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Morristown Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Morristown Medical Center
Expectant parents often have numerous questions about giving birth at Morristown Medical Center. We’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
You should call your doctor or midwife any time you have questions or concerns about your health or pregnancy. They will want to know when:
Most women will have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, there are some signs that might indicate a problem. If you notice any of the following signs, you should call your doctor right away.
In general, if you feel that something is not “right,” call your doctor or midwife right away. He or she is prepared to help you if there is a problem. Do not try to treat yourself with medications or home remedies without talking to your doctor first.
Where do I go when it is time to have the baby?
Your obstetrician or midwife’s office should give you a registration packet between pregnancy week 24 and 26. If the office doesn’t give you a packet, ask for one, call Morristown Medical Center's Maternity Center pre-registration office at 973-971-5732 or email us. Be sure to look through the packet, which is full of important information.
When you send your pre-registration packet to the hospital, please include:
When should I sign up for childbirth classes?
Parent education classes at Morristown Medical Center range from infant care to establishing a “green” home for your baby. We also offer special classes for grandparents and siblings. Our instructors are trained, certified and experienced to teach all of our pregnancy and parenting programs.
Our Early Pregnancy class provides helpful information for the first and early second trimester. We also offer a Calm Birth® preparation class, usually taken during the second or third trimesters. We recommend that you take our Prepared Childbirth class, led by registered nurses who are certified childbirth educators, during your seventh month, with a goal of finishing the class by week 37 of your pregnancy; please call at least a month in advance to schedule a class. Morristown Medical Center also offers classes by experts in areas such as breastfeeding, massage and nutrition.
Breastfeeding classes are offered by our parent education department. The breastfeeding support staff consists of registered nurses and nurse lactation consultants with years of experience helping new mothers breastfeed their babies.
Morristown Medical Center’s Maternity Center staff members strongly advocate breastfeeding, and we support our families to get the best possible start. All of our nurses are trained to assist you with breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are available Monday through Saturday to assist if you have a specific breastfeeding difficulty or problem.
The presence of a partner or support person during labor and delivery is recommended to facilitate the best possible birth experience for the family, regardless of whether the delivery is vaginal or by Cesarean Section. You may have two support people while in Morristown Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery unit. While only one person may accompany his or her partner to the Cesarean Section room to be with her during the birth and in the recovery room, you can choose the people you want to support you during this exciting time. We do ask that a support person be at least 14 years of age.
A family waiting room is available. Your partner or support person can keep your loved ones up-to-date on your progress. However, you can choose whether to have visitors or not during your labor. For the health and safety of you and your new baby, we ask that all visitors and support people be free of colds, upper respiratory, lung or stomach illnesses and skin infections. Visitors should remain in your room or in the designated waiting rooms.
Can my partner or support person stay with me after delivery?
Your partner or support person is not considered a visitor. All patient rooms are private, so your partner or support person can visit at any time or even stay overnight.
When can my friends and family visit me after the baby is born?
Visiting hours at Morristown Medical Center’s Maternity Center are from Noon to 8:00pm. To provide infant security, adult visitors will be required to present photo identification and sign in prior to entering the Maternity Center. Grandparents and siblings of the new baby can come as early as 9:00am to visit. Children are welcome, but ask family and friends to keep sick children home to prevent the spread of infection. The nursing staff may limit visitors if indicated by patient condition.
An anesthesiologist is assigned to Labor and Delivery and present in the hospital at all times.
Morristown Medical Center is prepared to manage emergency situations at all times. An obstetrician, anesthesiologist and highly skilled obstetric nursing staff are available in Labor and Delivery at all times. In addition, Morristown Medical Center has a Regional Perinatal Neonatal Intensive Care Center with an emergency neonatal team always ready to respond.
Morristown Medical Center has a pediatric hospitalist program with experienced attending pediatricians who can provide newborn hospital care if your pediatrician does not have privileges. Just like your private pediatrician, the pediatric hospitalist will examine and care for your baby. A brief summary of the newborn hospital stay will be sent to your pediatrician.