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Welcome to the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth

Led by a Team of Skilled and Dedicated Medical Experts

childbirth_frontThe Center for Childbirth is located at ARMC's Mainland Campus in Pomona, NJ

AtlantiCare’s Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Pomona, N.J., includes Maternal Newborn Services and the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our highly skilled and dedicated team of medical experts, which includes providers from AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, provides comprehensive care to parents and their babies before, during and after delivery. This team includes:

  • Board-certified anesthesiologists on site, 24/7
  • Board-certified obstetricians, available 24/7
  • Certified nurse-midwives
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Board-certified neonatologists, available 24/7
  • Specialty-certified nurses
  • Certified lactation consultants, all of whom are nurses

A Warm, Caring Environment that Feels Like Home

Our goal is to deliver the highest quality family-centered care. Our warm, caring environment includes:

  • A welcoming lobby, with comfortable furnishings and calming artwork
  • Rooms with state-of-the-art technology, as well as all the comforts of home:
  • Private Deluxe Birthing Suites: With rocking chair, private bathroom, whirlpool bath and spa shower, sleeping chair for significant other, television, WiFi access
  • Mothers labor, deliver, recover and keep their baby with them in the same room (unless different arrangements must be made for medical reasons)
  • Even if the baby is delivered by Cesarean section, the baby stays with the mother (unless different arrangements must be made for medical reasons)
  • Open visitation; designated quiet times are 2:00-4:00 p.m. and after 9:00 p.m. daily, or a “Quiet Time” sign can be placed on the door at any time

Other Comforts and Care for Mothers, Babies and Families

  • Family-contracted doulas are welcome
  • Birthing balls are available for comfort and positioning during labor
  • Aromatherapy is available in a variety of scents to help moms relax, enhance their sense of well-being and reduce anxiety
  • The baby is delivered and transferred to mom’s chest immediately—skin to skin—offering an opportunity to bond and breastfeed as soon as the baby is ready
  • Delayed cord clamping means babies receive the maximum benefits of higher hemoglobin and iron levels
  • Anesthesiologists are available to help with pain management needs
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center contracts with Bella Baby for families who wish to have their baby photographed professionally in the hospital. Bella Baby posts photos to a password-protected, online slide show for parents/guardians to view. Online viewing and ordering is available to those with whom parents/guardians choose to share their password.
  • Licensed nurses/lactation consultants are available to help new moms make breastfeeding a positive, successful experience

Would you like a hospital tour? One of our nurses will take you on a tour of our secure, state-of-the-art facility located at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus. We offer this tour to parents participating in our childbirth education classes, however anyone can schedule a tour by calling 609-404-3840.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence

The Center for Childbirth has earned and maintains several national designations, recognizing excellence in infant and maternal care.

Baby-Friendly® Designated Facility: Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This prestigious international award recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for mothers and their babies. This designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed and must be maintained by continuing to practice the highest level of quality care as set forth by the organization.

Gold Safe Sleep Champion: AtlantiCare educates parents about the American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations in its efforts to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-related injuries and death. ARMC is certified as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. Through the Cribs for Kids® program, AtlantiCare gives a Graco Cribs for Kids® portable Pack n’ Play to any new parent in need who does not have a crib or a safe place for his or her baby to sleep. An AtlantiCare Maternal Newborn social worker assesses individual/family needs for cribs. For more information about getting a crib, please call 609-404-3835. To learn more about safe sleep habits, visit the Cribs for Kids® website.

AtlantiCare also shares safe sleep information through its Childbirth classes (at ARMC Mainland Campus) and Baby Basics classes (at Babies R Us), and through other community events, as well as at the bedside.

