Shore Medical Center

Shore Medical Center in Somers Point received its eighth consecutive A grade in the spring edition of the LeapFrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade report.

SOMERS POINT — Shore Medical Center is looking to update its maternity department by launching a fundraising campaign to upgrade equipment and monitoring technology.

The “Campaign for Exceptional Births” was created so the hospital could buy 10 new fetal monitors that will improve a woman’s labor, birth experience and outcome, hospital officials said.

Christl Dooley, nurse manager of Shore Medical’s maternity department, said that while fetal monitors are used in all births, they are especially critical in high-risk pregnancies that often occur in older women or women with medical issues such as hypertension, obesity or gestational diabetes.

“This brings an increased need for (interventional) care, but with these new monitors, we can know more about what’s going on with mom and baby and support moms in having a healthy baby and the kind of delivery they want, despite being high risk,” she said.

Fetal monitors are made up of two straps and sensors attached to a machine that helps measure a baby’s heart rate and a mother’s contractions. Readings can show whether or not a baby is in distress.

Newer fetal monitors have flatter, more sensitive senors and are more accurate with movement, meaning they still work effectively if a mother uses a bathtub or shower, bounces on a birthing ball or moves her body in ways to reduce pain.

Shore Medical officials said while the current fetal monitors are effective, the maternity team is eager to take advantage of new technology.

The campaign will include a “Dinner and Dream” event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Greate Bay Country Club in partnership with the Atlantic City Ballet. Attendees will get dinner and a live ballet performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tickets are $30 for Shore’s Stainton Society members and $50 for nonmembers.

Visit givetoshore.com to learn more about the hospital’s fundraising campaign.

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