Planning & Pregnancy

Breastfeeding & Baby-Friendly®


Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently received a Baby-Friendly designation – the prestigious, global accolade that recognizes the hospital as providing optimal care for mothers and newborns.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Pregnancy


Featuring Robert Penney, M.D., FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Riverview Medical Center
Bayshore Community Hospital



According to birth statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Congestion During Pregnancy: Innocuous, But Exasperating


Howard Landsman, D.O.
Ocean Medical Center
ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery

Congestion is a common complaint, especially for expectant mothers.

Congestion during pregnancy - often...

Treatment Options for Fertility Disorders

By Miguel Damien, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Riverview Medical Center

In-Vitro Fertilization and intrauterine insemination with fertility medications are both treatments that are used in more complex fertility disorders....

Nurturing Breastfeeding Bonds Through Education and Community


Rose St. Fleur, MD, FAAP, IBCLC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Pediatric Hospitalist
Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding
Jersey Shore University Medical...

What it means to be Baby Friendly

Joyce McKeever, RN, MS, IBCLC, LCCE
Center for Breastfeeding
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital



Designed to nurture and protect the breastfeeding relationship...

The Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant


"The earlier you quit during the pregnancy, the better your chances of minimal complications."
- Apurv Agrawal, M.D.

New Jersey Hematology
Oncology Associates
Ocean Medical Center

Tips for a safe pregnancy

Featuring Joseph Canterino, M.D.
Perinatal Institute,
Jersey Shore University Medical Center


There are many easy, everyday lifestyle choices that can be made during pregnancy that could...

Pre-Conceptual Counseling

By Anne Marie Pagano, M.D.
OB/GYN
Ocean Medical Center

An important first step in a woman’s pregnancy planning is pre-conceptual counseling with your OB/GYN. Pre-conceptual counseling takes...

Safe Pregnancies Past 35

By Noelle M. Aikman, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Most women who choose to delay childbirth until after age 35 will have healthy pregnancies and...

Losing the Baby Weight

By Christie Rampone Celebrity Spokesperson K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital I know from personal experience that having a baby is an unbelievable experience, but after nine months of pregnancy,...

Nothing Better than Mother's Milk

By Michael Sze, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Southern Ocean Medical Center

For a new mom, the experience of breastfeeding is special for many reasons, including the bonding...

Don't be intimidated by the NICU

By Michael A. Graff, M.D.
Neonatologist/Perinatologist
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

You may have just learned that you are facing a high risk pregnancy and are likely...

What is 'Baby Friendly?'

By Kathy Porsch, BSN, MSN, CNM
Certified Nursae, Midwife
Southern Ocean Medical Center

The Baby Friendly program is an international hospital initiatie started by the World Health...

Eating for Two? Not Exactly

By Adam Paxton, M.D.,
OB/GYN
Riverview Medical Center

A common misconception many women have in pregnancy is that they are eating for two.

The truth of...

Nutrition during Pregnancy

By Lisa Vernon, M.D.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Southern Ocean Medical Center

A balanced diet is a basic part of good health at all times of your life and during...

How Do I Know I'm in Labor?

By Adi Smolinksy, M.D.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Riverview Medical Center


Every woman's labor is unique. But understanding the typical signs of labor can help you know what to expect...

Managing Heart Disease While Pregnant

By Michael P. Carson, M.D. Obstetric Medicine Jersey Shore University Medical Center For many women, finding out they are expecting is a wonderful and exciting time filled with planning...

After-Pregnancy Blues - Cause for Concern?

By Ann Marie Pagano, M.D.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Ocean Medical Center

As many as 85 percent of new moms feel sad, anxious, crabby, or just plain tired after...

Old Wives Tales About Pregnancy

By Barbara Lutz, CNM,
Certified Nurse Midwife
Ocean Medical Center

Old wives tales have been passed on for generations about pregnancy, delivery, and even what a baby...

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

By Beth Hartog, M.D.,
Reproductive Endocrinologist
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) is defined as the loss of 2 or more clinically recognized pregnancies...

Vaccinations in Pregnancy

By Todd Liu, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Southern Ocean Medical Center

From the moment you discover you are pregnant, the questions you have begin to accumulate, especially those on...

Exercising During Pregnancy

By Lisa Vernon, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Southern Ocean Medical Center

Regular exercise builds bones and muscles, gives you energy, and keeps you healthy. It is just as important...

The Facts About Labor Induction

By Debra Saez-Lacy, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Ocean Medical Center

While most women experience a natural course of labor, about 20% of women in the United States require labor...

Be Precautious of Preeclampsia

By Vanita Patel, M.D.,
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Ocean Medical Center

Preeclampsia is a form of high blood pressure that can develop after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is...