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Expectant parents often have numerous questions about giving birth at Newton Medical Center. We’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:

When should I call my doctor or midwife?

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:

  • You are having regular contractions
  • Your water breaks
  • You are concerned about your health or the health of the baby

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.

  • Sudden increase in swelling of your face, hands or ankles
  • Constant severe headache
  • Blurred or fuzzy vision
  • Chills, fever or feeling sick
  • Sharp or constant pain in your abdomen (belly)
  • Any bleeding from your vagina
  • Water or watery discharge from your vagina
  • Fewer movements by your baby
  • Any injury, or if you have fallen or been in a car accident

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?

  • Make sure to call your doctor or midwife to let him or her know you are on your way to the hospital, so the hospital knows to expect you.
  • When you arrive at the hospital, go to the front desk in the lobby. There you will be directed to the Maternity Unit. After hours, you can enter at the Emergency Department, where you will be directed to the Maternity Unit.
How do I pre-register for the hospital?

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, call Newton Medical Center's Registration Department at 973-579-8705. 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:

  • Your completed registration form
  • A copy of your health insurance card
  • A copy of a form of photo identification (e.g., driver's license)
  • A signed “Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Availability of Supplemental Screening” form
  • Advanced directive (optional)

When should I sign up for childbirth classes?

Parent education classes at Newton Medical Center range from infant care to breastfeeding and childbirth. We also offer 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. Newton Medical Center also offers classes by experts in areas such as breastfeeding, massage and nutrition. 

Learn more about classes at Newton Medical Center >

How do I get ready to breastfeed?

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.

Additional information about breastfeeding >

Who will help me with breastfeeding in the hospital?

Newton 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.

Can my partner or support person stay with me during labor and delivery?

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 Newton Medical Center’s Maternity 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.

Can my family or friends visit me during labor and delivery?

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 Newton Medical Center’s Maternity Center are flexible. To provide infant security, adult visitors will be required to sign in prior to entering the Maternity Center. Siblings are welcome. The nursing staff may limit visitors if indicated by patient condition.

If I want an epidural for pain management during labor, is an anesthesiologist available 24 hours a day?

An anesthesiologist is readily available at all times.

What if there is an emergency or my doctor hasn’t arrived at the hospital yet?

Newton Medical Center is prepared to manage emergency situations. An obstetrician, pediatrician and highly skilled obstetric nursing staff are available at all times. In addition, Newton Medical Center is always ready to treat mothers or newborns requiring higher levels of care.

What if my pediatrician doesn’t have privileges here?

Newton 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.

Does Newton Medical Center provide VBACs?
If you’ve had a Cesarean section, you might be facing a choice about how to give birth to your next child. A vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) may be an option for some women.

Many women who attempt a VBAC delivery are successful. However, there is a risk of uterine rupture associated with VBAC attempts, which can endanger the mother and the baby. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of VBAC with your obstetric health care provider.

The Maternity Center at Newton Medical Center is adequately prepared to support VBACs in partnership with your obstetric provider.


  • Maternity Center

  • Phone: 973-579-8555
  • Maternity Center Manager

  • Phone: 973-579-8594
  • Classes and Tours

  • Phone: 1-800-247-9580

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