Parent Education programs, please call 908-522-2946. Click here to print out calendars with a full list of programs offered.
 
Childbirth Mini Class: Your Baby's Birth
Topics include the childbirth process, signs and stages of labor, and when to go to the hospital. Participants will also view a birthing video and take a tour of our maternity center, which provides an overview of the labor, delivery and postpartum experience at Overlook Medical Center.

Mindful Pregnancy and Birth
Topics include mindful meditation and breathing, stages of labor, comfort measures and positioning, medical interventions, choices in pain management, and hands-on practices. This class combines most of the material covered in our Prepared Childbirth program. 

ABC’s of Going Home with Your Baby
Topics include basic infant care, diapering, dressing, bathing, swaddling, holding, soothing, when to call the baby’s doctor and how to manage with pets at home. Safety issues will also be addressed, including sleeping, cribs, car seats, baby products and baby-proofing your home.

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Getting Started
Topics include breast milk production, skin-to-skin care, positioning and latching, how long and often to feed, and how to tell if the baby is getting enough milk. Partners are welcome. This class is included as part of our all-day Prepared Childbirth sessions.

Breastfeeding Support Group: “The First Weeks at Home and Beyond”
This support group offers an opportunity for breastfeeding mothers and their babies to engage in open discussion on how to breastfeed successfully. Topics include common issues that arise during feeding, returning to the workplace, and proper use of a breast pump and milk storage.


Epidural Online Training
View a web-based audio/video health education program from Emmi® regarding epidurals. Please contact Overlook Medical Center's Anesthesiology Department at 908-598-1500 for an access code to view this program. Once you obtain the code, click here and then click on “Watch an Emmi Program.”


Maternity Center Tour
Our patient liaison will be your guide as you get a first-hand look at our maternity center. Please note that tours are included in some of our parent education classes. For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.


Postpartum Group
New mothers meet and learn coping and relaxation skills to help them with their new role.
Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30am
Atlantic Behavioral Health Outpatient, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ
Presenter: Patricia Monaghan, LMFT
For more information and to register, please call 1-888-247-1400.


Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
This monthly support group is for anyone who has lost an infant during pregnancy, stillbirth or early infancy.
Second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Conference Room 3
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-3659.


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