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Four RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Named Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

(Courtesy of RWJBarnabas) U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has recognized four New Jersey RWJBarnabas Health facilities among the 2023-2024 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, which identifies hospitals that provide high quality maternity care for uncomplicated pregnancies. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center,Livingston; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, were among those designated as High Performing in maternity care.

Best Hospitals for Maternity Care is an annual evaluation designed to assist expectant parents, in consultation with their prenatal care team, in making informed decisions about where to receive maternity care that best meets their family’s needs and is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

“The distinctions from U.S. News & World Report underscore our dedication to excellence in maternity care across the system,” said Suzanne Spernal DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, C-ONQS, senior vice president of Women’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “We are committed to delivering inclusive and high-quality care for expectant mothers and families, and this national recognition validates our continuous efforts to advance that mission.”

U.S. News evaluated hospitals from across the nation that provide labor and delivery services and submitted detailed data to the publication for analysis of 680 hospitals and fewer than half that provide maternity care and participated in the survey received a High Performing designation.

“Hospitals that receive a High Performing designation as part of Best Hospitals for Maternity Care meet a high standard in caring for parents with uncomplicated pregnancies,” said Jennifer Winston, health data scientist at U.S. News. “These hospitals have C-section rates that are 26% lower, and newborn complication rates that are 37% lower than unrecognized hospitals. Parents-to-be can research their local hospital’s performance metrics for free at health.usnews.com to help them choose where to have their baby.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals for Maternity Care methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality, such as C-section rates in lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates, birthing-friendly practices and transparency on racial/ethnic disparities, among other measures.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

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