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Words of wisdom from LI kindergartners

Newsday interviewed dozens of recent kindergarten graduates to ask what advice they would give to this year’s incoming kindergarten class. From how to make new friends to what it’s like riding a school bus, the children answered with practical, helpful and sometimes comical tips.

Kindergartners at Tooker Avenue School in West Babylon talked about what they liked and disliked about their classes, and offered advice to incoming kindergartners.

What was your favorite thing about kindergarten?

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    Colton Vera

    North Bellmore

    “Gym and playing fun games. Ship to Shore is my favorite.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “Field day!”

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    Rowan Hardwick

    West Babylon

    “Writing words in our journals.”

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    Melina Kienzl

    Bellerose

    “My favorite thing was when I got the class pet dinosaur named Dino.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I loved learning about science — about the sun, planets and solar system.”

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    Saanvi Ahuja

    Hicksville

    “Decorating gingerbread cookies for the holidays. We got to eat them, too!”

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    Christian LaTour

    Wyandanch

    “My favorite thing was learning letters, numbers and all about animals. My favorite animal is a horse.”

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    Brady Anderson

    West Babylon

    “Singing in the Christmas concert.”

What was the hardest thing about kindergarten?

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    Grace Muma

    Babylon

    “Nothing is hard for me now! In the beginning math was hard.”

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    Natalie Gillman

    Plainview

    “When I just learned how to do math. It was a little tricky.”

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    Lylah Nunez

    West Babylon

    “Trying to play with others and getting to know all the new kids.”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “Nothing was hard — it was easy!”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “Gym. We play Pins Down and it’s a hard game.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “Reading because I can’t even think of the words, but my teachers helped me.”

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    Alexis Forlenza

    Huntington

    “In the beginning of school, I had to cut out words from magazines for homework and it was so hard.”

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    Alycia Gervasi

    West Babylon

    “That we always have to do all of our work!”

What would you say to someone starting kindergarten next year?

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    Maliyah Williams

    Wyandanch

    “If you mess something up, don’t give up. You can try again.”

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    Kevin Flores

    West Babylon

    “You will meet your best friends.”

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    Owen Cunningham

    East Norwich

    “It’s easy. Don’t be afraid. It’s really good. It’s really fun.”

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    Grace Muma

    Babylon

    “I would tell somebody good luck and congratulations! You made it, kid!”

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    Davian Niles Reyes

    Freeport

    “Listen to all of your teachers. You will learn to read in English and Spanish.”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “Be kind, always do what the principal says and you’re not allowed to stick up your middle finger.”

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    Saanvi Ahuja

    Hicksville

    “They should know their letters and numbers. You can talk to people but you can’t touch others.”

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    Josephine Sambade

    Island Park

    “You have to participate! You have to listen to the teacher and sit properly.”

What was the funniest thing that happened in kindergarten?

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    Mia MacDougall

    Plainview

    “When my friend stood on the toilet and we all heard her singing.”

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    Johanna Ferrante

    Massapequa

    “My teacher made a mistake and said ‘everyone sit on your table’ instead of everyone sit in the chair.”

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    Gracie Joannon

    East Norwich

    “My friend had a stuffed pig and put it on her head. The teacher took a picture and and everyone laughed!”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “The funniest thing is hearing people toot!”

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    Penelope Dugan

    West Hempstead

    “When Mr. Dooley dressed up as a poop emoji for Halloween. Everyone laughed at him!”

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    Fanilyn Nahon

    Lawrence

    “When my teacher makes mistakes.”

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    Colton Vera

    North Bellmore

    “We were all in the gym and it was quiet but the speaker started making fuzzy noises. We were all laughing!”

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    Maliyah Williams

    Wyandanch

    “When we got something wrong, my teacher would say bananas. We laugh and then answer in a complete sentence.”

What do you love about your teacher?

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    Emily Sasso

    Oceanside

    “She lets me read a book to the class.”

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    Gracie Joannon

    East Norwich

    “My teacher is very smart and knows things. She lets us do fun things like play centers and recess.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I love that my teacher is beautiful.”

