New Parent Education

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center offers a wide variety of classes for the whole family, before and after your birth, to help you welcome your new baby.

If you would like to register for classes, please call Robin Petrick at (201) 295-4823.


Mommy and Baby Care Group

New mothers with babies ages 2-16 weeks can get information and support in this group. Discussion topics include breastfeeding support, 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.

  • Cost = FREE! (no registration required)
  • Please call after 9:00am the morning of the group you plan to attend to confirm it will be held as scheduled.
  • Every Thursday — 12:30pm-2:30pm

Childbirth Education Series (Two-Day Course)

The more you understand about the process of labor, the better prepared you and your support partner will feel. Topics covered 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. The childbirth education series also includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit.

  • Cost = $125 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $150 if delivering elsewhere
  • February 16 & 23, 2019 — 9:00am-12:30pm
  • April 6 & 13, 2019 — 9:00am-12:30pm
  • June 1 & 8, 2019 — 9:00am-12:30pm

Newborn Baby Care Classes

The class covers 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.

  • Cost = $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere
  • February 2, 2019 — 10:00am-12:30pm
  • March 11, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • April 10, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • May 15, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • June 19, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm

Keys To Successful Breastfeeding

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.

  • Cost = $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere
  • January 28, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • March 2, 2019 — 10:00am-12:30pm
  • April 17, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • May 11, 2019 — 10:00am-12:30pm
  • June 10, 2019 — 7:00pm-9:30pm

At Palisades Medical Center, we continue to support your breastfeeding after your baby is born.

Here are some of our lactation programs and services:

Breastfeeding Warm Line

  • (201) 520-4785
  • Calls are answered by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Outpatient Lactation Consults

  • (201) 520-4785
  • Available by appointment.
  • These consultations may be covered by insurance company. Please contact your insurance provider prior to making appointment.

Medela Symphony Breast Pump Rental Program

  • (201) 520-4785
  • Weekly or Monthly

Sibling Preparation For Birth Class and Pizza Party

This is a fun and effective way to teach soon-to-be-siblings (ages 3+) all about babies. Your young one will learn the exciting parts of being a big brother or sister while explaining safety issues like holding the baby properly.

  • Cost = $25/family
  • For upcoming dates, please call Robin Petrick at (201) 295-4823.


To arrange for a tour of our unit, please call Nikki Mederos (201) 854-5702. This number is for tours only — if you would like to register for classes, please use the contact information at the top of the page.