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Prenatal Care Delivering Your Baby

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides all the prenatal services necessary to monitor you and your developing infant during pregnancy, including:

  • regular examinations
  • obstetric ultrasound for screening, assessment, and prenatal diagnosis, and to guide diagnostic procedures
  • genetic diagnostic procedures, such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, and cordocentesis (fetal blood sampling)
  • biophysical profile, non-stress test, and Doppler ultrasound for fetal monitoring

You can receive complete continuity of care, starting with gynecologic care, monitoring of your pregnancy, and labor and delivery -- all provided by the doctors at one institution.

Childbirth, parenting, and breastfeeding classes are available on-site or online. Classes are taught by a registered nurse and Lamaze-certified childbirth educator. Some are free; others require a fee. They include:

  • Healthy Pregnancy: A free two-hour class focusing on what you may experience both physically and emotionally during the course of a pregnancy. For those who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
  • Lamaze: Learn Lamaze childbirth techniques and more about the childbirth experience. Best taken by 30-32 weeks of pregnancy. One-day-intensive, weekend, weeknight, and online classes available.
  • Breastfeeding: This three-hour class is taught by an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.
  • Baby Care and Safety: This three-hour course teaches parents and caregivers baby care basics and offers tips on infant safety.
  • Infant/Child CPR: Learn how to save a life during this two-hour class.
  • Expecting Multiples: A three-session class for expectant parents of twins or more.

Classes are held at the Sloane Hospital for Women of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia (165th Street at Broadway) and Stork and Cradle (171 Madison Ave at 33rd Street). For more information, call 646-334-3830, visit, or e-mail

Online e-learning programs offer flexibility in determining when you'd like to access these classes. Support and education are available for you and your family, every step of the way.

Delivering Your Baby

Women who deliver at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia have their babies in the Sloane Hospital for Women. Labor and delivery rooms are spacious, newly renovated, and flooded with natural light, many with views of the Hudson River. Each room includes a sleeper couch for a significant other, and plenty of room for members of the healthcare team. A Transitional Nursery located near these rooms is staffed by neonatal intensive care specialists and provides care for infants awaiting transfer to the neonatal intensive care unit. Take a virtual tour.

Many of the bright and comfortable labor and delivery rooms at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are graced with expansive views of the East River, a sleeper recliner for significant other, and ample space for all staff involved in the delivery of an infant. Take a virtual tour.

The Allen Hospital is a world-class community hospital staffed by Columbia University doctors. Rooms are comfortable and serene, with some looking out onto a park-like setting. Should complications arise and the mother and/or baby need to be transferred, the Allen Hospital has a collaborative relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

For women who need a cesarean delivery (C-section), operating rooms are located close to the labor and delivery rooms for immediate and easy transfer.

Should you wish to donate umbilical cord blood, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has a program to collect cord blood and donate it to the New York Blood Center. Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, which can help treat certain blood cancers and other blood diseases.

Once you have had your baby, you will be transferred to a post-partum room. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital encourages a family-centered approach. For example, at the Allen Hospital, there is an open visitation policy for family members. All NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital post-partum floors have state-of-the-art security systems to ensure the safety of your newborn.

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