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Maternity Services

Maternity 2018-05-17T09:52:49+00:00

The First Impressions Maternity Center offers services for every step of your pregnancy – from finding an OB/GYN that’s right for you to childbirth preparation, delivery, and postpartum care. Our maternity unit hosts board-certified physicians and Magnet recognized nurses who are here to support you, keep you and your baby safe, and help address any questions you may have. A neonatologist and an anesthesiologist are available on site 24/7, and our state-of-the art facility is equipped to deal with high-risk deliveries if needed.  Throughout your stay, our goal is to keep you and your baby comfortable, healthy, pampered, and relaxed.

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The First Impressions Maternity Center offers services for every step of your pregnancy – from finding an OB/GYN that’s right for you to childbirth preparation, delivery, and postpartum care. Our maternity unit hosts board-certified physicians and Magnet recognized nurses who are here to support you, keep you and your baby safe, and help address any questions you may have. A neonatologist and an anesthesiologist are available on site 24/7, and our state-of-the art facility is equipped to deal with high-risk deliveries if needed.  Throughout your stay, our goal is to keep you and your baby comfortable, healthy, pampered, and relaxed.

SERVICES

GET READY FOR BABY

CentraState gynecologists and OBGYNs offer comprehensive services for women – from annual exams, to pregnancy care and health screenings. And, if you are considering a pregnancy, or are currently expecting, you will be reassured in knowing that OBGYNs on staff at CentraState are supported by a team of outstanding maternity nurses.

Drs. Back, Seigel, & Goldstein 

Freehold & Howell, NJ
732-431-1807

Woman to Woman
Freehold, NJ
732-308-2255

Women’s Physicians & Surgeons 
Matawan, Freehold, Manalapan & Monroe, NJ
732-431-2999

Your baby’s first sleepover should be somewhere special. Join us for a tour of the center and find out why moms choose to deliver at CentraState. You can meet some of our labor and delivery nurses, ask questions, find out what to expect, and preview where you will be meeting the newest addition to your family.

One of the best ways to prepare for childbirth when you are planning or already pregnant is to take prenatal or parenting classes and get up to date on your vaccinations (like Tdap to protect from whooping cough). The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center offers a full range of services to help you achieve optimal health prior to conception and care for your child at every stage.

When it comes to your child’s health, you want to know that he or she is in the best hands possible. We know that choosing a pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you can make for your child, whether you are currently expecting, new to the area, or looking to switch healthcare providers. If you are expecting, find a doctor you’re comfortable with about a month before your baby is due to arrive.

Set up a consultation to ask your questions and find a pediatrician that’s right for you and your family.

PHYSICIANS

Nilay Baxi, M.D. NB

Nilay Baxi, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics

Vrinda Shah, M.D. VS

Vrinda Shah, M.D.

Pediatrics

Rex Zapanta, M.D. RZ

Rex Zapanta, M.D.

Pediatrics

Alicia DePerio, M.D. AD

Alicia DePerio, M.D.

Pediatrics

Steven Goldstein, M.D. SG

Steven Goldstein, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery - Gynecologic Robotic

Marta Zeb, M.D. MZ

Marta Zeb, M.D.

Pediatrics

Norman Back, M.D.

Norman Back, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anthony Marino, M.D.

Anthony Marino, M.D.

Neonatology, Pediatrics

Lynikka Bernard-Roberts, M.D.

Lynikka Bernard-Roberts, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Zubaida Sadik, M.D.

Zubaida Sadik, M.D.

Pediatrics

Claudio Lopez, M.D. CL

Claudio Lopez, M.D.

Pediatrics

Robert Portadin, M.D.

Robert Portadin, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Melissa Bonilla, M.D. MB

Melissa Bonilla, M.D.

Pediatrics

Borislava Burt-Libo, DO

Borislava Burt-Libo, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Safrir Neuwirth, M.D. SN

Safrir Neuwirth, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Casandra Autry, M.D. CA

Casandra Autry, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michael Dimino, M.D.

Michael Dimino, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Florence Ibale, M.D.

Florence Ibale, M.D.

Pediatrics

Peter Mandel, M.D.

