"When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I dreaded schlepping into Manhattan for all of my prenatal care, and I sure did not need that 'I hope I make it into the city in time!' stress once I went into labor," says Julie Baron, 37.
"I had heard good things about the labor and delivery services at New York Methodist Hospital, so, since I live in Park Slope, I decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I did!"
Known as the "Baby Hospital," New York Methodist Hospital has been providing obstetric services for more than a century. Today, nearly 6,000 babies are born at the Hospital annually. Most are delivered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's attending physicians, but about 400 are brought into the world by the Hospital's affiliated midwives.
"Having as little intervention as possible during the birth was important to me, and I found that the Park Slope Midwives were very encouraging of my goals. From the moment I met with the midwives, I knew I had found my place. They were such a warm group of women, so generous of heart-and they worked at NYM, one block from my house!" "At NYM a woman can have a midwife-assisted birth with little or no intervention. The physicians at NYM are amazingly supportive of the midwife model and are always right there.
The birthing suites are not only very comfortable, but they also quickly transform into cutting-edge delivery rooms, should the need arise," says Jessica Goldman, CNM, Ms. Baron's midwife, who has delivered babies at NYM for 14 years.
"When I went into labor, I didn't have to worry about getting to the Hospital in time or if there was traffic. I am a former opera singer and I now work from home running an international audition web site for opera singers, so I wanted to stay home until the latest possible moment. When I walked from my house to my labor and delivery suite, it took maybe ten minutes. Once I was settled in my room, I was very clear about my desire for no epidural. Jessica was amazingly supportive and told me exactly what I needed to hear at just the right time throughout the birthing process. I was able to give birth without an epidural-but more importantly, to a healthy baby girl.
"One thing that really stands out is the aftercare at the mother/baby unit; it was so terrific. (I treated myself to a private room; it was only $200 a day, compared to nearly $1,000 at the hospital where my first baby was born.) I had visits from two different lactation consultants and the option for two other group sessions without even making a request, which I really
appreciated. Even having breastfed my first child for 13 months, it helped to have the refresher. Plus, there are free, weekly breastfeeding support groups that I was able attend once I was home.
"There were a number of other little details that just made the experience great: because the Hospital is so close, my husband and son could come and go with ease, the pediatrician who saw my daughter was extremely thorough, the nursing staff were particularly helpful and the checkout process was quick and streamlined.
In hindsight, I can't imagine having my baby anywhere else."
Read this story, other inspiring patient stories and more in the Annual Report to the Community 2012-2013.
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