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Perinatal Education

(732) 632-1632
PerinatalEd@JFKHealth.org

Women & Children Services
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street
Edison, NJ 08820

VIEW AND REGISTER FOR JFK PERINATAL CLASSES

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.

The family suites at JFK provides specially trained nurses to care for both the mother and healthy infant as a family. Together with your nurse, you make decisions about your care, prepare for your new role and have the opportunity to learn how to take care of your baby. Because of today’s short length of stay in the hospital, doctors strongly advise you to prepare for your delivery by attending childbirth classes. JFK’s classes will help you build your confidence, prepare for childbirth and become more informed parents. Our classes are taught by experienced, certified instructors. All of our courses should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy.

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

For the complete brochure of classes, please click here.

Classes for the Expectant Family

Family-Centered Care Maternity Tours
Free monthly tours of the Family Suite at JFK are conducted for any expectant or prospective expectant parents. Please call to register for a tour date. 

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Childbirth Preparation
Five weekly classes from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.Topics include 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. Course also covers Newborn Care, Breast Feeding and Post Partum Care. Included will be a Childbirth Workbook, videos, handouts and a tour of the Family Suite at JFK. Fee: $100/couple. 

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Four-Hour, 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 in one weekend: Friday from 7:00 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. See Childbirth prep course above for covered topics. Fee: $125/couple. 

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Refresher Class
This class meets weekly for three weeks from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. This class is recommended if your last delivery was more than 3 years ago. Fee: $50/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 prescription for instruction from the doctor 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 runs from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. This class, through the use of videos, lectures and discussions, provides mothers-to-be the opportunity to learn more about the art and science of breast feeding. Fee: $25/mother.

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New Moms and Babies Support Group
Join new mothers and their babies for an afternoon of sharing their new experiences and challenges of motherhood. Meets 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. No Fee. 

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. Topics include CPR plus obstructed airway procedures. Taught by certified CPR instructors. Call 732-321-7588 for dates and fees. 

Sibling Preparation Class
This one-time class is held weeknights from 6:30 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 Family Suite at JFK will be included. Fee: $25/family. 

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Grandparenting Class
This one-time class is offered to new grandparents on a weeknight from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. This is a “hands-on” safety class for the care of the infant and toddler with a review and update on infant care and infant products. Addresses the concerns of new grandparents and stresses the importance of “family support.” The new mother or mother-to-be is invited to join the grandparent at no charge. Fee: $20/grandparent or $30/grandparenting couple. 

Safe Sitter Babysitting
Nationally certified one-day babysitting course for 11 to 13 year-olds. Learn basic lifesaving skills for choking, CPR, nosebleeds and more. Learn to market your babysitting skills. 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on designated Saturdays. Fee: $45/student. 

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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. 

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).