Obstetrics & Gynecology | NYC Health + Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

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.


Mothers who choose to deliver their babies with us are cared for by experienced medical teams in comfortable and modern birthing centers. Our labor and delivery units feature sophisticated technology to protect you and your baby during the birth process, including:

  • Comfortable beds
  • 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 mother 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 moms with no health insurance

Baby-Friendly Hospitals

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 moms 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

Midwifery Services

NYC Health + Hospitals has nearly 100 midwives with expert knowledge and skill in caring for women through pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, and beyond. Midwives provide education, counseling, and health care services to women 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 well-woman 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 women 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 woman of all ages, including:

  • Gynecological exams
  • Pap smears
  • HPV vaccinations
  • STD screening
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Cervical cancer screening

Family Planning

Family planning services allow women to have their desired number and spacing of children by offering contraceptive services, and pregnancy testing and counseling. Many different types of birth control are offered, including:

  • the pill
  • the patch
  • the ring
  • Depo-Provera (“the shot”)
  • Condoms
  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) are 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 injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.
  • Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill.” Women can use emergency contraception within 3 days of having unprotected sex.

Women’s Options Services

NYC Health + Hospitals facilities offer comprehensive and confidential care for women that includes contraceptive counseling, management of pregnancy loss, and elective pregnancy termination. 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.

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