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Whether you are planning a pregnancy, concerned about your child’s development or have questions about vaccinations, making health decisions can be confusing. 

We’ve compiled a library of our community resources that can provide the critical information you need to care for yourself and your loved ones.

Please enjoy and share these health education and resource videos.

Breaking the Silence about Infertility in the Black & African-American Community


Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn, Founder of Fertility for Colored Girls joins Lauraine Jondoh, MPA, Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator at the Partnership, to discuss infertility challenges in Black & African-American communities, how it impacts emotional well-being, and finding support. This session was recorded on April 14, 2021.

Preserving Maternal Mental Health in Black Mothers: Bridging the Gap Between Patients and Providers


This online panel discussion featuring experts in the field of maternal mental health focuses on Black mothers’ unique challenges and fears, and highlights ways that providers can create a safe treatment environment. No continuing education credits are being offered for this session. This webinar was recorded on September 23, 2020.

“Everyone wants to hold the baby, who will hold the mother?”  Mood Changes and the Fourth Trimester


Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the number one complication during a woman’s childbearing years affecting 1 in 7 women. Women of color are three times more likely to experience perinatal mood disorders compared to white women.

Jabina G. Coleman – a licensed social worker, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and founder of LIFE HOUSE Lactation & Perinatal Services – joins Lauraine Jondoh, MPA, Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator at the Partnership for a dynamic discussion about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for mothers who are expecting, those who have recently given birth, partners, family members, and all others who support perinatal women.  This session was recorded on July 7, 2020.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy – Black Maternal Health Week Virtual Community Conversation


The Partnership joins the New Jersey Department of Health to present a dialogue with distinguished medical professionals who will focus on the facts and myths regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy. This session was recorded on April 14, 2021.

Just Had a Baby?
Learn Ways to Connect and Communicate as New Parents


Having a child changes everything, and new parents may not realize the impact it will have on how they communicate. Whether you are parenting together or separately, it’s important to learn how to keep your relationship healthy, now that baby is here.

Speakers: Linda Klempner Ph.D., LMFT, licensed clinical psychologist in Teaneck and Chair of Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) Advisory Council and Vice President of PSI-NJ Chapter, and Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator Yvelisse Gonzalez MSW, LSW from the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ. This session was recorded on February 17, 2021.

CenteringPregnancy®: Fostering Connections to Improve Birth Outcomes


CenteringPregnancy® improves birth outcomes through a group model of prenatal care. This unique approach fosters connections, supports, and enhances communication with the birthing team. Through the New Jersey Department of Health’s Healthy Women Healthy Families initiative, CenteringPregnancy® is now available in Jersey City and Paterson. This free online session is open to health care providers, community health workers, expectant mothers, women considering pregnancy, and community members interested in learning more about this innovative health care model. CEU’s will not be provided for this session.

When Your Baby is in the NICU: Centering on connection and finding support during COVID-19


Giving birth to a child who requires care in the neonatal intensive care unit is a traumatic and anxiety-filled experience. But finding support during a pandemic is especially difficult for parents.

Suzanne Bryjak – a neonatal intensive care nurse with over 20 years of experience – joins Yvelisse Gonzalez, MSW, LSW, Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator at the Partnership for this online program for families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. Ms Byiak shares tools to relieve anxiety, find peer-support programs, and emotional connection activities available through The Nurture Science Program at Columbia University. This session was recorded on June 8, 2020.

You’re Not Alone Mama: Finding Your Village in Uncertain Times


Dr. Divina Lopez – pediatrician, mom, and host of the “Dancing into Parenthood” podcast – joined Alexandra Peña, MS, Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator at the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health for a lively discussion about mom and baby well-being, communicating with your child’s pediatrician, and staying connected & healthy. Divina Lopez, MD practices medicine in northern New Jersey/New York and uses social media platforms to inspire, support, and educate.  This session was recorded on May 26, 2020.

What Parents Should Know About Adolescent Vaccines


Learn more about the importance of getting your child vaccinated, the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule and the Vaccines for Children Program for those who are uninsured and underinsured. This session was recorded on July 29, 2020.

Prematurity Prevention Initiative

Learn more about the Prematurity Prevention Initiative.

Prematurity Prevention Initiative: Hope for a Better Outcome


This program is for anyone who is currently pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, has had a previous preterm birth, or is the partner/family member that wants to learn more about preventing preterm birth in New Jersey.