Each year, approximately 18,000 babies begin their lives at one of our hospitals. That’s no surprise, because as the nation’s largest municipal health care system, we serve more than a million New Yorkers.
All of our 11 hospitals provide expert prenatal care, labor and delivery services, family planning, comprehensive gynecology, women’s health and primary care outpatient medical support for women at every stage of life.
Clients who choose to deliver their babies with us are cared for by top obstetricians medical teams in comfortable and modern birthing units. Our labor and delivery units feature sophisticated technology to protect you and your baby during the birth process, including:
Room for family members to share the occasion
Jacuzzis to minimize labor pains (in select care locations)
Professional midwifery programs
High-risk pregnancy monitoring
Neonatal Intensive Care Units for babies born prematurely or with complications
NYC Health + Hospitals also strongly encourages breastfeeding within the first few hours after birth. Breastfeeding during the first months and year of life benefits both parent and baby and can improve infant health, reducing the risk of common childhood infections, such as asthma, diabetes, and other conditions.
NYC Health + Hospitals’ comprehensive breastfeeding program features:
Early pregnancy education sessions
Breastfeeding coaches and breast milk consultants
Promoting in-hospital breastfeeding
Hospital-grade electric breast pumps for newborns who must remain in the hospital
Free personal breast pumps to eligible parents with no health insurance
Seven of our facilities have been designated “Baby-Friendly” by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for providing new parents with the information, confidence, and skills they need to successfully breastfeed their babies.
Our Baby-Friendly Hospitals are:
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Nationally Recognized Safe Sleep Hospitals
All NYC Health + Hospitals facilities promote safe sleep practices for new mothers and families with infants.
In addition, five of our hospitals have earned National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification by Cribs for Kids, an organization dedicated to preventing sleep-related deaths through parent education, staff training, and community outreach.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island – Gold Safe Sleep Champion
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst – Gold Safe Sleep Champion
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem – Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan – Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull – Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital
NYC Health + Hospitals has nearly 100 midwives with expert knowledge and skill in caring for people through pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, and beyond. Midwives provide education, counseling, and health care services to parents in all stages of life at ten NYC Health + Hospitals health care sites. In our health system, midwives are a vital part of our ambulatory and preventive care programs. They work alongside physicians, nurses, and other providers to coordinate care for patients. Our midwives perform deliveries on their own, offer general health check-ups, screenings, vaccinations, and gynecologic care.
Our gynecologists are experts at treating patients before they want to have children, during their reproductive years, and after they have had their families. We provide comprehensive preventive and treatment services for all ages, including:
Cervical cancer screening
Family planning services allow people to have their desired number and spacing of children by offering contraceptive services, as well as pregnancy testing and counseling. Many different types of birth control are offered, including:
Depo-Provera (“the shot”)
Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC): methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period of time without requiring further action on the user’s part. They include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants.
Emergency contraception: contraceptive options that can decrease the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. This can be used within 5 days of intercourse.
NYC Health + Hospitals facilities offer comprehensive and confidential care for patients that includes contraceptive counseling and provision, abortion services, and management of pregnancy loss. We provided both medical and surgical management options. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment. Please contact our patient care locations to find the services available. We are dedicated to offering contraceptive services without regard for your ability to pay. In New York State, women under 18 years of age do NOT need parental consent.