The Birthing Center

Since opening its doors in 1996, the Birthing Center has offered the freedom and comfort of a home birth, while ensuring that total medical support is just a floor away. The Birthing Center rooms have hardwood floors, spa-sized Jacuzzis, and showers. You can manage your labor in the way that makes you most comfortable. Most women labor in a hydrotherapy tub and give birth in bed. There are no restrictions on the number or age of supporters who can share this experience with you.

While we do not give epidural anesthesia in the Birthing Center, we can provide a variety of other pain relief options.

After delivering your baby in the Birthing Center, you will usually complete your hospital stay in your birthing room where we offer postpartum care, infant care, and parent education.

To use the Birthing Center, your obstetrician or midwife must agree to attend your delivery there, and must have authorization to do so. She or he must also evaluate your medical situation and state that you are qualified to use the center. Once you have an agreement with an authorized obstetrical provider, we require that you take a preparatory childbirth class by week 36 of pregnancy.

The following is a list of obstetricians who deliver in the Birthing Center:

Faculty Midwives

The following certified faculty midwives work in the practice of Renuka Paka, MD, and Chandhana Paka, MD, located at 200 West 57th Street, Suite 1300. They can be reached at 212-581-8675.

  • Sabine M. Jeudy, CNM, is certified as a nurse-midwife by the American College of Nurse Midwives and licensed as a registered nurse and as a nurse-midwife by the State of New York. View insurance plans she accepts.

  • Kathryn Sigler, CNM, is an advanced practice midwife.

Independent Midwife Groups

Mount Sinai has access to several independent midwife groups that we work with.