Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital is a full-service obstetric and gynecologic facility. We provide comprehensive gynecology services and care to some 2,200 women before, during, and after childbirth each year. For labor and delivery, we offer a family-centered approach to care from the moment the patient enters the Labor and Delivery Suite until she leaves with her baby.

We also offer treatment for a full range of gynecologic conditions to women in our community. We employ minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, such as hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, and laparoscopy, to manage conditions such as:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Non-cancerous pelvic conditions

Dedicated gynecologic ultrasound services are available to evaluate early pregnancies, gynecologic conditions, and pelvic pain. We also use an imaging technique called "saline-infusion sonohysterograms" to visualize the inside of the uterus.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care can be provided by the patient's own physician or at one of five clinics in the NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network (see below). Prenatal classes are also offered to provide information and education about childbirth, breastfeeding, and child care.

The Ambulatory Care Network offers a special program called Centering in Pregnancy, available at the Broadway Practice Site and the Washington Heights Family Health Center. With this program, prenatal care and education are delivered to a group of eight to 12 women, typically young mothers-to-be having their first or second child. Each group meets for a total of ten two-hour sessions throughout pregnancy and during the early period after the child's birth. Meeting with social workers and nurses and engaging in group discussions, the women learn about nutrition, body mechanics, the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, and how to care for the child after birth. Participants also undergo health assessments and receive support from practitioners and each other. The goal of this unique model of care is to empower women to choose healthy behaviors.

Labor and Delivery

The Allen Hospital's dedicated obstetric ultrasound unit provides comprehensive evaluation of fetal anatomy, fetal testing, and amniocentesis. If complications arise during pregnancy, our fetal assessment unit, which is staffed by maternal/fetal medicine specialists, provides accurate diagnosis and treatment. In addition, specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital are available around the clock to consult on high-risk cases. When needed, patients are transferred to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, which has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the country.

Our Labor and Delivery Suite features:

  • An admission/triage area
  • Eleven labor and delivery rooms
  • Two surgical suites for C-sections

Seven of our labor and delivery rooms are spacious, with private baths, and are used for labor and childbirth, while the other four are used for triage, antepartum care, and postoperative care. Our staff is experienced in caring for women having a vaginal birth after a C-section. In most cases, babies are delivered by physicians with assistance from certified nurse-midwives. Women at low risk of complications may have their babies delivered by midwives at their request. Anesthesiologists and neonatologists are available on a 24-hour basis, as needed. (To learn more about Anesthesiology and Neonatology at The Allen Hospital, visit the links at left.)

Our department is also committed to medical education. Residents from Obstetrics, Family Medicine, the Emergency Department, and Anesthesiology rotate through Labor and Delivery.

After Delivery

Our family-centered approach encourages an open visitation policy for family members. The postpartum floors at The Allen Hospital feature private and semi-private rooms, many with views of the hospital's park-like campus. Patients have use of a kitchen area with a microwave, refrigerator, and ice machine. Postpartum floors are equipped with a state-of-the-art wireless alarm system to ensure security of newborns.

We provide the following services for women who give birth at our hospital:

  • Individual inpatient teaching sessions with nurses
  • Inpatient classes on caring for newborns
  • Breastfeeding guidance from a lactation specialist
  • A walk-in breastfeeding clinic after patients are discharged home
  • If needed, assistance from a social worker after the baby is born
  • Classes in Spanish and English
  • Free educational TV programs
  • A professional photographer to take photos of each baby (services provided for a fee)

For More Information

  • Labor and delivery services: 212-932-4142
  • Breastfeeding classes: 212-932-4850
  • Childbirth classes: 212-932-5311

Ambulatory Care Network Practices

As part of our commitment to serving the local community, the Allen Hospital offers obstetric and gynecologic care at five neighborhood practices in addition to our main hospital. At these convenient neighborhood clinics, we offer services such as routine physical examinations, health screenings, family planning counseling, health education, and management of uncomplicated pregnancy. Certified nurse-midwives and obstetricians work together to provide prenatal services.

To make an appointment at one of these neighborhood practices, please call 866-463-2778. All community health practices can be reached using this number.

Washington Heights Family Health Center

575 West 181th Street
New York, NY 10033
Tel.: 866-463-2778
(More information)

Broadway Practice Site

4781 Broadway
New York, NY 10031
Tel.: 866-463-2778
(More information)

Charles B Rangel Community Health Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center MIC Practice Site
534 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031
Tel.: 866-463-2778
(More information)

Audubon Practice

21 Audubon Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Tel.: 866-463-2778
(More information)

Farrell Community Health Center

610 West 158th Street
New York, NY 10032
Tel.: 212-544-1860
Toll-free: 866-463-2778
(More information)

About Our Physicians

All Obstetrics and Gynecology physicians at The Allen Hospital are either board-certified or board-eligible and are also on the staff of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, one of the country's major medical centers. In addition, each of our physicians is a member of the highly regarded ColumbiaDoctors faculty practice. This means that patients experience the level of exceptional care expected from NewYork-Presbyterian in a personal and accessible environment.


NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital

Obstetrics and Gynecology
5141 Broadway (at 220th Street)
New York, NY 10034
Telephone: 212-932-4200, 866-NYP-ALLEN