What It’s Like Delivering Your Baby at Clara Maass Medical Center


If you’re expecting a new baby, you’ve probably got a ton of questions about what it’s like to deliver right now. Between changing COVID protocols, safety measures, and what to look for during your time in the maternity unit, it’s a lot for any pregnant mama who’s getting ready to welcome a new little one. NJMOM had a chance to get those questions answered at a nationally-ranked women’s healthcare hospital. Check out our inside look at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, and their maternity experience.

Comfort and privacy meet nationally-recognized quality care at CMMC

Clara Maass’s six newly refurbished labor and delivery suites are updated and comfortable, with pull-out couches for dads and partners and high-end aesthetic touches. But it’s the quality of care that’s gotten the hospital noticed nationally– Clara Maass Medical Center is one of only 4 hospitals in NJ to win a Healthgrades Award for Clinical Quality Care in Labor & Delivery.

Maternity rooms at Clara Maass Medical Center are newly re-done

For expectant mamas, features like the NICU’s Angel Eyes monitor mean a world of difference. For babies who need to spend time in the NICU to receive special care, the Angel Eyes camera system allows parents and extended family a view of the baby at all times. Especially in the COVID era, where hospital visitor restrictions are in place, it’s an important way for grandparents and other loved ones to have an immediate bond with your baby and know what’s going on.

Masks are part of the COVID protocols in place at Clara Maass Medical Center.

What to expect with COVID protocols

As you get closer to delivery, talk with your doctor about COVID protocols, as they can change at any moment. Right now, Clara Maass Medical Center has all the standard procedures in place for expectant parents. Mamas, you’ll be tested for COVID when you arrive to deliver, and they will screen your spouse or birthing partner. And like everywhere these days, you’ll need to wear masks throughout your stay. In addition to your partner, you can also have a doula with you during your labor, delivery, and recovery, but no additional visitors are allowed. After recovery, you’ll stay within the Maternity Unit until you bring your baby home.

The staff at Clara Maas says their goal is always to keep expectant parents safe and comfortable and to allow them to fully experience the joy of bringing a new baby into the world, even during a pandemic. For more information on Clara Maas’ maternity unit, visit their website or call 1-888-724-7123.

Clara Maas Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109

This post is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health to help make every #NJMOM her healthiest.


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Marisa is a mom to two sweet boys and a little lady (all under 4!) as well as one precious girl in heaven and her heart. A true Jersey girl, Marisa loves raising her family here and embracing all that being a #NJMOM has to offer. Whether it's summer days on Spring Lake beach or down on LBI, or heading out to sample some of the state's best eats (Montclair and Jersey City are favs), family days out and about together are her favorite way to spend a weekend. A former news anchor turned on-air lifestyle host and expert, you might also catch her on TV or in the kitchen cooking up something delish for the littles.