New Year – Advocating for Women’s Health with NJMom

Happy New Year, everyone!  The onset of the new year year of course brings on a sense of new energy, new priorities, new resolutions, and the promise of a clean slate.

It’s my mission this year to add more value to people’s lives and so it’s appropriate to share my first post of the year with NJMOM.  If you’re not familiar with NJMOM they are an amazing resource for local happenings, businesses, and contacts in the NJ area.  And they are widely known for their successful NJ Baby Expo that they host twice a year.  Through them I was able to visit the Eisenberg Family Center at  Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.  Now, if the thought of having ocean views during your maternity stay there isn’t enough to hook you, just spend an hour with Suzanne Spernal and you will want to have all your babies in their facility.

Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC, is the Administrative Director of Women’s Services at Monmouth Medical Center (MMC).  Not only was she there as a patient having all her kids there, she’s worked at MMC for over 25 years so she is a true testament to their system.  Outstanding care for the whole family begins from the moment from when the mother first arrives all the way through to post partum treatment.  A top choice among parents, MMC is ranked 4th in the state for most deliveries.  That’s over 5,500 births annually!  

Suzanne was a great host and gave us a tour of their newly renovated and expanded Labor and Delivery Unit.  They have beautiful labor and delivery suites, additional triage rooms, and a very welcoming nurse’s station at the center of the floor.  In speaking with Suzanne, you could tell she genuinely cared for the health and safety of every patient that passed through those doors.  And she stressed that maternal health is not just a one time situation while you are pregnant or in the act of having a baby.  You are a mom forever after you leave those doors and so your well being (along with your baby’s) should be of utmost importance.

One of the unique programs they offer at Monmouth Medical Center is their Perinatal and Mood Anxiety Disorder Center.  They are the first and only hospital in New Jersey to offer a dedicated treatment center for new mothers to receive treatment and care for postpartum depression and any other perinatal mood and anxiety disorder.  It’s no surprise that so many moms choose to deliver here.

Visiting with Suzanne has definitely opened my eyes to the resources and care that women should strive for and expect when deciding on a hospital.  Only you can advocate for your safety and for that of your baby so ask questions, do your research, and don’t settle for anything less than great when it comes to the facility and team who will be by your side during such a crucial time in your life.

Thank you so much to NJMOM for allowing me to be a part of this and sharing the amazing experience I had at Monmouth Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health Facility.  And a huge thank you to Suzanne Spernal for your time and for the plethora of knowledge you shared about the facility and the industry overall.

For more  information check out their website here.

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