Birthing Center and Obstetrical Services
New York Methodist Hospital became known as “the Baby Hospital” during the 1940s and 50s because of the large number of deliveries performed here. The tradition continues and recently NYM renewed its commitment to the next generation of Brooklynites with the opening of a fully renovated birthing center and mother-baby unit.
NYM’s Birthing Center includes spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, complete with polished mahogany furniture, remote control televisions, and private bathrooms. Within minutes, these rooms can transform into state-of-the-art delivery rooms as all the equipment needed to deliver the baby emerges from cabinets, drawers, and the ceiling. 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.
While women can experience a home-like birth at NYM, they also have the reassurance that, if needed, the high-tech medical equipment and the specialists essential for administering emergency treatment are immediately accessible. Two 24-hour operating rooms, used exclusively for gynecology and obstetrics, are located within the maternity unit.
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. A rooming-in option is available or babies may stay in the newborn nursery. Babies who need additional observation stay in a designated observation area of the Newborn Nursery. Provisions are made for parents of babies in their area to hold and feed their babies. Babies who need more intensive care stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is designated a Level III nursery.
OB/GYNs referred by the Institute offer prenatal care and maternal-fetal specialists offer high-risk obstetrical care. Prenatal testing and antepartum fetal testing are available on the Hospital campus.
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.
The Birthing Center nurses offer classes to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth, breast feeding and parenting. Tours of the Birthing Center, refresher classes for non-first time mothers, and sibling classes are also available.