New Mountainside Maternity Unit Celebrates First New Year Baby


New Mountainside Maternity Unit Celebrates First New Year Baby

(Montclair, NJ – January 3, 2017) Although Mountainside Hospital has been celebrating annual New Year’s births for a century and a quarter, this year’s arrival was a “first among firsts” since significant changes to the Maternity Unit, including a first of its kind in this region program, were recently implemented.

Under a novel OB/GYN Hospitalist care model endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, HackensackUMC Mountainside employs a team of in-house, physician specialists to work in coordination with an expectant mother’s designated primary OB/GYN or midwife to ensure that all needs are met 24/7. Therefore, Ava Goodlett, born to Tatiana Charles of Bloomfield, NJ on January 1st at 4:44am at 5.1lbs., was welcomed into the world under the care of Dr. Aiman Shilad and also supported by hospitalist Dr. Carol Russell. 

“Our goal is to provide world class mother and baby care in an environment that promotes comfort and facilitates quality family time,” said John Fromhold, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer. “Mountainside has proudly served multiple generations of local families and we’re committed to upholding that wonderful tradition by adapting to changing times and providing a state-of-the-art birthing experience and contemporary amenities.”

Comprehensive services
The hospital’s resources encompass fully equipped birthing rooms and caesarean suites; a Newborn and Level II Special Care Nursery staffed around the clock by in-house neonatologists and specially trained nurses; a Breastfeeding Program staffed by certified lactation consultants who provide one-on-one training and post-discharge support; and more.

Additionally, every family that chooses Mountainside’s newly renovated Maternity Unit now enjoys hotel-style features such as comfortable sleeper chairs for fathers, wireless Internet access, spa-inspired baths and an “At Your Request” ala carte meal service.


Free, no obligation tours of the Maternity Department are available for expectant mothers and their families. For more information or a reservation, call 888-973-4674.  


About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease.  HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit




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