The Women’s Health Education Program encompasses all prenatal childbirth
preparation classes. In addition, seminars on women’s health issues
are offered through this department. The department, has an extensive
array of services and programs to meet community needs. Please call
973-322-5360 for more information.
To register for any of the Women's Health Education/Parent Education
Classes, please complete this
registration form (PDF) and mail it along with a check made payable to the address below.
Or, you may pay by credit card and fax the form to 973-322-9784.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Women’s Health Education Program
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
In addition, you may
register directly online for Maternity Orientation and Tour, Siblings Class, and Grandparenting.
Download Registration Form for Women's Health Education/Parent Education Classes at Saint Barnabas
Birth Talk – This free one-on-one consultation with the Director of Women’s
Health/Parent Education and one of our childbirth educators is available
by phone or in-person. For couples that are planning a pregnancy at Saint
Barnabas Medical Center or are in the early weeks of pregnancy, Birth
Talk offers an opportunity to discuss their personalized birth preferences
and get assistance in making decisions that fit their individual needs
or birth plan. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 973-322-5360.
Breastfeeding Basics Class -This workshop helps you achieve the confidence and information you need
for a satisfying nursing experience. Topics include: establishing and
maintaining milk supply; newborn’s feeding patterns; practical feeding
techniques and other feeding concerns; and returning to work.
Prepared Childbirth - All first-time expectant parents should take this series.
For your convenience, choose either a weeknight series or a condensed weekend
class. In addition to a labor room visit, the series will provide you
with information about:
- Preparation (helpful breathing patterns, labor coping skills, pushing positions,
- Medication and anesthesia
- Cesarean birth
- Postpartum recovery
- Newborn baby care
At Home Learning - Sometimes busy schedules or long commutes make it difficult to attend
Prepared Childbirth classes. For those couples, plus women confined to
bed rest, we offer an at home learning package. The package includes:
a Childbirth Preparation DVD, a Newborn Baby Care DVD, Prepared Childbirth
Class handouts and information, telephone consultation time with a childbirth
educator if desired, and hospital Maternity Services Information or in-hospital
orientation. Call the Women’s Health Education Office to arrange
payment and delivery of package.
Relaxing Birth Class - This mini-workshop is designed specifically for those who plan to use the
Natural Birthing Process. Non-pharmacological coping skills, birthing
ball, water therapy and other holistic modalities will be covered. A previous
Childbirth Preparation class and approval from your obstetrician to use
the Natural Birthing Process are required to take this class.
Sibling Class - The Siblings Class is offered every other month and designed to promote
a good feeling about the hospital and provide children with realistic
expectations of newborn babies. Families, especially those expecting their
second child, are encouraged to attend a Siblings Class a month or two
before the birth of their new baby. For class dates and online reservations,
our online calendar
Marvelous Multiples - This course curriculum is designed to educate parents expecting multiples
on all aspects of their unique pregnancies, birthing experiences and parenting
more than one child. Discussion topics include: prenatal care; labor and
delivery; cesarean section information; emotional aspects of multiple
pregnancy; orientation of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor
and Delivery Unit; adjustment to home life; and baby care basics.
Grandparenting - Grandparents-to-be can discuss their concerns and receive current information
on: Importance of grandparenting; Advancements in childbirth; Trends and
changes in infant care; and Family communication.
Adoptive Parents Baby Care Consultations - This service is available for parents who want one-on-one demonstrations
and discussion of baby care techniques.
Cord Blood Banking Program - These days, many parents-to-be are choosing to save their baby’s
cord blood for the valuable and therapeutic stem cells it contains. Saint
Barnabas offers access to the most complete cord blood banking service
available, to help best prepare families for the future. Included are
options to bank either cord blood alone or to maximize the number of stem
cells banked by collecting placental stem cells as well. For more information,
please call LifebankUSA at 1-877-LIFEBANKUSA (1-877-543-3226).
Infant and Child CPR - An overview of infant CPR and guidelines. This program is under the direction
of the CPR Training Center. For more information, please call the Training
Center at (973) 926-7407.
Lamaze Refresher – This class provides a review on breathing and relaxation skills
for couples who previously attended a prepared childbirth series during
a prior pregnancy.
Maternity Orientation and Tour - Women interested in or planning to deliver at Saint Barnabas are invited
to this free, informative program and tour. The hour-long session consists
of a brief presentation highlighting our award-winning maternity services
and amenities, including skin-to-skin introductions, rooming in and breastfeeding
support services. A group tour of our Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment
Unit and newly renovated Labor and Delivery Unit follows. To provide a
personalized experience, class size is limited. For class dates and online
reservations, now required, please visit
our online calendar. For additional information, please call 973-322-5360.