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JFK Magazine Winter 2019

 

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Congratulations to JFK Family Medicine Center: Center for Pregnancy for being selected as a 2015 Community Leader of Distinction!

Tours of Maternity and Family Suites

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You and your family are invited to tour the maternity and family suite at JFK Medical Center. You can get to know the doctors and nurses who will be providing your care. You’ll walk through our facility to view the medical technology — and the warm, friendly atmosphere — that will welcome your baby into the world. Then when it’s time to deliver your baby, you’ll be reassured to see welcoming, familiar faces and feel comfortable in your surroundings.

Free monthly tours are conducted for any expectant or prospective expectant parents. Please call 732-632-1632 or click here to register online.

Safety is our priority

Safety is of utmost importance to us at JFK Medical Center. Our maternity and family suite is locked and only accessible to authorized staff and maternity patients/families. In addition, every baby wears a security bracelet that monitors the baby’s location at all times.

Contact us

To register for a complimentary tour, please click here. To learn more or speak with a perinatal specialist, please call 732-632-1632 or email PerinatalEd@HackensackMeridian.org.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

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Our program of family-centered care at JFK Medical Center has been designed to help expectant parents prepare for and share one of the most important events in family life: the birth of their child.

Our JFK Medical Center maternity team recommends that you and your partner take classes PRIOR to giving birth. This will help build your confidence, better prepare for the childbirth experience and become more informed parents.

We suggest that all courses be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy (except for prenatal yoga). Please register for all courses early in your pregnancy (3rd or 4th month) to ensure a choice of convenient scheduling dates.

Pre-natal yoga class

This 5 session, 75-minute prenatal yoga program encourages a smooth pregnancy, labor and delivery, all while soothing pregnancy discomforts and keeping you and your baby happy and relaxed. The class meets on Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $74. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-632-1610 for dates and registration. Prenatal Yoga can start after the first trimester.

Childbirth preparation

This five-session course discusses the topics of anatomy and physiology of childbirth, breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques, body mechanics and exercise, birth partner support, signs of labor, complications of pregnancy and labor, pain relief options (medications and anesthesia) available if desired or needed during labor, and Cesarean Section delivery. An overview of newborn care, breastfeeding and post-partum care is also provided. The class includes a childbirth workbook, videos, handouts and a tour of the maternity and family suite at JFK Medical Center. These five weekly classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per couple. 

Accelerated weekend childbirth education class

This fast-tracked childbirth education class is offered all in one weekend: Friday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childbirth information will be mailed two weeks prior to the course to read and prepare for class. Topics covered are the same as the Childbirth Preparation course noted above. The cost is $125 per couple.

Refresher class

This class meets weekly for three weeks from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This class is recommended if your last delivery was more than three years ago. The cost is $50 per couple.

Managing gestational diabetes 

Individualized instruction provides education, support and hands-on experience to those women recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A written doctor’s prescription for instruction can be submitted to the insurance company. Call 732-650-9207 for an appointment and fee information.

Private, flexible-time, one-to-one childbirth education class

Crazy work schedule? Come to JFK Medical Center’s “private lesson” childbirth education program with one couple per instructor. We’ll also arrange for a tour of the maternity and family suite and a viewing of a childbirth video. Topics covered are the same as the Childbirth Preparation course noted above. The cost is $175 per couple.

For the complete brochure of classes, please click here.

Contact us

To register for classes, please click here. To learn more or speak with a perinatal specialist, please call 732-632-1632 or email PerinatalEd@HackensackMeridian.org.

Breastfeeding Support

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Ten steps to successful breastfeeding

JFK Medical Center’s maternity and family suite upholds the World Health Organization/UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” published in a joint statement entitled: “Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services”, which states:

Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in — allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them upon discharge from the hospital or birth center.

Preparation for breast feeding class

This one-time course uses videos, lectures and discussions to provide mothers-to-be the opportunity to learn more about the art and science of successful breastfeeding. This class runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This class is free of charge.

Contact us

To register for classes, please click here. To learn more or speak with a perinatal specialist, please call 732-632-1632 or email PerinatalEd@HackensackMeridian.org.