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    Emma Reusch

    West Babylon

    “I like my teachers because they are at school with me.”

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    Abigail Roth

    Seaford

    “She sings songs for us to learn sight words.”

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    Christian LaTour

    Wyandanch

    “She lets me use the computer and I learned about books.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “I loved them because I learned so much!”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “That she has blonde hair like my mommy and she’s very funny and makes me laugh.”

What did you do if you missed your mom or dad?

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    Mason Jackson-Chin

    Baldwin

    “I use my imagination to think that my mom and dad are there.”

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    Mia MacDougall

    Plainview

    “I would go to the nurse and tell her I don’t feel well so she would call my mom and I could say hi to her.”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “I don’t miss my mom or dad. I miss my baby sister Addy. I think about her during the day.”

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    Kelsey Burns

    Levittown

    “Take a deep breath and then take another deep breath. Then I feel better.”

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    Luke Matchekosy

    North Bellmore

    “I brought a picture of my moms to school, and I brought something that reminded me of them to keep in my pocket.”

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    Sophia Venezia

    West Babylon

    “I look at a bracelet my mom gave me.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “If someone is sad, my teacher turned into Wonder Woman to help them not feel sad anymore.”

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    Emily Sasso

    Oceanside

    “I kept a picture of me and my mommy in my backpack.”

What’s your best advice for making new friends in kindergarten?

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    Aiden O’Leary

    Syosset

    “It’s okay you will find a friend and that is the best.”

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    Natalie Gillman

    Plainview

    “Ask, ‘can I please play with you today or tomorrow?’”

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    Josephine Sambade

    Island Park

    “Be nice to them and don’t be rude.”

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    Davian Nile Reyes

    Freeport

    “It was really easy. I found the right people and asked them to play with me.”

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    Mason Jackson-Chin

    Baldwin

    “Just introduce yourself to other kids.”

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    Chloe Williams

    Deer Park

    “When you see someone new, you say hi and tell them your name.”

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    Anthony Chaikowski

    West Babylon

    “I just ask if they want to be my friend.”

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    Madelyn Bretton

    Wading River

    “People who don’t have anyone to play with, try to play with them.”

Do you ride the bus to school? If so, what’s it like?

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    Johanna Ferrante

    Massapequa

    “Yes. I was nervous because I didn’t know how to buckle my seatbelt.”

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    Eylul Yildiz

    West Babylon

    “I like riding the bus because the bus driver is silly.”

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    Madelyn Bretton

    Wading River

    “I was a little nervous but now I like it. My neighbor is on the bus.”

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    Abigail Roth

    Seaford

    “Yes. It’s like you’re on an airplane but on the ground.”

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    Jase Niebling

    Oceanside

    “Yes! I was impressed with all the fun things to see!”

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    Owen Cunningham

    East Norwich

    “It’s weird riding the bus for the first time. There were a bunch of kids I didn’t know.”

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    Broso Greco

    West Babylon

    “Yes, it’s a school bus. It picks me up at my house and drops me off at school.”

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    Kelsey Burns

    Levittown

    “I like when the bus goes fast but there are a lot of bumps!”

What’s lunch like in kindergarten? What’s your favorite lunch and snack?

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    Ella Muilenburg

    Hauppauge

    “You eat and sometimes they perform shows. I love corn dogs and my favorite snack is the ice cream.”

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    Luke Matchekosy

    North Bellmore

    “I like lunch because I get to pick someone to sit with me at the peanut-free table. I like to buy pizza and ice pops.”

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    Kate Mazziotti

    Shoreham

    “First you have lunch and then you have recess. I love green rabbit fruit snacks.”

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    Abram Puccio

    West Babylon

    “I eat a lettuce sandwich, that’s it. And Goldfish for a snack.”

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    Melina Kienzl

    Bellerose

    “So, everyone is loud in the cafeteria. We buy lunch or we eat what’s inside our lunchbox. Then it’s recess.”

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    Micah Mathew

    New Hyde Park

    “First you get a tray, then you get lunch, milk and fruit. Then you go to your table and eat. I love pancakes for lunch.”

