Maternity CareYou need a maternity team that takes the time to understand your unique pregnancy and childbirth preferences. At Hackensack Meridian Health, you can feel confident knowing your safe pregnancy is our priority. Your baby will be delivered by caring experts who are passionate about what they do.
Our Childbirth Centers
Hackensack Meridian Health’s childbirth centers are designed for the comfort of you and your family. We offer:
- Comfortable reclining sleeper chair for other parent/support person
- Complimentary dining
- Labor and delivery rooms with amenities such as peanut balls, rocking chairs, aromatherapy
- Magic Hour when parents and/or support person and baby can be alone together, allowing time for skin-to-skin contact to encourage bonding
- Private recovery rooms with private bathrooms and showers
We’ve taken every step to ensure the safest delivery possible. Our childbirth centers are staffed 24-7 with experts specially trained in labor and delivery, including:
- Anesthesiologists offering an array of pain relief options
- Board-certified obstetricians and pediatricians conveniently located near you
- Magnet®-recognized labor and delivery nurses, who will be with you every step of the way
- Maternal-fetal medicine physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancy
High-Risk Pregnancy and Newborns
You’ll find the highest level of care at our two children’s hospitals - K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune and Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack. Our children’s hospitals are equipped with a Level III Regional Perinatal Center. We provide the highest level of care for high-risk mothers and acutely ill newborns using the most advanced technology and highly trained staff.
Learn How We Keep Getting Better
Hackensack Meridian Health delivers award-winning maternity care. We’re recognized among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and Healthgrades for delivering excellent outcomes for mothers and their babies. Learn more on How We Keep Getting Better.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Maternity Care
We take care of all your needs - not just the physical health of you and your baby, but also your social and emotional health during and after your pregnancy.
More women choose our Childbirth Centers. We deliver more babies each year than almost any other health care network in New Jersey.
Several of our hospitals have been nationally recognized by Newsweek and Healthgrades for excellence in labor and delivery, including a C-section rate well below the national average.
Expectant Parent Classes and Services
We offer outstanding care with the full spectrum of services for expectant mothers and their families.
Breastfeeding, Childbirth and Infant Care Classes
Expectant parents are encouraged to join our free* virtual classes that provide valuable information on various topics, including preparing for childbirth, breastfeeding, infant care and more. Day and night sessions are available for your convenience.
View Class Schedule and Register
*Prices are subject to change at any time
Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
Our expert lactation consultants provide breastfeeding and lactation support while you are in the hospital and after you return home. Both in-person and telehealth services are available.
Learn About Breastfeeding and Lactation Services
Car Seat Safety Fittings
Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center and the New Jersey State Police have joined forces to provide free car seat fitting inspections. Visit us at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center, on the first Tuesday of each month between 3 - 7 p.m. Our child passenger safety technicians will make sure your car seat is the right one for your child, and help you with proper installation. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. No appointment necessary! Inspections are conducted outside the Mary V. Black Pavilion.
For more information, contact:
Christine Frugard, MSN, RN, CCRN, AC-PNP
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07753
Find a Pediatric Provider
When you deliver at a Hackensack Meridian Health hospital, you and your baby will have access to 50+ pediatricians and over 200+ pediatric subspecialists through our two children’s hospitals: Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.
Maternity Welcome Videos
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Attend a Maternity Event
Learn more about free Hackensack Meridian Health maternity events and seminars in and around your community.