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Written by Jennifer Auer and originally published in Jersey Family Fun
When you learned you were pregnant, how did you decide where to deliver your baby? Was there any deciding? Did you feel like you had choices?
When I think back to being pregnant with my own sons, I didn’t feel like I had a choice where I could deliver. In fact, I don’t remember having many choices at all over my pregnancy.
When it came to local doctors there was one main doctor’s office with five different OB/GYN doctors. That’s where most of my friends went for their prenatal care. All those doctors delivered at the same hospital, the one closest to them. When I talk to friends today or even members of our New Jersey Families Facebook group Location is the biggest factor when it comes to where moms are delivering their babies in New Jersey. It is almost as if we don’t have a choice of where we can deliver our babies, especially in South Jersey. Almost, but that’s changing, and I’ll explain more below.
I will my doctors were nice and caring, I definitely felt pushed along in my pregnancy. I was guided to do things the way they had always been done and not really given many options. It was just around the time that women were being encouraged by other women to make your pregnancy their own. The idea was just catching on, but not with my doctors. I can still remember to specific instances where I really had to push for what I wanted with my doctors. It certainly didn’t feel like they wanted to make my desires happen.
When you add in a high-risk pregnancy, a woman’s choice about her prenatal care can seem even more limited. As I recall having preeclampsia with my third son? There were tests I needed to take, frequent exams, and other directives issued by different doctors. While I understand certain pregnancies can require extra testing, I simply didn’t feel like there was a team approach to my care in particular, or even that I owned my own pregnancy – and that almost lead to some very bad outcomes for me.
Fast forward to 10 years later and women in South Jersey have more choices than ever when it comes to where to deliver a baby. Pregnancy is not like it used to be! Women have choices and more options to own their own pregnancy. How so?
Allow me to tell you about Inspira Health. I began talking with members from Inspira Health a few weeks ago. As one of the best New Jersey websites for moms, they reached out to me to help them share their message to families across South Jersey. After learning how committed they are to improving maternal health care in our area and what they have planned I couldn’t help me get excited. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing more details, pictures, and videos about how Inspira Health is changing healthcare for women and their families.
10 reasons to deliver your baby at Inspira Medical Centers in South Jersey
Inspira Health is enhancing what they are offering in terms of prenatal care and is developing a beautiful cutting-edge maternity center in Mullica Hill. Over the next seven months, as part of this partnership, we’ll be ‘delivering’ more information about each of these reasons to deliver your baby at an Inspira Hospital in South Jersey.
Take a look at this video
How awesome is this video?! The women look in powered and like they are rocking their pregnancy. I imagine maternal care with Inspira Health Maximus feel that awesome. From high-end amenities to award-winning nurses Inspira Health wants to provide expecting moms with the best experience and let them control what their maternal care will look like.
What good is being in charge of your pregnancy if you don’t have the choices that truly let you decide what works best for you and your family.
Inspira Health has:
- Over 40 choices for OB/GYN doctors
- A team of certified nurse-midwives
- 3 Maternity hospitals in South Jersey
- Inspira Medical Center Elmer – The only maternity center in the region to offer water birth in a hospital setting.
- Inspira Medical Center Vineland
- Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill
Moms can create a birthing experience that works for them
Would you like to have a water birth delivery? Maybe stretch on a birth ball? Do you have another idea for how your baby’s birth story should play out? In spirit and to give you the pregnancy and delivery experience you want through their holistic maternity services.
Inspira Health offers moms-to-be their own nursing team
Inspira Health’s maternal team includes award-winning nurses. As you prepare to deliver your baby, the same nursing team will be assigned to your care during your stay.
Inspira Health hospitals has delivery rooms like no one else in South Jersey
Inspira’s goal is once a mom to be checked in to deliver her baby she won’t need to leave her room until it’s time to go home with her baby. Inspira Medical Center Elmer what’s the first in southern New Jersey to offer a single room and one in Inspira’s latest hospital open in Mullica Hill women are able to stay in the same room throughout labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum. The unit will also include advanced operating rooms for cesarean sections. Each private delivery room at Inspira Medical Center and Mullica Hill will offer:
- modern labor beds
- wireless fetal monitoring
- a personal refrigerator for breast milk storage
- comfortable sleeping accommodations for a partner
- a jetted tub to soothe and assist moms-to-be during labor
Families are welcome
Does your older child or partner want to be involved in the delivery process? Would your partner like to stay with you overnight after you deliver your baby? Inspira health can make that happen. They believe the best moms are those that are able to relax and be supported by their families. Siblings and other adults can often be in the delivery room. After delivery in Mullica Hill, moms can enjoy in-room sleeping with their baby and partner. And, if needed, others can send their babies to the nursery for a few hours while they have an opportunity to rest up.
Inspira Health prepared for all scenarios
At the end of our pregnancy, we all want to deliver a healthy baby. For mom’s facing a high-risk pregnancy or emergency situation that result in your baby needing some extra care, Inspira Health has systems in place to be there for moms. Inspira has partner with Nemours Children's Health to provide neonatal, pediatric and emergency care for children.
Education and support from multiple angles
Yes, Inspira OB/GYN’ s are there for every part of your prenatal and postnatal care. Additional support is available through the experienced midwifery team at Gentle Beginnings. The midwifery practice, affiliated with Inspira Health, allowed women through Gloucester, Salem and Camden counties to benefit from the center’s many comforting and empowering birthing options. Some of Inspira Health’s specialized services include:
- Advanced newborn care NICU
- Neonatal Care, Specialty and NICU Nurseries
- Certified nurse midwives
- Genetic counseling
- Perinatal Diabetes
- Prenatal care program
- Pre-conception screening and counseling
- Infertility Treatment
- Cesarean Sections
- Vaginal births after C-section
- Maternal-Fetal medicine
Support for before, during, after, and in between your pregnancies
Inspira Health maternal services don’t and when you deliver your baby. In spirit offer services and help with:
- Postpartum depression
- Cesarean section care
- Nutrition recommendations
Inspira offers continued care for mom and her children
In addition to completing prenatal and postpartum care, Inspira also offers to following maternity and childbirth services to women:
- Breast-feeding consultations and support
- Childbirth and new family programs
- Comprehensive fetal testing and immunization services
- Fertility preservation
- Infant care education
- Infant and children health
- Lactation centers
- Nutritional counseling
- Postpartum depression