Mother's milk is considered the perfect food for a newborn. It gives the newborn a healthy start. This support group is for new moms who are having trouble breastfeeding and need some help. The group is led by a certified lactation consultant. It is held every Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Kraft Center, 1st Floor, Conference Room 3, 15 Essex Road, in Paramus, NJ, at no charge. For more information, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
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Healing Hearts Support Group
A monthly self-help support group for parents who are experiencing perinatal grief. The group is led by a certified bereavement counselor. Reservations are not required. For information, call Trudy Heerema at 201-447-8539.
Men's Support Group
This group meets monthly for men who have experienced perinatal loss. Peer mentors are available as desired. This group addresses Men's unique needs of bereavement facilitated by a certified bereavement counselor. Call Trudy Heerema at 201-447-8539 for more information. This program is made possible by a grant from the Hudson Shea Foundation.
Pregnancy After A Loss
This group meets twice monthly for support during pregnancy following a loss. The group is facilitated by a clinical social worker. You will be able to address stressors or anxiety you experience during this time. Groups meet as needed. Call Trudy Heerema at 201-447-8539 for further information or to enroll.
Speak Up When You Are Down
This new mother's support group meets weekly and is facilitated by a clinical social worker. Discussion centers on issues concerning baby blues and postpartum depression. The group meets on Tuesdays (2nd and 4th) from 7 - 8 p.m., and on Wednesdays (1st and 3rd) from 2 - 3 p.m. at The Valley Hospital Conference Center. Contact Trudy Heerema, MSW, at 201-447-8539 prior to attending.
Stepping Stones Support Group
Valley Home Care's Stepping Stones support group is designed to address the particular needs of parents who have lost a child. It provides a setting where parents can get support, come to terms with their loss, and begin to work towards healing.
Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a parent who has survived a similar loss, Stepping Stones meets twice a month and is open to all parents who are grieving the death of a child age 22 or younger. Each 90-minute session will begin with the exploration of a topic related to grief and healing, followed by interactive discussion. Topics may include:
- understanding the differences in how family members deal with loss,
- helping siblings cope with grief,
- getting through holidays and special occasions,
- avoiding blame,
- the importance of nurturing yourself,
- utilizing support systems, and
- sharing positive memories.
Parents seeking more information on the Stepping Stones support group may contact Henry Fersko-Weiss, Manager of Social Services, at 201-291-6243, or Mary Ann West, RN, MSN, CHPN, Butterflies Program Manager, at 201-291-6364.