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    Alexis Forlenza

    Huntington

    “Very boring. All you do is sit there and eat lunch. For snacks, I love Oreo cookies and grapes.”

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    Ava Jannotte

    West Babylon

    “We eat lunch in the cafeteria. I like strawberry bread with cream cheese, but if I’m not hungry I throw it out.”

What is the best thing you learned in kindergarten?

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    Fanilyn Nahon

    Lawrence

    “To never give up!”

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    Liam Haas

    Holbrook

    “Math. I also learned how to read. I like to read the ‘Bad Kitty’ series and history books.”

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    Ella Muilenburg

    Hauppauge

    “How to write, read and solve math problems.”

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    Penelope Dugan

    West Hempstead

    “I learned about a lot of insects. Dragonflies have four wings.”

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    Chloe Williams

    Deer Park

    “Learning new math games.”

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    Andy Tsang

    Williston Park

    “Science. My favorite thing was learning about the skeleton. We got to touch pretend bones.”

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    Danielle Morra

    West Babylon

    “I learned how to meet new friends.”

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    Rajan Sukhu

    East Meadow

    “I did not know how to read and write my letters, do plus or minus and now I do. I loved kindergarten!”

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St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown. Credit: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, we offer private rooms and there is no extra cost. We currently have five private rooms in our mother/baby unit and all of our birthing rooms are private.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

We have the following classes and support groups: New beginnings maternity tour and prenatal breast-feeding class, offered once a week. The infant care class is offered monthly. Family and friends infant CPR is also offered monthly. Support groups include a lactation support group (once a week), mother’s circle of hope, for women experiencing pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety/ OCD, (meets the second Thursday of every month).

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

Lullaby music plays throughout the lobby when a baby is born. We also offer rest periods at the patient’s request and a la carte meals.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

We are a Level II NICU, providing care for neonates 30 weeks and older. The hospital can accommodate up to seven NICU babies and there is an isolation room, if necessary. We also have a neonatologist in-house available 24/7.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have a labor and delivery suite with five birthing rooms.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

If a patient would like a doula, she can hire one and have her present for support during labor and delivery. We do not have midwives on staff.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

We have a locked unit with surveillance cameras throughout. Visitors use a phone outside our unit to announce themselves prior to entering. Security is also located outside our unit. All well newborns have a security band placed on them in the delivery room. In addition, we have identification bands, which identify the newborn to the mother.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

All of our nurses are breast-feeding coaches. We have a an international board-certified lactation consultant. St. Catherine supports and provides continuous education for all our patients who wish to breast-feed or formula feed.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Photographing and videotaping is allowed once the baby is born and stable. We also have a newborn photographer on site.

What do the rooms look like?

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center maternity room
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center maternity room. Credit: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

We offer a glider for them to rock in.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, any time. You just need to call in advance or register for our weekly new beginnings tour.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Though we do not provide the kits, however, the nurses are competent in completing the requirement for cord blood banking collection for patients who bring in their own kits.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

As a means to include siblings, we provide “I am a big sister/brother” bracelet to all siblings.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Siblings are allowed to visit in our mother/baby unit. Yes, spouses can sleep in the room.

What are the visiting hours?

Though we have open visiting hours, we encourage family to call patients ahead of time as we are a family-centered care facility and encourage our moms, dads and babies to rest as much as possible.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

50 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

To date, our exclusive breast-feeding rate is more than 50 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

16.1 percent of vaginal births included episiotomies.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes, as part of our family bonding, we encourage all of our patients to room in with their newborns. We also have a nursery if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Normal vaginal delivery patients stay two days and our non-complicated Caesarean section patients stay three to four days.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

St. Catherine of Siena is the first and only designated baby-friendly birth facility in Suffolk County, an award that demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to supporting breastfeeding and family bonding. We renovated to accommodate more private rooms for our patients. Mothers, as well as fathers, are encouraged to do skin-to-skin with their newborns immediately after birth.

