Frequently Asked Questions
The labor and delivery unit of Sloane Hospital for Women is located within NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at 3959 Broadway, New York, NY 10032. For maps and directions, visit directions.
You should call your obstetrician if you have any concerns regarding contractions, leaking fluid, bleeding, or if you are concerned about your baby’s movement. You can also call your obstetrician with other medical problems that arise between visits.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our hospital is taking many measures to keep our obstetric patients, their support persons, and their new babies safe. As you enter the hospital, you and your support person will be provided a mask and screened for COVID-19 symptoms and fever. When you arrive in labor and delivery, we will screen you and your support person for COVID-19 symptoms again to further help keep our patients and staff safe. If you are being admitted to the hospital, you will be tested for COVID-19. Learn more about the hospital’s safety measures.
Valet parking and the Hospital garage are recommended for your parking needs. Most major credit cards are accepted. Street parking is extremely limited.
Enter the circular driveway of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at 3959 Broadway between 165th and 166th Streets, which is the main entrance to the Hospital.
In case of emergency, you can leave your car with the valet at the main entrance. If the valet service is closed, leave your car and inform the security personnel at the Welcome Desk inside the lobby.
Monday through Friday, 5:45 am to 10 pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 7 am to 10 pm
If you anticipate picking up your car after the valet is closed, please park in the Hospital’s visitor parking garage at 115 Fort Washington Avenue between 164th and 165th Streets. This garage is open 24 hours a day.
Visitor Parking Garage
115 Fort Washington Avenue, between 164th and 165th Streets
Reduced rate parking is available for family members of patients who expect to be at the Hospital for an extended length of time. A prepaid debit card can be purchased from the Parking Office, which is located on the main/entry level of the Fort Washington Visitor Parking Garage. To be eligible for a prepaid debit card, you must purchase a minimum of 5 parking days.
In order to receive any discounted rates, you will need a letter or approval form from your doctor’s office verifying date of admission and expected length of stay of at least 5 days.
If you have any additional questions, please call the Parking Office at (212) 305-4903, 9 am to 5 pm.
After birth, you and your baby will be transferred to our postpartum unit for continued care. Our postpartum unit consists of private and semi-private rooms and the newborn nursery. Postpartum rooms are allocated after birth, and every attempt is made to place each patient in a private room. We encourage all patients to room-in with their newborns.
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and our communities remain a top priority at NewYork-Presbyterian. In line with the latest guidelines related to COVID-19 issued by the New York State Department of Health, we have revised our visiting policy. Current COVID-related visitation guidelines can be found here.
Common Patient & Visitor Questions
For the health and safety of your baby, other newborns, parents, and staff, we allow only two people, including parents, to visit for the duration of the baby’s hospitalization. Current coronavirus (COVID-19) related visitation guidelines can be found here.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit the NICU. Child Life specialists are available to all families and are an excellent resource to help older children cope with having siblings in the NICU.
The Lobby Café at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is located in the main lobby. The nearby Milstein building has two retail dining locations — the Heights Café, located on the second floor, and Windows on the Hudson, located on the ninth floor.
Common Labor and Delivery Questions
We are equipped to handle all types of births, from vaginal births to cesareans, singletons to high-order multiples, and complex births involving multidisciplinary teams of maternal and pediatric subspecialists. Some providers offer breech extractions of second twins and forceps deliveries.
Typically, our patients will be hospitalized for one to two days postpartum for vaginal births and two to three days for Cesarean births.
If you are having a Cesarean birth, your support person can be with you as long as the surgery is being performed with epidural or spinal anesthesia. If you require general anesthesia, your support person 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. When you are ready, you will be transported to the mother-baby unit.
Pictures may be taken during birth. Only still photography is allowed during birth. During a cesarean birth, photographs are permitted in the operating room behind the anesthesia screen and at the discretion of your obstetrician. Video and audio recordings are not permitted, regardless of the type of birth. Videotaping and still photography of the mother and her baby are permitted in the mother's room on the postpartum unit. Videotaping or photographing of staff may only be done with that staff member's permission.
After birth, your obstetrician or anesthesiologist will prescribe pain relief medications for use during your postpartum stay, as appropriate. Your nurse will regularly inquire about your comfort and pain level to assess what medication will help to keep you comfortable. You will be given medication as needed and agreed upon by you and your nurse consistent with your doctor's orders.
Yes. Your baby will need to see a doctor frequently within the first weeks of life, so it will be helpful to choose a pediatrician in advance. If you need help finding a pediatrician, visit doctors.nyp.org or consult your obstetrician.
Common NICU Questions
The hospital has a 75-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which provides comprehensive care to extremely premature neonates and newborn infants requiring medical or surgical intervention. The NICUs are organized with a combination of single-patient rooms and groups of beds in pods. A parent is always welcome at the bedside. We have several quiet meeting spaces for consultations and family education.
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital has a level IV NICU, the highest level awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP differentiates neonatal units by four levels based on the complexity of care the facility can provide.
The NICU is staffed with neonatologists, neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and pharmacists who care for critically ill infants.
Common Postpartum Questions
A Cesarean delivery (also known as C-section or Cesarean section) is a major surgery. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you heal. You may feel better each day after Cesarean delivery, but you will probably need about six weeks to fully recover. Try the following tips to take care of your incision.
- If you have strips of tape on the incision, leave the tape on for a week or until it falls off.
- Clean the area daily with warm, soapy water, and pat it dry. Gently cover the incision with a gauze bandage if it sweeps or rubs against clothing. Reach out to your doctor if you notice that the incision leaks daily.
- Keep the area clean and dry. You may shower, but don’t take a bath. Pat the incision dry.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends giving only breast milk for the first six months of life and breastfeeding babies for at least the first year. When your baby reaches about six months of age, you can begin adding other foods besides breast milk or infant formula to your baby's diet. Some babies may be ready for solid foods at 4 or 5 months. Ask your doctor when you can start feeding your baby solid foods.
Having a new baby is exciting, but it also can be exhausting and stressful. It’s common to feel a range of emotions during this time.
Postpartum blues, or the “baby blues,” are common during the first few days after childbirth. Some women find it hard to sleep. Some may cry easily. They may feel happy one minute and sad, anxious, or grumpy the next. The baby blues usually peak around the fourth day after birth and ease up in less than two weeks. Talk to your doctor if the baby blues last for more than two weeks or if you feel very depressed. You may have a more serious problem called postpartum depression.
You’re at greater risk if you’re under a lot of stress, you don’t have much support, or you have a history of depression. Postpartum depression can be treated. Support groups and counseling can help. Medicine may help too. Treatment can improve your mood so you can better care for yourself and your baby and enjoy this special time in your life.
To learn more about postpartum depression and see a full list of symptoms, visit our Health Library.
Call 911 or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 if:
- You feel you can’t stop hurting yourself, your baby, or someone else.
Call your doctor if:
- You hear voices.
- You’ve been feeling sad, depressed, or hopeless or have lost interest in things that you usually enjoy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends having contact with your health care provider within three weeks of giving birth. You should have a complete postpartum checkup no later than 6-8 weeks after giving birth.