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For most football fans, the Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium last October was just another chapter in their storied rivalry, but for five special Goryeb Children’s Hospital patients, it was a dream come true. As part of the NFL and the American Cancer Society’s Crucial Catch initiative, four children who were undergoing or recently completed cancer treatment served as honorary captains. Another who couldn’t attend, interacted with Jets players on the sideline during pre-game warm-ups using VGo robot technology. Read more of this story in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated >



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.

Tea Time: Cervical Health Awareness Event
Come to a tea social where you can learn about human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer prevention. Tea, macaroons and other light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, January 11; 6:00 to 8:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Bouras Auditorium
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Pump it Up: Habits for a Healthy Heart
This interactive health fair will teach the benefits of healthy cooking, how oral health impacts the heart and the importance of physical activity. Children are welcome and samples from the cooking demonstrations will be provided.
Thursday, February 8; 12:30 to 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.

Big Brother and Big Sister
Siblings can learn how to prepare for the arrival of a newborn brother or sister. Please have children bring their favorite stuff animal and a photo of themselves as a baby to the class.

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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