NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Brooklyn offers pregnancy care and labor management from Park Slope Midwives—Certified Nurse Midwives who support women, babies, and families in Brooklyn. Nurse midwives are providers who have a registered nurse license and a graduate degree in Midwifery. They are trained to view pregnancy and birth as normal life processes and to work with women as partners in their care. They also provide other services, such as annual Pap smears, contraception counseling, and preconception counseling. Our midwives have admitting and delivery privileges at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.
Our midwives rotate shifts in our offices and are on-call in the hospital. During your prenatal care, you will have appointments with as many midwives as possible so you will be familiar with the midwife on call when you are in labor.
Pain management during labor
We will work with you and do our best to honor your preferences for labor support and pain management. Many of our patients opt to use nonpharmacologic pain relief measures such as hydrotherapy, massage, positional changes, and deep breathing during labor. In addition, pain medications including epidural anesthesia are available. An anesthesiologist is on site and available around the clock to help provide pain relief for women in labor.
Special care for potential complications
Midwives are trained to manage many common complications that can arise during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. For situations that fall out of our scope, we consult with or refer patients to collaborating physicians, who are on call 24 hours a day. In addition, we refer some women at risk for pregnancy complications for a consultation with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist.
After your baby is born
The Hospital's Couplet Care program ensures that mothers, partners, and their newborns are kept together whenever possible after the birth. After being transferred to the Mother-Baby unit, mothers can room-in or choose to have their infants stay in the newborn nursery. Daily breastfeeding classes are offered and a lactation consultant is available for individual counseling. Partners are not permitted to stay overnight in standard rooms on the Mother-Baby unit. However, for a nightly fee, private rooms can be rented postpartum (based on availability).
If you are in labor or have an emergency...
you can reach us with questions or concerns 24 hours a day by calling any of our locations. When we are not in the office, calls will be forwarded to an answering service and promptly returned by the midwife on call.