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Having a baby? Find the best hospital for you

Compare maternity services and amenities at Long Island hospitals

When it comes to having a baby on Long Island, many parents-to-be have questions about where to deliver their little one. To help make things easier, we went to 14 Long Island hospitals offering labor and delivery and asked the top questions to make sure expectant moms and dads learn everything they need to know before welcoming their newborn. Below are the answers, directly from the hospitals.

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Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

1000 Montauk Hwy, West Islip, NY 11795
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Credit: Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

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

Good Samaritan Hospital has seven private rooms that are available to our patients at no extra charge. There are six additional private rooms on our newly refurbished maternity wing that cost $225 per night. These rooms include television and phone service, complimentary meals for the patient and their significant other, as well as other amenities, such as a small fridge and a hair dryer.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Good Samaritan offers a robust perinatal education program for parents and parents-to-be. It starts with an Early Pregnancy class to prepare the expectant couple for what lies in the months ahead. We offer a comprehensive Childbirth Preparation course (Lamaze) to educate and prepare first-time parents. A shorter “refresher” course is available to remind parents of the breathing, relaxation and labor support techniques they learned from their first birth. There are also individual classes, which cover preparing couples for baby care and an introduction to breast-feeding. There’s a big brother/Big sister class to help prepare children for the new addition, as well as a grandparents class with information on advances in child care and how to baby-proof your home. Additionally, there are classes to offer assistance once your baby arrives. This includes a support group for women who are experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after birth. We also offer a Breast-feeding Café, New Mother’s Support Group, infant massage classes and breast pump rentals.

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

After welcoming their baby into the world, new parents at Good Samaritan can announce their bundle of joy to the entire hospital by pushing a button in the delivery room that plays a lullaby throughout the building. We recognize the first boy and girl born each year at Good Samaritan with two gift baskets from local businesses filled with goodies for the parents and their newborn. On Mother’s Day, we recognize all of our new moms with flowers and a special commemorative Mother’s Day poem. During Easter, Halloween and Christmas, our volunteers make soft, cuddly eggs, pumpkins and stockings to swaddle our holiday newborns.

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

Yes, we have a Level III NICU as designated by the New York State Department of Health. It is the largest neonatal center on the South Shore of Long Island, treating approximately 500 infants each year. The 16-bed facility provides a broad spectrum of specialized multidisciplinary intensive care services for infants as young as 23 weeks and as small as 1 pound at birth. A neonatologist is in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to attend to all high-risk deliveries, provide medical care, and support infants and their families.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, there are seven labor and delivery rooms, in addition to two operating rooms dedicated to the unit. There are also seven antepartum beds and three beds for triage.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Doulas are welcome at Good Samaritan and allowed to serve as labor support. Midwives are not permitted.

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

Good Samaritan maintains an infant alarm system to keep our tiniest patients and their families safe.

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

Good Samaritan’s breast-feeding program provides patients with staff that are certified breastfeeding counselors. Additionally, we have several full and part-time international board-certified lactation consultants who are available to answer any questions and assist with techniques as you develop a bond with your newborn. Good Samaritan was one of two Long Island facilities recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for excellence in lactation care. While we offer a wide range of services and resources geared toward breast-feeding, we also understand that every family has different needs. As a result, we also offer services and resources to assist new parents with bottle-feeding and supplementation.

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

While we try to accommodate families who want to capture those priceless moments in the delivery room, patient safety is our primary focus. Photographs are allowed at the discretion of the attending physician; however, videotaping is prohibited. Following the delivery, once the family is safe and healthy, our staff is always willing to assist (and participate!) in family pictures. There is also a newborn photography company available at the hospital.

What do the rooms look like?

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center maternity room
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center maternity room. Credit: Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

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

At Good Samaritan, we offer a peanut ball to expectant mothers who would like assistance during labor. This small therapy ball helps to shorten the first and second stages of labor while also decreasing C-section rates.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, free tours are offered by members of our perinatal education team.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Cord blood banking is available to patients at Good Samaritan. This can be coordinated through their OBGYN using an outside vendor.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

While we don’t offer any specific “swag bags” to patients when they are discharged, we do provide several complimentary items, including sample products, to families during their stay with us.