South Nassau Communities Hospital

South Nassau Communities Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. Credit: South Nassau Communities Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

South Nassau has 26 private maternity rooms as well as labor and delivery suites.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

We’ve developed programs, such as breast-feeding support, to help patients before they leave the hospital. We offer a range of classes, which include baby care, preparation for breast-feeding, infant/child CPR, prenatal yoga, mommy-baby yoga, prepared childbirth class, safe sitter class as well as a sibling class.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

The birth of a baby at South Nassau prompts the playing of the classic Brahms Lullaby over the hospital’s public address system, heralding the birth.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes, we have a Level II NICU. The medical staff includes physicians who are board-certified in neonatology and board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine, as well as registered nurses. The NICU ensures intensive one-to-one care and features a state-of-the-art monitoring system.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, expectant mothers typically labor/deliver/recover in the same room on the L&D floor before transferring to their private room on the Mother/Baby wing until they are discharged home.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Midwives with South Nassau Communities Hospital privileges can practice here, and some are on staff. Up to three labor coaches are allowed to be present in the room during labor and delivery. The expectant mother may choose to bring a doula, as one of her labor coaches. In the event of a C-section, the father of the baby, or significant other, can be present in the operating room.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

The hospital uses a state-of-art infant security system. In order to protect moms and babies, visitors are screened prior to entering our secured L&D and mother/baby units.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

South Nassau is one of two Long Island “Baby-Friendly” hospitals designated by the World Health Organization for its commitment to mothers and newborns and in recognition of its effort to foster breast-feeding. This award recognizes birth facilities that offer breast-feeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breast-feeding their babies. We also established a Lactation Resource Center, which is staffed by professionals certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, to help patients before, during and after their baby is born.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Yes, videotaping and photographing the newborn and the new mother after delivery is allowed. There is also a newborn photography service on site.

What do the rooms look like?

South Nassau Communities Hospital NICU
South Nassau Communities Hospital NICU. Credit: South Nassau Communities Hospital

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

Expectant moms can bring labor balls or something similar — the delivery nurses are happy to work with the mom-to-be as long as the mother and baby can be adequately monitored. We also encourage skin-to-skin contact upon delivery.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, at maternity orientation. Expectant parents will get information about the hospital, see a presentation and take a tour of the maternity unit.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

The South Nassau staff and doctors support and participate in cord blood collection.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The father of the baby, or an adult significant other, can stay with the mother and newborn in the room at all times.

What are the visiting hours?

The maternity unit is open to visitors 24 hours a day.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

The hospital’s C-section rate is 40 percent overall, with a 24 percent primary C-section rate.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

Our breast-feeding rates are consistently more than 90 percent. The exclusive breast-feeding rates at discharge are around 50 percent, and close to 95 percent of South Nassau newborns are at least partially breast-fed.

What is the episiotomy rate?

We have an approximately 8 percent episiotomy rate.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

We promote moms and babies not being separated and are able to sleep in the same room. All assessments and tests for the babies can be done in the room as well. Yes, there is a nursery if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The average length of stay for vaginal deliveries is two days after delivery and three days after cesarean sections. However, the health and wellness of the mother post-delivery is paramount, so the length of stay will depend on how well the new mom and baby are recovering from birthing experiences.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

The hospital’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers a thorough assessment and follow up of all expectant moms and fetuses. South Nassau also implements a gentle C-section approach, if needed. Patients have the opportunity to see the baby at the moment of Caesarean delivery, and experience skin-to-skin contact within minutes after the baby’s birth. Moms can choose music during the surgery (if any).

Nassau University Medical Center

Nassau University Medical Center
Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Credit: Nassau University Medical Center

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, on first-come, first-served basis at no extra charge.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Yes. After birth classes for inpatient, breast-feeding, postpartum depression and more. We don’t offer sibling classes.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

Nassau University Medical Center has baby showers twice a year for expectant mothers and those who have recently delivered. It’s an educational/social event with various learning stations including car seat safety, breast-feeding, prenatal care, newborn care and nutrition. We also provide a tour of the labor and delivery suites as well as light refreshments. When a baby is born, we have the mother or father press a button for a lullaby to be played throughout the unit.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes. We have a Level III NICU with capacity for 20 patients. Care is provided by neonatologist and all registered nurses.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, seven newly built labor, delivery and recovery suites.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Yes, to both.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

Nassau has an electronic infant security system in place.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

All nurses are trained in breast-feeding classes, offered for education on the first, second and third trimester. The hospital has both breast-feeding coaches and lactation consultants.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

No, the hospital doesn’t allow videotaping and doesn’t hire newborn photographers.

