Women's Health

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Women's Health

Maternal and Child Health

Overview

At NewYork-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital, we understand that your child’s birth is one of the most important events you will experience in your lifetime. Our world-class maternal and child health care team provides exceptional, family-centered care to expecting women and their babies. We work closely with you to develop a personalized birth plan that optimizes health and reflects your preferences and desires.

Our labor and delivery services are designed to allow patients to experience a family-centered birth in a warm, friendly, and safe environment. Prenatal testing and genetic testing, and counseling referrals are also available. Throughout every phase of your pregnancy and delivery, we offer personalized care, support and guidance to give you and your baby the best possible start in life.

About Our Program

Since the 1880s, thousands of Brooklyn families have chosen to deliver their babies at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Our maternal and child health care team provides a full complement of services for thousands of mothers and babies each year in a warm, friendly, family-centered environment.

We take a comprehensive approach to maternity care that centers on your and your family’s preferences and desires. Our experienced ob-gyns sit down with you to understand your medical history, pregnancy-related health risks, and pregnancy and birth preferences. We address any pre-existing medical conditions that can complicate your pregnancy and new problems that may arise. During your regular prenatal visits, we monitor you and your baby’s health, discuss healthy eating habits, physical activity, any screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labor and delivery. You receive personalized care, support, and guidance throughout your pregnancy to achieve the healthiest pregnancy.

Our labor and delivery teams are led by ob-gyns from NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine, who provide expert and compassionate care for mothers having all types of births, from vaginal births to Cesareans (C-sections), singletons to high-order multiples, and uncomplicated births to complex births that involve multidisciplinary teams of maternal and pediatric subspecialists. Our team also has expertise caring for women with high-risk pregnancies complicated by conditions such as maternal age, diabetes, hypertension, early labor, or multiple gestations. Should you or your baby need specialty care, our physicians collaborate with NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine colleagues in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, obstetric anesthesiology, and surgery, to provide care that is tailored to you and your baby’s individualized needs.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has been designated “Baby-Friendly” by Baby-Friendly USA — a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund — for its support of mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

Labor and Delivery

NewYork-Presbyterian 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, doulas, nurses and technicians.

In our state-of-the-art labor and delivery center, every patient receives a private or semi-private room with private bath and shower, free wireless internet access, individual temperature control, and a comfortable bed for a partner to sleep that allows for family-focused support and bonding. As a BabyFriendly USA Hospital, we encourage and support breastfeeding. Your room will be on a floor equipped with a security system to ensure your newborn’s safety.

The Maternity Center provides state-of-the-art services and amenities. You benefit from:

  • Maternal-fetal medicine consultations and monitoring, such as prenatal ultrasound
  • Obstetrical, anesthesiology, and neonatology services are onsite 24/7 to respond to emergencies or treat complications
  • Ultrasound rooms for onsite prenatal diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluations in triage rooms for patients experiencing pregnancy concerns
  • Specialized medical and nursing staff with high nurse-to-patient staffing levels
  • Spacious labor and delivery rooms with large picture windows and natural windows, wireless monitoring, spacious showers and beds for partners
  • 24-hour obstetrical anesthesiology for pain management and all circumstances requiring obstetric anesthesia care
  • Fully equipped operating rooms
  • Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Services and Specialties

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is committed to providing superior maternity services in a warm, supportive, nurturing environment. Our full range of services include:

Whether you are a new or experienced parent, our knowledgeable and experienced staff is here to guide and nurture you through your pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. With early and regular prenatal care, we identify health problems and minimize risks. Prenatal care can be provided by your own physician or by one of our ob-gyns at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Brooklyn. We offer prenatal classes to provide information and education about childbirth, breastfeeding, and child care.

