BODY & SOUL

Body and Soul is a holistic prenatal health program for pregnant women and women in their childbearing years. This program utilizes a customized curriculum that has a focus on a life-style that nourishes the soul and promotes harmony between the mind,  body and soul  to reduce stress for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy life.

  • To provide resources, education and services in collaboration with faith based and community partners on topics related to preconception, prenatal and interconception health.
  • To increase linkages to early prenatal care beginning in their first trimester to improve positive birth outcomes for women through early pregnancy education.
  • To educate women about prevention and early signs and symptoms of premature births as well as the risks of delivering prior to the 37th week.
  • To educate teenagers of how their knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and involvement can enhance their current health and life choices
  • The collective conscious and unconscious process that directs and influence mental and physical behavior.
    • What is stress
    • The effects of stress on the mind
    • How to manage stress
  • The entire material or physical structure of an organism.
    • The importance of nutrition and folic acid
    • Healthy food choices
    • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy
    • The benefits of exercise during pregnancy
    • How stress can affect pregnancy
    • Drugs and their effect on the fetus
  • The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
    • What is the interconnectedness between the mind, body and soul
    • Positive correlation between good health, low stress levels, and spirituality
    • How faith based stress reduction may promote a healthy pregnancy and lifestyle
    • Relaxation techniques using spirituality
  • Advocacy
  • Breastfeeding Support Groups
  • Breastfeeding Support Telephone Line
  • Childbirth Education Classes
  • Educational Materials
  • Health and Nutrition Workshops
  • Home Visits
  • Hospital Orientation Tours
  • Information and Referrals
  • Linkages to Medical Homes
  • Meals (during group activities)
  • Mother’s Nursing Room
  • Natural Family Planning Workshops
  • One-on-one Counseling and Support
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Pregnancy Spacing
  • Prenatal Health Classes
  • Risk Assessment Screenings
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Workshops
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • Training to become a Community Peer Lactation Consultant
  • Transportation (to and from group activities)
  • Women’s Health and Self Image Workshops

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Shahera Hutchinson
Women’s Health Advocate
(609) 695-6274, Ext. 123
shutchinson@chsofnj.org