What do the rooms look like?

Nassau University Medical Center labor and delivery room
Nassau University Medical Center labor and delivery room. Credit: Nassau University Medical Center

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

We have a birthing tube for midwives’ patients and family members can attend the birth.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

No, but we can accommodate patients who request it.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Yes, spouses can sleep in the room and siblings ages 12 and older can visit.

What are the visiting hours?

Our visiting hours are noon to 8 p.m.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

One of the lowest in the county, 16 percent for primary and 12 percent for repeat for a total of 28 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

We have 90.7 percent of infants that were fed any breast milk, 12.8 percent were exclusively breast-fed and 85.9 percent were breast-fed and supplemented with formula.

What is the episiotomy rate?

The episiotomy rate is 6.6 percent.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes, your baby can sleep in the same room and we also have a nursery, if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Two days for a vaginal birth, three days for C-section as per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendation.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We have a new women’s Primary Care Center, which provides outpatient care for women at all stages of life, with ultrasound, non-stress testing, OB visits, gynecologist visits and more in the Women’s Division. The hospital also has two water birth suites, each with tub and laboring bed, set up like a bedroom. There’s also a waiting room for the family and all the comforts for support while the woman is laboring in the tub. It is an alternate birthing method that some women have found comforting.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in Southampton. Credit: Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, all our rooms are private. We have 11 postpartum, four labor and delivery suites, one triage and one recovery (post-op).

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Yes, Southampton offers baby care basics, beyond delivery, baby safe CPR, breast-feeding, Lamaze and sibling classes.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

We play a lullaby throughout the hospital when baby is born, skin-to-skin immediately following birth, lactation specialist is available day and night and we also offer breast-feeding education.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

No, we transfer to Stony Brook University Hospital, if necessary.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, we have four.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Doulas and midwives are allowed. We also have a midwife on staff.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

We have a Baby Safe system that uses the newborn’s umbilical cord.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

We have a lactation consultant on staff. We promote breast-feeding, but also bottle feeding if that is what the parents choose.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Yes, parents can take pictures. We do not have a professional newborn photographer at this time.

What do the rooms look like?

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital labor and delivery room
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital labor and delivery room. Credit: Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

Yes, Southampton offers hydrobath, labor ball and “peanut” assist during delivery.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

At request of the parent.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

Southampton participates in “Books for Babies” to encourage parent/child reading. Each baby receives several educational books in a canvas bag (we provide English or Spanish).

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Yes to both. No restriction on children related to parents and baby. Unrelated children must be at least 16.

What are the visiting hours?

Our visiting hours are noon to 8 p.m.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

26 to 30 percent of births.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

To date, our exclusive breast-feeding rate is more than 50 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

16.1 percent of vaginal births included episiotomies.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes. There is a nursery available, if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Two days for natural birth, three to four days for a C-section.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We have a baby-friendly environment, and holistic/pain management natural delivery.

Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital
Huntington Hospital in Huntington. Credit: Huntington Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Private rooms are available upon request with a fee.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Prenatal classes are held monthly and include labor & delivery/postpartum, breast-feeding, newborn infant care, infant CPR and a sibling class.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

We have the lullaby system that plays throughout the facility, which allows for the mother, family, friends and visitors to celebrate a new addition. We also work closely with the patient to accommodate their birth plans.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

We have a Level II NICU, which includes 24/7 neonatology care.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have seven labor and delivery rooms in our unit.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

For those mothers who have previously arranged for doula care, we at Huntington Hospital welcome the addition of support that is given to our patients. Huntington Hospital currently has a flourishing midwife practice.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

An infant security system is in place to ensure the safety of our newborns during their stay.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

We currently have 13 certified breast-feeding counselors and a full time lactation consultant to assist our patients in their breast-feeding goals and success. A breast-feeding support group meets twice a month.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Photographing is allowed in our birthing suites and in the privacy of patient rooms. A newborn photographer is available to take the baby’s picture.

