Getting ready for childbirth

With more than 3,000 deliveries a year, our friendly OB/GYN team knows how to best support mothers and infants. Our staff includes obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists and nurses, all dedicated to keeping babies and mothers healthy.

We are proud that our cesarean rate is one of the lowest in New York State. For more technical information and statistics, maternity information brochures are available upon request. We also care for mothers who wish to deliver vaginally after having had a previous cesarean delivery (VBAC). Anesthesia and neonatology services are available on site 24/7 and attend all high-risk deliveries.

Instructional classes

Childbirth is an important time for parents and families and critical for the long-term health of your newborn. Expectant parents are encouraged to attend our instructional classes to help them prepare for childbirth and parenting. Please email us at [email protected] for a schedule of classes and registration information.

Schedule a tour

Tours of our facility are included as part of our family education classes. Interested in a private tour? Call our nurse manager at (718) 226-8856 for an appointment.

After your baby is born

Our nursing staff and physicians (including neonatologists and pediatricians) are committed to the health of your newborn. Whether your baby is born in perfect health or needs further evaluation, our team of experts has many years of experience to ensure a safe and successful delivery.

"Rooming in" with family-centered care

At Staten Island University Hospital, we believe in family-centered maternity care. In fact, we encourage 24-hour rooming-in for all mothers and their newborns. This closeness allows a mother to learn more about her baby's cues. If you're a first-time mother, our nursing staff is full of tips that will come in handy over the coming months.

Health screenings

Every newborn at Staten Island University Hospital receives the following health screening tests:

  • Hearing
  • New York State Newborn Screening Program (blood specimen)
  • Newborn intensive care

Level 3 NICU

For premature or distressed infants, we have a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our neonatologists are available on-site around the clock, and a member of the team is present for all high-risk and cesarean deliveries. In addition, our NICU staff is available to consult with the labor unit, offering assistance with healthy newborns.

When a newborn is premature or has congenital problems, the happy event of childbirth can become very stressful. Our nurses and other medical professionals are available to help explain complicated medical terms and answer questions. We also have access to the resources of the world-renowned Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Hospital.

Infant security system

When your new baby is born, their footprints and the print from your index finger will be recorded. Special identification bands for you, your baby and your significant other help to confirm everyone's identity and avoid confusion. Staten Island University Hospital also has a security system installed in the maternity unit. All visitors must be buzzed in and out of the maternity unit.

Other services

TV service

The "Newborn Channel," our special maternity education channel, is free to our patients. The channel broadcasts programming in both Spanish and English 24 hours a day. Additional television service is available in your room for a nominal fee. Please call extension 9214 to make the necessary arrangements.

Social services

Our Department of Social Services is available to assist you if you have a special need that can't be addressed by your physician or nurse. For more information, please call (718) 226-9170.

Let our nursing staff know if you have questions about breastfeeding or are interested in one of our many parenting classes. We are dedicated to keeping mothers and their babies happy and healthy.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) affects up to 10 percent of women following the delivery of a baby and may occur anytime within the first year after giving birth. PPD can range from the more common "baby blues" to severe depression that threatens the wellbeing of both mother and child. We are experienced in treating PPD and are confident in our abilities to provide the support, therapy and medical attention needed to treat this condition. Learn more about postpartum depression.

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475 Seaview Ave
Staten Island, New York 10305
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