Pregnancy and Birth
Your birth experience belongs to you and your family. The specialists of the Mount Sinai West Obstetric Service are here to support your needs, choices, and preferences with skilled, compassionate care. From the time you begin planning your pregnancy until you bring your infant home, our obstetricians, midwives, and maternal-fetal medicine experts partner with you to ensure you receive comprehensive services personalized to your goals.
We work with our families to create a holistic delivery experience that offers care and comfort options based on the safest evidence-based practices. For our low-risk patients, we believe in a minimal intervention approach that allows patients to walk during labor, to choose intermittent monitoring, and to have a full range of pain management alternatives, such as hydrotherapy and nitrous oxide. Through shared decision-making with our patients, we are able to keep our interventions low; we have a primary C-section rate of 22 percent and an episiotomy rate of 4 percent.
Our experts are also fully prepared to help families in need of more specialized care. Our new Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is staffed around the clock with experienced neonatologists and pediatric specialists, and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.
Choosing to give birth at Mount Sinai West means gaining the support of a skilled and caring team. The first step is selecting one of our highly experienced obstetricians or midwives. If needed, your team may also include one of our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, who focus on high-risk pregnancy.
Labor and Delivery Suite
The Mount Sinai West Labor and Delivery Suite on the 12th floor was designed with our families’ comfort in mind. In addition to your own obstetrician, you will also have access to our team of obstetricians who are in the unit 24/7 and are dedicated to your safety and the safety of your baby. Pediatricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists are also available at all times for in-person consultation.
Our anesthesiologists specialize in the care of pregnant patients and offer a variety of pain relief options during labor and delivery. You may choose epidural analgesia, which reduces pain while allowing you to participate fully in the labor process. We also offer hydrotherapy, and are one of the few hospitals in the United States to offer nitrous oxide to assist with pain management.
The Mount Sinai West Labor and Delivery Suite is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a central fetal monitoring unit that allows your providers to watch your baby’s heart rate and your contractions from anywhere on the floor. Should more intervention become necessary, our floor also has three operating rooms for cesarean births, as well as the NICU for newborns who are premature or need additional support.
After you give birth in our labor and delivery suite, you will be taken to one of our postpartum units. Understanding that every family is different, our experienced postpartum nursing staff will carefully monitor your physical progress while also providing whatever level of support or privacy your family prefers. Your nurse will teach aspects of baby care, breast care, and self-care to you and your family.
We place special emphasis on breastfeeding, and most of our postpartum nurses and NICU nurses are certified lactation consultants.
We encourage you to keep your baby in your room with you. Our newborn nursery is available if needed where your baby will be cared for by our dedicated staff.
We provide a safe, secure environment for you and your baby. Our postpartum units and nursery are equipped with security cameras and additional security personnel, and ankle bands are placed on every baby and will set off an alarm if the baby approaches an exit. All visitors must sign in and out of the postpartum units to ensure the safety of our families.
One support person/partner is permitted to stay with you 24/7, during your labor and delivery as well as your entire postpartum stay. Additional visitors are allowed during daytime visiting hours.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
If unexpected circumstances arise, such as an infant who is born prematurely or who needs more support, our Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our NICU is equipped with advanced electronic monitoring devices, mechanical ventilators, and incubators, and is staffed by our NICU doctors, specialized nurses, and respiratory therapists.
Maternity Guidebook and Classes for Expectant Parents
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science offers a Maternity Guidebook that walks families through all the information they’ll need about obstetric services at Mount Sinai West, from birth and parenting courses to what to expect after discharge.