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Hackensack University Medical Center Opens Doors To Midwifery

~New Jersey Practitioner Awarded Privileges as First Midwife in Over Three Decades~

Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OB is the first midwife to receive admitting privileges at New Jersey’s Hackensack University Medical Center, a nationally ranked hospital in the US News & World Reports. Hackensack UMC rates third out of 179 hospitals ranked in the New York metropolitan area and is number one in New Jersey.

The news of a midwife attending deliveries at Hackensack comes at a pivotal time as more choices in childbirth are being offered to women throughout their pregnancies. Per the hospital’s policy, Mallon has been granted privileges for the next 120 days, pending final approval sometime in December. She plans to have her first patient deliver there this month.

A board certified nurse midwife, Mallon is part of Maternal Resources LLC and partners with Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak and Melissa Weinstein in private practice. She primarily attends to women in the hospital setting, striving to make the hospital as home-like as possible. Mallon is pleased to see the prestigious Hackensack UMC open its doors to midwifery, allowing women to experience a more personalized birth without having to sacrifice the safety and technology of the hospital setting. “I really believe in a gentle, personal birth experience,” says Mallon. “My methods correspond with a woman’s personal plan, and I support all types of birthing preferences including, natural hospital birth and birth with epidural.”

Midwives and OB-GYNs working together can mean more than added comfort for a woman. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Nursing Economic, practices that include both midwives and OB-GYNs had fewer Cesarean sections, lower rates of episiotomies and higher breastfeeding rates. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Nurse-Midwives issued a joint statement of practice in 2011, proposing that care is most effective when practitioners work together.

Kristin Mallon holds a Master's degree in Midwifery from New York University and a Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. Mallon began practicing as a private midwife in 2006, and prior to that, worked as a labor and delivery nurse and a D.O.N.A. trained doula. Her typical midwifery services include childbirth education, diet and nutritional counseling, lactational support, the use of herbs, postpartum care, family planning, gynecological care, and pre-conception counseling.

Hackensack University Medical Center is widely recognized for its exceptional patient care and medical innovation. Founded in 1888 with only 12 beds, Hackensack UMC was Bergen County's first hospital. Today, the nonprofit teaching and research hospital has grown to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. Hackensack UMC is now Bergen County’s healthcare hub for the Northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan areas.

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