Post Partum

Going Home

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 a.m. once you have been discharged. Please contact your nurse if you have any questions or need further accommodations.

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 at 1-800-422-3750 or visit

Social Work Services

A professional social worker is available at no extra charge to help you and your family with any social or emotional concerns you may experience related to your hospitalization or baby's birth. This can include supportive counseling and assistance in use of community resources. If you need help, call the Social Work Services Department directly at 973-322-5855 or ask your nurse to contact the social worker for you.

One program frequently asked about is the WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program). This is a state program administered through the Department of Agriculture to provide supplemental food and nutrition education for mothers and children who meet certain financial eligibility standards. It provides assistance with the cost of the baby's formula or monthly vouchers for the purchase of nourishing foods for the breastfeeding mother. To obtain information about the WIC Office closest to your home, you may call the New Jersey WIC Program at 609-292·9560, the Family Healthline at 1-800-328-3838 or the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Social Work Services Department at 973-322-5855.

If you are considering adoption, it is important you contact the Social Work Services Department at 973-322-5855 as soon as possible. A social worker will help you understand your rights and options and explain the hospital policies and procedures regarding both agency and third party adoption.