Labor, Delivery and Recovery Rooms

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JFK Medical Center offers a comprehensive array of maternity services that combine leading edge medicine with personalized support and amenities for the best possible birthing experience. Our skilled team of obstetricians, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, perinatologists, pediatricians, pediatric specialists, experienced nurses and certified lactation consultants provide an integrated health program addressing the prenatal, birthing and postpartum needs of mothers and their newborns.

We offer Labor-Delivery-Recovery (LDR) suites that offer a warm and nurturing environment that allows you to remain in one room for your entire stay. Each LDR suite has a birthing bed and decorative wall unit housing state-of-the-art technology. These rooms provide a spacious and cheerful atmosphere with sleepers so that the father, birth partner, grandparent or best friend can be comfortable and close enough to hold your hand. You can take advantage of the private bath and shower, plus a television, telephone and plenty of space for your things.

There are also post partum rooms to rest in after delivery, with a relaxing home-like setting for your comfort. Your newborn can either room in with you or be pampered in the nursery while you rest. Mothers, fathers/partners and babies will have a lot of opportunity to spend special time together here.

For babies requiring extra care at birth, we offer a state-of-the-art, Level 2 Special Care Nursery. As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, JFK Medical Center is connected to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Contact us

To register for a complimentary tour, please click here. To learn more or speak with a perinatal specialist, please call 732-632-1632 or email PerinatalEd@HackensackMeridian.org.

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)

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The maternity and family suite at JFK Medical Center was designed with the expectant family in mind, dedicated to the needs and comfort of newborns and their families. Our goal is to provide medically advanced care in a state-of-the-art facility while making the childbirth experience intimate, comfortable and memorable.

We are in the final stages of the years-long journey required to become recognized as a Baby Friendly hospital. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a program sponsored by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to ensure that all facilities offering maternity services become centers of breastfeeding support.

Our team of doctors, nurses and support staff strive to give parents a better understanding of what to expect when they go home with their newborn. Plus, we aim to promote confidence in their skills in caring for their new baby.

Couplet care

With couplet care at JFK Medical Center, the mother and baby will be cared for by the same nurse. There are not separate obstetric and pediatric nurses caring for each one. Couplet care also involves the father or partner being present for the duration of the mother and baby’s stay at the hospital. We make every effort to accommodate the father or partner’s overnight stay. This time is also important to teach new parents what to expect at home when caring for their infant.

Rooming-in

We encourage all mothers to have their newborn room in with them 24-hours per day, starting right after giving birth. There are many benefits to keeping infants in their mom’s room, including helping the baby feel comforted by familiar voices, touches and smells. Families also get to know the baby and respond to the newborn’s immediate needs as only the mother and family can do.

Babies who stay in their mother’s hospital room tend to cry less and sleep better than newborns who reside in the nursery. Plus, moms who keep their babies in the same room with them report feeling more rested than moms who have their babies sleep in the hospital nursery.

Skin-to-skin

Skin-to-skin contact means that the baby is placed in direct contact with mom and dad’s bare chest. This should be done in the delivery room immediately after birth, and as much as possible in the weeks and months following birth. This skin-to-skin contact is important as new parents and their infant get to know each other, plus it also has health benefits to the baby.

Healthy newborns can benefit from skin-to-skin contact in their first hours after birth. Babies stay warmer, cry less, breathe easier and have more stable blood sugar levels. Mothers whose infants have been kept skin-to-skin learn their baby’s feeding cues more easily.

Immediately after delivery, the baby will be wiped dry and placed skin-to-skin on mother’s chest and covered with a warm blanket. The baby will remain skin-to-skin with the mother for an hour or more. This important mother-baby bonding time will occur before guests are allowed to visit.

Breastfeeding Benefits

Couplet care, rooming-in and skin-to-skin contact offer even more benefits for mothers and babies who engage in breastfeeding. Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact and have the ability to latch onto the breast and breastfeed for the first time much sooner than those not kept in close contact with their mothers. Moms who hold their babies skin-to-skin after birth are also more likely to make greater amounts of breast milk, have less engorgement and generally breastfeed longer. The rooming-in setting also allows mothers learn their babies’ feeding cues more quickly, avoid the use of artificial nipples and establish a successful breastfeeding habit.

Contact us

To learn more about the couplet care, rooming-in and skin-to-skin contact initiatives, please call a perinatal specialist at 732-632-1632 or email PerinatalEd@HackensackMeridian.org.