Peter Mandel, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery - Gynecologic Robotic

Moshe Levy, M.D. ML

Moshe Levy, M.D.

Pediatrics

Diana Mayer, M.D.

Diana Mayer, M.D.

Pediatrics

Nancy Peters, M.D.

Nancy Peters, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Sanjay Mehta, D.O.

Sanjay Mehta, D.O.

Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics

Vatsala Bhaskar, M.D.

Vatsala Bhaskar, M.D.

Pediatrics

Anjali Verma, M.D.

Anjali Verma, M.D.

Neonatology, Pediatrics

Kazimierz Watorek, M.D. KW

Kazimierz Watorek, M.D.

Neonatology

Mark Seigel, M.D.

Mark Seigel, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michael Chieco, M.D.

Michael Chieco, M.D.

Pediatrics

Jose R. Lopez, M.D. JL

Jose R. Lopez, M.D.

Pediatrics

Julia Bakshiyev, M.D. JB

Julia Bakshiyev, M.D.

Pediatrics

Revital Faro, M.D. RF

Revital Faro, M.D.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Meera Kale, M.D. MK

Meera Kale, M.D.

Neonatology

Joann Alfonzo, M.D. JA

Joann Alfonzo, M.D.

Pediatrics

Michael Kirwin, M.D.

Michael Kirwin, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anthony Emanuel, M.D.

Anthony Emanuel, M.D.

Pediatrics

Susan Brill, M.D. SB

Susan Brill, M.D.

Pediatrics

Robert Helmrich, M.D.

Robert Helmrich, M.D.

Pediatrics

Rima Daghistani, M. D. RD

Rima Daghistani, M. D.

Pediatrics

Jayantilal Dadhania, M.D. JD

Jayantilal Dadhania, M.D.

Gastroenterology, Pediatrics

Adam Naddelman, M.D. AN

Adam Naddelman, M.D.

Pediatrics

Leela Josyula, M.D. LJ

Leela Josyula, M.D.

Neonatology

Leslie Greenberg, M.D. LG

Leslie Greenberg, M.D.

Pediatrics

Hanna Gebre-Medhin, M.D. HG

Hanna Gebre-Medhin, M.D.

Pediatrics

Ramarao Gajula, M.D. RG

Ramarao Gajula, M.D.

Pediatrics

Bert Mandelbaum, M.D. BM

Bert Mandelbaum, M.D.

Pediatrics

Neha Shah, M.D.

Neha Shah, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics

Michael Graff, M.D. MG

Michael Graff, M.D.

Neonatology

Sharon Yuen, M.D. SY

Sharon Yuen, M.D.

Pediatrics

Mary Beth Browne, M.D. MB

Mary Beth Browne, M.D.

Neonatology

Diane Bunn, M.D. DB

Diane Bunn, M.D.

Pediatrics

Amisha Shah, M.D. AS

Amisha Shah, M.D.

Pediatrics

Gerald Almazan, M.D.

Gerald Almazan, M.D.

Pediatrics

Joseph Dorfman, M.D.

Joseph Dorfman, M.D.

Pediatrics

Anup Singh, M.D. AS

Anup Singh, M.D.

Nephrology, Pediatrics

Deepa Doshi, M.D. DD

Deepa Doshi, M.D.

Pediatrics

Sutharsanam Veerappan, M.D. SV

Sutharsanam Veerappan, M.D.

Neonatology, Pediatrics

AnnMarie Grigoletto, M.D. AG

AnnMarie Grigoletto, M.D.

Pediatrics

Janelle Foroutan, M.D. JF

Janelle Foroutan, M.D.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Caroline Youssef, M.D. CY

Caroline Youssef, M.D.

Pediatrics

Jeffrey Wolfe, M.D. JW

Jeffrey Wolfe, M.D.

Pediatrics

Theresa Salcedo, M.D. TS

Theresa Salcedo, M.D.

Pediatrics

Peter Pellegrino, M.D. PP

Peter Pellegrino, M.D.

Pediatrics

Payal Hemrajani, M.D. PH

Payal Hemrajani, M.D.

Pediatrics

Amy Morano, M.D. AM

Amy Morano, M.D.

