Our highly experienced OB/GYN team performs more than 3,000 deliveries a year. Our staff includes obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists and nurses, all dedicated to keeping babies and mothers healthy. We also care for mothers who wish to deliver vaginally after having had a previous cesarean delivery (VBAC). Anesthesia and neonatology services are available on site 24/7 and attend all high-risk deliveries.
Expectant parents are encouraged to attend our instructional classes to help them prepare for childbirth and parenting. Email us at [email protected] for a schedule of classes and registration information.
Tours of our facility are included as part of our family education classes. Interested in a private tour? Call our nurse manager at (718) 226-8856 for an appointment.
We encourage 24-hour rooming-in for all mothers and newborns. This closeness allows a mother to learn more about her baby's cues. Our nursing staff is here to offer helpful information on caring for your newborn.
Every newborn at Staten Island University Hospital receives health screening tests including hearing, New York State Newborn Screening Program (blood specimen), and newborn intensive care.
For premature or distressed infants, we have a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our neonatologists are available on-site around the clock, and a member of the team is present for all high-risk and cesarean deliveries.
Every baby's footprints and mom's fingerprint are recorded. Special identification bands for the parents and baby help to confirm everyone's identity. We also have a security system installed in the maternity unit.
Our special maternity education channel, the Newborn Channel, is a free channel that broadcasts programming in both Spanish and English 24 hours a day. Additional television service is available in your room for a nominal fee. Please call extension 9214 to make the necessary arrangements.
Our Department of Social Services is available to assist you with any special needs that can't be addressed by your physician or nurse. For more information, please call (718) 226-9170.
Postpartum depression can follow the delivery of a baby and may occur anytime within the first year after giving birth. We are highly experienced in providing the support, therapy and medical attention needed to treat this condition.
For most mothers and infants, breastfeeding is the safest and healthiest choice. Choosing whether to breastfeed is one of the most important decisions you can make as an expectant parent.
Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights—New York State issued a Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights to promote breastfeeding and support new mothers. This document will explain your rights as a breastfeeding mother. If you have any questions about breastfeeding and/or what your rights are, we're here to help
Medicaid prenatal care services program
Our medicaid prenatal care services program is designed for mothers and families who need financial help. We want to make sure that you and your baby have the best medical care available, even if you don't have insurance coverage.
If you think you may qualify for assistance, the Center for Women's Health will assist you in applying for Medicaid benefits. To start the application process, call our Medicaid eligibility financial screeners at (718) 226-6929. For additional information on prenatal care services, call (718) 226-8031.
Our programs include:
- Prenatal care
- Nutritional counseling
- Referral to WIC program
- Dental care
- Health education
- Birth preparation classes
- Laboratory services
To find out whether you qualify, call (718) 226-6929.
Our assistance program has no age requirement and you don't have to prove citizenship. Employed women are welcome. Financial difficulty shouldn't be a barrier to getting medical care for your baby. Let us help you get access to quality prenatal maternal care.
Labor and Delivery Suite
The Labor and Delivery Suite is located on the second floor at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus.
What to expect when you arrive—You will be seen by the admitting registrar who will collect your personal and insurance information. Next, you will be taken to the triage area where you will be examined by one of our staff and admitted. All of our labor rooms are private birthing rooms, allowing you to experience labor and delivery in the same room. Each mother and her support person will experience an uninterrupted birth process by remaining in the room for the duration of the labor, delivery and recovery period.
Limited visiting in labor and delivery—Friends and family may wait for the arrival of your baby in the maternity waiting room on the second floor.
Pain management—We offer many options for managing the pain of labor. Using breathing and relaxation techniques directed by the nursing staff helps to decrease anxiety and pain. Medications are also available as well as epidural analgesia.
Cesarean section—Staten Island University Hospital has one of the lowest C-section rates in New York state, though some of our mothers will deliver by C-section. There are two operating rooms in the Labor and Delivery Suite, and they are staffed round the clock for any emergencies. A team of medical professionals can be mobilized in minutes to perform an emergency C-section if necessary.
Skin-to-skin—After your baby is delivered, your doctor or midwife will place your baby directly on your chest. This is called skin-to-skin contact and is important to helping your baby adapt to life outside the womb. Skin-to-skin contact helps regulate your baby's temperature and glucose level. It also promotes bonding and breastfeeding.
Patient information on valuables—Please do not bring jewelry or valuables with you to the hospital. They can become lost during the transfer from the labor and delivery room to the room where you will stay after delivery. If surgery or another unexpected transfer is necessary, our staff will be focused on the health of the mother and baby. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for personal items and valuables in rooms.
Room accommodations—A majority of the rooms on the postpartum unit are semi-private and accommodate two patients. Private rooms are available on a first come, first served basis at an additional charge that is not covered by insurance carriers. Your request for one of these rooms can only be made at the time of your admission. Your preference will be honored if possible. However, your care and service will be identical regardless of your room accommodations.
What to bring with you—After you have been assigned a specific room, please have a family member or friend bring the following items to the hospital for you:
- Personal hygiene articles
- Robe and slippers
- Nightgowns and undergarments (The hospital furnishes gowns, but many patients prefer to bring their own.)
- Nursing bras (if you plan to nurse)
- Clothing for the baby to wear home
- A bag of cosmetics, toothbrush, etc.
- Infant car seat for the day of discharge
Telephone calls—Due to patient confidentiality, no information about your condition will be provided by telephone while you are in labor. However, a telephone is made available to you or your coach to keep family members informed of how things are progressing. If you are bothered by unwanted telephone calls, just let our switchboard know about the problem.
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