What do the rooms look like?

Huntington Hospital labor and delivery room
Huntington Hospital labor and delivery room. Credit: Huntington Hospital

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

A birthing ball can be utilized in our birthing suite when requested.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Huntington Hospital offers tours of our perinatal area two times a week.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

When parents have spoken to their obstetrical provider and decided on cord blood banking it is facilitated during their stay.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Yes, siblings are allowed to visit. Significant others are welcome to stay and support the mother and newborn in our family-centered care unit.

What are the visiting hours?

Siblings, families and friends are allowed to visit at the mother’s request at any time during her stay.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

Our C-section rate is 40 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

Our exclusive breast-feeding rate is 33 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

10 percent.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Huntington Hospital allows newborns to room in with their mothers from birth to discharge. There is also a full-functioning nursery.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

An average postpartum stay ranges from two to four days based on the mode of delivery.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

Huntington Hospital offers family-centered care throughout the Women and Children’s Health Service Line, as well as throughout the organization. The hospital is a fourth-time designated magnet facility that was earned by quality patient outcomes and outstanding nursing care. Huntington Hospital is the highest-ranked community hospital in New York State as awarded by the U.S. News and World Report. We also offer Nightingale Phone, which connects the patient directly to the nursing team caring for them to enhance communication and promptness in meeting the needs of patients.

NYU Winthrop Hospital

NYU Winthrop Hospital
NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. Credit: NYU Winthrop Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes, NYU Winthrop Hospital offers private rooms. There is a $200 surcharge for the entire stay.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Yes, we have a number of prenatal class offerings such as baby care, breast-feeding, Lamaze and more. We also have a sibling class.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

There is a daily dessert cart brought to the mom’s room every afternoon with specialty treats.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes. One of the most advanced facilities of its kind, NYU Winthrop’s Level III NICU is equipped to care for babies with problems that require the use of the most sophisticated technology and possible surgical intervention. Special equipment is used to observe and monitor the babies closely, as well as to provide the correct balance of warmth, nourishment and, if necessary, oxygen in amounts carefully tailored to the special needs of each baby. We care for sick neonates and premature babies as early as 24 weeks’ gestation.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes. We have 16 labor, delivery, recovery (LDR) rooms, three operating rooms, six OB post anesthesia care unit (PACU) beds and seven exam/triage rooms.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Yes, NYU Winthrop has a robust volunteer doula program. Midwives are permitted if credentialed and privileged through the hospital’s medical staff office.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

We utilize an infant alarm system called Safe Place, which monitors the infant’s whereabouts through a central system. The areas are all locked down with card swipe technology.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

NYU Winthrop Hospital was the first hospital on Long Island to achieve Baby Friendly designation. All of the members of the nursing staff are certified breast-feeding counselors (CBC). In addition, we have two international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) on staff.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Yes, photographing and videotaping during the birth are permitted with the consent of the medical provider who is delivering the baby. MOM 365 has professional photographers, who are on-site and available to take newborn photos in the privacy of each patient’s room.

What do the rooms look like?

NYU Winthrop Hospital labor and delivery suite
NYU Winthrop Hospital labor and delivery room. Credit: NYU Winthrop Hospital

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

NYU Winthrop offers Peanut balls (birthing balls) to help reduce the length of labor and the need for Caesarean section. In addition, the Monica NOVII is a wireless Bluetooth fetal monitoring device, which allows for more mobility during labor. It monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and uterine activity, all with a single “peel and stick” patch.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, tours of the hospital’s New Life Center and recovery area are available upon request or can be arranged through prenatal classes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Cord blood banking is permitted and supported for any family that decides to contract with a cord blood company.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Siblings and families are welcome. Spouses and partners may stay.

What are the visiting hours?

There is no age requirement for visitation; however, families are encouraged to use discretion with small children. Visitors are welcome at any time during the patient’s stay.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

The C-section rate is 38 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

NICU babies have more than 90 percent initiation rate for breast milk including the availability of donor milk; more than 80 percent of well babies receive breast milk; 50 percent receive breast milk exclusively.