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

We recommend visits for siblings who are 2 years and older, but welcome children of all ages. Partners are permitted to sleep at the hospital if their significant other is in a single patient room.

What are the visiting hours?

Visiting hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. However, we understand that babies arrive at all hours of the day and night, so we’ll work to provide flexible visiting hours for families who wish to see their loved ones.

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

The primary C-section rate for first-time patients at Good Samaritan is 24 percent. The overall rate, including repeat C-sections, is 47 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

At Good Samaritan, 83 percent of mothers breast-feed or incorporate breast-feeding into their daily feeding routines, while 17 percent exclusively use formula.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Good Samaritan does not track the rate of episiotomies. We encourage patients with questions regarding episiotomies to consult with their OBGYNs.

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

A nursery is available to our patients, but at Good Samaritan we strongly encourage and promote mother/baby couplet care, which allows for new parents to bond with their infants as they sleep in the same room.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The average length of a postpartum stay at Good Samaritan is two days for a vaginal delivery and four days for a C-section.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

Good Samaritan is the only hospital on Long Island with NICVIEW cameras, which are 10 different cameras providing password-protected livestreaming video to connect babies in the NICU with parents, grandparents and other relatives looking to peek in on their little loved one’s progress. This innovative technology will enhance the parent-infant bonding experience and family-centered care, even when the parents cannot be at the baby’s bedside. While the arrival of a new family member is an exciting and emotional event, the staff at Good Samaritan also recognizes that the loss of a baby, whether in-utero or soon after birth, is the most heart-wrenching experience a parent can encounter. The perinatal bereavement program has been recognized for best practices at facilities across the country. In addition, many staff members are certified perinatal bereavement facilitators. In an effort to offer families an opportunity to love, celebrate and grieve for their baby in a supportive environment, Good Samaritan started “Emily’s Gift,” a program to ensure that services are consistently provided to bereaved families through a collaborative and holistic approach. A recent addition to the bereavement program is “Gabriel’s Courage,” which provides in-utero hospice or palliative care for the imperiled newborn, encompassing all perinatal bereavement services. This allows women who are given a critical fetal diagnosis the opportunity to be supported by a team of pediatric specialists, care management professionals and pastoral care staff to find the best way to support the baby and family.

Huntington Hospital

270 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
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.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center

270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Credit: Long Island Jewish Medical Center

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

Yes, all rooms are private.

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, as well as a sibling class.

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

At LIJ, we create a special keepsake footprint sheet. We do have two rooms that have Jacuzzi tubs for early labor pain management. We have a discharge class, which allows for our new families to interact with one another and ask questions in a group setting. We are also pursuing baby-friendly designation, which allows for a family-centered approach of non-separation of the newborn and family.

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

We have a Level III NICU as Cohen Children’s Medical Center is attached to our facility.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have six triage rooms, seven PACU recovery spots, four operating rooms and 14 L&D rooms, which are all private.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

We encourage the patient to have whatever support system they desire at the bedside, whether that be family or doulas. This is, however, coordinated by the patient prior to arrival to our unit. We currently do not have any midwives who practice at LIJ.

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

We have a vigorous process when first entering our building, where ID is checked and photo identification is given to all visitors. We have an infant tag security system in place to assure safety.

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

All of our OB nurses have specialized breast-feeding education. Many of our nurses are certified breast-feeding counselors. We also have international board-certified lactation consultants on staff. Our hospital supports practices that have shown to increase breast-feeding success and duration (skin-to-skin, rooming in). Our hospital supports a mother’s feeding choice, and if it is formula, she will be showed how to safely feed and prepare formula. We have prenatal breast-feeding classes for parents who are expecting, inpatient breast-feeding classes and or/individual consults available, and breast-feeding support after discharge (warm-line and support group).

