Education

The event of a lifetime takes a lot of preparation. At Hunterdon Medical Center, we are a family focused hospital, and we share your excitement, your concern and your need for information. Our staff of dedicated nurses has been with the hospital for many years. They are certified childbirth educators or certified lactation consultants and they are here to help. 

Whether this is your first baby or your third, we have classes specially suited to your needs. From childbirth education to breastfeeding to helping a sibling welcome the new baby, we'll answer all your questions, make the unknown familiar and be there for you through this exciting time. 

Class Schedules and Tours

Class Registration:
Classes fill quickly, so please register for all classes by your sixth month of pregnancy. Your class will be scheduled 8 to 10 weeks before your expected due date. If you have a special request for a specific date, please note this on the registration form. We’ll be happy to honor your request, as long as the class finishes in time for your due date.

For more information or future class dates, please call 908-788-MOMS.

Personal Birth Consultant
Your personal birth consultant is a free service offered exclusively at Hunterdon Medical Center. She can help you with a wide range of concerns, from finding a doctor or midwife to caring for a newborn and everything in between. Call her for a phone consultation to address questions and concerns. Your personal birth consultant provides tours of the Maternity Newborn Care Center and can schedule additional periodic appointments to address your needs. She can also provide you with a Pre-Pregnancy Information Packet that provides materials that will answer many questions you may have about making healthy lifestyle changes before you become pregnant and an Early Pregnancy Information Packet that is offered to couples up to the sixth month of pregnancy.

Maternity Tours
Free tours of the Maternity Newborn Care Center are held regularly. Tours fill quickly, so please call 908-788-6667 to reserve a space as early as possible. Tours last about one hour. Children are welcome!  Please click on the link above for a list of tours.

Please note: If you are scheduled in one of our Lamaze or Hypnobirth® classes, a tour is included in your class series. 

Childbirth Preparation
Childbirth preparation classes are for expectant mothers and their partners as they prepare for their first birth experience. Childbirth classes give mothers all the information they need in preparing to give birth.

At Hunterdon Medical Center, we offer two types of childbirth preparation classes: Lamaze classes (in a variety of formats) and HypnoBirthing® classes. (Fee)  Please see below for specific class information.

Lamaze Classes
Hunterdon Medical Center’s Lamaze classes are for anyone expecting a baby. The Lamaze classes are very popular among expectant mothers. In the classes you will learn all about labor and birth. These classes focus on the birth process, and not just about breathing. Comfort measures, a hospital tour, medical interventions, medications and anesthesia are all discussed. Couples are encouraged to use the comfort measures and breathing techniques that work for them. Whether you choose to use medications or not, these classes provide you with the information you will need to help with relaxation. Working with your body helps the labor go faster and easier. If you plan on using medication, this means getting to that point more quickly. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

Lamaze Website

Weekend Lamaze
These classes are held approximately 12 times per year. The weekend classes include everything that is covered in the weekday evening classes, but in a different format. Class times are Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are served both days of the weekend class. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

October 10, 24, November 14, December 12 8:30-6pm

EClass followup class (Lamaze) October 20, November 17, December 17  6:45-9:15pm.

Understanding Birth E-Class (fee)

Learn about birth in the comfort of your home! Our online childbirth class is ideal for those expectant parents who can't attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. And because we know nothing can take the place of personal attention, once you complete your e-class, you will attend an in person class which provides time to get questions answered, review, practice your skills, and have a maternity tour.

Our online childbirth class will help you:

  • Understand pregnancy - what's happening to your body, discomforts, warning signs, nutrition, exercise, and more
  • Learn about labor - preparing for birth, pre-labor signs, onset of labor, 3D animation of labor process, and more
  • See how the stages of labor unfold - watch amazing real-life birth stories
  • Discover helpful comfort techniques - breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor and pushing positions, advice for partners and more.

Registrations are being accepted for moms with due dates starting February 2015. The class fee covers a 60 day access to the e-class plus the follow up in person class. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS (6667).  

Expecting Again? Lamaze Refresher Class
Even though this is not a first pregnancy for either of you, there are good reason to take a Lamaze Refresher class... 

  • You may have forgotten more than you think you have.
  • This pregnancy and labor will be different from the last....learn how.
  • You may have misplaced the materials you received the first time - here's a chance to receive new and updated Maerials!
  • Changes may have taken place since your last delivery. This is especially true if this will by your first birth at HMC.
  • Second and subsequent pregnancies go by almost without notice, because you are so busy with your other children.  Here's a chance to devote some time and thought to each other and to this pregnancy....a chance to think about your last birth.  A chance to get past the "fear of the Known" - what worked and what didn't last time? What is your vision for this birth?
  • Remember that Lamaze skills are "conditioned responses". This means that you need to review and begin to practice once again, so the techniques are fresh in your mind - and automatic-once again.
  • HMC's Lamaze Refresher is specially designed for Busy Families. It's a single evening class so you only need to find a sitter once!
    For more information, call 908-788-MOMS. 

