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Whether worn to make a statement or just to stay organized, backpacks are a great tool for students, but one that can put excess strain on muscles and joints if used incorrectly. To stay pain-free this school year, children should carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in their backpack and use both shoulders – no matter how “cool” it may seem to do the contrary. When shopping, look for backpacks that have padded straps and backs, multiple compartments or a waist belt to more evenly distribute the load. Check out more backpack safety tips >



Parenting 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, all classes take place at Overlook Medical Center. For a schedule, fees and to register for the below Parent Education programs, please visit our website or call 908-522-2946.

Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and Choking
Learn how to perform CPR and airway clearance on adults, children, and infants. This course is an overview and does not have a certification card.
Monday, October 23; 10:00am to Noon
Overlook Downtown, 357 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Prepared Childbirth:  Instruction for Labor and Birth
Topics include the birth process, such as signs and symptoms of labor, stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and what to bring with you; pain management strategies, such as breathing  and relaxation techniques, comfort measures, massage, positioning, hydrotherapy, medication options and epidural anesthesia; hospital procedures; cesarean section; and physical and emotional recovery after birth. A tour of our maternity center and childbirth films are included. This class is also available in Spanish.

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.


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