Education and Support

Education & Support

To better aid new parents, or even those "veteran" parents, Saint Clare's Health System maintains a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary education and support program dealing with maternity topics at all stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, for various members of the family, and covering a whole host of topics. From childbirth to breastfeeding and siblings to grandparents, there is a class for all members of the family to prepare for and welcome the new addition to the family. Our classes are taught by registered nurses in childbirth education and experienced in all areas of pre- and post-natal care. Other classes include:


A variety of classes and educational opportunities are available. For further information on these classes, or if dates are not listed, please call our Maternity Educator at 973-625-6387. Available dates are also listed on

Tours of the Katena Center for Mother and Child are available for parents-to-be who are considering or planning delivery of their newborn at Saint Clare's. Tours include a look at one of our labor/delivery/recovery rooms, private Mother/Baby suites, and Newborn Nursery and Level II Intermediate (Special Care) Nursery. There is no charge for tours. Tours are available Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings.

Adoptive Parenting
Designed for the special needs of adoptive parents, this course provides information on newborn appearance, baby care, bathing, infant feeding, etc. While adoptive parents may also choose to attend All About Babies, this course has been designed specifically for the needs and concerns of adoptive parents. For more information, please call 973-625-6387.

All About Babies
Expectant and new parents will learn the basics about newborn and infant care. Topics covered include bathing, diapering, feeding, home safety, equipment and toys. Click here for dates.

Babies and Pets
Many new and expectant parents are concerned about introducing a baby into a home with pets. Taught by Dr. Steven Hodes, a well known local veterinarian, this course has been designed to assist new and expectant parents in safely introducing their new arrival to the family pet. Click here for dates.

A lactation consultant will offer the advice and confidence you need to successfully breastfeed your newborn. Topics covered include the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, how breastfeeding works, different types of milk, positioning, preventing problems, breast pumps, pumping and storage, making it work for working moms, nutritional needs, and weaning information. Click here for dates.

Cesarean Section Class
Designed just for parents anticipating a Cesarean birth, this course provides information on operating room procedures, anesthesia options, and other important topics specific to this procedure. Information on Cesarean birth is also presented in our Childbirth Preparation classes. For more information, please call 973-625-6387.

Much has changed in management of pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care, since our new grandparents-to-be delivered their own children. This class shares changes in hospital childbirth, advancements in pre-natal care, hospital routines, newborn care recommendations, infant and child first-aid and safety tips, and the important role grandparents play in child development. Click here for dates.

Happiest Baby on the Block
A two-hour, nationally acclaimed course that teaches parents how to calm a baby’s cries in just minutes. Click here for dates.

Infant Emergency Care
Designed specifically for new parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants under one year of age, this 3.5-hour course identifies potential hazards in the home, provides appropriate safety measures, and teaches you to recognize infant cardiac arrest and respiratory difficulties. The instructor will demonstrate rescue breathing, infant CPR, and obstructed airway procedures for a choking infant. Call Saint Clare's Training Center at 973-989-3213 or click here for more information.

Lamaze Refresher
Parents who have completed a previous Prepared Childbirth course are encouraged to attend these review classes. Our instructor also reviews the current recommendations and trends, and creates a supportive environment for couples to share their previous birth experiences. Topics include neuromuscular relaxation and conditioning techniques, conditioned relaxation, breathing techniques, changes occurring prior to labor, stages of labor, back pain and remedies, pain relief (including epidurals), hospital procedures, unplanned c-sections, post-partum adjustment, and a tour of the Katena Center. Click here for dates.

Multiple Birth
This special class offers sound advice and guidance for couples expecting two or more babies. This program includes information on the emotional aspects of a multiple pregnancy, caring for two or more babies, and adjusting to your new role as parents of multiples. A tour of the Katena Center and the Intermediate Care Nursery will be provided. For more information, please call 973-625-6387.

Prepared Childbirth
This comprehensive course for first-time parents will help you to prepare for the pregnancy, birth, recovery and your newborn. Topics include overview and recognition of labor, stages of labor, methods of delivery, pain relief (including epidurals), relaxation and breathing techniques for labor, pushing techniques, hospital procedures, unplanned c-sections, post-partum adjustment, newborn care, feeding and safety, and a tour of the Katena Center. This course is offered on weeknights and weekends, so please register early to assure your first choice! We also offer this program in Spanish. Saint Clare’s also offers a web-based childbirth class for mothers on bedrest or those unable to attend childbirth classes. For more information, please call 973-625-6387.

Sibling Class
Sometimes siblings don't share their parent's excitement about the new baby. This Saturday morning program helps prepare youngsters age three to eight for the new baby's arrival. Parents will also learn ways to minimize and deal with jealousy and hurt feelings. A movie, story and a lively exchange of questions and answers are included. Click here for dates.

Siblings at Birth
At times, parents would like to have their older children present at the birth of a sibling. This course prepares the child and parent for the event, and is required for siblings who will be present at birth. There is no fee for those patients pre-registered to deliver at the Katena Center for Mother and Child. For more information, please call 973-625-6387.


In cooperation with Saint Clare's Behavioral Health Services, Saint Clare's provides a full complement of crisis intervention, assessment, counseling and self-help group support for women suffering from depression after childbirth. To learn more, please click here.