Jersey City Medical Center will hold a free Baby Fair to showcase the many services available at the hospital for new and expectant families. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the hospital (355 Grand Street in Jersey City).
Numerous activities and exhibits will be available, including "Grandparenting 101 for the New Millennium," a class that will be taught by Joseph Scott, the hospital's President and CEO, and Rita Smith, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Service. Other courses will cover preparing for pregnancy, birth and pediatric care, and a new "daddy boot camp," which will cover feeding, bathing and diaper changing for the new father.
"As a grandpa I've learned that grandparenting has changed quite a bit over the years," said Scott. "As a generation, we are becoming grandparents at a time when our adult children are counting on us to be active and involved in the lives of our grandchildren."
Additionally, there will be a supervised children's area for those big brothers/big sisters to be, prizes and raffles, and tours of the hospital's newly-renovated maternity unit. The unit now features showers in all labor rooms and labor tubs in two of the rooms, prenatal yoga and massage services, and makeovers for the new moms to be.
Earlier this month, Jersey City Medical Center began taking the next step towards achieving Baby Friendly Designation with the beginning of "couplet care" in its Mother/Baby Unit. The couplet care model offers families continuity of care, communication and education provided for mother and baby by the same Registered Nurse instead of one RN for the newborn and another nurse for the mother. This new model also offers rooming-in, whereby newborns remain in the room with their mothers throughout their stay and a majority of newborn care is rendered at bedside. This provides an opportunity for educating the mother in the care of her newborn. In addition, the hospital's pediatricians are now doing assessments of infants at the new mothers' bedside.
Last month, Jersey City Medical Center began the incorporation of the "First Golden Hour" on Labor and Delivery that provides mothers and their partners the opportunity to enjoy the first hour after birth uninterrupted for family bonding and skin-to-skin contact to promote newborn transition and initiation of successful breastfeeding.
Earlier this year, the hospital added midwifery services to provide additional choices for women during and following their reproductive years. In the coming months, JCMC Maternal Child Health Service will enhance its support services with a new Patient Education Center, which will extend education before, during and after delivery with a special focus on the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby.
For more information on the Baby Fair, contact Teresa Brennan Turi at 201-915-2466.