|Women's and Children's Services|
Just as the seasons of a woman's life change, Kennedy has a variety of programs and services that address women's changing needs. From childbirth education classes to breastfeeding support and maternity tours, Kennedy is there for women and their growing families.
If you have any questions regarding our programs or services, please contact us:
Educational and Support Programs
Kennedy is committed to providing a wide range of quality educational programs to 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 catalog are classes and programs available to you throughout your pregnancy and after your baby’s birth.
Pre-registration and payment for classes is required. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Classes are subject to change or cancellation based on enrollment response. Kennedy Health System associates are eligible for discounted prices.
The Kennedy Experience - Having Your Baby at KennedyBecoming a parent is an exciting and deeply personal event. We want to make it a safe, satisfying and enjoyable experience. To help you prepare for your delivery at Kennedy we provide:
The Mother/Baby Care Delivery Model - At Kennedy, after you deliver, you will have one nurse who provides nursing care for you and your baby. This approach ensures consistency of care and improved communication. All new mothers are encouraged to room in with their baby around-the-clock.
Lactation Support - Have general breastfeeding questions? Click here and have them answered by our Lactation Consultant.
Newborn Health Screenings - Screenings for inborn errors of metabolism are conducted on all infants in both our well-baby and intensive care nurseries. These diagnostic blood tests screen infants for 30 metabolic disorders. All newborns at Kennedy are also given a hearing screening.
New and Expectant Parent Newsletter - Weekly e-newsletter that provides support, helpful tips and information for new and expectant parents. Click here to sign up.
New Parent Baby Photo Sharing - Share your infants photos online via Our365.com. Click here to sign up.
Kennedy's NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) Helps Mothers and Babies - The opening of this $2.3 million, 9,500 square-foot facility marks the beginning of an exciting era in maternal-child care at Kennedy.
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.