Pediatrics

Dogs and humans have been companions for centuries, but we’ve only just recently begun to understand the therapeutic properties of this timeless bond. A nurse research team at Atlantic Health System found that hospitalized children who interacted with dogs in our Soothing Paws Pet Therapy Program had a significant decrease in their anxiety levels. The study looked at 93 children from ages six to 17 in two different groups – one that received a visit from a therapy dog and a control group that did not. Read more about our findings >




Pediatrics Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available.

Prepared Childbirth Classes
This Lamaze-type class focuses on breathing, relaxation and labor techniques.
Free: $130
Saturdays, May 4 or June 1; 8:30am to 3:30pm
Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Gestational Diabetes Education Class
Reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and after your baby is born by learning about nutrition and how to use a blood glucose meter.
Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 22; 1:00 to 2:30pm
Hackettstown Medical Arts Building, Center for Healthier Living
108 Bilby Road, Suite 101, Hackettstown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Breastfeeding
Learn skills and knowledge about successfully breastfeeding your newborn
Fee: $40.00
Tuesday, May 14; 6:30 to 9:00pm
Hackettstown Medical Center
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Baby Care Class
Babies don’t come with instructions. Get ahead of the game by learning how to care for your newborn before he or she is born.
Fee: $30
Tuesday, June 11; 6:30 to 8:30pm
Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Car Seat Inspection
Safe Kids-certified child passenger safety technicians perform free car seat checks and installations.
Third Thursday of every month, 7:00am to Noon
Chester First Aid Squad, 100 North Road, Chester, NJ
For more information, please call 908-879-5560.


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