Pregnancy & Birth

Pregnancy & Birth

NewYork-Presbyterian delivers more babies in New York City and Westchester combined than any other hospital in New York.

Labor & Delivery

Each year, the dedicated physicians and staff in the Labor and Delivery units at NewYork-Presbyterian welcome more babies into New York City and Westchester combined than any other hospital in New York State. Led by obstetric specialists from two top-ranked institutions, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, our teams work with you to develop a personalized birth plan that optimizes health and reflects your personal preferences and desires. Whether you are welcoming your first baby or are an experienced parent, our skilled and compassionate teams are here to guide and nurture you through your labor and birth to give you and your baby the best possible outcome.

About Our Program

NewYork-Presbyterian has two world-class hospitals exclusively dedicated to the unique healthcare needs of women, their birth partners, and their babies: The Sloane Hospital for Women, located within NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns.

At both hospitals, our expert and compassionate physicians, surgeons, and specialists provide a full range of services that women and infants may need before, during, and after childbirth.  This includes specialized prenatal care, and high-level neonatal intensive care for newborns requiring extra support.  
Our Labor and Delivery units offer a comfortable, family-friendly, private setting to welcome your new baby, including:

  • Obstetrical services for all types of births
  • Evaluations in triage rooms for patients experiencing pregnancy concerns  
  • Specialized medical and nursing staff with high nurse-to-patient staffing levels
  • Advanced technology to support labor and birth
  • 24-hour obstetrical anesthesiology for pain management and all circumstances requiring obstetric anesthesia care
  • On-site, innovative Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICUs)

State-of-the-Art Facilities

NewYork-Presbyterian’s two state-of-the-art hospitals offer a total of 26 birthing rooms equipped with multi-positioned birthing beds and advanced equipment for monitoring and delivering your baby. We also have high-risk rooms to provide acute and critical care for complex cases, before, during, and after birth. Our eight advanced operating rooms support a range of OB/GYN procedures, including scheduled and emergency cesarean births.

While in any of our labor and delivery units, you can expect:

  • Spacious private and semi-private rooms, which include rooming-in space for an overnight guest. The rooms are large enough for laboring moms to walk and perform pain-relieving exercises.
  • Large picture windows and natural lighting
  • Dedicated operating rooms on the same floor for emergencies or planned cesarean births

In addition to the amenities available in our units, our well baby nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are just steps away.

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Our Services

Pain Management

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we provide state-of-the-art pain management while respectfully considering your individual preferences and desires. Our dedicated team of obstetric anesthesiologists provides 24-hour service, with a pre-anesthesia consultation to develop individualized plans to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with childbirth. While some may benefit from nonpharmacologic pain management methods — relaxation, visualization and breathing techniques —epidural is safe and available for labor pain relief.  

Pain Management During C-Section

Our obstetric anesthesiologists are experts in the management of labor pain and the provision of anesthesia for cesarean deliveries. With epidural analgesia, patients are offered state- of-the-art patient-controlled analgesia, using a computer-controlled pump, which provides some control over how much epidural medication is received. This enables us to meet your pain management needs and keep you comfortable while you are in the hospital.

Enhanced Recovery after C-Section (ERACeD)

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS®) is a patient-centered, evidence-based approach to care before, during, and after surgery to improve outcomes and the patient experience. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we have established an Enhanced Recovery after Cesarean Delivery (ERACeD) program to decrease post-operative surgical complications after c-section and empower patients with the tools of self-care to enhance their recovery.  

  • The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Enhanced Recovery after Cesarean Delivery (ERACeD) program, in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is investigating ways to promote safe and cautious opioid prescription after cesarean delivery and raise awareness about the risks associated with excessive opioid use postpartum.

Well Baby Nurseries

At NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns and the Sloane Hospital for Women, healthy infants are cared for in the Well Baby Nurseries. The Well Baby Nursery Care team, comprised of attending pediatricians, pediatric residents, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses, and lactation consultants, provides complete care for term and near-term newborn from birth through discharge, including guidance for the parents.