National Shaken Baby Foundation: AtlantiCare is a Period of PURPLE Crying Hospital Partner. The Period of PURPLE Crying Program® is the name given to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome’s evidence-based prevention program. As such, it shares the organization’s Period of PURPLE Crying ® education with all new parents. The program teaches parents about normal infant crying, which can increase during the first two weeks and can continue for up to three to four months of age. During this time, a baby can cry for hours and still be healthy and normal. Lack of caregiver knowledge and understanding can result in shaking the baby out of frustration. This can lead to brain trauma and death. AtlantiCare, as a PURPLE Crying Hospital Partner, believes that the more information and support parents have, the better prepared they will be to handle challenges of parenting.


About the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If a baby is born too early or has medical complications, our experienced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team cares for him or her using the most advanced technology and innovative techniques available. Neonatologists, nationally certified registered nurses, and other specialists care for more than 500 babies and their families at our NICU each year. Additionally:

  • The facility is a Level 3 NICU, as designated by the New Jersey Department of Health. This means it is equipped to care for infants who are born extremely early, or who are critically ill.
  • There are 26 infant beds.
  • A room for parents to use the night before baby goes home to help them prepare for caring for their baby at home. This is especially helpful to parents whose baby will be on a medical baby monitor.

About the NICU Team

CHOP Newborn & Pediatric Care at AtlantiCare Partnership: Neonatologists from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are based in the NICU, and are part of the team that cares for NICU patients and families, through the baby’s entire stay. They offer care and consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access to Specialists: Our team works with critical care pediatric specialist clinical staff from AtlantiCare and CHOP, including experts in Cardiology, Neurology, Laboratory Services, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Speech/Hearing. We offer intensive specialized treatment for conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Apnea
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Jaundice
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Prematurity
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory distress
  • Sepsis (bacterial infection)
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia program
  • Teleneurology
  • aEEG capabilities

In addition to having CHOP neonatologists at ARMC Mainland Campus NICU, CHOP pediatric hospitalists are on-site at the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center at ARMC Atlantic City Campus. CHOP clinicians also will consult with emergency teams at ARMC Atlantic City Campus Emergency Center and ARMC Mainland Campus Emergency Department, Pomona, when needed.

Education Before and After Birth, A-Z

To register for any of the classes below, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit the Events & Classes page.

Baby Basics

Monthly classes about how to care for a baby take place at Babies “R” Us, Mays Landing.

Breastfeeding

Classes/Individual Instruction: Certified lactation consultants, all of whom are nureses, teach the basics of breastfeeding prior to delivery and/or after delivery, regardless of where a woman delivers. Family is welcome to attend these monthly classes and/or individual one-on-one instruction. To sign up for the next monthly breastfeeding class, visit AtlantiCare’s Events and Classes Page. To reach AtlantiCare’s lactation consultants for a question or to schedule an individual session, please call 609-404-3837.

Breastfeeding Support Group Tea: This family-friendly meeting takes place the second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon on the Maternal Newborn floor of ARMC Mainland Campus.

Childbirth Classes

  • On-site: Evening sessions over a six-week period and a full-day Saturday session are available.
  • Online: A web-based program is available for those who cannot attend the on-site class due to bedrest or scheduling conflicts. This program includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games.
  • Sibling Classes: Siblings meet other children who will also soon become a “big brother” or “big sister.” Classes include activities to help kids prepare for changes that will happen when a sibling arrives.

Postpartum Wellness

Women could experience the "baby blues" during or after pregnancy. If these feelings persist two weeks after giving birth, a mother could develop anxiety or depression. AtlantiCare offers these resources to help:

  • Monthly Support Group: Before a mom leaves the hospital after the birth of her baby, she will receive information about postpartum wellness support group times and locations.
  • Postpartum Wellness Initiative (PWI) for South Jersey: AtlantiCare partners with PWI to help women get appropriate and timely care. Women can call the PWI WarmLine at 856-675-5295 to talk with a clinician about postpartum depression and anxiety issues between 9 a.m. and 3 pm.

AtlantiCare Perinatal Loss Support Group

Facilitated by our nursing staff, this monthly support group is for families who experience a loss during pregnancy or at birth. To reach AtlantiCare’s Perinatal Loss Support Team, call 609-226-2515.

 

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