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. This free group is facilitated by an internationally board certified lactation consultant. 

Time: Every Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Location: 140 East Ridgewood Avenue, 3rd Floor North in Paramus, NJ. 

For information: Please e-mail us at familyeducation@valleyhealth.com 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, MSW, 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. This program is made possible by a grant from the Hudson Shea Foundation.

For information: Call Trudy Heerema, MSW, at 201-447-8539.

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. 

For information or to enroll: Call Trudy Heerema, MSW, at 201-447-8539.

Speak Up When You Are Down (Postpartum Depression)

This mother's support group meets weekly and is facilitated by a clinical social worker. Discussion centers on issues concerning baby blues and postpartum depression. 

Time: Tuesday evenings (2nd and 4th) at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday afternoons (1st and 3rd) at 1 p.m.

Location: The Valley Hospital Conference Center, 223 N. Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

To attend: Contact Trudy Heerema, MSW, at 201-447-8539 before 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
  • Importance of nurturing yourself
  • Utilizing support systems
  • Sharing positive memories

For information: 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.