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About Our Postpartum Unit
Shortly after the birth of your baby, you will be moved to one of our spacious
postpartum suites - a number of which feature spectacular ocean views.
Among their many amenities are:
- A private, homelike setting
- Sleeper chairs for fathers/other support person
- Entertainment centers with televisions and VCRs
- Private showers
- Complimentary refreshments
Each of the postpartum unit's private rooms provides comfortable accommodations
for women recovering from childbirth, as well as an appealing environment
to welcome family and friends.
The unit's east wing houses the newborn nursery. Within the nursery
is the latest technology to support the highest quality infant care. While
in the nursery, your baby will receive all state-mandated screenings for newborns.
Fostering Mother-Baby Relationships
At The Eisenberg Family Center, we believe in fostering the mother-baby
relationship right from the start. Our nurses provide new mothers with
personalized care that is related to their postpartum recovery and health.
While our mother/baby model of care encourages new mothers to keep their
babies at their bedside, they may also be brought at any time - day or
night - to the newborn nursery, which is maintained and staffed to provide
care 24 hours a day.
Please call for assistance when you're ready to get out of bed for
the first time after delivery.
During your hospital stay, it's important that you and your family
receive the care and education you need to prepare for going home. Our
nurses are trained to assist new mothers and fathers, as well as other
family members in newborn care. They provide one-on-one instruction in
baby basics, such as feeding, burping, dressing, bathing, umbilical cord
care and circumcision care for boys. They also offer a supportive environment
for parents to begin learning their baby's responses and sleeping
patterns during those first hours after birth. In addition, baby care
classes are offered to new mothers, fathers and support persons.
All of our mother/baby staff are lactation resource nurses. To help new
mothers maintain their breastfeeding relationships with their newborns
upon discharge from the hospital, Monmouth also offers a breast pump rental
service (see special section) and a list of community resources, such
as LaLeche League breastfeeding support.
Our mother-to-mother support group is facilitated by a lactation resource
nurse. While we offer a variety of services to make your stay comfortable
and to help you prepare to return home, please inform a member of your
health care team if you have a specific need.
For Your Baby's Safety
The Eisenberg Family Center is vigilant in ensuring the safety of each
newborn. Immediately after the birth of a child, identification wristbands
are placed on the mother, father or support person and baby - a safety
measure that ensures the baby is handed by a member of our mother/baby
staff to a person whose wristband number matches the one printed on the
baby's band. This procedure usually occurs when the baby is being
taken from the newborn nursery by the mother or father.
Also, always ask to see the identification badge of the mother/baby staff
member who comes to your room to return your baby to the nursery. Look
for a green bar at the bottom of the identification badge with the staff
member's name. For safety reasons, please keep your baby in the bassinet
when walking in the hallway, and never leave your baby unattended in your room.
In addition, a state-of-the-art system to prevent infant abduction is in place.
Please remember New Jersey law requires an approved infants car seat be
properly installed in your vehicle before we can release the baby from
Infection control is a very important concern at Monmouth Medical Center.
While your baby is at your bedside, it is highly recommended that parents
or anyone touching the newborn wash their hands thoroughly.
It also is the policy of Monmouth Medical Center not to permit children
- other than the baby's siblings - to visit The Eisenberg Family Center.
Our patient-directed visiting hours and infection control policies allow
families to be involved, while ensuring adequate rest for new mothers
and safety for the babies.
About The Electronic Birth Certificate Office
The birth certificate registrar will provide you with the necessary paperwork
to apply for your baby's social security card and to obtain a birth
certificate from the city of Long Branch through the mail.
Baby Care Basics
Monmouth Medical Center offers a host of programs designed to help new
parents in newborn care, including classes in baby care basics and parenting.
In addition, a mother-to-mother support group is offered to new moms.
For more information, call The Community Health Education Department at
Upon arriving home, new parents can call the nursery at 732-923-6840 to
talk to someone who can answer their questions any time, day or night.
The Focus of The Family Center always will remain on the mother, baby and