For New & Expecting Parents at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
Our maternal–fetal medicine specialists expertly handle high-risk pregnancies. Our labor and delivery unit is staffed around the clock by obstetrical patient safety officers who, with the entire obstetrics team, ensure the health and safety of you and your baby during delivery. Specially trained physician assistants, nurses, and midwives help you through childbirth, and postpartum nurses assist you during your baby’s first days of life.
Pediatric hospitalists on our staff assess your baby at birth and monitor him or her during your hospital stay. We also have a neonatal intensive care unit to provide extra care, should your baby require it.
Parent Education Classes
At NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, we provide soon-to-be parents with the education and support they need to have healthy, happy pregnancies and the best possible birth experiences. Through our parent education classes, certified birth educators teach you how to advocate for yourself throughout your pregnancy, inform you on what to expect during childbirth, how to care for a newborn, and ways to ensure your baby’s safety. Soon-to-be fathers can also receive support through our Boot Camp for New Dads program.
To learn more about why you should choose NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn for your delivery, we invite you to attend our free Ready, Set, Baby! information session taught by our nurses. This presentation introduces you to our facilities, explains the NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn birth experience, and answers any questions you may have.
Labor, Delivery, and Recovery
When the time comes to deliver your baby, you’ll arrive at the maternity unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. We recommend you bring your own pillow and toiletries, including lip balm. You may also want to pack a nightgown or robe, nursing bras, and a nursing pillow for breastfeeding, as well as comfortable clothes and shoes for traveling home. We provide feminine hygiene products and medications, including over-the-counter pain medicine.
As a Baby-Friendly hospital, our staff supports your efforts to breastfeed by encouraging nursing within the first hour of life, helping your baby learn to latch on, and encouraging babies and mothers to room together during the hospital stay.
After your baby is born, you are brought to a room in our maternity department. We provide your baby with clothing, blankets, and diapers. We have suggestions on how to prepare for your newborn’s hospital stay.
Most of our postpartum rooms accommodate two patients. Private rooms are available for an extra fee. You can request one through the nursing staff. Guests are welcome but must follow our visitor policy.
Heading Home with Baby
When leaving the hospital, you are required to have an infant car seat to ensure that your baby travels safely.
We advise you to make an appointment with your obstetrician or gynecologist within three to eight weeks after delivery. He or she will check that you’re healing properly and answer any questions you might have. Your baby should be seen by a pediatrician within three days of leaving the hospital to check his or her growth and overall health. We can also connect you with breastfeeding support groups.