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; however, no video is allowed during delivery. We do have a third-party service by Mom365 to shoot newborn photos or post-partum for an additional cost to the patient paid directly to the company.

What do the rooms look like?

Long Island Jewish maternity discharge room
Long Island Jewish Medical Center maternity discharge room. Credit: Long Island Jewish Medical Center

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

We have body pillows and two rooms have Jacuzzi baths.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

No.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

We have both options of a public banking system Monday through Friday, as well as allow patients to use private companies. Patients and families who want to bank privately need to coordinate with the third party prior to admission to the hospital.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

No.

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

Siblings, families and friends are allowed to visit upon mother’s request. We allow for one individual of choice to stay overnight and provide a sofa for sleeping. If the newborn is in the NICU for any reason, we allow children 15 years or older to visit. If it is a sibling of the newborn in the NICU, we allow children 3 years and older; however, documentation from the child’s doctor with proof of immunizations is required.

What are the visiting hours?

We request limited visitation after 9 p.m. to encourage rest for our mothers and new families.

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

Our C-section rate is 33 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

We currently have a 35 percent exclusive breast-feeding rate.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Long Island Jewish does not track the rate of episiotomies.

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

Yes. We encourage rooming in at all times and educate all our patients and their families of the benefits.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

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

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

Family-centered approach to care for all women’s health. LIJ is a designated Magnet facility, a designation that was earned through quality patient outcomes and outstanding nursing care.

Mercy Medical Center

1000 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. Credit: Mercy Medical Center

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

Yes, we do. They are free of charge.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

Mercy offers childbirth education classes, maternity tours and refresher classes, as well as infant/child CPR. All of the classes are offered monthly.

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

We play Brahms’ Lullaby when each baby is born. We also offer a celebration dinner to all patients and have a continental breakfast each morning in the mother/baby unit bistro.

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

Mercy has the only Level III NICU on the South Shore of Long Island. It features 15 beds, a NICU parent room and a pumping room.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Yes.

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

The mother/baby, NICU and delivery room are all locked units. All maternal child staff have color coded IDs and Kelly security tags are used on all newborns.

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

Many of our nurses are certified breastfeeding coaches. We also have a lactation specialist on staff. We support breast-feeding and are striving to become breast-feeding friendly.

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

Yes, we offer a newborn photographer, Mom365, for a cost if the parents would like to use the service. Videotaping of the birth is not allowed.

What do the rooms look like?

Mercy Medical Center maternity room
Mercy Medical Center maternity room. Credit: Mercy Medical Center

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

No.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, Mercy offers a monthly tour. Private tours are given upon request.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

No, only private banking.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

An infant T-shirt, “I am a Mercy Star,” is given upon discharge.

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

Yes, and spouses can stay overnight if they want.

What are the visiting hours?

We have open visiting hours on the mother/baby unit. In the NICU, grandparents must be accompanied by a parent and only two at a time at the bedside.

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

Approximately 30 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

30 percent exclusively breast-feeding, 85 percent breast and bottle.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Mercy does not track the rate of episiotomies.

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

We promote full rooming in.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

Two to four days, depending on delivery type.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We have NICU Knowledge software for the hospital’s NICU. The project enables parents of babies spending time in the NICU to learn about the special needs of their infants. Delivered via tablet, parents learn about feeding, bathing, identifying distress and other issues. NICU Knowledge is available in a variety of different languages and is an essential source of parental education for the community. And, we offer donor breast milk for babies in the NICU who meet criteria.

Nassau University Medical Center

2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
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.

North Shore University Hospital

300 Community Dr, Manhasset, NY 11030
North Short University Hospital
North Short University Hospital in Manhasset. Credit: North Shore University Hospital

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

Yes, for post-partum at no extra charge.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

At Manhasset, we offer sibling classes. Prenatal classes are provided through the office of Community Health. We provide onsite breast-feeding classes, as well.