Prenatal Visits

You can take the best care of yourself and your baby by getting early and regular prenatal care. Your physician will check to ensure you and your baby are healthy at each visit. If there are any problems, early action will help you and the baby. Most prenatal visits will include:

  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Assessing your weight gain
  • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby’s growth (once you begin to show)
  • Checking the baby’s heart rate
  • Mental health screenings

Prenatal Tests

We offer a full range of state-of-the-art prenatal tests that provide expecting parents with information about their baby’s health and the risk of having genetic abnormalities that can result in congenital disabilities or health problems. Our expert physicians prescribe the appropriate testing and imaging during each trimester of pregnancy to maximize your chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Your doctor may recommend that you undergo one or more of the following:

Laboratory tests

  • Noninvasive prenatal testing for chromosomal disorders
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Amniocentesis

Prenatal imaging

We maintain the highest quality prenatal imaging standards to provide information throughout your pregnancy. Depending on the details of your unique pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you undergo one or more of the following imaging tests:

  • First-trimester viability assessment
  • Nuchal translucency measurement
  • Fetal anatomic survey for routine and high-risk pregnancies
  • Fetal growth assessment
  • Cervical length assessment
  • Biophysical profile and antenatal testing
  • Amniotic fluid volume assessment
  • 3D ultrasound
  • Doppler velocimetry
  • Placental evaluation
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Fetal MRI (referral made to NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine)
  • Fetal therapy (such as percutaneous umbilical blood sampling, intrauterine transfusion, fetal shunt placement)

Prenatal genetic testing

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers prenatal genetic testing referrals, allowing parents to diagnose suspected genetic anomalies early in pregnancy. Risk of a potential genetic condition may be first detected through noninvasive blood and imaging tests. These risks are able to be further evaluated with diagnostic tests such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis. People may be referred for genetic evaluation before or during pregnancy for various reasons, which include having an advanced maternal age, a prior screening test or family history which indicates an increased genetic risk transmission of an inherited disease, or findings on a prenatal ultrasound that indicates a need for further evaluation.

At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, our ob-gyns have advanced training and extensive experience in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and those with complex fetal conditions. Women and infants needing more advanced care have seamless access to the faculty practice of NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists who can increase the chance of having a healthy pregnancy and birth. In addition to using the latest diagnostic tools and therapies, this extraordinary team of providers are committed to providing the highest level of care with compassion and concern for you and your baby.

If you have a co-existing medical condition, you can receive care from NewYork-Presbyterian’s renowned adult specialists such as cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, urologists, immunologists, and others. These specialists are in the same medical center, and we can help you access them immediately before, during, and after childbirth, should you or your baby need them.

If you or your baby is found to have a serious medical condition, we can seamlessly connect you to NewYork-Presbyterian’s skilled perinatal care team. From pre-pregnancy medical screening to newborn care, our highly trained teams of perinatologists, neonatologists, maternal-fetal-medicine specialists and pediatric subspecialists provide advanced care to address you and your baby’s needs, including:

  • Perinatal screening tests: ultrasound, fetal echocardiography, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, cordocentesis (fetal blood sampling), and fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Comprehensive care for birth defects: congenital heart disease, multiple pregnancies, Rh disease and anemia, bladder outlet obstructions, pleural effusion (fluid in the lungs), abnormalities of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), chest, urinary tract, abdomen, and skeleton.
  • Expertise in newborn surgery: Should your baby require surgery due to any perinatal conditions shortly after birth, NewYork-Presbyterian’s pediatric surgery program and subspecialty surgical programs are among the strongest in the region. Whenever possible, using minimally invasive techniques (such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy) are used, resulting in smaller incisions, less discomfort, and a faster recovery for your baby than open surgery.

Pain management during labor:

We provide state-of-the-art pain management while respectfully considering your individual preferences and desires. Our dedicated team of obstetric anesthesiologists provides 24-hour service with a pre-anesthesia consultation to develop individualized plans to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with childbirth.

Whenever possible, we try to reduce the need for pharmacologic agents for our obstetrical patients through a multimodal pain management approach that includes a combination of non-opioid medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, regional anesthesia and nerve blocks, and non-pharmacologic management methods – relaxation, visualization, and breathing techniques — to reduce pain and improve our patients’ overall labor and delivery experience.

Labor pain management during C-section:

Our obstetric anesthesiologists are experts in managing labor pain and the provision of anesthesia for Cesarean deliveries. With epidural analgesia, patients are offered patient-controlled analgesia using a computer-controlled pump, which provides some control over how much epidural medication is received. This enables us to meet your pain management needs and keep you comfortable while you are in the hospital.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital strongly supports the family’s active participation in caring for the newborn. We encourage patients to keep their newborns at the bedside throughout the day and night (rooming in). We believe families belong together for support and assistance. Many parents have less fear and anxiety when their newborns are rooming in, allowing 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 respiration.

