Saint Peter’s again makes Best Maternity Hospitals list

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, long known for its exemplary maternity care, was again honored.

On Wednesday, the hospital made Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2023 — the second consecutive year it has earned the prestigious honor.

Only 384 winners were recognized on the Best Maternity Hospitals 2023 list compiled by Newsweek and Statista Inc., which bills itself as a world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. Newsweek and Statista invited over 10,000 medical professionals to participate in the survey.

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System CEO Les Hirsch said the hospital was thrilled to be recognized.

“Saint Peter’s is known throughout the region as a leader in women and children’s services with the ability to care for expectant mothers at every level on the spectrum, from high-risk pregnancies to those seeking to give birth in our state-of-the-art birth center,” he said.

“The Newsweek recognition validates the fact that choosing Saint Peter’s means choosing to birth your baby at one of the best facilities in the country, and is also a testament to Saint Peter’s team of maternal health specialists that are among the top nationwide providing comprehensive care before, during and after pregnancy.”

Three data sources were used for the evaluation:

  • Nationwide online survey: Health care professionals and hospital managers with knowledge about maternity processes, e.g., neonatal and perinatal doctors, nurses and midwives, were asked to recommend leading maternity hospitals in the U.S.;
  • Medical Key Performance Indicators: With a focus on indicators relevant to maternity care;
  • Results from patient surveys.

Saint Peter’s is home to a state-designated Regional Perinatal Center that provides an exceptional level of care to women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and operates a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where premature or fragile newborns receive the highest level of specialized care.

The hospital is certified in Perinatal Care by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first to be verified as a Level IV Maternal Care facility by the Joint Commission. Its midwifery-led Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center is one of the few hospital-based birth centers in the country and features birthing suites designed with a home-like atmosphere.

Since 1997, Saint Peter’s has been the sole New Jersey hospital-member of the Council of Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Hospitals, a collaborative of 14 hospitals across the country that works together to establish best practices in support of programs and national policy for women’s and infants’ health care services.