Mother Knows Best

HackensackUMC Mountainside is committed to providing moms-to-be with choices for their special deliveries.


In between buying baby clothes, picking out a name, and painting the nursery, preparations for a new baby include decisions about labor and delivery. The Birth Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside provides the options and support during childbirth, no matter your needs, goals, and desires.

Pain Management—Your Way

“When patients ask what level of pain they’ll feel, I tell them the truth—that every woman and every delivery is different,” says Fred Miller, MD, OB/GYN at HackensackUMC Mountainside. “Some women want simple interventions, such as back rubs, walking during labor, or getting in the shower. Other women request pain medication or an epidural. No matter what a woman wants, we are open to a spectrum of methods to reduce stress and pain.”

Fred Miller, MDWhen you make your decision about pain management—whether you know what style you would like or need to speak with a physician about your choices—the Birth Center supports you.

“We discuss everything that’s available here at the hospital, and we certainly do not force any one method,” Dr. Miller says. “The mother has the final say in what form of pain management she chooses.”

Creating and Sharing a Birth Plan

Pain management is just one aspect of labor and delivery. When it comes to who will be in the room during the delivery, how the baby is cared for during the first few days, and what will happen in an emergency, a birth plan can help women communicate their preferences with the physician.

“We encourage mothers to make a birth plan,” Dr. Miller says. “It becomes much easier to follow family preferences when they are outlined in a plan and everyone is on the same page.”

The only instance in which your birth plan will change is if safety becomes an issue. “We only change a birth plan if it becomes unsafe for mom or baby,” Dr. Miller says. “If a plan must be altered, we talk with mom beforehand as much as possible about why the change needs to happen. Otherwise, as long as mom and baby are doing fine, that’s all that matters.”

The Total Package


The Birth Center offers quality and caring services to deliver the best birth possible, no matter your childbirth choices. With a dedicated staff of seasoned professionals, the Birth Center provides years of experience and a friendly atmosphere.

“The staff here are so welcoming and knowledgeable,” Dr. Miller says. “We truly are committed to making sure every birth is safe and successful.”

Winsome Parchment, MDVBAC? Yes You Can

For mothers who want to have a vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC), finding the right facility with a supportive staff can be the most important step in planning the birth. With a VBAC rate nearly double the state—17.4 percent vs. 8.9 percent— HackensackUMC Mountainside has the specialists you can trust to deliver.

“We are open-minded and encouraging for mothers who want a VBAC,” says Winsome Parchment, MD, OB/GYN at HackensackUMC Mountainside. “We educate mothers about the small amount of risk, and we are certainly supportive in their choice to experience labor.”

With a VBAC success rate of 60 percent, HackensackUMC Mountainside offers trained professionals who are ready and willing to support you and your choices during labor.

“We allow patients to walk around during labor or get in the shower if they want,” Dr. Parchment says. “We are not opposed to epidurals, either. We are flexible in terms of doing what mom wants during a VBAC or another type of delivery.”

Junilyn Talusan, BSAdvanced Perinatal Testing

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at HackensackUMC Mountainside offers convenient access to the most sophisticated techniques for identifying and monitoring pregnancy-related complications and detecting birth defects. Under the direction of an experienced board-certified perinatologist/maternal fetal medicine specialist, our team provides compassionate, personalized care.

“As a professional sonographer certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), my role is to perform sonograms and nuchal translucency screenings, painless first trimester scans to assess the potential for some genetic birth defects,” says Junilyn Talusan, BS, RDMS. “I’m a native of the United Kingdom with eight years of experience on two continents, including three years with HackensackUMC Mountainside, where I enjoy working with my patients, answering their questions, and calming their fears about the testing process.

To schedule an appointment, call 973.429.6009.

Download your guide to making a personalized birth plan at HackensackUMC Mountainside by visiting and selecting the “Click Here” link at the bottom of the Maternity Unit page.