Our well-baby care team comprises attending pediatricians, pediatric residents, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses, and lactation consultants, provides complete care for term and near-term newborns from birth through discharge, including guidance for the parents. Well-baby care includes:

  • Complete physical examination of infants upon admission to the nursery and again on the day of discharge
  • Assessment and management of breastfeeding mothers and their infants
  • Daily evaluation of infants by the attending pediatrician and nursery healthcare team
  • Management of infants with common problems such as weight loss, jaundice, and breastfeeding issues
  • Performance of mandated New York State screening tests for all infants
  • Administration of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine
  • Administration of New York State mandated birth dose of vitamin K and erythromycin ointment.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides specialized care to babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation as well as babies born with critical illness, at all gestational ages. Our NICU is staffed by neonatologists (newborn care physicians), neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and other specialists and is designed for babies requiring intensive observation and medical care. Pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists are readily available for consultation and treatment. These experts use the latest technology and therapies to offer critically ill newborns the best chance for survival and high quality of life.

After childbirth, you will have time to recover and bond with your baby in the labor room before being transported to the postpartum unit.

Our postpartum care team is here to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to continue caring for your baby. We will teach you how to hold and bathe your baby and identify their feeding cues. Whether you want to breastfeed or provide formula, we are here to help. All our nurses are highly trained in providing breastfeeding support, and our onsite lactation consultants are available to assist you if you would like additional guidance. If you choose to formula feed, we will teach you the proper preparation and storage of formula.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence has onsite lactation consultants to assess and help breastfeeding mothers and their infants. We offer prenatal classes to provide information and education about childbirth, breastfeeding, and child care.

 

Our Approach to Care

Personalized and Comprehensive Maternity Care

At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, our doctors providing pregnancy and maternity care tailor a plan that considers your health, your baby’s health, and your preferences. We match you with the services you need to achieve our ultimate goal: a healthy mother and a healthy infant. Should you or your baby need specialty care, we connect you to NewYork-Presbyerian’s vast resources. We treat all patients — so no matter what language you speak, what community you call home, or what pre-existing condition you may have, we can help you.

An Integrated Team Approach

We believe that an integrated team approach is the most effective way to provide the best care to our patients. Our board-certified ob-gyns collaborate with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, nurses, certified nurse-midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, social workers, neonatologists, obstetric anesthesiologists, genetic counselors, and other specialists to provide the highest level of care to you and your baby.

Why Choose Us

World-Class Maternity Care

Our ob-gyns are members of NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a national leader in maternity care. This relationship brings the world-class services and expertise of an academic medical center here to our community. We provide expert and compassionate care for mothers with all types of births, from vaginal births to cesareans, singletons to high-order multiples, and uncomplicated births to complex births involving multidisciplinary teams of maternal and pediatric subspecialists.

High-Risk Pregnancy Expertise

At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, our physicians have extensive experience in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and those with complex deliveries. Our physicians collaborate with colleagues in multiple disciplines, including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatrics, obstetric anesthesiology, and surgery, to provide care tailored to you and your baby’s individualized needs. Women and infants needing more advanced care have seamless access to the resources at NewYork-Presbyterian healthcare network.

Midwifery Services

Our certified nurse midwives provide women’s health services and manage labor under the midwifery model of care, using the latest obstetric and emergency technology available. Midwives collaborate with experienced ob-gyns who are on call.

Seamless Access to Labor & Delivery Specialists, Under One Roof

Our labor and delivery teams take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to you and your baby’s care. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or develop complications during labor, birth, or postpartum, we can connect you to care from renowned adult and pediatric specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine. These may include cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, urologists, immunologists, and others. We can help you access them immediately before, during, and after childbirth, should you or your baby need them. Seamless access to this breadth of specialists is invaluable when expedient treatment can optimize your and your baby's health.

“Baby-Friendly” Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has been designated “Baby-Friendly” by Baby-Friendly USA — a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund — for its support of mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

Convenient Locations

In addition to receiving care at the hospital, women can receive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Brooklyn’s offices, close to where you live or work.

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