Baby Care for Adoptive Parents

This workshop is for you if you are waiting to adopt and would like to learn about baby care. In addition, some adoption agencies will accept this workshop as partial fulfillment of your home study requirements (certificates will be issued).

Workshop Facilitator: Jennifer Gamper Meenan, RN, BSN, MSW, LCSW has worked as a pediatric nurse at St. Barnabus Medical Center, a social worker in the Complementary Care Program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, and a Counselor for the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center. She brings the unique combination of experiences in nursing, social work, infertility and adoption to this specialized baby care workshop for pre-adoptive parents.

Becoming a parent is a joyous experience. Many parents begin to feel excited yet nervous about their various expectations for the first months of having a newborn. This baby care class will help parents begin to feel more confident and comfortable prior to their new arrival. It will allow new adoptive parents to learn in a setting that allows them to feel open to asking questions and meeting others with similar stories.

You will learn about:

Necessary items for: travel, hotels, first days with infant

Car seat safety

What do you need once baby is home, the must haves and items that “would be nice” to have too.

Expectations for the hospital

Medical: newborn testing, vaccinations, procedures, care of infant while in hospital

Psychological: Adoption issues

Baby Care including: feeding, burping, diapers, swaddling/soothing, bathing, cord care

Basic medical care

Understanding your infants needs and handling a “cranky baby”

Choosing a pediatrician

You will have plenty of time to ask questions as well.

Based in Pennington, NJ