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New Jersey Top Hospitals for High Risk Pregnancy

NPA Provides MFM Services to NJ Top Hospitals The April 2014 edition of Inside Jersey Magazine contains the list of the Castle Connolly Top Hospitals for each specialty.  New Jersey Perinatal Associates is proud to announce that we provide maternal-fetal medicine services for three of the top ten hospitals for high risk pregnancy in the [...]

What is a Perinatologist?

Maternal-Fetal Specialist Perinatologists, also referred to as maternal-fetal medicine physicians, are specialists in the field of high risk obstetrics.  The training includes a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, followed by a 2 to 3-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.   Perinatologists are involved in caring for women with pre-existing medical conditions in pregnancy as well as [...]

The Great American Smokeout 2013

Great American Smokeout Today is the American Cancer Society’s Annual Great American Smokeout Day – what a great day to quit!  Despite the fact that most women are well aware of the adverse effects of smoking on the health of their pregnancy, it is estimated that approximately 11% of women smoke during pregnancy in the [...]

A New Definition of “Full Term”

What is Considered a Full Term Pregnancy? A recent Committee Opinion released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has redefined the criteria for a full term pregnancy.  A normal singleton pregnancy lasts on average 40 weeks, or 280 days, from the patient’s last menstrual period.  Previously, full term referred to pregnancies delivered between [...]

Miracle Walk 2013

13th Annual Miracle Walk On Saturday, September 28, 2013, members of NJ Perinatal attended the 13th annual Miracle Walk in honor of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Over 2,500 participants met up in Verona Park for a wonderful day of walking and other fun activities.  Participants include former NICU patients with [...]

NJPA Newsletter Oct. 2013

NJPA October 2013 Newsletter In this newsletter… Protocol for “rescue” course antenatal corticosteroids NJPA’s new website Meet our perinatologist Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy and Fetal Maturation: The “Rescue” Course In 2000, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Office of Medical Applications of Research of the NIH convened a conference on antenatal [...]

Does Induction of Labor Really Cause Autism?

Induced Labor Linked to Autism A recent article in JAMA Pediatrics is suggesting an association between induction/augmentation of labor and autism has gained a lot of media attention in recent weeks. It has also led to many questions from our patients. I am glad our patients are so involved in their care and actively work [...]

Exercise for a Healthy Pregnancy!

Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy Pregnancy is a great time for a woman to make positive changes in her lifestyle such as eating more healthily and engaging in regular physical activity. Exercise is incredibly important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy: it reduces excessive weight gain, decreases the risk for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, improves sleep [...]

New Jersey Perinatal Associates Joins March For Babies

NJPA Supporting March of Dimes Walk As highlighted in this article in the New York Times, a recent report from the Center for Disease Prevention shows that the U.S. infant mortality rate continued to fall for the years from 2005-2011. At least part of this may be to a drop in the rate of premature [...]

Why Your Doctor Won’t Electively Deliver Your Baby Before 39 Weeks Gestation

Risk of Complications for Deliveries Before 39th Week It is a common request: “Can I deliver the baby early?" In recent years there has been a growing realization that babies electively delivered even a few days before the 39th week are at increased risk for complications compared to those infants born at 39 weeks gestation [...]