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Women, Children and Family Support Groups


Breastfeeding Support

Mother's milk is considered the perfect food for a newborn. It gives the baby a healthy start. This support group is for new moms who are having trouble breastfeeding and need some help, or who would just like to connect with other breastfeeding moms. The group is facilitated by an internationally board certified lactation consultant. It is held every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at 140 East Ridgewood Avenue, 3rd Floor North in Paramus, NJ, at no charge. For more information, please e-mail us at or call 201-291-6151 (option 1).

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 Tuesday evenings (2nd and 4th) at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday afternoons (1st and 3rd) at 1 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 Bonnie Schneider at 201-291-6345, or Mary Ann West, RN, MSN, CHPN, Butterflies Program Manager, at 201-291-6364.

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