Pregnancy and Birth
At the Mount Sinai West Obstetric Service, we are enthusiastic about sharing the birthing experience with you. From the time you begin planning your pregnancy until you and your infant arrive home, we offer complete, individualized care by our highly skilled team of obstetricians, midwives, and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. You can also tour our birthing and postpartum care suites; please refer to the Maternity Tour calendar under Upcoming Events on this page, and choose a tour that is convenient for you. Registration for a tour is required.
When you decide you would like to give birth at Mount Sinai West, the first step is to choose one of our obstetricians or midwives. We have many highly experienced general obstetricians and midwives as well as maternal-fetal medicine specialists who focus on high-risk pregnancy.
Maternity Guidebook for Expectant Parents
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a guidebook for parents planning to deliver a baby at Mount Sinai West. Download “Giving Birth at Mount Sinai West” or request a print copy from your obstetrics provider’s office.
Mount Sinai West’s Labor and Delivery Suite
The Mount Sinai West Labor and Delivery Suite on the 12th floor has private birthing rooms, attractively decorated and with a television and telephone in every room, and a view of New York City. Our labor floor is continuously staffed by a team of obstetricians who are there to assist your personal doctor or midwife. In addition, there is always at least one specialist in high-risk pregnancy available.
Our anesthesiologists offer you a variety of pain relief options during labor and delivery. We use epidural analgesia, which reduces pain while allowing you to participate fully in the labor process. In addition, we are one of the few hospitals in the United States to offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, 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 from anywhere on the floor. Three operating rooms are located on the floor for Cesarean births, as well as the high-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature and sick newborns. Services in the NICU from neonatologists are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
After you give birth in our labor and delivery suite, you will recover in one of our postpartum units, where a member of the caring and experienced postpartum nursing staff will monitor your physical progress. Your nurse will teach aspects of baby care, breast care, and self-care to you and your family. We place special emphasis on breastfeeding, early childhood education, and emotional support. Most of our postpartum nurses and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses are certified lactation consultants.
You may choose to pay extra for a private postpartum room. If you decide to have a private postpartum room, your baby's father or your significant other may spend the night in the room.
Newborn Nurseries and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Most of the time, your baby can stay in your room with you or in our newborn nursery. If unexpected circumstances arise, such as an infant who is born prematurely or sick, our Neonatal Intensive Care services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our NICU is equipped with advanced electronic monitoring devices, mechanical ventilators, and incubators staffed by our nurses, respiratory therapists, and other medical personnel.
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, as well as transponders on each baby’s ankle that 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.
Online Pre-Registration for Childbirth
Please pre-register for obstetric admission. Be sure to have your insurance information.
Once on the registration page, please sign up for a new account, and then log in. The site will guide you through all the required forms, including documentation of your insurance coverage. If you begin the process and find you are missing information, you can always return and start again. After submitting your form, you will receive confirmation of your preadmission.