Pediatrics

Joie Fisher, DO JF

Joie Fisher, DO

Neonatology

Vinita Pitchumoni, M. D. VP

Vinita Pitchumoni, M. D.

Pediatrics

Lakshmi Nandiwada, M.D. LN

Lakshmi Nandiwada, M.D.

Pediatrics

Leo Lopez, D.O. LL

Leo Lopez, D.O.

Pediatrics

Paul Matta, D.O. PM

Paul Matta, D.O.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Lori Rosenberg, DO LR

Lori Rosenberg, DO

Pediatrics

Anthony LaMantia, M.D. AL

Anthony LaMantia, M.D.

Pediatrics

Estela Lacap, M.D. EL

Estela Lacap, M.D.

Pediatrics

Diana Pintus-Emma, M.D. DP

Diana Pintus-Emma, M.D.

Pediatrics

William Giasi Jr., M.D. WG

William Giasi Jr., M.D.

Pediatrics

Helen Simigiannis, M.D.

Helen Simigiannis, M.D.

Gynecology

Palomares Nicole, M.D. PN

Palomares Nicole, M.D.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Harvey Hirsch, M.D. HH

Harvey Hirsch, M.D.

Pediatrics

Valerie Kullman, M.D. VK

Valerie Kullman, M.D.

Pediatrics

Alla Lokshina, M.D. AL

Alla Lokshina, M.D.

Pediatrics

Sangita Nagpal, M.D. SN

Sangita Nagpal, M.D.

Pediatrics

Kim Lee, M.D. KL

Kim Lee, M.D.

Pediatrics

Madhavi Katturpalli, M.D. MK

Madhavi Katturpalli, M.D.

Pediatrics

Arvind Patel, M.D. AP

Arvind Patel, M.D.

Pediatrics

FAQs

Tape recorders and videotaping are not permitted on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Photos of the operative field during a procedure are also not permitted. Photos of the infant may be taken after the infant has been stabilized, as determined by the physicians and/or nurses present. Photographs and videos of your newborn can be taken in your postpartum room.

Visitors during labor are chosen by the mother. All other visitors must remain in the waiting area located outside of the unit. Please advise your visitors that it may be an hour or longer before they will be able to visit, as we may be providing care to you and your baby. It’s also important that you have some personal time to bond with your infant.

For the safety and privacy of patients and visitors, convenient waiting areas are located outside of the Maternity Center. We encourage those awaiting news about your new arrival to wait in our waiting area at the top of the escalator in the main lobby until your support person shares the news. We respect the privacy of our patients and cannot provide any information about labor or birth to family members.

If your baby must be delivered by c-section, our Maternity Center offers two operating rooms and a recovery room—there is no need to be moved to the main OR of the hospital. One support person may accompany you in the operating room during the delivery.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine consultations are available with an OB/GYN for women who have ongoing medical problems or who have had complications in a prior pregnancy. Couples who are planning a pregnancy may come for a pre-conception consultation to discuss similar issues. During your consultation, you can expect a comprehensive review of your past medical records, a detailed discussion of your risks and the potential outcome of future pregnancies, and a management plan to help you achieve the best possible outcome in future pregnancies.

Perinatal consultations are also available for women who are experiencing complications in a current pregnancy. In special cases, your maternal-fetal medicine specialist may co-manage your pregnancy along with your obstetrician.

Genetic counseling helps to determine the risk of your child having a genetic condition or birth defect. At CentraState, genetic counseling is available for all women prior to or during a pregnancy to provide education, support, risk assessment, and genetic blood tests for themselves, their partner, and/or their unborn child. Most patients who undergo genetic counseling are provided accurate and often reassuring information about their current or future pregnancy.

Common reasons for genetic counseling include:

  • A family history of a birth defect or heritable disorder
  • Advanced maternal age
  • A previous child or pregnancy with a health problem
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Couples who are related by blood to each other
  • Determining if a medication/exposure may have been harmful to a pregnancy
  • Fetal ultrasound problems
  • An abnormal blood test or screening during pregnancy

Our team of specialists will help you determine which tests are best for you. Ultrasounds may be performed in the first trimester, the second trimester, or beyond depending on your specific situation. Usually in the first trimester, a maternal blood test is combined with an ultrasound to identify if your baby is at risk for chromosome abnormality. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist will review ultrasound results with you.

