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A Commitment to Safety

The maternity team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital participates in safety drills and initiatives to reduce the risk of maternity complications and to learn how to respond to them quickly and effectively, should they arise.

Regular Team Briefings

Labor and Delivery clinicians from every discipline—nurses, obstetricians, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, and support staff—meet every day to discuss patients in the unit that day and identify any risk factors or potential complications that may affect their care. This briefing allows the team to identify needs and resources in advance to prepare an appropriate plan of care for the day. The Maternal-Child Health team also meets monthly with representatives from every hospital department involved in maternity care to address any system issues that may affect patient care.

Simulation Training

We conduct simulation training to teach staff how to handle issues such as obstetric hemorrhage, emergency cesarean section, or shoulder dystocia (when the infant’s shoulders get wedged in the birth canal during delivery). Our focus is on safety, and regular training is part of our team’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality care possible during your delivery.

Preparing for Emergencies

We participate in the Safe Motherhood Initiative. This program is aimed at putting in place numerous measures to address obstetric complications such as hemorrhage (excessive bleeding), hypertension (high blood pressure), and embolism (blood clots). We engage staff from all areas of the hospital (such as the blood bank, interventional radiology, telecommunications, and the ICU) to participate in drills that are needed to respond to these emergencies in real time.

Keeping Your Baby Safe

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence has special precautions in place to ensure the safety of you and your family, including an infant security system and closed-circuit television monitoring of the hospital grounds.