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Resources for Expectant Moms

Postpartum depression support
After you have your baby, you may feel sad or have a hard time adjusting to the responsibilities of motherhood. If you do, you are not alone; upwards of 80 percent of new moms experience the “baby blues,” and Virtua is here to help.

Virtua offers postpartum depression telephone support from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For information or referrals, call (866) 380-2229. In an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

CaringBridge: Free personal web site connects you and your loved ones
When you’re pregnant, keeping your loved ones updated on the health of you and your baby can be time consuming and stressful. That’s why Virtua partners with CaringBridge to offer free, personalized web pages, so you can update all your friends and family at one time.

With CaringBridge, you can easily:
  • Create an account and personalize your page
  • Update your patient-care journal
  • Post photos to the gallery
  • Receive messages from loved ones
  • Password protect your page for privacy
  • Notify family and friend when you update your page

You can create and update your CaringBridge web page without leaving the hospital. Virtua provides free wireless Internet that you can access from your personal laptop or through the GetWellNetwork.
Visit www.CaringBridge.org today.

Information in your inbox
Two free, e-mail newsletters:

  • vHealthHIGHWAY is an e-newsletter that guides you through your journey toward a healthy life. Sign up today.
  • VirtuaWoman.org offers a free e-newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on the latest health and wellness news and events for you and your family. Sign up today.

Classes and support groups
Virtua offers a variety of maternity and parenting classes and support groups for moms, dads and grandparents. The classes and support groups range from prenatal yoga and labor basics to breastfeeding and postpartum depression support. Those who teach the classes and support groups are registered nurses, certified lactation consultants and trained educators with expertise in the areas of birth and child care.

See which classes are right for you: Get a full list of classes and support groups and their availability. You can also find and register for classes and support group by calling 1-888-Virtua-3 (1-888-847-8823).

Prenatal massage
Virtua offers prenatal massage at Vir tú, Virtua's day spa, in Sewell and Moorestown. Vir tú gift cards make the perfect baby shower gift.

Related Resources for Moms

Here are some additional online resources to help you find the answers you need.

Interactive Magazine "My 9 Months" from the March of Dimes
Download the magazine to your tablet from the Apple iTunes store. Also available in Spanish.

Eating fish and shellfish
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(888) SAFEFOOD

Food Safety for Pregnant Women
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Birth defects and genetic disorders
March of Dimes 

Postpartum depression
Virtua’s TLC for Moms
(866) 380-2229

Postpartum Support International

NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

HIV and pregnancy
New Jersey HIV/AIDS Hotline
(800) 624-2377

Immunizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(800) CDC-INFO

Car Seat Safety
American Academy of Pediatrics 

Safe Kids
www.safekids.org 

Breastfeeding
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March of Dimes - Breastfeeding is best

Newborn Hearing Screening
Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Newborn Metabolic and Supplemental Screening
State of New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services
Disorders Screened in New Jersey

State of New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services
Notice of Availability of Supplemental Newborn Screening

Private Cord Blood Banking
Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation
info@parentsguidecordblood.org

Smoking Cessation

Mom’s Quit Connection
(888) 545-5191

Health Insurance
NJ FamilyCare

Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative
World Health Organization

For any additional questions, feel free to e-mail childbirthconnection@virtua.org.

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