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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?


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.

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