Labor & Delivery

Each year, the dedicated physicians and staff in the labor and delivery units at NewYork-Presbyterian help bring about 25,000 babies into the world. Whether you’re a first-time mom or you’ve given birth before, our labor and delivery teams are here to guide and support you.

Our teams work with you to create, follow and continually adapt a birth plan that considers and optimizes the health of you and your baby. Our evidence-based approach to prenatal care and labor and delivery means you have a knowledgeable health care team who use up-to-date techniques throughout your pregnancy care with us.

We walk you through the entire process, including giving you a tour of the unit where you will deliver and of the postpartum care areas. Whether you hope to have a natural birth or you need a cesarean birth, our team has one goal in mind — ensuring you and your baby are healthy and safe.

Doctor handing baby to mother

Family-Centered Spaces

The Carmen and John Thain Labor and Delivery Unit at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the labor and delivery unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center include 21 birthing rooms and seven state-of-the-art operating rooms, which support a range of OB/GYN procedures, including pre-scheduled and emergent cesarean deliveries. While in our units, you can expect:

  • Spacious private and semi-private rooms, which includes 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
  • Comfortable waiting areas with access to food, television, and other amenities for family members and friends
  • Dedicated operating rooms on the same floor for emergencies or planned cesarean deliveries

In addition to the amenities available in our units, our neonatal intensive care units are just steps away.

Your Care Team

The labor and delivery units at NewYork-Presbyterian are run by obstetrics specialists from two Ivy league institutions, and may include:

  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Obstetrics-trained anesthesiologist
  • Maternal-fetal medicine specialist
  • OB/GYNs
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Lactation consultant

Should you have any medical or surgical complications during your pregnancy, specialists from cardiology, neurology, or other clinical specialties may be involved in your care. As a teaching hospital, residents and fellows play an integral role in the care delivery system. While our trainees are gaining first-hand experience in a broad range of medical situations, they help with diagnostic tests, coordinate follow-up care, and perform many essential tasks to support your optimal birthing experience.

Pain Management

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we have many pain management options available to you to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with childbirth. While some mothers may benefit from our nonpharmacologic pain management methods — relaxation, visualization and breathing techniques — some may find comfort with an analgesic.

Our board-certified obstetric anesthesiologists are trained in monitoring and managing the use of analgesics. Patients may be offered patient-controlled epidural analgesia, which gives partial control over how much medication is received via the epidural catheter using a computer-controlled pump.

NewYork-Presbyterian has specially trained pain resource nurses who provide support to your health care team and who will consult with you on any pain management concerns or issues. This will help us meet your pain management needs and keep you comfortable while you are in the hospital.

Skin-to-Skin and Post-Delivery Bonding

Mom with baby

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we strive to ensure skin-to-skin contact for the baby during the the first hour immediately after delivery including cesarean deliveries, which is sometimes called the “golden hour.” Spending the first hour against a mother’s skin has been found to:

  • Expose baby to normal bacteria ony your skin, which may protect them from harmful germs
  • Facilitate breastfeeding sooner
  • Stabilize baby’s body temperature and blood glucose
  • Increase your comfort with handling and caring for baby

For cesarean deliveries, the baby may be placed skin-to-skin on you or, if not available, held by your partner skin-to-skin until you are ready and able.


NewYork-Presbyterian encourages and supports 24-hour rooming-in for your baby. Rooming-in is a practice in which the baby’s crib is placed next to your bedside during your stay at the hospital. Rooming-In helps you prepare for going home with your baby and offers opportunities to learn about his or her behaviors and what they mean. To help you with rooming-in, we recommend a support person to be available throughout your hospital stay to help you and your baby. If you feel the need to rest or you are not feeling well, your baby can be cared for in our Newborn Nursery.

Newborn Nursery

Healthy newborns are cared for in the Newborn Nursery by attending pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, mother-baby nurses, and lactation consultants. Complete care of the term and near-term newborn from delivery through discharge, including guidance for the parent, is the focus of the nursery team. This 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

Sloane Hospital for Women

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women & Newborns