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Resources for Before & After Your Baby Arrives

We’re excited that you have chosen to deliver your baby at NYU Langone. As you prepare for your baby’s arrival, we encourage you to select an obstetrician and a pediatrician, complete a birth plan, and learn ways to maintain your health during and after pregnancy. We also provide tips on how to prepare for your newborn’s hospital stay.

We understand that you may have questions about how 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may affect your pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides updated information about COVID-19 and pregnancy including ways to help protect you and your family.

To make the admission process easier when you are in labor, we ask that you fill out our pre-maternity registration packet. Please submit the completed packet to our obstetrics pre-admitting specialists by faxing it to 646-754-9572 or emailing it to obpre-adm@nyulangone.org. If you have questions, please call us at 646-501-3967.

Find a Doctor

We can help find the right doctor for you or your child. For expecting mothers, our obstetricians provide specialized care before and after your baby is born. Our pediatricians care for infants, children, and teenagers at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

Your Birth Plan

In order to provide the birthing experience that you want, we encourage you to share your hopes and expectations for childbirth with your doctors and nurses.

To start the discussion, please fill out our birth preferences form. After completing the form, please discuss the answers with your doctor and anyone else you plan to have present during the birth such as your partner, birth coach, or midwife.

For example, we want to know if an epidural is part of your pain management plan, whether or not you plan to breastfeed, and if you would like your baby to remain in your room for the duration of your stay.

Please keep in mind that a birth plan is a guide, not a guarantee. By its nature, birth is dynamic and unpredictable. It’s important to be open and flexible in your expectations, as circumstances can change unexpectedly. We are fully committed to your active participation in the decision-making process throughout the course of your labor.

Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful, safe, and memorable birth experience.

Psychological Wellbeing

At NYU Langone, our psychiatrists provide evaluation and treatment for women with pregnancy-related and postpartum psychiatric disorders. These include mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, postpartum blues, postpartum depression, postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder, and postpartum psychosis.

We can also answer questions about using psychiatric medications during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Pain Management During Labor and Delivery

Our doctors offer different types of pain management options during labor, based on your preferences and needs. Learn more about pain relief during labor and delivery.

Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Program

Pregnancy and childbirth put a considerable amount of physical stress on the body. As a result, you might ache in places for the first time, such as your neck, lower back, pelvic area, and your joints. Some women also deal with female urinary incontinence.

You may find relief from this discomfort with the exercise and strength-training techniques taught in the women’s health program at Rusk Rehabilitation.

Routine Medications After Birth

All newborns receive a vitamin K injection and erythromycin eye ointment after birth. The vitamin K injection reduces the risk of bleeding due to a vitamin K deficiency. The erythromycin reduces the risk of severe eye infection. Both treatments are required by law for all infants born in New York.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B is a serious and sometimes fatal liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. People who are infected with hepatitis B may or may not feel sick, but can still transmit the virus to others. When babies get infected, the virus usually remains in the body for a lifetime. Babies can get the virus from their infected mothers at birth or, more commonly, from an infected person who cares for the baby or works in the home.

The hepatitis B vaccine is a baby’s best defense against being infected with the hepatitis B virus. Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all recommend vaccination against hepatitis B as a routine part of a newborn’s hospital care, just like checking a baby’s hearing. It is our standard to offer and administer the hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns born at NYU Langone.