"Giving birth is a natural, wonderful process. She should be as comfortable as possible and offered options to enhance her experience."
Clara Surowitz, MD FACOG, Medical Director
As long as Mom’s comfort falls within the parameters of safety, it will always take priority over the staff’s convenience.
Our seasoned staff is dedicated to creating a safe atmosphere for moms to have the birth experience they want and deserve.
A Different Kind of Birth Experience
The Trū Birth Center gives women who would prefer a more natural setting for giving birth a new option, and provides them with the ultimate in comfort and safety.
The design takes the feel as far away from the cold, sterile environment of a hospital as possible. It's a safe and warm environment to bring a new baby into the world.
Safe Care in a Spa-like Setting
The feel is more spa than hospital. The colors are muted and homey; a roaring fireplace faces a comfy-looking couch and a large bathtub squats in the corner. The light fixtures are striking and modern yet still give off a warm glow. The entire effect is serene and calming.
Hospitals are loud, bright places; Trū Birth Center is quiet and peaceful, not exactly the feel of the hustle and bustle of a busy L&D unit. There are no complicated admittance procedures, frequent turnover of caregivers, or invasive procedures that often disrupt a laboring woman’s progress.
Instead, when a laboring woman shows up at the birth center, she’ll be greeted by a tranquil environment staffed by a small team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing the best possible care.
Images are samples only as facility is under construction.
Private, Comfortable & Personalized
Once mom is admitted, she’ll be free to make herself comfortable in one of the beautiful birthing rooms. Doulas, coaches and family members will be welcome as well.
Here are some examples: moms don’t have to have an IV or continuous monitoring; moms can labor in their own clothing or listen to whatever music they want; dim the lights, light the fireplace...
Balanced, Nurturing Approach
Trū Birth Center is based on a midwifery model of care, which calls for a nurturing, hands-on approach during labor, with fewer interventions than a hospital model of care. Midwives typically employ techniques like massage, laboring in water, positive emotional encouragement and changing positions. Births will be attended by highly-experienced doctors and midwives, and assisted by Labor & Delivery trained nurses.
After delivery, an experienced nurse weighs, measures and evaluates the baby. The new mother typically stays at the center around six hours after giving birth, and baby rooms with mom. Licensed baby nurses are on premises at all times to offer assistance with childcare. The center has a more relaxed approach towards outside visitors.
Trū even has a transfer arrangement to the world-class retreat for mothers and newborns. All Tru Moms receive a complimentary one night stat at the La Isha Resort, conveniently located in Lakewood. It's a great option for women who prefer to rest up before returning home.
Care continues with follow up home visits by nurses to make sure mom and baby are doing great.
Images are samples only as facility is under construction.
The birth center’s luxurious birthing suites feature comfortable beds and birthing tubs, as well as amenities like fire places, and big picture windows facing a lush forest. Soothing. Elegant. Peaceful. Spacious. Its design creates a comfortable, private, and welcoming feel.
Yet, with all this, safety remains the top priority in the facility’s design and location. Important medical equipment is tucked discreetly behind cabinet doors, always available if needed. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood on the border of Brick and Lakewood, it’s only minutes away from the nearest hospital for safety.
Clara P Surowitz, MD FACOG, Medical Director
Dr. Surowitz obtained her M.D. from Ben Gurion Medical School in collaboration with Columbia University and completed her residency training at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. She has been in private practice in Lakewood since 2009. In her career she has delivered approximately 3,000 babies. She’s successfully handled high-risk pregnancies, twin pregnancies, VBACs and more.
Dr. Surowitz’s signature blend of professionalism and warmth has made her a sought-after provider with a reputation for doing anything within the boundaries of safety to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Dr. Surowitz is happily married and has 6 beautiful children.
Mariflor O'Donnell, CNM
Mariflor O’Donnell graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the prestigious University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She has worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the midwifery program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Currently she works on faculty as an integral part of the OB/GYN residency program at Monmouth Medical Center.
Mariflor is experienced in both low and high risk obstetrics and gynecology. She is well-liked by her patients due to her warm and caring nature, as well as her positive and upbeat approach.
She has been happily married to her husband, who is an OB/GYN physician for 21 years and is the mother of a 19 yr old daughter and 12 year old son.
The Basics (list in formation)
Q: When will the birth center open its doors?
A: The birth center is expected to welcome its first mom and baby in February, 2021!
Q: How can I learn more about the birth center?
A: Sign up below for a free consultation or call:
Crystal Murphy, CNM
Crystal Murphy obtained her RN / BSN from University of NE Medical Center and
her CNM / MS from University of CO Health Sciences Center. She has been practicing midwifery for sixteen years.
Crystal believes in the strength of women and with having birth options it allows the woman to be empowered to trust their bodies during the birth process. She loves empowering women and watching them navigate the waves of labor to come to the place where they are holding their newborn.
She feels a midwife specialized like Tru OB/GYN provides a complete spectrum of care for the needs of every woman. It's the best of both worlds for women offering them choices and optimal safety for their birthing experiences based on their needs and desires.
Crystal is happily married and is mother to a twenty-year old son.
Mary Terranova, CNM
Mary Terranova obtained her BSN from Carroll University, her CNM from Frontier
Nursing University, and her MSN from Case Western Reserve University. She has been practicing midwifery for 23 years.
While working as a labor and delivery nurse for many years, she fell in love with the idea of
working with women. She enjoys teaching women about their options, choices and seeing
them birth and become a family is amazing.
She's thrilled to work with an OB/GYN and
other midwives who have a passion for birth.
Mary is happily married with five adult children. Mary plans to join the Tru team after relocating from California in March, 2021.