Palisades Medical Center’s Releases Schedule of Upcoming Maternity Classes

maternity classes (North Bergen, NJ) – The following is a schedule of upcoming Maternity Classes at Palisades Medical Center.  To register or for more information, please call Robin Petrick at 201-295-4823.


Child Birth Classes – Cost is $125 per couple if delivering at PMC; $150 if delivering elsewhere. The more you understand about the process of labor, the better prepared you and your support partner will feel.  Classes include: understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person, options for pain medications and medical interventions, Caesarean birth, understand your changing body after birth, newborn appearance and procedures after birth.

January 12, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

February 9, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

March 9, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Newborn Baby Care Classes – Cost is $25 per couple if delivering at PMC; $50 if delivering elsewhere.  The basics of newborn care, starting with the appearance and characteristics of a newborn.  Other topics include: bonding, understanding cues, crying, colic, safety measures, health and development, sponge bathing and bathing.  We practice swaddling, dressing, and diapering.

January 16, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

February 13, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

March 13, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Keys To Successful Breastfeeding – Cost is $35 per couple if delivering at PMC; $50 if delivering elsewhere.  Topics include: the importance of skin-to-skin contact, latching techniques, supply and demand as it relates to breastfeeding, positioning for breastfeeding, indications for breast pumps, including a demo, Dad’s role in the breastfeeding relationship, and community resources available post delivery for breastfeeding assistance. Dads are encouraged to attend.

January 14, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

February 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

March 11, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Mommy and Baby Care Group – No registration is required and the group meets every Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  New mothers with babies ages 2-16 weeks can get information and support in this group.  Discussion topics include caring for baby, understanding changes in mother’s body and powerful hormones during the postpartum period.  The Mommy and Baby Care Group is led by a board certified lactation consultant to offer breastfeeding support.

Sibling Preparation for Birth Class and Pizza Party – Cost is $10.  This is a fun and effective way to teach soon to be siblings (ages 3+) all about babies. Your young ones will learn the exciting parts of being a big brother or sister while we explain safety issues like holding a baby properly.

February 8, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

About Palisades Medical Center

Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and Southern Bergen Counties.  The non-profit Medical Center is affiliated with the Hackensack University Health Network, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.  Palisades is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees and it has an annual operating budget of approximately $150 million.  The State of New Jersey’s annual healthcare report card ranked Palisades as one of the top hospitals in the state and #1 in Hudson County. Palisades was also one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive a perfect 100% score in treating heart attack patients. The State’s annual evaluation showed that The Harborage at Palisades has “Zero Deficiencies” for the third consecutive year.  For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit