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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?


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?


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.

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