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

North Shore provides room service meals, fresh flowers in the rooms, a beautiful educational book called “New Beginnings,” a diaper bag and valet parking at no extra charge the day of discharge.

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

Yes. The NICU is able to provide complex, very state of the art neonatal care to the infants as young as 23-24 weeks. They provide care for infants born in the hospital, as well as infants transferred into the institution.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes, and a newly renovated LDR (Labor and Delivery Recovery), will open later this year.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Doulas are allowed. At this time, North Shore does not have midwives.

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

All visitors must receive a visitor’s pass at the front desk. The units are locked and visitors are screened before entering. There is also an infant security system.

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

There are lactation consultants at the hospital and more than 75 of the RNs are certified breast-feeding counselors, who can provide education and support. The hospital supports breast-feeding, but respects the choice of the mother. North Shore will provide education as to the benefits of breast milk.

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

Still photos are permitted, videotaping is not. There is a contract for baby portraits.

What do the rooms look like?

North Shore University Hospital maternity room
North Shore University Hospital maternity room. Credit: North Shore University Hospital

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

North Shore uses the peanut ball, which helps for a faster delivery during the last part of labor.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, North Shore provides 10 tour groups a month.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

North Shore does not, but families can arrange for private cord blood collections from one of the several companies the hospital has an agreement with. Doctor’s offices can provide the information during the pregnancy.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

The hospital provides diaper bags, which are for educational materials.

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

Siblings can visit, and one support person can sleep over. Children are welcome but can’t sleep over.

What are the visiting hours?

Visitors are welcome at any time during a patient’s stay.

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

Approximately 36 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

About 37 percent exclusively breast-feed; 54 percent breast- and bottle-feed.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Approximately 12.5 percent.

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

The hospital encourages rooming in — the infants are safe – and the front desk of the unit is always manned so they can see who is coming in. In addition, the OB staff has a different colored ID so parents know that he/she is an authorized person to be in the area near their baby.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The usual stay is two days for a vaginal birth and three days for a C-section delivery.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

The hospital works as a team consisting of nurses, maternal fetal medicine physicians, a cardiologist, neurologist and other medical specialists when a woman has medical issues that could complicate her pregnancy.

NYU Winthrop Hospital

259 1st St, Mineola, NY 11501
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.

Peconic Bay Medical Center

1300 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. Credit: Peconic Bay Medical Center

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

Yes.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

No.

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

Peconic Bay Medical Center plays a lullaby when a baby is born.

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

No.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

Yes.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

No.

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

We have a security system for babies.

Is there a breast-feeding coach and lactation consultant available on-site?

No to both.

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

Yes, photographing is allowed. We do not have a photographer for newborns at the hospital.

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

No.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Yes.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

Yes.

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

Yes to both.

What are the visiting hours?

We have open visiting hours.

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

34.4 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

62 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Not available.

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

Yes to both.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The usual stay is two days for a vaginal birth.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

Peconic Bay Medical Center is working on a partnership with the Carol Pufahl Literacy Foundation, where parents would sign their baby up to receive one book per month until kindergarten, for a total of 60 books before they start school.

South Nassau Communities Hospital

1 Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY 11572
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).

Southside Hospital

301 E Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Southside Hospital
Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Credit: Southside Hospital

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

Southside Hospital has nine private rooms available to patients at request after delivery. The rooms are $305 a night.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

We offer two complimentary prenatal classes to all of the hospital’s patients and employees. One class is labor and delivery, covering the basics of what to expect during your birth, as well as basic newborn care. Southside Hospital also offers a prenatal breast-feeding class taught by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Both of these classes include a tour of the maternity center.

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

After the birth of a baby and upon transfer to the postpartum unit, the mother and her significant other push a button that plays a lullaby throughout the entire hospital. This was initiated by one of the hospital’s labor and delivery nurses and it really brings a smile to everyone’s face when they hear it.

