Life Begins | Childbirth Services

Maternal Child Health Services

Since the 1880s, thousands of Brooklyn families have chosen to receive obstetric and neonatal care at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn 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.

Family Centered Care

NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital 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.

Child Birth Services

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital strongly supports the active participation of family in the care of the newborn. We encourage patients to keep their newborns at the bedside throughout the day and night. We believe families belong together for support and assistance. Many parents have less fear and anxiety when their newborns are rooming in, and this allows them 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 birthing parent's presence and have lower blood pressure and more stable temperature, pulse, and respirations. However, when a patient needs time alone, 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 parent 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.

Breastfeeding

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital recognizes and fully supports a new parent's choice of feeding for a 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 breastfeeding, the nurses in the labor and delivery unit are trained to assist  by placing the baby and parent skin-to-skin just after the baby is born.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has three certified lactation consultants available to help new parents 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 parents whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit, and a free weekly breastfeeding support group for breastfeeding parents of newborn to three-month old babies.

We offer classes and tours to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting.

The Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The support group focuses on providing encouragement and information for breastfeeding parents 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.

Contact

To find a physician affiliated with Institute for Women's Health, please call 877-419-6626.

Birthing Classes & Tours