Life Begins | Childbirth Services
Maternal Child Health Services
Since the 1880s, thousands of Brooklyn families have chosen to receive obstetric and neonatal care at New York Methodist Hospital. The birth of a child is one of the most memorable experiences in life, and we are proud to share this experience with you. The Department of Maternal Child Health provides a full complement of services for the thousands of mothers and babies each year. Our services are designed to allow patients to experience a family centered birth in a warm, friendly and safe environment.
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Family Centered Care
NYM offers a family-centered birth experience, allowing the family to experience the entire birth process--labor, delivery, and recovery--in a single area that can comfortably accommodate family members and caregivers, including physicians, midwives, nurses and technicians.
New York Methodist Hospital strongly supports the active participation of family in the care of the newborn. We encourage mothers to keep their newborns at the bedside throughout the day and night. We believe families belong together for support and assistance. Many mothers have less fear and anxiety when their newborns are rooming in, and this allows mothers to learn as much about their baby's sleeping and feeding habits as possible before going home. Studies show that infants cry less in their mother's presence and have lower blood pressure and more stable temperature, pulse, and respirations. However, when a mother needs time to herself, a nurse can care for the baby in our nursery. In either case, the nurse is available to answer questions, help the family with basic baby care and give patients the confidence to care for their babies at home.
Following the recovery period, in the birthing room for natural deliveries or in the recovery room for cesareans, the mother and baby are transferred, via a private elevator, to the mother/baby unit for the remainder of their Hospital stay. Babies who need more intensive care stay in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Our OB/GYNs offer prenatal care and our maternal-fetal specialists offer high-risk obstetrical care. Prenatal testing and antepartum fetal testing are available on the Hospital campus.
New York Methodist Hospital recognizes and fully supports a new mother's choice of feeding for her newborn: breastfeeding, formula or a combination. However, we are a breastfeeding-friendly Hospital that acknowledges and complies with the New York State Department of Health's Breastfeeding Bill of Rights. Because we encourage our new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies, the nurses in the labor and delivery unit are trained to assist them by placing the baby and mother skin-to-skin just after the baby is born.
New York Methodist has three certified lactation consultants available to help new mothers with breastfeeding. The comprehensive breastfeeding program includes assistance with the first feed in the Hospital, daily postnatal breastfeeding classes on the mother/baby unit, individual consultations with the lactation consultant, if needed, ongoing assistance with breastfeeding and pumping for mothers whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit, and a free weekly breastfeeding support group for mothers of newborn to three-month old babies.
We offer classes and tours to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. We offer a a free breastfeeding support group for new mothers. This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group focuses on providing encouragement and information for mothers and their newborns, from birth to three months old. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. The meetings take place in the Hospital's Wesley House, Rooms 3K-C, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. No registration is required. For more information please call 718.780.5078.