Speech and motor delays are common in children, but how can you tell if your little one has a developmental problem or is just a late bloomer? Atlantic Health System’s pediatric rehabilitation specialist says there are general guidelines you can follow. Babies should be able to roll from back to front at six months, sit up at eight months and say three or four words at one year. With older kids, look for poor speech articulation, trouble getting dressed or difficulty keeping up with other kids athletically. Read more of the interview with our expert, who explains developmental delays and how pediatric rehabilitation can help.

Parenting Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at Morristown Medical Center. For a schedule, fees and to register for the below Parent Education programs, please visit our website or call 973-971-5027.

“Creative Expressions” 2020 Calendar Art Contest
Goryeb Children’s Hospital invites children ages 4 through 18 who have chronic illness or pain to submit original artwork for inclusion in our 2020 Arts and Healing calendar. This year’s theme is “What is in Your Heart?” All submissions must be received by October 15, 2019.
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New Moms Support Group
New mothers can gain support and helpful parenting education, while sharing the joys and challenges of living with a newborn. This group is co-led by a professional social worker and nurse educator. Babies are welcome.

Childbirth Mini Classes: Your Baby's Birth
Topics include the childbirth process, signs and stages of labor, and when to go to the hospital. A tour of our maternity center and a question-and-answer session with a nurse educator are included.
ABC’s of Going Home with Your Baby
Topics include basic infant care, diapering, dressing, bathing, swaddling, holding, soothing, bottle feeding, when to call the baby’s doctor and how to manage with pets at home. Safety issues will also be addressed, including sleeping, cribs, car seats, baby products and baby-proofing your home.
Prepared Childbirth: Instruction for Labor and Birth
Topics include the birth process, such as signs and symptoms of labor, stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and what to bring with you; pain management strategies, such as breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures, massage, positioning, hydrotherapy, medication options and epidural anesthesia; hospital procedures; cesarean section; and physical and emotional recovery after birth. A tour of our maternity center and childbirth films are included. This class is also available in Spanish.
Great Expectations: Prepared Childbirth and Infant Care for Parents Expecting Twins, Triplets or More
Topics include how to care for more than one baby at a time, the last few days of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pre-term labor, and vaginal and cesarean deliveries. A tour of our maternity center and practical advice from moms of the Twins n’ Triplets Mothers Club of Morris County is included.
Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 1 – Getting Started
Topics include breast milk production, skin-to-skin care, positioning and latching, how long and often to feed, and how to tell if the baby is getting enough milk. Partners are welcome. We also offer outpatient appointments for lactation services; call 973-971-5027 for more information.
Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 2 – Beyond the First Weeks
This class is for parents who have completed our “Breastfeeding Your Baby Part 1” class or who are interested in learning how to pump their own breast milk. Topics include pumping and storing breast milk, maintaining milk supply and returning to work while continuing to breastfeed. Partners are welcome. We also offer outpatient appointments for lactation services; call 973-971-5027 for more information.
Especially for Siblings
Topics include what babies can do and how to safely hold them, ways older siblings can help their parents and tips for adults on easing the transition period for the big brother or sister. A short video and a tour of the maternity center are included. This program is recommended for parents with children ages 3 to 7.
Maternity Center Tours
Expecting mothers are welcome to take a tour of Morristown Medical Center's Maternity Center. Moms can bring one guest who is 18 years of age or older, in addition to any siblings of the baby. Registration is required for both moms and guests. There is a security check-in on the day of the tour, and a photo ID must be shown. Please note that our maternity center tours are included in some of our other parent education classes. 
For more information and to register, click here or call 1-800-247-9580.
Hydrocephalus Support Group
This group provides educational information, guidance and support for children and adults with hydrocephalus and shunts.
Morristown Medical, Auditorium B
For more information, schedules and to register, please call 973-326-9000.

Caregivers Coalitions
Caregivers of seniors, adults and children with disabilities or mental illnesses will receive education, support and access to resources to sustain them in their care-giving role. Sponsored by the United Way of Northern New Jersey; registration is not required.
  • Morris County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Wednesday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
Ukranian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
For more information, call 973-993-1160.

  • Somerset County Caregiver Coalition
    Second Thursday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
    Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ
    For more information, call 908-253-6534.
Craniofacial and Plagiocephaly Clinic
A team of pediatric specialists will evaluate patients with craniofacial conditions and plagiocephaly. It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider for pre-approval; appointments are required.

  • Craniofacial Clinic
    Third Friday of each month, 9:00am to Noon

  • Plagiocephaly Clinic
    Second Friday of each month, Noon to 3:00pm
    Third Friday of each month, Noon to 3:00pm
Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-8585.
Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic
Pediatric neurospecialists and oncologists provide services at this clinic.
Second Friday of each month, 9:00am to Noon
Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-6720.
Car Seat Inspection
Seat checks and installation are performed free of charge by Safe Kids-certified child passenger safety technicians.
Wednesdays, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Atlantic Ambulance Building, 120 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ
For more information, please call 973-971-6477.
First Tuesday of every month, 2:00 to 6:00pm -and-
Third Thursday of every month, 7:00am to Noon
Chester First Aid Squad, 100 North Road, Chester, NJ
For more information, please call 908-879-5560.
Third Tuesday of every month, 5:00 to 8:00pm -and-
Second Saturday of every month, 8:00am to Noon
Shade Tree Garage, 171 Washington Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information, please call 973-540-9880.
Fourth Monday of every month, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Sparta Ambulance Squad
14 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ
For more information, please call 973-971-4327.

Parent Support Group for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents can receive emotional support and learn how to cope with the challenges of raising a child with autism. The group is professionally led by a licensed psychotherapist.
First Thursday of every month, 11:00am
Child Development and Autism Center
Morristown Medical Center Outpatient Medicine, Suite 250
435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-8906.
Chambers Center by PALM Health
Our state-of-the-art, personalized medicine clinic and wellness club offers a comprehensive range of medical, preventive care, mental health, fitness, nutrition, spa and therapeutic services designed to improve overall well-being. Learn more >

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Older Parents May Have Better Behaved Kids

WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2019 -- Many people wait until they're older to have children, and that decision can raise the risk of problems like infertility and genetic abnormalities. But new research suggests there may be at least one benefit to having children later in life.

The study found that kids with at least one older parent were less likely to be defiant rule-breakers or physically aggressive.

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