About Our Labor And Delivery Unit
As the region's largest obstetrics center, Monmouth Medical Center's labor and delivery unit is capable of handling uncomplicated low-risk births and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for high-risk deliveries. In addition, a three-bed triage room is available for the evaluation of women prior to admission.
The labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms are fully equipped with sophisticated medical and resuscitation equipment, as well as a computerized central fetal monitoring system that enables nurses and physicians to monitor laboring women from any area of the unit.
Each of the private, newly renovated LDR suites has a shower, and two of the suites offer whirlpool baths.
If there is a complication during childbirth or if a cesarean section is necessary, the surgery is performed in labor and delivery's operating room.
And Monmouth's highly trained neonatal support team is available for any delivery.
When Your Baby Needs Special Care
There are times when newborns need the special care provided in the medical center's Regional Newborn Center, which features a 21-bassinet neonatal intensive care nursery that is part of a state-designated Level III regional perinatal center. Babies from throughout central New Jersey are treated here for such problems as prematurity, acute illness or congenital disorders, as well as for conditions requiring emergency surgery.
Making certain that parents understand their child's condition and keeping them updated on care and treatment is a major focus of the center.
Expectant parents whose infants may be at risk to be born with a problem are encouraged to talk with their obstetrician about visiting the center before their child's birth.
Upon Your Arrival
When a woman in labor knows what to expect when she enters the hospital, with suitcase in hand and her labor coach at her side, it can only help to ease her anxieties.
At Monmouth Medical Center, certain steps are taken when you arrive at the labor and delivery unit to determine how labor is progressing and to assess the baby's well-being.
If you have contacted your doctor before coming to the hospital, we will be expecting you.
Upon your arrival to labor and delivery, you'll be escorted to a suite, where every effort is made to accommodate your individual needs and to address your concerns.
When coming to labor and delivery, please note that the main hospital entrance is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.
At Monmouth Medical Center, two coaches are allowed in labor and delivery. In addition to the baby's father, this other person can be your mother, sister, aunt or anyone else with whom you'd like to share the childbirth experience - and be part of your support team.
Anesthesia Available Round-the-Clock
Monmouth Medical Center offers 24-hour anesthesia services, so there always is an anesthesiologist on the premises to deliver pain control.
You may request a consultation with an anesthesiologist in advance through your obstetrician. Monmouth also has a counseling program for pregnant women with certain medical conditions who are considering anesthesia. These include women who have had back surgery, are significantly overweight, or who suffer from cardiac, neurological or muscular disorders.
For Your Convenience
Under our patient-directed visiting policy, you provide the nursing staff with a list of persons you would like to visit and at what times during your stay. To provide the healthiest start for your newborn, no children under 12 years old permitted (except for siblings).
Telephone and Television Service
To make an outside local call, dial 9, followed by the telephone number. To make a long-distance call, you may place a collect call or credit card call through the operator.
Please Note: Cell phone use is not permitted inside the hospital.
Calling cards are available for sale in The Emporium gift shop, located in the main lobby. The Newborn Channel (14) features a variety of programs on topics relating to newborn care, including bathing, diapering, feeding, crying, playing, sleeping patterns and keeping your baby healthy. Each show is shown three times a day, and the channel is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Complimentary refreshments and a microwave oven are located in the labor and delivery and postpartum pantries. If you have specific food needs, including having to comply with Jewish dietary laws, we have a special kosher menu that can be obtained from a member of your health care team.
In addition, a kosher nourishment area containing a refrigerator and a microwave oven also is available. It is regularly stocked by the Sephardic Bikur Cholim with grape juice, challah rolls, pastry, Chalav Yisrael milk and delicatessen meats under rabbinical supervision. Your visitors also may dine at the SeaBreeze Cafe, located on the first floor of the Todd Building.
The Emporium gift shop, located in the hospital's main lobby, offers a wide variety of items that may be useful to you during your stay. The gift shop can be reached at ext. 37670.
Photographs and Newspaper Announcements
Monmouth Medical Center offers those who have signed a photographic consent the opportunity to purchase color photographs of their newborn. There is no obligation to purchase these photo packages provided through a private company. Details will be given to you before you leave the hospital. Parents also will be given the option of releasing the news of their baby’s arrival to area newspapers.
The Focus of The Family Center always will remain on the mother, baby and family together.
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