Reader Mail: Have a baby at HUMC?

6/25/2009:

One Hoboken411 reader is wondering how you feel about child birth at Hoboken University Medical Center…

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Is HUMC a decent place for fresh babies?

“My wife and I are about to have a baby and have been planning on delivering at Hoboken Med Center. I have had my reservations because it doesn’t look to high tech. I was wondering if you could make a post that asks residents about their experience giving birth at HUMC: was it state of the art or a dump?

Very Best Regards,
Hoboken Resident”

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25 Comments on "Reader Mail: Have a baby at HUMC?"

patssoxrevscelts
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patssoxrevscelts

I wouldn’t think twice about having a baby here. The doctors are phenominal and the nurses, while hit and miss which I understand is the case everywhere, are very accommodating and very supportive of your decisions for birth and feeding options. I know several people whose babies were in the NICU and they have all been very satisfied with it.

It is certainly not a ‘luxury’ experience like you may get at Hackensack, but for the convenience of walking to/from there and the overall quality of the staff I think it is well worth it. Just have someone bring you food from the outside so you don’t have to deal with thier food service group.

Hobo91
Member

My wife an I never got the warm fuzzies from HUMC prenatal care. That being said, I have only heard positive feedback from friends that have had their children delivered at HUMC.

We found a great Dr. whose practice is affiliated with Colubia Presbyterian. The Dr’s entire practice has to be considered in the overall picture as their is a good chance that your individual Dr may not be on call for your delivery. I give the Columbia experience a very enthusiastic mark – for both of our birthing experiences.

emarche
Member

Hackensack is excellent.

That being said…take a tour. If you have not toured the birthing facility, I can not stress this enough: take a tour.

SWHotty
Member
SWHotty
I gave birth to 2 of my children at HUMC, fairly recently. I’m going to be brutally honest with you (and you can ask Perry for my email address as well if you’d like additional details): Pros v. cons: 1) Yes you get a private room. It was good the first time around, very convenient. However, the 2nd time was horrible, b/c there was zero A/C. We kept begging them to move us to another room, only to be told the lack of A/C was a problem for the whole wing and it was due to the construction of the new E/R. By the time that 3rd day rolled around, I was stinky, in pain, and begging to escape. 2) My ob/gyn ONLY delivered here, so I had no choice. If you have a good doctor that only delivers here, you could do worse for yourself picking another place. Thank God, I had no major issues with my deliveries. I know women who’ve given birth in so-called higher quality hospitals in the Northern NJ region and it didn’t go so well for them. At the end of the day, all you really want is a healthy baby and a successful delivery. So depends on your faith in your doctor. 3) Location CANNOT be beat if u live in Hoboken. My water broke and I was at the hospital in 5 minutes. My family members could visit me at a moment’s notice. 4) Journey is 100% right about the food. IF… Read more »
NTK
Member

I would prefer to give birth in my bathtub with the help of my cat as a midwife… Seriously though, they don’t have a NICU which is imperative if needed immediately. Hackensack is fantastic and I have heard good things about Palisades.

Journey
Member
Journey

Hoboken University Medical Center has a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Palisades Medical has a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Hackensack University Medical Center is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center.

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center and a State Designated Children’s Hospital.

In response to NTK who said:
I would prefer to give birth in my bathtub with the help of my cat as a midwife… Seriously though, they don’t have a NICU which is imperative if needed immediately. Hackensack is fantastic and I have heard good things about Palisades.

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