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State-of-the-Art Maternity Care

Compiled by Diane Walsh Contributing Editor , COMMERCE

New Jersey hospitals welcome more than 100,000 new babies into the world every year . The New Jersey Hospital Association emphasizes that the collective goal of its members is to make certain the mothers and their children have an opportunity for a lifetime of good health .

We spoke with the directors of many of our state ’ s leading hospitals about the maternity care they provide . Their descriptions give an in-depth look at the state-of-the-art care and modern amenities offered . Today ’ s mothers are often pampered in a hotel-like atmosphere , where their doctors , nurses , midwives and doulas work to ensure excellent care . Innovations in technology also allow health care providers to monitor the babies ’ well-being and reduce their moms ’ anxieties .
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Blair Bergen , M . D . Chairman , Obstetrics and Gynecology
AtlantiCare ’ s Center for Childbirth ’ s modern , comfortable rooms include private birthing suites with whirlpool baths , spa showers and sleeping chairs for partners or family members . Although most women have normal deliveries , some babies are born prematurely and / or with other special medical needs .
Our experienced Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team , including on-site Children ’ s Hospital of Philadelphia neonatologists , uses advanced technology to deliver life-sustaining , developmental care to neonates . The NICU , marking its 50th anniversary , has cared for babies weighing as low as 13.7 ounces and born as early as 23-week gestation . AtlantiCare focuses on providing nurturing , supportive , quality wrap-around care for families and babies from pregnancy through well after birth to ensure healthy starts to parenthood and lives .
Our maternal-fetal medicine experts specialize in prenatal diagnoses , genetic screening , gestational diabetes , blood pressure and other issues during pregnancy . Our experienced team also includes high-risk pregnancy specialists , board-certified obstetricians , certified nurse midwives , and doulas . Doulas are trained companions who provide , physical , emotional and informational support throughout the mother ’ s hospital stay . We provide this service free of charge to underserved members of our community through our Safe Beginnings program .
New Jersey ' s best maternity care facilities focus on family-first care .
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