Maternity Care Services
About Our Maternity Care Program
Our number one goal for each and every family who entrusts their care to us is to make your childbirth experience as fulfilling and memorable as possible. That’s why we have created our very own maternity care model called "Family-Centered Care." The model emphasizes the nuclear family unit throughout the birthing process — from admission to discharge — and allows mother and child to stay together every moment that you’re with us. The family-oriented philosophy that guides all of our efforts encourages parents and children to bond from the very beginning, since that’s what you want to concentrate on after delivery. When you choose Ocean Medical Center for your maternity care, we can promise you that the skilled and compassionate Meridian family will be there for your growing family every step of the way!
Our Specialized Services
During your stay on our unit, primary care for mom and baby is provided by our remarkable team of certified registered nurses, each of whom has been specially trained in all aspects of childbirth. The staff is always available to assist you in any way they can and to answer any of your questions. We recognize that you’ll have concerns and will benefit from the ongoing support of professionals before, during, and after the delivery of your child.
Here at Ocean Medical Center, we offer a Level II Special Care Nursery as well as our well-baby nursery to attend to your baby if needed. In this nursery a higher level of care is provided to infants born after 32 weeks gestation, who may require more intense close observation, oxygen, antibiotics, or other special attention. If your newborn needs the services that our Special Care Nursery provides, rest assured that our neonatologists are on duty 24/7, and our neonatal nurses are nationally certified and trained to care for those newborns needing this specialized care.
The Experience of Concierge Care
Our team understands how important this milestone is for you and your family. The experiences we provide are designed to celebrate this happy occasion with a number of amenities and services to make your stay memorable. From our series of prenatal and post-natal education classes to professional photography to commemorate the birth of your child, we are proud to offer a personalized and distinctive experience.
Concierge Care can assist with everything from reservations for out of town family members to special meals to assisting with errands and household tasks while you are in the hospital to bedside spa services! The service is available while you are in the hospital, but you can call ahead for hair or make-up appointments so you can look your best for your first photos with your baby. To access Concierge Care, dial extension 1111 at Ocean Medical Center. It will be our pleasure to serve you.
Our Maternity Unit
Safety is a priority at Ocean Medical Center, so our Maternal Child Services Unit is locked and accessible only to authorized staff, maternity patients, and their families. As an added precaution, every infant wears a security safety bracelet. Furthermore, our unit offers a 24-hour nursery, childcare education aired on closed-circuit television and a host of premium maternity services.
Bella Baby Photography: Real photographers, capturing baby's first moments.
Bringing experienced freelance photographers, Bella Baby Photography captures your baby's first photograph with a natural, artistic style using natural light, professional grade digital cameras, and the idea that babies look most beautiful when being held in their parents' arms or cuddled in their own blankets. These photographers work with our team of nurses to communicate with each new mom, and offer a free 15 minute session to take the photos. You will be able to electronically view and order your photos the very same day. The images are then securely posted on Bella Baby's website for you to access and share with your friends before you even leave the medical center.Educational Program
Whether you’re just thinking about having a child or whether you’re already pregnant, Meridian Health offers a comprehensive series of educational classes and activities to optimally prepare the entire family for a health pregnancy:
- Maternity Tours
- Baby Care, Breastfeeding, & Childbirth Classes
Staying ConnectedBecoming a parent is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Through Meridian Health, Ocean Medical Center provides access to online communities and programs that will help you connect with other parents, clinicians, local resources and physicians for your entire family.
To connect with other moms, join the Meridian Momtourage. MeridianMomtourage.com is a place to share advice, ask questions, learn valuable information from Meridian Health experts and get access to our hospitals' classes and events. Here, you can grow your own "momtourage" and discuss everything from from your choice in an OB/GYN and the best hospital for delivery, to kid-friendly local events, to coping with your teen learning to drive!
With features like interactive media, videos and Peapodcasts, MeridianMomtourage.com is here for on-the-go moms just like you!
Once you bring your baby home, the Meridian Pediatric Network offers the most coordinated and complete care in Monmouth and Ocean counties. With almost 300 pediatricians, family practitioners and obstetricians in communities near you, working side-by-side with the region's largest group of pediatric sub specialists at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, the Meridian Pediatric Network guides patients and their families through every step of care.
- Ocean Medical Center, 425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724
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