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 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: 140 East Ridgewood Ave., Suite 501N (5th Floor North), Paramus
Healing Hearts Support Group
A monthly self-help support group for parents who are experiencing perinatal grief due to stillbirth, miscarriage or infant loss. The group is led by a certified bereavement counselor. Reservations are not required.
For information: Call Terry Grueter, LSW, at 201-614-6123.
Valley Moms — A Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group
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: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; and every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.
Location: 140 East Ridgewood Ave., Suite #480 (4th Floor North), Paramus
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 Rose Marie Ranuro, Butterflies Program Manager, at 201-291-6241.