Birthing services

Our family-centered approach to care is especially evident in the birthing services at Staten Island University Hospital. Our family education classes will help you to get ready for the big day and adjustments after delivery. Childbirth is a momentous occasion for any family, but it is also important because of the potential impacts on the health of both the baby and mother.

Labor and delivery suite

The Labor and Delivery Suite is located on the second floor at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus. When you arrive, you will be seen by the admitting registrar who will collect your personal and insurance information.

Next, you will be taken to the triage area where you will be examined by one of our staff and admitted. At Staten Island University Hospital, we promote family-centered care. All of our labor rooms are private birthing rooms, allowing you to experience labor and delivery in the same room. Each mother and her support person will experience an uninterrupted birth process by remaining in the room for the duration of the labor, delivery, and recovery period.

Limited visiting in labor and delivery

Friends and family may wait for the arrival of your baby in the maternity waiting room on the second floor.

Pain management

Staten Island University Hospital offers many options for managing the pain of labor. Using breathing and relaxation techniques directed by the nursing staff helps to decrease anxiety and pain. Medications are also available as well as epidural analgesia

Cesarean section

Some of our mothers will deliver by Cesarean section. At Staten Island University Hospital, we are proud to boast that we have one of the lowest Cesarean section rates in New York State. There are two operating rooms in the Labor and Delivery Suite, and they are staffed round the clock for any emergencies. A team of medical professionals can be mobilized in minutes to perform an emergency Cesarean section if necessary.

Skin-to-skin

After your baby is delivered, your doctor or midwife will place your baby directly on your chest. This is called skin-to-skin contact and is important to helping your baby adapt to life outside the womb. Skin-to-skin contact helps regulate your baby's temperature and glucose level. It also promotes bonding and breastfeeding.

Patient information

Leave valuables at home

Please do not bring jewelry or valuables with you to the hospital. They can become lost during the transfer from the labor and delivery room to the room where you will stay after delivery. If surgery or another unexpected transfer is necessary, our staff will be focused on the health of the mother and baby. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for personal items and valuables in rooms.

Visiting accommodations - maternity unit

For more information about our new Open Visitation Policy, please visit Help in Healing - Visitor Accommodations.

Room accommodations

A majority of the rooms on the postpartum unit are semi-private and accommodate two patients. Private rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis at an additional charge that is not covered by insurance carriers. Your request for one of these rooms can only be made at the time of your admission. Your preference will be honored if possible. However, your care and service will be identical regardless of your room accommodations.

What to bring with you

After you have been assigned a specific room, please have a family member or friend bring the following items to the hospital for you:

  • Personal hygiene articles
  • Robe and slippers
  • Nightgowns and undergarments (The hospital furnishes gowns, but many patients prefer to bring their own.)
  • Nursing bras (if you plan to nurse)
  • Clothing for the baby to wear when he or she goes home
  • A bag of cosmetics, toothbrush, etc.
  • Infant car seat for the day of discharge

Telephone calls

Due to patient confidentiality, no information about your condition will be provided by telephone while you are in labor. However, a telephone is made available to you or your coach to keep family members informed of how things are progressing. If you are bothered by unwanted telephone calls, just let our switchboard know about the problem.

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