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Why Choose NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

When it comes to finding high-quality obstetric care, we know you have lots of choices in the New York City area. So why choose NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital?

Our Distinguished History:

We've been providing obstetric care to women in New York City since the late 18th century. The New York Lying-In Hospital was established in 1798 to provide care to pregnant women during the epidemic of yellow fever which was sweeping through the city that year. The Lying-In Hospital eventually merged with and became a maternity ward of New York Hospital, which is now known as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 1887, the Sloane Maternity Hospital for Women (now Sloane Hospital for Women) opened, and continues to provide excellent obstetric care today as part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The Apgar score -- a widely used simple rating system created to assess newborn health -- was developed in 1949 by Virginia Apgar, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists for High-Risk Pregnancies:

Doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital have subspecialty training, are board certified in maternal-fetal medicine, and have vast experience treating high-risk pregnancies. We have the experts needed to care for women with complicated pregnancies. Women with co-existing conditions -- such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease -- benefit from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's extensive roster of specialists who treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders which may complicate pregnancy.

Highly Trained and Compassionate Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants:

The obstetric and neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are another reason why our care is extraordinary. In addition to their exceptional credentials and training in the care of pregnant women and newborns, they are committed to making your experience of child birth as remarkable and as special as possible.

Superior High-Risk Prenatal Care:

Care for women who are carrying fetuses diagnosed with an abnormality is available at The Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and The Perinatal Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Our prenatal specialists collaborate with NewYork-Presbyterian's renowned authorities in neonatology; pediatric cardiology, neurology, urology, pediatric cardiac surgery, and pediatric surgery; genetics; and all other pediatric subspecialties.

Spacious Labor and Delivery Rooms: Labor and delivery rooms at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia have sweeping views of the Hudson River. Those at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell have expansive views of the East River. Rooms at the Allen Hospital are comfortable and serene, with some looking out onto a park-like setting. The rooms are large enough to accommodate additional specialists who may be called in to assist with a delivery, as well as a comfortable sleeper couch or recliner for significant others.

On-site Anesthesiologists:

Obstetric anesthesiologists are on-site 24/7 at both NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell to meet the needs of mothers in labor. At the Allen Hospital, obstetric anesthesiologists are on-site during the day, while general anesthesiologists are available during other hours. In all cases, women have access to the full range of epidural and other approaches (including patient-controlled anesthesia) to relieving the discomfort of labor in a timely manner.

An On-site NICU:

No one wants to think about the possible necessity for their baby to receive intensive care. But when the need does arise, all three NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital facilities have neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) on-site, offering the latest specialized neonatal intensive care and staffed by specially trained nurses, nurse practitioners, and neonatologists. Both NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are also designated by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Women’s Health as Regional Perinatal Centers.

Diversity of Our Patients:

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital treats patients from all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds, ages, and co-existing medical conditions. We offer translation services for women and families for whom English is not their first language. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell treats more expectant mothers over age 40 than any other institution in the world.

Renowned Infertility Programs:

The Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Columbia University's Center for Women's Reproductive Care make the dream of becoming pregnant a reality for thousands of couples each year. Our prestigious programs are recognized for achieving success rates that are among the best in the world. Women who become pregnant through these programs may receive excellent continuity of care by seeking prenatal care and delivery of their babies at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Convenient Locations:

The more convenient obstetric care is, the more likely a woman is to make her prenatal appointments, increasing her chance of having a healthy baby. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides obstetric care at convenient locations on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, Midtown Manhattan, Washington Heights, Rockland County, and Westchester County. Our locations are accessible to major highways from Manhattan, Bergen County, Rockland County, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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