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Kristin Mallon recently became the first midwife to receive admitting privileges at Hackensack University Medical Center. 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 was granted privileges for the next 120 days, pending final approval sometime 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.
“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.
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.