Help When you Leave the Hospital

Most vaginal deliveries have a two-night stay and cesarean births have a three-night stay at the hospital. Your obstetrician can extend your stay if medically warranted. Please arrange to leave the hospital by 11:00 a.m. once you have been discharged. Please contact your nurse if you have any questions or need further accommodations.

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Additional Resources

Banked Human Milk Program

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers a human milk depot in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast for babies in the newborn nursery and the Shyan Sun, M.D. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Center for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD)

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) such as Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) affects 1 in 5 women, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. It is the most common complication of childbirth, but is temporary and treatable. Center for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders treats women and families who are pregnant, postpartum, or who are coping with the loss of a baby. Our treatment program includes evidence-based psychotherapy, support groups and medication management. Our clinicians are certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International. You are not alone, we are here to help. Call us at 973-322-9501.

Car Seats for Your Baby

Remember that New Jersey law requires all children under eight years or age or 80 pounds to use a child safety seat. You will need to have a car seat to transport your child home. It is a good idea to do a trial run with a doll or a teddy bear to make sure you know how to adjust the straps and secure the car seat. Babies should always face toward the rear of the car and MUST be placed in the back seat. There is no need to bring the car seat to the postpartum unit, leave it in the car. Please remember that there are many car seats on the market and the hospital staff is not permitted to assist with the installation.

If you have any questions regarding car seat installation we recommend calling the Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Learn More About Car Seat Safety

CPR Training

Every parent should know how and when to perform CPR. When performed correctly, CPR can save a life. This entry level course is a must for anyone caring for newborns and children. For class and registration details, visit the RWJBarnabas Health Training Center or call 732-729-7159.

Support Groups

To provide further assistance once you are home, we are happy to offer the following support groups:

Maternity Family Advisory Council

Join the Maternity Family Advisory Council (MFAC)! This group works collaboratively with the hospital’s maternity team to ensure that the patient and family’s voices, perspectives and experiences are heard and integrated into our delivery of care.

To learn more about the MFAC or if you are interested in joining, please contact Susan DiRocco, BSN, Clinical Director of Family Centered Care, at

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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