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Maternity & Baby Care Classes

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Our program of family-centered care at JFK Medical Center has been designed to help expectant parents prepare for and share one of the most important events in family life: the birth of their child.

Our JFK Medical Center maternity team recommends that you and your partner take classes PRIOR to giving birth. This will help build your confidence, better prepare for the childbirth experience and become more informed parents.

We suggest that all courses be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy (except for prenatal yoga). Please register for all courses early in your pregnancy (3rd or 4th month) to ensure a choice of convenient scheduling dates.

Classes for the Expectant Family

Family-centered care maternity tours
Free monthly tours are conducted for any expectant or prospective expectant parents.  

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Childbirth preparation
This five-session course discusses the topics of anatomy and physiology of childbirth, breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques, body mechanics and exercise, birth partner support, signs of labor, complications of pregnancy and labor, pain relief options (medications and anesthesia) available if desired or needed during labor, and Cesarean Section delivery. An overview of newborn care, breastfeeding and post-partum care is also provided. The class includes a childbirth workbook, videos, handouts and a tour of the maternity and family suite at JFK Medical Center. These five weekly classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per couple.

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Private, flexible-time, one-to-one childbirth education class
Crazy work schedule? Come to JFK Medical Center’s Childbirth Education Program. One couple per instructor for “private lessons.” Maternity tour and viewing of a childbirth video will be arranged. See Childbirth Prep course above for covered topics. Fee: $175/couple. 

Accelerated weekend childbirth education class
This fast-tracked childbirth education class is offered all in one weekend: Friday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childbirth information will be mailed two weeks prior to the course to read and prepare for class. Topics covered are the same as the Childbirth Preparation course noted above. The cost is $125 per couple. 

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Refresher class
This class meets weekly for three weeks from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This class is recommended if your last delivery was more than three years ago. The cost is $50 per couple. 

Managing gestational diabetes…your guide to a healthy baby
Individualized instruction provides education, support and hands-on experience to those women recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A written doctor’s prescription for instruction can be submitted to the insurance company. Call 732-650-9207 for an appointment and fee information. 

Preparation for breast feeding
This one-time course uses videos, lectures and discussions to provide mothers-to-be the opportunity to learn more about the art and science of successful breastfeeding. This class runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on select evenings. This class is free of charge.

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New moms and babies support group
Consider joining other new mothers and their babies for a morning of sharing the new experiences and challenges of motherhood. Expectant mothers are also welcome. This group meets 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. There is no charge to attend and pre-registration is not required. For details on meeting location, please call the Lactation Warm Line at 732-744-5982. 

One-day infant care class
This fast-track class is offered on Saturdays or Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fee: $60/couple. 

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CPR for family and friends
This hands-on, three-hour course offered in one session provides new parents with basic lifesaving skills for the infant and child. The topics covered include CPR plus obstructed airway procedures. This class is taught by certified CPR instructors. If you have any questions, contact EMSTraining@HackensackMeridian.org, call 732-379-2794, or visit their page here.

Sibling preparation class
This one-time class is held on a weeknight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is for children aged 3 to 11 and their parents to prepare for a new brother or sister. A lecture, video and tour of the maternity and family suite is included. The cost is $25 per family. 

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Grandparenting class
This one-time class is offered to new grandparents on a weeknight from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is a “hands-on” safety class for the care of the infant and toddler, along with a review and update on infant care and infant products. This class addresses the concerns of new grandparents and emphasizes the importance of “family support.” The new mother or mother-to-be is invited to join the grandparent at no charge. The cost is $20 per grandparent or $30 per grandparenting couple. 

Safe sitter babysitting
This nationally certified one day babysitting course is for young teens in grades 6-8 who are ready to learn the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children. This class teaches basic safety skills, first aid and rescue skills, and life and business skills. 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on designated Saturdays. Fee: $45/student. 

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Prenatal yoga class
This 5 session, 75-minute prenatal yoga program encourages a smooth pregnancy, labor and delivery, all while soothing pregnancy discomforts and keeping you and your baby happy and relaxed. This class meets from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $74. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-632-1610 for dates and registration. Prenatal Yoga can start after the first trimester.

Breastfeeding support group
For all breastfeeding mothers. It is facilitated by a lactation consultant. Come and meet other breastfeeding mothers and bring your baby with you. The group meets monthly on Thursdays at mid-morning. Please call the Breastfeeding Warm Line for a current list of dates and times: 732-744-5982. 

Please register for all courses early in your pregnancy (3rd or 4th month) to ensure a choice of convenient scheduling dates. 

Location of classes

Maternity & Baby Care Classes
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820

Refund policy

  • Full refund for cancellations due to medical reasons, if received prior to start of class. A prorated refund will be issued for medical reasons after the start of class. Doctor’s note is required.
  • A prorated refund will be issued for other cancellations received prior to the start of class(es).
  • No refund will be issued if parents begin, but do not complete, the class(es).

Contact us

To register for classes, please click here. To learn more or speak with a perinatal specialist, please call 732-632-1632.