Well baby care, which may occur in the nursery or at your bedside, includes:

  • complete physical examination of infants upon admission to the nursery and again on the day of discharge
  • assessment and management of breastfeeding mothers and their infants
  • daily evaluation of infants by the attending pediatrician and nursery healthcare team
  • management of infants with common problems such as weight loss, jaundice, and breastfeeding issues
  • performance of mandated New York State screening tests for all infants
  • administration of the Centers for Disease Control recommended birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine
  • administration of New York State mandated birth dose of vitamin K and erythromycin ointment.

Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs)

NewYork-Presbyterian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are among the most experienced and most highly regarded units in the country. Our state-of-the-art Level IV NICUs — the highest level of neonatal care available — care for more than 1,500 critically ill infants each year. This may include low birth weight babies, premature babies, and infants with respiratory distress, gastrointestinal disorders, congenital abnormalities, and other conditions that may require surgery.
Our NICUs are staffed with neonatologists, neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and pharmacists who have unique experience caring for critically ill infants. Pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists are readily available for consultation and treatment. These experts use the latest technology and therapies available to offer critically ill newborns the best chance for survival and high quality of life.

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  • The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Infant Cardiac Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, the first of its kind in the nation, is dedicated solely to the cardiac care of infants up to three months old. Staffed by a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team of specialists in neonatal cardiac intensive care, the unit has the most advanced support technology available to care for infants with heart disease. These technologies include 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 NICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns is the first in New York City equipped with an MRI and an operating room located within the unit.  

Postpartum Care

After childbirth, you will have time to recover and bond with your baby in the labor room before being transported to the postpartum unit.

Our team is here to empower you with the skills and confidence to continue caring for your baby. We will teach you how to hold and bathe your baby and how to identify their feeding cues.

Whether you want to breastfeed or provide formula, we are here to help. All our nurses are certified to provide breastfeeding support, and our lactation consultants are available to assist you if you would like additional guidance. If you choose to formula feed, we will teach you proper preparation and storage of formula.

For more info, visit the Postpartum Care web page

Why Choose Us

Expertise in All Types of Births

Our Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine Labor and Delivery teams are headed by academic leaders who provide expert and compassionate care for mothers having all types of births, from vaginal births to cesareans, singletons to high-order multiples, and uncomplicated births to complex births that involve multidisciplinary teams of maternal and pediatric subspecialists.

Our physicians collaborate with colleagues in multiple disciplines, including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatrics, obstetric anesthesiology, and surgery, to provide care that is tailored to you and your baby’s individualized needs.

Seamless Access to Specialists, All Under One Roof

At NewYork-Presbyterian, our Labor & Delivery teams take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to your and your baby’s care. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or develop complications during labor, birth or postpartum, you will receive care from renowned adult and pediatric specialists. These may include cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, urologists, immunologists, and others. All specialists are located in the same medical center. We can help you access them immediately before, during, and after childbirth, should you or your baby need them. Seamless access to this breadth of specialists is invaluable when expedient treatment can optimize the health of you and your baby.

Innovative Approaches and Lifesaving Treatments

NewYork-Presbyterian is renowned for its expert general obstetricians, maternal-fetal-medicine specialists, and modern facilities, offering the resources you will need throughout the entire journey of your pregnancy, birth, and post-pregnancy. In addition to the latest diagnostic tools and therapies, an extraordinary team of providers is committed to offering the highest level of care with compassion and concern for you and your baby. Our high-risk capabilities are among the best in the nation with the development of specialized programs for high-risk mothers, such as The Mothers Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the nation’s first multidisciplinary center to focus specifically on caring for pregnant women with complex medical and surgical conditions.

NewYork-Presbyterian is also nationally recognized for optimizing the health of newborns and minimizing risk in the tiniest, most fragile newborns with our innovative approaches and lifesaving treatments.  We have one of the best infant survival rates among NICUs nationally, and the lowest rates of chronic lung disease in the U.S. We are recognized by the National Institutes of Health for excellence and expertise in the gentle ventilation of neonates, the standard of care in early, acute lung disease in extremely preterm infants. Our devotion to your newborn continues long after his or her discharge from the NICU, with comprehensive neonatal and nutritional follow-up programs to promote your newborn’s growth and development.

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