Parenting

When a child athlete is hurt on the field of play, it’s not always easy for coaches and parents to determine if emergency care is warranted. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon from Goryeb Children’s Hospital provides this guidance – if the child can’t walk or you notice significant swelling or an obvious deformity, you should seek urgent or emergency care. Conversely, if the swelling is minimal and mobility is not impaired beyond a limp, then you can usually wait to see an orthopedist. Seeking the care that’s most appropriate for the injury will ensure the child is able to resume play in the shortest time possible. Read more >


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.

Childbirth Preparation
Expectant mothers and their partners can learn about the stages of childbirth, the role of the partner, coping and breathing techniques, and the postpartum period. A tour of our Mother Baby Center is included. This class should be completed approximately four weeks before the baby’s due date.
 
  • One-Day Intensive Class
    Fee: $200 per couple
    Saturdays, November 3 or December 12; 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Three-Week Session
    Fee: $160 per couple
    Wednesdays, November 13 and 20; 6:00 to 9:30pm  
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >

Pre/Postnatal Healthy Living
Learn how to stay healthy during and after pregnancy through a variety of techniques, including prenatal yoga, infant massage, essential oils, nutrition, strollercize and more.
Saturday, November 17; Noon
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >

Breastfeeding

Learn all about breastfeeding, including health benefits for mom and baby, proper positioning, nutrition and avoiding common problems.
Fee: $50
Thursday, November 29; 7:00 to 9:30pm
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >

 
Baby Basics
Expectant mothers and their partners can learn how to bathe, diaper and burp a baby, as well as how to care for the cord. Tips from the “Happiest Baby on the Block” on soothing fussy infants and helping them sleep longer will also be provided. Grandparents may attend for an additional cost.
Fee: $60
Thursday, November 8 or December 15; 7:00 to 9:30pm
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >


Perinatal Bereavement Ceremony
Families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of an infant are invited to a ceremony, which will include art therapy and a walk through our chapel’s labyrinth to the remembrance garden. Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, October 14; 2:00 to 4:00pm
Chilton Medical Center, Board Room
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >


Breastfeeding Support Group
Join other moms in an informal and welcoming group that supports breastfeeding mothers and their children. Lactation consultations will also be on hand to answer questions.
Mondays, 11:00am to Noon
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >


Maternity Center Tours
Expecting mothers and one guest 18 years of age or older are welcome to take a tour of Chilton Medical Center's Maternity Center. 
First Wednesday of every month, 7:00 to 7:30pm
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 
For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >

Second Trimester Maternity Center Tours
Expecting mothers and one guest 18 years of age or older are welcome to take a tour of Chilton Medical Center's Maternity Center. Participants can also meet other expectant parents, learn about the second half of pregnancy and take part in a Q&A with a registered nurse. 
Third Saturday of every month; 11:00am to 12:15pm
Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 

For more information and to register, please call 973-831-5333 or sign up online >


Parenting Articles

Try Small 'Bites' to Get Kids to Exercise

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 -- Kids take their cues from mom and dad, so it only makes sense to participate with them when teaching them the merits of exercise.

Couch potato kids are a real concern. The College of New Jersey exercise science professor Avery Faigenbaum defined the term exercise-deficit disorder -- or EDD -- to draw attention to our children's shortfall when it comes to meeting moderate-to-vigorous physical activity recommendations of at least 60 minutes a day.

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Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters - but What Works?

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The nightly dinner battles many parents have with picky toddlers can be exhausting. Now, research suggests that either pressuring or rewarding kids to eat healthier may backfire.

"These practices can reinforce fussy eating, increase preferences for unhealthy foods, and lead to excessive weight gain," study author Holly Harris, from the Centre for Children's Health Research at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, said in a statement.

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