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After Your Delivery

After you deliver your baby at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, we’ll move you to one of 23 private rooms on the postpartum floor, which promotes rest, recovery, and adjustment to being a new parent. Our team of experienced obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, and nursing professionals will work with you to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible.

You and Your New Baby

To support the bond between you and your baby, we encourage skin-to-skin contact with your infant within minutes of delivery. We also minimize separation between you and your baby. We offer “rooming in,” where your baby can stay in your room with you. To facilitate the adjustment to new motherhood, one nurse will care for both you and your baby — an approach called Couplet Care. Exams and procedures, including your baby’s first bath, are performed at your bedside, so you and your baby are not separated.

Your Room and Amenities

We want you to feel at home while you are here, so we go out of our way to provide a variety of amenities such as delicious meals, a flexible visitation schedule, and a gift shop stocked with items you might need or enjoy while away from home — including adorable gifts for your newborn.

  • A room of your own. Your room includes a private bathroom and shower, flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, Newborn Educational Channel, and a refrigerator which your family members can also use to store personal food items. The rooms are designed to resemble a “home away from home” — with relaxing colors, soft lighting, pleasant views, and a pull-out bed for your partner.
  • Delicious meals. Our high-quality meals are tasty and nutritious. A free continental breakfast is available every day for all significant others. We provide a “Stork Dinner” celebration the night before you go home, offering a choice of lobster or filet mignon for both parents. We also accommodate special diets upon request.

Newborn Screening Tests

Newborn screening includes simple blood tests to check for various conditions and disorders to help ensure your baby is healthy, or to identify problems early so they can be treated. In New York State, all babies are tested, even if the baby seems healthy and has no symptoms or obvious health problems. A tiny amount of blood is taken from your baby's heel, collected on a special paper, and sent to the Department of Health for analysis. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence has one of the state’s top-rated programs for newborn screening for metabolic and genetic disorders, recognized for adhering to recommended turnaround times. If your baby’s test indicates a potential problem, we can connect you with the specialists you need for further evaluation and treatment.

Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

Nurses and lactation consultants provide instruction and support around breastfeeding, newborn care, and what to expect after you both leave the hospital. You are invited to join our Breastfeeding Support Group, which is guided by a lactation specialist and meets on the second Monday of each month. To sign up, please call 914-787-2141. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence has one of the state’s highest rates of compliance with recommended standards for breastfeeding and Couplet Care.

Once you are home, you can call our Baby-Talk Hotline at 914-787-4974 at any time to ask questions you may have about parenthood and caring for your infant. Our friendly telephone support staff is happy to answer your calls. Please note this is not an emergency phone system; we may refer you to your pediatrician for urgent matters. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

We Welcome Your Visitors

Siblings and grandparents can visit the Maternity Center during the hospital's regular visiting hours. Significant others have flexible visiting hours and are encouraged to stay.