HypnoBirthing®
HypnoBirthing® has been offered at Hunterdon Medical Center since 2004.  HypnoBirthing® is a different approach to childbirth education and uses hypnosis. It focuses on the natural birth progress and is as intervention free as possible. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration in which suggestions are made to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind influences choices we make, and what we think and feel. This profound state of deep relaxation can be achieved through daily practice. You will be totally relaxed, fully in control and aware of the birthing process and will be able to determine the extent to which you feel the uterine contractions.

Birth will be experienced in an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, free of fear and tension that cause pain. Your body's natural pain relievers, endorphins, replace stress hormones that create pain. You are fully awake and involved during your baby’s birth.

The cost of HypnoBirthing® is slightly higher than our regular Lamaze classes because of the special materials used, and the smaller, more personal classes involved. HypnoBirthing® classes are only offered on weekday evenings in a series of five classes, 2 1/2 hours each. Private classes are also available if desired. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

Many insurance companies cover part or all of the cost of childbirth education classes.  Call your insurance provider to see if this is a benefit for you.  Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts may also be used to pay for classes.  As you are completing your class registration form, be sure to check the box in the lower right corner to request a receipt.  If you have any questions, call 908-788-MOMS.

 

HypnoBirthing® Website

Hi, New Baby!

 If you are expecting or planning to adopt a baby, we know you have many questions. Come join us at Hi, New Baby! We'll tell you what to expect in the first weeks, from bathing and feeding to finding time for yourself. Soon-to-be grandparents are also welcome. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

Breastfeeding Classes


If you are planning to breastfeed or if you are not sure about breastfeeding, this class will provide you with the information needed to make an informed decision. Here’s a chance to get all of your breastfeeding questions answered. Partners, who are essential in supporting the new mother, are encouraged to attend.

Included …

  • How breastfeeding works
  • How to get started … the importance of latching on and positioning
  • How to tell if it’s going well, and if your baby is getting enough
  • Problems you may encounter … and more!

For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

What’s a Layette, Anyway?
Expecting or adopting?

  • Shopping for baby gear and overwhelmed by the array of equipment available?
  • What do you really need?

Come join us, and you’ll learn what is absolutely essential to get started and …
What can wait a few weeks or months
Moneysaving tips from experienced moms
What not to buy, ever!
We will cover all supplies, from bathing, diapering, feeding, clothing and bedding to travel and sickness.
If you have a baby registry list, bring it along!
If not, bring pen and paper to take notes.
This class may be attended by a couple at any point in their pregnancy.
Please note: The information presented in this class is not covered in any of our other classes.

For more information, call 908-788-MOMS

The Happiest Baby on the Block™
Magic? A miracle? No, it’s a reflex! ™ Learn an extraordinary way to calm your crying baby. Expectant and new parents of babies younger than three months will learn step by step how to help their babies sleep longer and how to soothe the fussiest infant in minutes…or less!

For more information, call 908-788-MOMS. 

Infant Massage
Infant massage classes are intended for babies birth through one year. Infant massage nurtures the loving, touching contact between caregiver and infant and has a positive effect upon subsequent development, helping babies calm faster and sleep better. For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

BabySteps Classes
BabySteps is a parent support group that meets to discuss issues important to new parents.  It is a great place to meet other parents, too.  No registration is required.  The fee is $6 a week and can be paid at class.  If you are expecting, you are welcome to come for free to meet other moms and find out what to expect once your baby arrives.

BabySteps 1  (for parents and infants, birth to six months, meets weekly on Thursdays)

BabySteps II (for parents and infants six to twelve months, meets the first and third Thursday of the month)

Toddler Steps (for parents and toddlers 1 to 3 years old, meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month)

 For more information, call 908-788-MOMS.

Car Seat Installation
Our goal is to make sure all children are safe in cars. Our certified car seat technicians will show you how to correctly install your car seat in your car and how to correctly secure your baby in the car seat. This service is provided to new and expectant parents even if you are not having your baby at Hunterdon Medical Center. 

Due to technician availability, appointments are necessary. Please call 908-788-MOMS (6667) to find out more information or to schedule to have your car seat checked. While this service is free, a $5 donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to support this program.

Visiting Health & Supportive Services 
Visiting Health & Supportive Services provide in home help for new parents. Here are some individual options to suit your specific needs:

Mother's Helper Service (More Information)

  • Respite care, to give mom a break
  • Sibling supervision, allowing mom extra time with her newborn
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping/laundry
  • Shopping

All employees have a background check and experience.

Pricing:

  • Initial 4-hour block of time is $115 and includes a Companion Supervisor visit
  • Additional visits, 2-hour block is $40 / 4-hour block is $80

Call 908-788-2562 for details or to request services
Gift certificates are available.


Certified Home Health Aides
 

  • Provide personal, hands-on care to you, your newborn and siblings
  • Bathing/massage/TLC
  • Diaper changes
  • Sibling supervision
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping/laundry

Pricing:

  • Initial 4-hour blocklof time is $165 and includes a Registered Nurse visit
  • Additional visits, 2-hour block is $60 / 4-hour block is $115

All employees have a background check and experience.
Home health aides are NJ State Certified.
Call 908-788-2562 for details or to request service.
Gift certificates are available.