What is the episiotomy rate?

The hospital’s episiotomy rate is 22 percent.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Rooming in is strongly encouraged. There is a respite nursery if needed.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The average length of stay is two to three days.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

NYU Winthrop Hospital is the only hospital on Long Island to offer fetal surgery. Fetal surgery encompasses a broad range of surgical techniques used by our fetal surgeon-specialists to treat birth defects in fetuses prior to childbirth. The Monica NOVII is wireless Bluetooth fetal monitoring to allow for more mobility during labor. NYU Winthrop has also joined a multi-centered collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives in order to safely reduce the primary C-section rate.

St. Charles Hospital

St. Charles Hospital
St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. Credit: St. Charles Hospital

Do you offer private rooms? If so, what is the cost?

Yes. Currently we have eight private rooms; however, we will be doing a renovation of the maternity unit and when complete, the unit will host 19 refurbished private rooms.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Yes, St. Charles offers a C-section class and childbirth preparation/lamaze, free maternity unit tours, newborn parenting 101, daddy boot camp, as well as mommy’s little helper sibling class.

What special things do you do for the mother and baby?

The new dad gets to push a button in the labor/delivery suite when the baby is born and Brahms’ Lullaby plays through the labor/delivery and maternal/child units. In addition, St. Charles offers new parents a private “Dinner for Two” the night before they are discharged. It’s a three-course meal with a salad, entrees include surf/turf, chicken or salmon and dessert is Junior’s cheesecake or chocolate mountain cake.

Do you have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)?

Yes. St. Charles Hospital hosts a six-bed Level II NICU, which means we care for babies born at 32 weeks gestational age or greater, as well as babies who are full-term but require close monitoring, breathing assistance or intravenous antibiotics after birth.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

If a patient would like a doula, she can hire one and have her present for support during labor and delivery. We do not have midwives on staff.

What kind of security measures do you have in place to make sure the baby is safe?

The labor/delivery and maternity units feature security and monitoring technology to ensure the safety of our patients. Guests and other staff in the hospital must be buzzed in by staff and all newborns wear an alarmed security device that activates if the baby is brought anywhere near every exit door on the unit.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site? Does the hospital support breast- and/or bottle feeding?

Yes, we have one full-time certified lactation consultant. All of the mother-baby nurses are certified breast-feeding counselors. St. Charles supports both breast- and bottle-feeding.

Is videotaping/photographing the birth allowed? A photographer for newborns available?

Photographs are allowed and we do have a newborn photographer.

What do the rooms look like?

St. Charles Hospital delivery room
St. Charles Hospital delivery room. Credit: Mercy Medical Center

Do you offer anything special for moms during labor (i.e. hydrobath, labor ball, etc.)?

Patients can bring in their own labor balls – most do not use them.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, free tours of the delivery rooms, nursery and postpartum rooms are offered.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Patients make their own contracts with cord blood banking companies. We do not supply the kits and we don’t have contracts with any bank.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

Parents are given a blue canvas bag for boys and a pink canvas bag for girls. Patients are also given hand-knit hats for their baby, as well as their “first” book from the Port Jefferson Rotary Club.

Are siblings allowed to visit? Can the spouse sleep in the room?

Yes, to both.

What are the visiting hours?

Spouses/partners are allowed to remain with the patient. Sibling and grandparent visiting hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and open visiting hours are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

What’s the rate of C-sections at the hospital?

43.3 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

About 83.7 percent of infants are fed any breast milk.

What is the episiotomy rate?

15.6% of vaginal births included an episiotomy.

Will my baby be able to sleep in the same room as me? Is there a nursery?

Yes to both questions.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Two days for vaginal delivery and four days for C-section.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

St. Charles Hospital’s maternity unit will soon undergo a complete renovation of each room, converting the unit to 19 private-appointed rooms. St. Charles Hospital supports a mother/baby couplet model of care, where one nurse cares for both the baby and the mother, which allows staff to have an enhanced teaching opportunity with mothers and families, promote family bonding and create awareness of the newborns’ patterns.