All patients undergoing diagnostic testing will meet with a genetic counselor to determine which tests are most appropriate for their pregnancies, and discuss the risks and benefits of testing. Tests include:

  • Amniocentesis—This is the most common procedure used to test for birth defects, and it is performed after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Amniocentesis looks for certain types of birth defects, such as Down syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality.
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)—An alternative to amniocentesis, this procedure takes a small sample of cells from the placenta where it is attached to the wall of the uterus. It can be performed earlier in the pregnancy than amniocentesis. CVS can be used to find genetic disorders, such as Tay-Sachs disease or hemophilia. It can also find chromosomal birth defects, such as Down syndrome.

For the security and safety of you and your baby, and to ensure that you get adequate rest, the Maternity Center is a locked unit. Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Your support person may visit at any time.

Only children who are brothers or sisters of newborns are allowed to visit. Siblings must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

As a precaution for newborns, children or visitors with recent exposure to infectious diseases such as chicken pox or measles—or who are sick themselves with a cold, flu, or other illness—are not allowed to visit. It’s a good idea to ask your visitors about any illnesses before they visit.

We do not provide pacifiers to newborns in the First Impressions Maternity Center. If you would like your baby to have one, please bring it with you when you come to the hospital. Pacifiers can also be purchased in the hospital’s gift shop.

Yes. Our free and weekly support groups facilitated by a registered nurse and lactation consultant allow women to discuss new mom concerns, share experiences and lessons with other mothers, and ask any questions. This group is an open forum style to discuss topics including, but not limited to:

  • Returning to work
  • Work and breastfeeding
  • Pumping breast milk
  • Breastfeeding in public
  • Breastfeeding
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Postpartum depression
  • And much more!

The Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center at CentraState offers breastfeeding education classes that are designed to teach you everything you need to know about breastfeeding before baby arrives. Once your baby is born, our Maternity Center’s board-certified lactation consultants and nurses are available for breastfeeding assistance and consultations. After you return home, you’ll be given a special phone number to call if you have additional questions. You can even make an appointment at the Lactation Center at CentraState to get one-on-one attention for any questions or issues you may have, including:

  • One-on-one consultations in a private, relaxing setting
  • Assessing your milk supply and your baby’s intake during a feeding
  • Individual instruction on latching and positioning techniques
  • Addressing low/slow weight gain concerns
  • Instruction for breastfeeding and going back to work

Breast pumps and breastfeeding supply sales are available on campus at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center.

Our Lactation Center is happy to meet with all mothers, regardless of where they delivered their baby. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage. To schedule an appointment with a board-certified lactation consultant, call 732-303-5258.

We provide formula and bottles to newborns during their stay at the First Impressions Maternity Center. We use Similac, Enfamil, and Good Start baby formulas.

Our top priority is the safety and security of you and your baby. Our security measures include the following:

  • After delivery, a security tag is placed on your baby. Our state-of-the-art security system will sound an alarm if anyone attempts to take an infant out of the area.
  • Bands with matching numbers are placed on you and your baby. Your baby will also have an umbilical cord clamp with a matching number.
  • If your baby is in good medical condition, he or she will stay right with you, always in your view.
  • All staff will introduce themselves as they take responsibility for your care and wear their color coded employee ID badge in clear view.
  • The Maternity Center is a locked unit. Visitors are screened for access to the unit.

To minimize latex in the environment for those who are allergic, latex balloons are not allowed in CentraState Medical Center. Fresh flower arrangements can be purchased in Lori’s Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of the East Tower. Hours (which are subject to change) are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You will be discharged in the morning after seeing your doctor and your baby’s doctor. Please make arrangements ahead of time for transportation on the day of discharge.

CentraState Medical Center’s First Impressions Maternity Center is located on the second floor at:

CentraState Medical Center
901 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

  • Yes, a photographer will visit you in your room and ask if you would like to have photos taken. You can access newborn portraits online after you leave the hospital.

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