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Prenatal Classes at Morristown Medical Center
Unless otherwise noted, all of the below prenatal classes take place at Morristown Medical Center, fees are charged per couple and registration is through our Parent Education Department. Programs are listed in the week of pregnancy we recommend for moms to participate. For specific dates, see our monthly calendars >
Prepared Childbirth: Instruction for Labor and Birth ($150 three-day class; $200 two-day Sunday class; $250 one-day Saturday class)
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 ($75)
Topics include the childbirth process, signs and stages of labor, and when to go to the hospital. A tour of our maternity center and a question-and-answer session with a nurse educator are included.
Great Expectations: Prepared Childbirth and Infant Care for Parents Expecting Twins, Triplets or More ($100)
Topics include how to care for more than one baby at a time, the last few days of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pre-term labor, and vaginal and cesarean deliveries. A tour of our maternity center and practical advice from moms of the Twins n’ Triplets Mothers Club of Morris County is included.
ABCs of Going Home With Your Baby ($100)
Topics include basic infant care, diapering, dressing, bathing, swaddling, holding, soothing, bottle feeding, 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 Part I – Getting Started ($50*)
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.
*Fee is waived for those who are attending any of our one-day child birth classes.
Breastfeeding Your Baby Part II – Beyond the First Weeks ($35)
This class is for parents who have completed our “Breastfeeding Your Baby Part I” class or who are interested in learning how to pump their own breast milk. Topics include pumping and storing breast milk, maintaining milk supply and returning to work while continuing to breastfeed. Partners are welcome.
Especially for Siblings ($50)
Topics include what babies can do and how to safely hold them, ways older siblings can help their parents and tips for adults on easing the transition period for the big brother or sister. A short video and a tour of the maternity center are included. This program is recommended for parents with children ages 3 to 7.
Breathing & Relaxation Class ($50)
Learn breathing and relaxation techniques that you can use during labor and delivery for effective management of discomfort.
Maternity Center Tour – Morristown Medical Center
Expecting mothers are welcome to take a tour of Morristown Medical Center's Maternity Center. Moms can bring one guest who is 18 years of age or older, in addition to any siblings of the baby. Registration is required for both moms and guests. There is a security check-in on the day of the tour, and a photo ID must be shown. Please note that our maternity center tours are included in some of our other parent education classes.
Tours are available on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm, Fridays at 2:00pm and every other Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm. For more information and to register, click here or call 1-800-247-9580.
Online Childbirth Class (basic program: $120; deluxe program: $160)
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Prenatal Aqua-Aerobics ($100 for six classes)
Learn gentle movement exercises using water weights, while partaking in open discussions about pregnancy, birth and parenting. Classes are held at Atlantic Rehabilitation, located at 95 Mount Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For a schedule and to register, please call 973-971-5027.
Learn gentle stretches, restorative poses and breathing practices that may reduce stress, relieve lower back discomfort and prepare the pelvis for birth. For a schedule and to register, please call 973-971-6301.
Prenatal massages are used to alleviate many of the common physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, including back pain, leg cramps, fatigue, muscle tension and anxiety. A signed prescription from your doctor is necessary. For more information and to register, please call 973-971-6301.