ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center's mission to promote vaginal childbirth has recently been recognized by the NJ Department of Health and New Jersey Hospital Association, and their statewide initiative to reduce unnecessary cesarean sections for the well-being of mothers and babies.

According to hospital representatives, their low C-section rate (16.9%) is the result of having in-house nurse midwives in addition to board-certified OB/GYN physicians.  

"Under the nurse-midwifery model of care, the certified nurse midwife will stay with and encourage the mother at bedside through the entire labor and birth experience," explained Mary McTigue, RN, Vice President/Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer. "This highly personalized approach, combined with appropriate pain management, allows the mothers in our care to progress to a vaginal delivery when there is not an obvious medical reason for a C-section."

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Although all 49 New Jersey-based hospitals that provide labor and delivery services have committed to the initiative under the direction of DOH and the Institute for Quality and Patient Safety at NJHA, only nine hospitals, including Trinitas, have met the standard of no more than 23.9 percent C-sections, according to Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that issues biannual report cards on hospital safety.

Dr. Jack Perrone, OB/GYN at Trinitas, noted that fewer women have C-section births at Trinitas thanks to the collaborative effort among staff members.

"The communication that exists between doctor and midwife, and carries over to the patient is one aspect of the key to our success in avoiding a C-section birth unless of course, it becomes medically necessary," says Dr. Perrone. "Because our Midwifery Services are firmly in place, and have been for decades, our commitment to the natural birthing process is solid. There's no question that a woman in labor will be able to honor her body's own timetable and have every opportunity to enjoy her baby's birth as a family event without ever being rushed to the finish line for our convenience."

Carol Rose-Trzaska, OB/GYN Certified Nurse Midwife, who began training at Trinitas in 1991 and went on to establish Staten Island Midwifery in 1993, before getting hired by Trinitas in 2014 says, "Nurse Midwives are responsible for the intra-partum care of most patients that come in to have their babies with us at Trinitas. The collaborative management with our attending physicians supports the midwife management of care that leads to successful and safe vaginal deliveries. We have the combined midwifery experience of 98 years counting all of our years as Certified Nurse-Midwives. That's a lot of good knowledge and compassionate, personalized care that allows input of the patient herself."

Rose-Trzaska adds, "It's all about respectful collaborative management, and that is what we have here at Trinitas."

For more information on Maternal and Child Health Services at Trinitas, call 908-994-5294.

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