NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center offers comprehensive clinical services for women and their babies. Our obstetricians work with health care professionals from across the NewYork-Presbyterian enterprise to treat women with routine and complex pregnancies.
Our obstetricians provide comprehensive and compassionate care throughout your pregnancy. During your pregnancy, your obstetrician will monitor you and your growing baby to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Some of the services available include:
- Prenatal care via in-person visits and video (telehealth) visits
- Fetal echocardiography
- Genetic counseling
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Antenatal testing and fetal monitoring
- Women’s mental health services
- Childbirth education
- Nutrition counseling
High-Risk Pregnancy Management
The Columbia physicians that make up our maternal-fetal medicine team offer outstanding and compassionate care for women with pregnancy complications, including underlying health conditions, multiple gestations, fetal abnormalities, or obstetric complications such as abnormal placentation.
Care for High-Risk Mothers
The Mothers Center at Sloane Hospital for Women is a first-of-its-kind space dedicated to providing coordinated care to pregnant women with complications requiring specialized care. Our fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians and experts from various medical and surgical subspecialty areas collaborate to customize treatment plans to meet your needs.
Our MFM specialists treats many medical complications in pregnancy, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
- Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
- Neurologic conditions
- Infectious diseases
- Placenta accreta
Care for High-Risk Babies
The Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics at Sloane Hospital for Women offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary prenatal imaging, diagnosis, and therapy. At the Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, we use state-of-the-art ultrasound with 2D and 3D capabilities to provide a complete spectrum of diagnostic imaging services required for all pregnancies. We also offer the following innovative services to address the needs of high-risk babies:
- Fetal echocardiography: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound to evaluate the fetal heart; these images are interpreted by a specialist in congenital heart disease.
- Fetal MRI: A fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic technique used to obtain views of the baby, the placenta, and the maternal uterus and body from many different angles. It can be especially useful for getting images of the fetal brain, chest, and abdomen.
- Fetal therapy: Depending on the diagnosis, treatments known as fetal therapy can be performed to achieve fetal well-being. These treatments include fetoscopic selective laser photocoagulation, cordocentesis, radiofrequency ablation, and fetal surgery for spina bifida and certain heart disorders.
Preterm Birth Prevention Center
The Preterm Birth Prevention Center at Sloane Hospital for Women provides comprehensive, personalized medical care for women at high risk for premature birth. Led by maternal-fetal medicine specialists with decades of experience in preterm birth prevention, the team takes a personalized approach to care, bringing together cutting-edge clinical and translational research and best clinical practice to provide the most effective interventions to lower the risk for preterm birth.
Sloane Hospital for Women provides preconception care to women with a history of adverse pregnancy outcomes or underlying maternal complications that may impact pregnancy management. Our team will coordinate appointments with our maternal-fetal medicine team and other subspecialists to enable you to plan and prepare for your pregnancy in the best way possible. You'll benefit from the resources, research, and world-renowned expertise of physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.
Labor & Delivery
Relying on the expertise of our obstetricians, anesthesiologists, nurses, and many other health care professionals, we offer women and their families personalized births. Your progress will be monitored regularly throughout labor, and your nurses will help you explore which comfort measures work best for you.
Our Labor and Delivery team provides:
- Obstetrical services for all types of deliveries
- Specialized medical and nursing staff
- 24/7 availability of obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, pediatricians, and obstetric anesthesiologists
- On-site state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care units (NICUs)
Bonding with your baby starts at birth with skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.
For the safety of your new baby, an electronic ID bracelet matching your ID band will be placed on each ankle of your little one. This bracelet will ensure that your baby remains safe in our unit at all times.
Newborn Care & Neonatal Intensive Care Units
We have a team of expert pediatricians to care for your infant during your stay. Rooming-in with your newborn is encouraged. If you feel the need to rest and cannot do so while sharing the room with your baby, we will care for your infant in one of our two well-baby nurseries. The focus of our nursery team is the complete care of the term and near-term newborn from birth through discharge, including guidance for the parents. Patient care is provided by attending pediatricians, pediatric residents, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses, and lactation consultants.
The neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital are among the busiest and most highly regarded units in the country. Our level IV NICU — the highest level of neonatal care available — cares for more than 1,000 newborns each year, including low birth weight babies, premature babies, infants with respiratory distress and congenital abnormalities, or those needing surgery.
The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Infant Cardiac Unit, the first of its kind in the nation, is staffed by a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team of specialists in neonatal cardiac intensive care. The unit has the most advanced support technology to care for infants with heart disease, including specialized modes of ventilation for the smallest patients, ECMO/cardiac assist devices such as the Berlin Heart, and 3D printing to help guide the surgery, if needed.
The NICUs, labor and delivery, and postpartum units are all located within the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan-Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
After your baby is born, you’ll have time to recover and bond with your baby in the labor room before being transported to the postpartum unit, located within the same building.
We’re here to empower you with the skills and confidence to continue caring for your baby. We'll teach you how to hold and bathe your baby and how to identify their feeding queues.
Whether you want to breastfeed or provide formula, we are here to help. All of our nurses are certified to provide breastfeeding support, and our lactation consultants are available to assist you if you would like additional coaching.