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.
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
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 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).
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 professional newborn photographery services
to capture the first moments with your baby in the comfort of your hospital
room. These 15 minute photo sessions produce images that are posted to
a password protected website. An online slide show is available for you
to view shortly after the photoshoot. You can share the access code to
the slide show to those with whom you choose. There is no obligation to
purchase. Moms can order digital images, prints or popular packages the
same day or wait until they get home.
The Focus of The Family Center always will remain on the mother, baby and