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Group Offers a Chance for New Moms to Connect and Learn

New mothers with babies birth to six months will have a chance to connect with peers, to share their experiences and questions, to learn from early childhood research and each other, and to explore their Jewish heritage at the First Steps Group for New Moms and Babies.  Sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and the JCC MetroWest Parent Place, the First Steps Group begins on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the JCC, located at 760 Northfield Avenue in West Orange.  The small, weekly group continues through May 2.

Each week, participants will discuss topics such as establishing eating and sleeping patterns, crying, temperament, attachment and changing relationships with friends, family and partners and the transition to motherhood. They will also think about ways to bring family history, Jewish heritage, customs and backgrounds into their relationship with the baby and their new family.

JFS Coordinator of Child and Adolescent Services P Stern, LCSW, MPH, will facilitate the First Steps Group and specializes in working with infants, toddlers and their families.  With educators from The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, mothers will have an opportunity to explore Jewish themes and discuss creating traditions for their own family in appropriate sessions.

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Enrollment for the First Steps Group for New Moms and Babies is limited and the cost is $12 per session. To register, please contact Tricia Stern at 973-637-1773 or

The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life and JCC MetroWest are First STEPS collaborating organizations. First STEPS is funded in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ with additional support from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a comprehensive social service agency providing counseling and support services, on a non-discriminatory basis, to help strengthen and restore the family, in Essex, Morris, Sussex and parts of Hudson and Union Counties.  JFS annually touches more than 3,500 families in the Metro West area.  Traditionally, half of our services help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue-based social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City.   For more information, please call (973) 765-9050 or visit  

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