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

Southside Hospital has a level two special care nursery with 24/7 neonatologists on site.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have six beautiful labor and delivery suites.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

Doulas are allowed at the mother’s request, but we currently do not have midwives who practice at Southside Hospital.

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

We have a state–of-the-art newborn security system. Every baby has a newborn security tag on his/her ankle, which is a transmitter. The patients are given instructions regarding the use of the tag, such as leaving it on the baby securely throughout the hospital stay. Both the labor and delivery, and maternity units are locked units and every baby is accounted for at all times. These transmitters can activate an overhead alarm system if any change in tag status occurs.

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

All of the hospital’s maternal-child nursing staff are trained in supporting breast-feeding mothers, as well as our lactation consultants who do daily rounds on patients. Southside Hospital is on the journey to become a baby friendly designated hospital and has many resources for breast-feeding families. We offer a free prenatal breast-feeding class prior to birth, as well as breast-feeding support after discharge through its breast-feeding support group.

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

The hospital has a newborn photography company on the mother-baby unit (postpartum). However, videotaping during the actual childbirth on the labor and delivery unit is not allowed.

What do the rooms look like?

Southside Hospital maternity room
Southside Hospital maternity room. Credit: Southside Hospital

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

Southside Hospital has nonpharmacologic measures to help a mother during childbirth, such as birthing balls, peanut balls, rocking chairs and support to labor outside of the bed when the patient is medically stable.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

Yes, the tours are incorporated into the complimentary prenatal classes.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Patients are encouraged to bank their cord blood privately with one of the many companies we are associated with. They are given multiple resources by their doctors regarding both banking for themselves as well as donating cord blood for banking.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

We offer a Northwell Health cooler tote to each of the mothers who are admitted to the NICU, so they can safely transport their breast-milk to and from the NICU. We also give each baby a complimentary Northwell Health newborn T-shirt.

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

Siblings are allowed to visit at any age. Spouses may stay overnight and are encouraged/taught to assist in the care of the newborn.

What are the visiting hours?

We have 24-hour visiting hours with a designated “quiet hour” during both the day shift and night shift to allow for the patients to rest.

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

Primary C-section rate is 20 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

50.68 percent.

What is the episiotomy rate?

16.8 percent.

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

The baby is able to stay in the same room throughout the hospital stay and there is a nursery available at all times.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

The standard length of stay is two nights for a vaginal delivery and three to four after a Caesarean birth.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We offer immediate skin-to-skin contact for all our mothers after birth. Even babies who are born via a Caesarean section can be placed immediately skin-to-skin after the birth in the operating room. They may stay with the mother throughout the remainder of the surgery and be transferred to the recovery room with the mother. Skin-to-skin can also be performed by the baby’s father in either setting (labor room or operating room), as well. Southside Hospital also has a Baby Café, a drop-in service for all mothers in the community to receive professional support by a board-certified lactation consultant, as well as support from other mothers.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

50 New York 25A, Smithtown, NY 11787
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?

No, as they need privileges and need to collaborate with an obstetrician with privileges at St. Catherine.

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.

St. Charles Hospital

200 Belle Terre Rd, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

240 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968
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.

Stony Brook University Hospital

101 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Stony Brook University Hospital
Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook. Credit: Stony Brook University Hospital

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

All of the labor and postpartum rooms are spacious single patient rooms; each room is equipped with a full bath and shower.

Do you offer prenatal, sibling or other classes?

The hospital offers free prenatal classes regarding labor/hospital stay, newborn care and breast-feeding, as well as a sibling class. The SB midwifery practice also has a referral list of childbirth educators on its website.

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

The nurses often play a “Happy Birthday” tune just after the baby is born in the birthing room. We encourage skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby to support transition, bonding and successful breast-feeding. We provide complete non-separation as our standard of care, which is an evidenced-based practice that continues to support baby’s transition, breast-feeding and the parenting role.

