Department of Obstetrics at Lenox Hill Hospital

(212) 434-2160

100 East 77th Street
New York, New York 10075


Lenox Hill Hospital is renowned for its exceptional obstetrical service, with approximately 4,500 deliveries per year in the Florence Selwyn Klopfer Family-Centered Maternity Care Unit. The facility consists of 12 modern LDR's (labor, delivery, and recovery rooms), three mother/baby units (the location for a patient’s stay after her birth), a well baby nursery and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).   

Lenox Hill Hospital recognizes that each family, pregnancy and birth is truly unique and therefore all staff work with families in flexible and collaborative ways to create an individual experience. 

Maternity patients whose pregnancies require special attention also benefit from the 24/7 prenatal services available at the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a Center of Excellence for the hospital and one of the most comprehensive centers of its kind in New York City. Learn more about the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Other features that make Lenox Hill Hospital a top choice for expecting mothers include:

  • OB nurse navigator program
  • Parents are considered partners in the maternal-child health service areas, collaborating with staff in care giving and making decisions for themselves and for their newborns.
  • The team promotes and supports a family-centered approach to care.
  • In keeping with the focus on family-centered maternity care, parents are not considered visitors.
  • Lenox Hill encourages mothers to have their baby at their bedside for as long as they choose and maintain a newborn nursery for those times that they choose to utilize this service.
  • Mothers can choose when and who can visit while she is a patient in the healthcare facility.
  • Newborn security system for peace of mind
  • Bedside, individualized teaching given about baby care and infant feeding.
  • Emotional support services
  • Birth registrar services brought to the bedside
  • Bella Baby photography services
  • Executive suites with personal choice dining


Francis A. Chervenak, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Nurse navigator

The Department of Obstetrics has a nurse navigator on staff to serve as liaison between physician’s practices and patients who plan deliveries at the hospital. This unique program allows patients to contact the nurse navigator before their due date to discuss special needs and requests and ensure a smooth transition when the patient arrives at the hospital.

Some of the ways that the nurse navigator assists patients include:

  • One-on-one review of a patient's personal birth plan and preference (appointment scheduled in advance of due date).
  • Collaborates with the patient, the patient's doctors and clinical team to coordinate care when special medical needs are identified for the patient or her new baby.
  • Assistance in selecting educational programs that fit the patient’s needs and schedule.
  • Assistance with pre-registration, including helpful tips for selecting a pediatrician.
  • References for information on car seat selection and installation.
  • One-on-one review of breastfeeding resources, including lactation consultant services and products available for purchase or rent (such as breast pumps and other nursing supplies).
  • A resource for general pregnancy questions and to discuss any concerns the patient may have throughout pregnancy.

The nurse navigator can be reached at (212) 434-3933.

Lactation services

All of the bedside nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital are specially trained in breastfeeding support and certified lactation consultants are also on staff for mothers who need additional assistance.

The department offers a number of services to help mothers and their babies nurse successfully and safely, including:

  • Prenatal breast feeding classes offered monthly (dates and additional information below)
  • Individualized breastfeeding plans, teaching tools and resources brought directly to the mother’s bedside while hospitalized
  • Medela© breast pumps for in-patient use, rental and purchase
  • Medela© breastfeeding supplies and bras for purchase
  • A breastfeeding help line: (212) 434-2242. Callers should leave a message, which will be returned within 24 hours.

For breast pump rentals and supply purchases, call (212) 434-3075.

Breastfeeding first steps

It is important that mothers start breastfeeding within the first two hours after delivery (or as soon as possible). New mothers should let their doctor and nurse know that they would like to nurse their baby as soon as possible and to place the dried baby skin-to-skin on the mother. This keeps the infant warm, soothes the infant, colonizes the infant with the mother's natural flora and promotes bonding.

If a patient needs assistance breastfeeding, all nursing staff members are able to assist. If a baby is in the NICU, it is very important to start breast stimulation or pumping as soon as possible, preferably within six hours of delivery (or sooner). Lenox Hill Hospital provides Medela© breast pumps for patient use.

Prenatal classes and tours

Orientation and Tours

Our Maternity Services here at Lenox Hill Hospital hosts free orientation and tours for expecting parents, families and those seeking a facility for their childbirth experience.

Our orientation and tour include:

  • A 30-minute informational session 
  • Followed by a Q & A
  • A walking tour of the facility 
    • Labor and delivery suites
    • Mother-baby units

Registration is required for these tours. Since group size is limited, it is recommended that interested parties call (212) 434-3075 to register for a tour at least six weeks prior to their anticipated due date.

Prenatal classes offered at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Center for Parent Education

Introduction to Breastfeeding

This comprehensive class is taught exclusively by Lenox Hill Hospital RN’s who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Whether you have already decided to breastfeed or you are thinking about it, this class is for you. We cover a wide range of breastfeeding topics including but not limited to; the advantages of breastfeeding, building and maintaining your milk supply, strategies for success, breastfeeding techniques, how to breastfeed comfortably, diet considerations, nipple care and, tips for partner feedings. Plenty of time allotted for questions and answer including the all-important one: "How do I know my baby is getting enough?". 

Fee: $70 individual, or $85 for mom to be plus one significant other
Registration by Phone: (212) 434-3075
Classes are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening from 6:15 PM-8:15 PM.  

Baby Care Basics

This special class is taught by Lenox Hill Hospital Maternal Child Health RN’s. Learn the basics of newborn baby care before your baby’s arrival. You will have the opportunity to practice what you have learned in this interactive program. Topics include bathing, diapering, cord care, newborn sleep, newborn appearance, and so much more. Your significant other is encouraged to attend at no additional cost. 

Fee: $70 individual, or $85 for mom to be plus one significant other 
Registration by Phone: (212) 434-3075 
Classes are held every 2nd & 4th Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. 

Childbirth Preparation (Lamaze)

Our Preparation for Childbirth class prepares the expectant mother and her support person for the birthing experience. Our nurse educators will discuss the process of labor and birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, the role of the partner and coaching skills, hospital admission policies and procedures, anesthesia/analgesic options, vaginal and cesarean births and postpartum expectations. Information regarding visiting hours and a slide presentation of our rooms are included in this very comprehensive class.  This class should be taken four to six weeks prior to your estimated delivery date.

This class will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and end at approximately 4:00 PM. Classes are held once a month on the last Sunday of the month from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and this will include a labor & delivery tour. A class can be canceled due to insufficient registration and we will transfer you into a second choice. Please call (212)434-3075 for weather-related announcements.

Fee: $200 for Mom plus one Significant other
Registration by Phone: (212)434-3075
Classes are held once a month on the last Sunday of the month from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Contacts for costs and questions

For general financial questions please contact Sheila Watson, supervisor, care coordination at (212) 434-3041. 

For information regarding the executive suites or international services, please contact Mallini Gumti at (212) 434-3018.

Professional education

The physicians participate in the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital. During this program, residents at each level spend time with each of the specialty clinics within the department, including regular and high-risk obstetrics.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Widely recognized for providing outstanding healthcare for women in the entire range of primary, specialty and subspecialty areas.

Pre-register for maternity

Use our online form to pre-register for an upcoming delivery six weeks prior to your expected delivery date.

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100 East 77th Street
New York, New York 10075
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