Maternity Care Services

About Our Maternity Care Services

An Exceptional Birthing Experience

The collective talents of Southern Ocean Medical Center’s expert team coupled with outstanding technical capabilities and a warm, caring environment assure that each family and their new arrival have an exceptional birthing experience.

Physician Specialists

Southern Ocean Medical Center’s board-certified physician specialists in obstetrics & gynecology, neonatology, reproductive endocrinology (infertility), pediatrics and pediatric cardiology come together to bring the best possible care to expectant and new mothers and their babies. And Southern Ocean Medical Center has recently added the services of a certified nurse midwife to the maternity program.

The Maternity Pavilion: A Family-Friendly Environment

Southern Ocean Medical Center is committed to ensuring that the birthing experience is wonderful and joyous for the laboring mother, her partner and the baby’s siblings. The family-centered, home-like atmosphere of a private birthing suite, where expectant mothers will labor, deliver and recover, will promote relaxation and help to make the entire experience as comfortable as possible.

We encourage the father or support person to take an active role in the birthing experience, and they are also welcome to spend the night on a comfortable reclining sleeper. After delivery, the new mother will remain in her birthing suite with her coach and baby, and siblings are invited to join with the family in bonding with the new bundle of joy!

During the time on the Maternity Pavilion, the baby may stay in the new mother’s room with her day and night, or she may choose to have her baby spend some of the time in Southern Ocean Medical Center’s specially equipped nursery, allowing her quiet time to rest and recover.

Keeping Comfortable During Labor and Delivery

At Southern Ocean Medical Center, every effort is made to ensure a safe delivery. We encourage the coach to be with the expectant mother to provide support throughout the labor process. The expectant mother will also benefit from the expertise of our experienced nurses, who will be with her every step of the way.

The physician, the anesthesiologist and the nurses will work closely with the expectant mother to help determine the most appropriate option to help her manage any discomfort she may have during labor and delivery. These options include:

  • A relaxing whirlpool bath
  • Birthing balls
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Medication
  • Epidural administration

Cesarean Delivery

Should she require a cesarean delivery, Southern Ocean Medical Center’s highly qualified obstetricians can perform the procedure in a specially equipped cesarean delivery room located on the Maternity Pavilion.

Care for the Newborn

During the stay on the Maternity Pavilion, Southern Ocean Medical Center’s board-certified pediatricians and neonatologist are available to provide exceptional care for the baby. In addition, thanks to an affiliation with Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center offers timely access to critical newborn care, if needed.

Bella Baby Photography: Real photographers, capturing baby's first moments.


Bringing experienced freelance photographers, Bella Baby Photography captures your baby's first photograph with a natural, artistic style using natural light, professional grade digital cameras, and the idea that babies look most beautiful when being held in their parents' arms or cuddled in their own blankets. BellaBaby3_3These photographers work with our team of nurses to communicate with each new mom, and offer a free 15 minute session to take the photos. You will be able to electronically view and order your photos the very same day. The images are then securely posted on Bella Baby's website for you to access and share with your friends before you even leave the medical center.

Parenting and Childbirth Education

Preparing to bring a new life into the world is an exciting and joyful time. Through the Southern Ocean Medical Center Family Resource Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center offers a wide variety of parenting and childbirth education classes designed to help new parents with pregnancy, labor, delivery and childcare. In addition, expectant and new parents can take advantage of an extensive lending library that offers a comprehensive selection of books and videos on pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, as well as free internet access.

Parenting and Childbirth Education Programs Include:

  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Breast Feeding Class
  • Infant/Child CPR
  • Prenatal Exercise Class
  • Baby and Me Exercise Class
  • Planning for Pregnancy
  • Newborn Class
  • Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister
  • Free tours of the Maternity Pavilion

Care Locations

  • Southern Ocean Medical Center, 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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