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

We have an onsite NICU staffed 24 hours a day, with neonatal intensive care physicians; it also serves as the regional perinatal center for Suffolk County. The NICU are single patient rooms (46 beds) with the ability for a parent to stay overnight; we also have available two transition rooms to support an easier transition from NICU to home for the family. There is a family respite room within the NICU; in addition we have a family waiting area equipped with bathroom facilities, refreshments, television and a children’s play area.

Do you have a labor and delivery room?

We have birthing rooms (labor/delivery rooms) , where mothers labor, birth and recover and are invited to have whomever they want in the room with them for support.

Are doulas or midwives allowed?

We encourage doulas and are in the process of developing a volunteer doula service at Stony Brook that would be available to all patients. We have the largest midwifery practice on Long Island, which has been providing obstetric and gynecologic care to women for more than 20 years, and has attended close to 12,000 births.

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

Each infant receives a special sensor at birth, which remains on them until discharge. This sensor is connected to a high-tech alarm system, which alerts staff if the infant is brought near any unit exit areas. In addition, each infant receives ID bands, which match the mother’s and are continuously checked throughout the hospital stay. Our non-separation policy also offers another level of security.

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

A large percentage of our nursing staff and many of our providers are trained breast-feeding counselors and there are lactation consultants on site as well. The hospital is currently in the process of expanding its lactation consultant staff. In addition, there is a free breast-feeding support group, facilitated by midwives and nursing staff, that meets every Monday evening at our East Setauket office location for anyone who births at Stony Brook.

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

Photographs can be taken during the birth, but final discretion is left to the provider. Videotaping is under the discretion of the provider. The hospital has a contract with a photographer, who offers newborn photo shoots during the stay.

What do the rooms look like?

Stony Brook University Hospital delivery room
Stony Brook University Hospital delivery room. Credit: Stony Brook University Hospital

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

During labor, in addition to excellent support from well trained L&D nurses, we offer the use of birthing balls, peanut balls, hydrotherapy via private showers in every labor room, some with body sprays, as well as squatting bars for pushing. Many of our nurses and providers are familiar with spinning babies and rebozo techniques.

Do you offer a hospital tour?

The hospital offers tours of our labor and delivery, and postpartum areas on most weekends, and the midwifery practice hosts an open house and tour on the first Thursday of every month.

Does the hospital do cord blood banking?

Providers who attend births at Stony Brook participate in cord blood collection for stem cell banking, but the hospital itself does not “bank” stem cells from cord blood.

Do you offer any parting swag bags with samples?

Every newborn receives a hat handmade by our volunteer service, as well as a footprint card.

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

Siblings may visit and there are generally no restrictions on age. Fathers or significant others may sleep over and are accommodated by a cot/lounger type bed in each room.

What are the visiting hours?

The visiting policy is open and in general dictated by the mother’s needs.

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

33 percent total; primary C-section rate is 19 percent.

What’s the rate of breast-feeding mothers?

40 percent of moms exclusively breast-feed.

What is the episiotomy rate?

Less than 10 percent.

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

Non-separation (baby in the room with you for the entire stay) is encouraged as it is known to enhance bonding, successful breast-feeding and parenting skills. There is a nursery for infants who need closer observation or whose mothers have medical conditions that prevent them for caring for their infants at times during their stays.

Average length of a postpartum stay?

For vaginal birth average stay is two nights and for C-section birth average stay is three to four nights. Mothers [who deliver vaginally] who desire earlier discharge (24 hours) are often accommodated.

Does the hospital offer anything new/cutting edge?

We offer delayed cord clamping for vaginally delivered patients and for C-sections on a case by case basis. We provide skin to skin contact for C-sections on a case-by-case basis. We are looking to develop a plan for an early labor lounge. We are also actively involved in a nationwide quality improvement campaign to decrease the primary C-section rate, which is being facilitated by an interdisciplinary group of providers including nurses, midwives and physicians. Our NICU provides a cutting edge whole body cooling program for neonates requiring higher level of intensive care.

Credit: Jennifer Berger, Matthew Cassella