|Women's and Children's Services|
For South Jersey Women, A Name You Can Count on.
At Kennedy Health, caring for your family begins at birth, and we are dedicated to making your birthing experience as safe and memorable as possible. We know that you’ll need experienced staff, comprehensive facilities, expert services and the personal care that is so important during the experience of a lifetime. For 50 years, Kennedy Health has been providing all this and more as a key birthing center in southern NJ.
If you are an expectant mother about to embark on the exciting journey of motherhood, already have children, or are facing women’s health concerns, Kennedy Health is dedicated to providing the very best in comprehensive and coordinated health care services for women and their families.
As an expectant parent, you deserve the safest, most comfortable birth possible. Whether this is your first baby or a new addition to your growing family, our experienced team of medical experts are committed to providing you and your family with a beautiful and healthy birth experience.
Nurse Midwives offer a special approach to pregnancy and childbirth, with an emphasis on empowering women, providing highly personalized services and keeping a focus on the patient’s family throughout their care. They strive to help women achieve a safe, personalized and fulfilling birth experience.
When you choose to deliver your baby with a Nurse Midwife, you and your family can expect the emotional and physical support every new mother needs. More importantly, you can rest easy knowing that you have a talented medical professional by your side that will always have your best interests at heart.
At Kennedy, we’re eagerly awaiting your arrival. Our Labor and Delivery department is fully equipped with industry-leading technology and a staff ready to make your birthing experience a joyous and healthy one. From our highly trained obstetrics team to our comfortable environment, we’re here to help you prepare conveniently and close to home.
General obstetricians have the expertise to care for most pregnancies, but high-risk pregnancy and/or birth can be more complicated. A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby or both.
Kennedy's NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) helps mothers and new-borns overcome special circumstances and complications surrounding the birthing process. Offering specialized technology and round-the-clock neonatology services for our smallest patients, our experienced team can help ensure a healthy outcome for you and your baby.
Kennedy OB/GYN Associates is dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centric OB/GYN services for women of all ages in a comfortable environment. Our experienced team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and support staff are here to provide excellent health care through every state of a woman’s life. With facilities for fetal monitoring during pregnancy, high-risk OB-neonatal care, laparoscopy, radiation therapy for gynecological cancers, and prenatal testing, the Kennedy OB/GYN team possesses the top talent and resources .
We are committed to making our hospital the best birthing center NJ has to offer. One of the ways we accomplish this is by providing a wide range of quality educational programsto help you prepare for your upcoming delivery. We believe that, through education, your birthing experience can be enhanced and made more joyous and memorable. Listed in this catalogue are classes and programs available to you throughout your pregnancy and after your baby’s birth.
Pre-registration for classes is required. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Classes are subject to change or cancellation based on enrolment response. Kennedy Health System associates are eligible for discounted prices.
Kennedy’ Health’s Women’s and Children’s Department encompasses a comprehensive range of programs and services, all specially designed to assist women and children as they move through the many diverse stages of life. Whether you are looking for an OB/GYN or a comprehensive birthing center, our holistic approach to women’s health means you can rest easy, knowing the coordinated care you expect is close to home and always available.
Frequently Asked Questions About Delivering Your Baby at Kennedy
How many people can I have with me for my delivery?
You may have 3 people with you to assist you in labor and observe the birth of your baby. These people will be banded during your labor and will have 24 hour visiting privileges. These bands are non transferable. Once you deliver, you select one person to be your primary support person. That person retains their band and has 24 hour visiting privileges. All other visitors must adhere to visiting hours.
What do I do if I think I am in labor?
Call your physician. If your water has broken he will direct you to come to the hospital. If you are contracting he may want to see you in his office or direct you to the hospital. If you are too uncomfortable, feel rectal pressure or are bleeding come directly to the hospital.
Where do I go once I arrive at the hospital?
If it is between the hours of 6am and 8pm come in through the front lobby and go directly to Labor and Delivery. If it is after 8pm and before 6am you must enter through the Emergency Room. They will escort you to Labor and Delivery.
What do I have to bring for my baby's hospital stay?
Everything your new baby needs is provided by the hospital. On the day of discharge you will need to bring your infant car seat and an outfit to take your baby home. Just before you leave we will take your baby's photograph. Photographs are mailed directly to your home.
What are the visiting hours?
All visitors may visit from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Can my baby stay with me in my room?
You will have one nurse who provides nursing care for you and your baby. This approach to nursing ensures consistency of care and improved communication. All new mothers have the option to have their baby "room in" around the clock. This helps moms to learn "the basics" of baby care as well before you take your baby home.
Do moms have private rooms?
All Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby rooms are private.
Is a Pediatrician present for the birth?
A pediatrician is present in the event of a Cesarean Section. Also other situations may occur that initiate a request from the obstetrician that a Pediatrician be present at a vaginal delivery. Some of these are, a premature infant, an infant with a known birth defect or medical complication, or fetal distress in labor. If there are no complications in labor and during delivery, the pediatrician will not routinely attend. There is, however 24 hour in-house neonatology coverage (newborn specialists) in the event that the need arises.
How do I obtain a Birth Certificate for my child?
During your hospital stay you will be completing paperwork to initiate the process of obtaining your baby's State issued Birth Certificate. The following information is provided to assist you in the process should you have certain circumstances that require obtaining prior legal documents or signatures of other parties. These guidelines are created by the State of New Jersey and Kennedy Health System is obligated to comply with them.
Parents Who Are Married and the Husband Is the Biological Father
Parents Who Want To Give The Baby Two Last Names
Mothers Who Are Divorced
Parents Who Are Not Married
Parents Who Want To give Their Baby a Different Last Name
Same Sex Parents
Forms Provided by the Hospital
What is Post Partum Depression?
After the excitement over your baby’s arrival subsides, the reality of caring for a newborn sets it. Some moms experience a letdown caused by their new responsibilities, loss of freedom, exhaustion and lack of sleep. New moms can feel they have no time to meet their own personal needs.
Many mothers go through these “baby blues” a few days after birth. Feelings of sadness or anxiety are often accompanied by mood swings, irritability, crying and confusion. These feelings usually peak 4 to 6 days after delivery. They begin to decrease and are usually gone two weeks after the baby’s birth. Support from family and friends, adequate sleep and nutrition help new moms weather this storm.
The National Women’s Health Information Center offers these helpful tips:
If these feelings persist, they may be signs of postpartum depression. Warning signs differ and may appear days, weeks or even months after a pregnancy, miscarriage or birth. They may include:
Kennedy is affiliated with the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative’s Regional Postpartum Depression Support Service. For more information, call 856-665-6000, ext 262. A support service professional will contact you during regular business hours with further information about resources.
For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for help.