Women's Health

Pregnancy & Birth

Newborn Care

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we care not only for your baby but for you and your family as well. Babies born to mothers who deliver at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center will receive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, respectively. Those children’s hospitals are New York State Department of Health-designated Regional Perinatal Centers. This distinction is given to facilities that are committed to delivering the highest level of prenatal and newborn care. Your baby will benefit from the care and expertise of an academic medical center delivered in a comfortable, personal setting. Our compassionate hospital staff has the experience and resources to address the needs of you and your baby — before and after birth.

Our family-centered care approach encourages keeping your baby with you at your bedside. Rooming-in or mother-baby couplet allows you to bond with your child and get to know your child’s behaviors and help meet his or her feeding needs, whether you have chosen bottle-feeding or breastfeeding. However, if you feel the need to rest or you are not feeling well, your baby can be cared for in our Newborn Nursery.

Leaders in the Field: The No. 1 children’s hospital in New York, our physicians have pioneered many of the techniques widely used in perinatal and neonatal medicine today. They are conducting research to advance the field further, benefiting mothers and their newborns everywhere, like the development of the Apgar score at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia for evaluating the health status of newborns.

A Team Approach: Our neonatal physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners have exceptional qualifications and training in the care of pregnant women and newborns.

Well-Baby Nurseries: Our newborn nurseries feature compassionate and expert care from pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, and lactation consultants. We offer complete care of your newborn from delivery until the time you are ready to go home, giving you the guidance, support, and education you need to begin your new lives together.

Newborn Security: Newborn security is of the utmost importance to our nursery staff. Mothers and their partners receive identification bracelets that match their infant’s bracelet. Also, a security transmitter is placed on the infant at the time of admission and remains in place until discharge.

Patient Transfers: Hundreds of newborn babies are transferred to our NICUs each year from hospitals in the greater New York metropolitan region for our expertise and technology. Doctors can arrange for the transport of infants to the NICU via specially staffed and equipped vehicles, 24/7, by calling 1-800-NYP-STAT (1-800-697-7828).

Neonatal Intensive Care

Our teams of neonatologists and specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners are experienced in the care of the smallest and critically ill newborn babies at our neonatal intensive care units (NICU). After your baby goes home, we offer neonatal follow-up programs to monitor your child's development during those critical early months and years of life.

In addition to providing comprehensive care for well babies, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is renowned for the care of newborns with complex conditions.

Superior Newborn Heart Surgery: Our pediatric heart surgeons are internationally acclaimed for repairing congenital heart defects (those present at birth). Many of these procedures are performed in low-birthweight newborns and infants under the age of one month. Through our Congenital Heart Center , we can offer pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart defects treatment options that were never thought possible just a short time ago.

Exceptional Respiratory Care: We were among the first hospitals in the country to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for infants with severe respiratory failure who cannot be treated successfully with standard therapies. We remain one of only three facilities in the tri-state area to offer this artificial heart-lung system to support a baby until his or her lungs can function on their own.

Pioneers in Newborn Neurologic Support: Our work in newborn medicine is having a major impact on the study of cerebral palsy and newborn stroke. Our physicians apply the latest neurological advances, such as electroencephalography (EEG) methods to access brain function and head cooling caps, which lower the baby's head and body temperature to help lessen the risk of a nervous system problem.

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women & Newborns