Before Your Baby's Birth

Prenatal Testing

Prenatal testing

The Antenatal Testing Center at Monmouth Medical Center provides expectant mothers with the latest in obstetrical technology and services to help meet their prenatal needs.

A medical team, consisting of physicians, nurses, technicians and counselors, delivers care in an environment that has been specifically designed to provide a variety of services, including:

  • Genetic counseling
  • High-resolution ultrasound
  • Amniocentesis
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Nonstress testing
  • Cardiac and Doppler scanning of the fetal heart

Pre-Register Online

For more information on the Antenatal Testing Center, call

The Cord Blood Banking Program

Monmouth Medical Center is pleased to now offer access to the most complete cord blood banking service available to help best prepare families for the future. Because more and more parents are choosing to bank placental and cord blood stem cells, Monmouth Medical Center has extended its childbirth support by teaming up with LifebankUSA™, one of the leading cord blood banks in the country.

Right now, cord blood stem cells are being successfully used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. And Monmouth Medical Center recognizes the even greater therapeutic potential both placental and cord blood stem cells hold for the future of medicine over the lifetime of your baby. The Monmouth Medical Center Cord Blood Banking Program includes options to bank either cord blood alone or to maximize the number of stem cells banked by also collecting placental stem cells.

You can make the decision to bank your baby’s placental and umbilical cord blood stem cells at any time during your pregnancy—but you need to do so before your baby is born. So plan ahead. Be sure to ask your Monmouth Medical Center–affiliated health care provider or contact a LifebankUSA Client Education Specialist today to learn more: call 1-877-LIFEBANKUSA
(1-877-543-3226) toll free or, to learn more about LifebankUSA, click here.

Childbirth Education

Community Health Education

Through The Community Health Education Department, our Childbirth Training Center offers a host of childbirth preparation programs that are designed to meet the needs of parents-to-be and other family members. Programs are led by registered nurses who are certified in childbirth education. Presentations also are made by other health care professionals.

For more information on childbirth classes or to arrange for a guided tour of The Eisenberg Family Center, call The Community Health Education Department at 732-923-6990.

For a listing of our monthly childbirth education classes, please click here.

Monmouth also offers health care services and nutritional information to expectant mothers through the state-administered HealthStart program. For more information on the program, call 732-923-6701.

The new Monmouth Medical Center Cord Blood Banking Program offers additional childbirth support through placental and cord blood stem cell banking. For more information, directly contact our program partner toll free at 1-877-LIFEBANKUSA (1-877-543-3226).

Easing The Admission Process

At Monmouth Medical Center, we encourage expectant mothers to complete pre-admission registration forms several months before entering the hospital to alleviate any admitting delays. This paperwork, including pre-admission, living will and photography consent forms and two general admission consents (one for you and one for your newborn) - complete with instructions - will either be given to you by your physician or arrive in the mail at your home.

If you have any questions regarding the requested information, call the pre-registration office Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 732-923-7018. Other times, call the main admitting office at 732-923-7200.

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About Our Obstetrical Staff

Monmouth Medical Center's Obstetrical Staff

Monmouth Medical Center's attending medical staff includes nearly 50 highly trained obstetricians - the vast majority of whom are board-certified or eligible in the discipline and other subspecialties. As a leading community teaching hospital, eight resident obstetricians/gynecologists work alongside our teaching medical faculty and nursing staff. In addition, certified nurse-midwives provide care to low-risk obstetrical patients.

For a referral to a physician, perinatologist, nurse-midwife, or
a pediatrician, call the Barnabas Health Link at 1-888-724-7123.

Selecting Your Baby's Doctor

Parents-to-be are encouraged to select and visit their child's physician before the baby is born. It's important to ask questions that pertain to the practice's availability in emergencies, after-office hours, scheduling well visits and sick visits, and billing procedures.

Monmouth Medical Center's medical and dental staff includes more than 100 pediatricians and physicians with pediatric subspecialty training.

Packing Your Hospital Bag

Here’s a checklist of what you should bring with you to the hospital.


These items should be kept in a separate tote bag.

  • Camera and film
  • Something to use as a focal point to help in relaxation while you're in labor
  • Portable stereo and compact discs or cassette tapes
  • Snacks for coach and lollipops for mom
  • Heavy socks for cold feet
  • Lotion and powder for massage
  • Lip balm
  • Coins for vending machine and telephone
  • Telephone numbers of family and friends
  • Notepad and pencil


  • A nightgown, robe and slippers
  • A comfortable, loose-fitting outfit to wear home
  • Toiletries, including soap, toothbrush and tooth paste, deodorant and hair care items


  • Receiving blanket
  • Homecoming infant outfit, including undershirt
  • Bunting, sweater or other type of outerwear, depending on the weather
  • Socks
  • Properly installed infant car seat
    (This is required under New Jersey law.)

The Focus of The Family Center always will remain on the mother, baby and family together.

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