Frequently Asked Questions
Where is NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital located?
The hospital is located at 1980 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 (also known as Route 202). You will be directed to the Maternal & Newborn Care Unit on the second floor, where our triage staff will be expecting you and will greet you.
If I think I'm in labor, should I call my obstetrician?
If you believe you are in labor, call the OB-GYN or midwife on call.
Is there an Emergency Department at the Hospital?
Yes, there is an Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. Whether you come in through the Emergency Department or the front door, you will be directed to a triage room in the Maternal & Newborn Care Unit on the second floor.
What are the food service options available?
Common patient and visitor questions
What kind of paperwork should I bring to the hospital?
Please bring the following information with you to the hospital. This will help the admission process go smoothly.
- Complete list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking
- Reports your doctor gave you to bring to the hospital
- Medical insurance information, including insurance cards, pre-certification, and other documentation required by your insurer
- Personal identification, such as a driver's license, passport, or other appropriate identification
- List of telephone numbers of immediate family members to call, if necessary
What happens when I go to triage?
We will assess you and your baby. Based on our assessment, we will either tell you to go back home until you are further along in labor, be observed, or be admitted to a labor and delivery room. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have during this time.
Questions about labor and delivery
What are the stages of labor?
There are three stages of labor:
- The first stage is the time from the onset of labor until the cervix is 10 centimeters dilated.
- The second stage is when you push your baby through the birth canal.
- The third stage is at the end of delivery when the placenta, also called afterbirth, has passed.
What types of deliveries does NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital offer?
We are equipped to handle all types of deliveries, from vaginal single baby birth to high-risk and multiple infant deliveries. We also perform C-sections and have excellent experience with VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) deliveries.
What happens once I am in a labor and delivery room?
Your nurse will assess your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, and place you on a wireless fetal monitor. The nurse will monitor you throughout your labor and help you explore which comfort measures work best for you. An intravenous line may be placed to give you medication and fluids. You may also receive ice chips to help quench your thirst. You should not eat any food without your physician's permission.
Will I be given anything for pain relief?
Yes. We will work with you to set up an epidural or other pain relief to ease the discomfort of labor. Pain relief is also available to you after delivery, as needed.
Who can stay with me during labor?
We have temporarily adjusted our visiting policy in order to keep our patients and visitors safe from infection as related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read our coronavirus visitor policy for more information. You are generally permitted one support person to stay with you throughout your stay.
If I am having a Cesarean delivery, who can stay with me?
If you have a Cesarean delivery, your birth partner can be with you as long as you receive epidural or spinal anesthesia. If you require general anesthesia, your birth partner will be taken to the recovery room to wait for you and your baby. You will be monitored in the recovery room until the effects of anesthesia wear off and then taken to your postpartum room.
How do you induce labor? Why is it done?
Can my family take pictures while I'm delivering?
Will I get to hold my baby after he or she is born?
Do I need to choose a doctor for my baby before birth?
How long will I be in the hospital?
Questions about postpartum care
Can I get a private room?
Yes, all of our maternity patients each get a private room. It is very homelike and more like a hotel room than a hospital room. You'll even have your own private bathroom with walk-in shower. You'll find it to be quite comfortable and quiet.
Can my baby stay in the room with me?
Yes. We encourage "rooming in" as much as possible, with the baby staying in the room with you. We perform examinations and infant care in front of you, in your room, as much as possible.
Can my partner stay overnight with me?
Yes. There is a pullout couch in the labor and delivery room and a convertible sleeper chair in your private postpartum room for him or her to stay overnight.
How many visitors can I have while I am in the hospital?
Please read our current visitor policy here.
Questions about neonatal care
What is the NICU like at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital?
What level of newborn care is available at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital?
A Level 2 NICU is located on the unit for premature infants (born 30 weeks or later into the pregnancy) and those with specialized needs.
Who takes care of my baby in the NICU?
The NICU is staffed by neonatal nurses and neonatologists (newborn care physicians) and is designed for babies requiring intensive observation and medical care.
What happens if I go into labor before 30 weeks?
If your baby is born earlier than 30 weeks, we will transfer him or her to another hospital for more advanced newborn care. If you come to us ready to give birth before 30 weeks and you are able to be stabilized, we will transfer you to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia or Westchester Medical Center to give birth there and have your baby cared for in an even more specialized NICU.
Questions about care after you go home
How do I care for my C-section incision?
How long should I breastfeed my baby?
What is postpartum depression? How can I get help?
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that affects a mother after the birth of a new baby. It's estimated that 20 percent of women experience mood or anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Symptoms include:
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Extreme sadness and mood swings
- Restlessness and irritability
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Appetite changes
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Persistent thoughts of suicide or death
There are many reasons a woman may develop postpartum depression. If you feel you may be depressed, help is available. Talk to your doctor about connecting you with mental health professionals. You can search for a psychiatrist or psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian by visiting doctors.nyp.org. You can get additional information about postpartum depression by visiting nyp.org/psychiatry.
When is my postpartum checkup?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends having contact with their health care provider within three weeks of giving birth. You should have a complete postpartum checkup no later than 12 weeks after giving birth.