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Labor/Delivery/Recovery Suite
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Baby's Safety
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Mother-Baby Care
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  • You will go directly to The New Life Center located on the First Floor of the North Pavilion at Winthrop-University Hospital.
  • A Registered Nurse with advanced training and certification in obstetrics will escort you to one of The New Life Center's new triage/exam rooms, each of which has a private bathroom and other amenities such as television.
  • You will be examined and monitored, and your physician will be notified of your arrival.
  • Once in labor, you will be taken to the Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit.
  • An Obstetrician is available in the Unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • A Perinatologist (high-risk obstetrician) and Neonatologist (newborn medicine specialist) are on call, should the need for their expertise arise.



  • Your labor, delivery and immediate recovery after delivery will take place in one of The New Life Center's 16 LDR Suites. Each comfortable suite has a private bathroom and shower stall (some have tubs). In addition to having specially designed birthing beds, the LDR Suites are beautifully decorated to create a relaxing home-like atmosphere. Furnishings include comfortable "father" chairs, televisions with radios, and telephones.
  • While maintaining a quiet, comfortable and private atmosphere, the equipment needed for a safe delivery is introduced into the suite just before the delivery. Cabinets at the head and side of the bed are opened to reveal medical technology and supplies necessary for the mother's care; additional medical equipment is available for the baby, if necessary.
  • After the delivery, the equipment is returned to its original position. During the immediate recovery period, the room is restored to its home-like setting for the enjoyment of the mother, baby and father or significant other.
  • If your baby needs medical support or evaluation at the time of delivery, a Pediatrician or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner will be present. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, staffed with experts who have advanced training in newborn medicine, is adjacent to the LDR Unit.
  • During your labor and delivery, your family may wait in the newly constructed, spacious waiting area, which has comfortable furnishings for adults and children. In addition to a child-sized table and chairs, telephones, bathrooms and a television are available.
  • Your labor coach must be prepared to be the liaison between you and your family, keeping them up to date on your status. The staff is not permitted to release information.
  • After your infant is delivered, the staff will ensure your privacy and provide you with the opportunity to begin bonding with your new baby, provided both you and the baby are medically stable. We encourage mothers who wish to breastfeed to begin immediately after delivery - it will benefit your baby and help you relax.
  • Your baby will be taken to the Newborn Nursery within an hour after birth.



  • You are permitted to bring one Labor Coach and one support person or significant other into the LDR Suite. (Doulas are welcome.) They can be with you throughout the labor and delivery.
  • Should a Cesarean section be necessary, your support person may remain with you ONLY if epidural or spinal anesthesia is utilized and general anesthesia is NOT required.



The active labor and delivery will take place in our New Life Center, furnished with specially designed birthing beds. If it is determined that your baby might benefit from medical support or evaluation at the time of delivery, a pediatric specialist will be present. Most births are routine events. However, should an unanticipated need arise for special care during delivery, pediatric specialists are always available. After the delivery of your child, the staff will ensure your privacy and provide you with the opportunity to begin bonding with your new baby. We encourage mothers who wish to breast feed to begin immediately after delivery. All mothers and newborns benefit from skin-to-skin contact, giving babies many advantages when transitioning to life after delivery. These advantages include: easier breathing, more stable blood sugars, natural progression toward breastfeeding, increased sleep states, decreased risk for jaundice, and finally, beneficial exposure to bacteria on the mother's chest may prevent the baby from becoming sick in the future. It is most beneficial to place the baby in close contact with the mother's skin immediately after birth, which is commonly called skin-to-skin contact. The mother gives off heat better than a warmer and swaddling with a blanket. Breast-feeding should begin within 30-60 minutes after birth. Babies placed skin-to-skin on their mother breastfeed sooner and for longer sessions. The close contact between mother and baby increases the mother's release of oxytocin and endorphin, supporting mother-baby bonding. Babies placed directly on the mother's skin during painful procedures such as vaccinations or a heel stick have less pain. It will benefit your baby and help you relax. During your labor and after delivery, your labor coach must be prepared to be the liaison between you and your family, keeping them up to date on your status. The staff is not permitted to release information.



To support mother-infant bonding/non-separation, newborns are cared for immediately after birth by specially trained nurses. Mother and newborn are transferred together to the Mother/Baby unit. If your pediatrician does not have privileges at Winthrop, a staff pediatrician will care for your baby. If you need a pediatrician, contact us at 1-866-WINTHROP.



  • Winthrop's Obstetrical Anesthesia Service guarantees that an anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day to ensure your safe and comfortable delivery and to handle any problem that may arise unexpectedly.
  • This service is available at all times and is essential for optimum care of all mothers in The New Life Center.
  • We offer massage therapy for antepartum patients. A list of New York State Certified Therapists is available.



  • To ensure your baby's safety, Identification (ID) Bands will be placed on you, your baby and your significant other immediately following birth in the LDR Suite. These ID Bands are not to be removed before discharge. If you are released from the Hospital before your baby, you must bring your ID Bands back with you when the baby is discharged.
  • Your nurse will advise you to NEVER leave your baby alone or unsupervised in your room. Your ID Bands will be checked each time your baby is brought to you from the Nursery.
  • You and your significant other may go to the Nursery at any time.
  • TAKING YOUR BABY HOME...Remember, New York State law requires that infants be placed in a rear-facing car seat in the backseat.



Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare providers, patients, and families. It redefines the relationships in healthcare. Patient and family-centered practitioners recognize the vital role that families play in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and family members of all ages. They acknowledge that emotional, social and developmental support is integral components of healthcare. They promote the health and well-being of individuals and families and restore dignity and control to them. Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to healthcare that shapes policies, programs, facility design and staff day-to-day interactions. It leads to better health outcomes and wiser allocation of resources, as well as greater patient and family satisfaction. Expecting a baby is not just for mothers. At Winthrop, Family Centered Care is designed to help your entire family begin adjusting to a whole new life. Our Family Centered Care is based upon the belief that every family is unique, with individual needs and wants.



The nurses on the Mother/Baby units (North Pavilion 2 and Potter 2) are specially trained to care for both you and your baby. Feel free to ask questions about your recovery or the care and feeding of your baby. We support non-separation of mothers and newborns and encourage you to keep your baby at your bedside. ?Rooming-In?, as this is known, is strongly encouraged and the preferred way for you to bond with your baby. Rooming-in provides early and prolonged contact between you and your baby. This enables your newborn to get to know you, see you, respond to your voice and touch, and begin developing feeding and waking patterns. The same nurse will care for you and your baby. This will facilitate learning about your own care, as well as that of your new baby. Breast-feeding is fostered when mother and baby are together. Remember, never leave your baby alone or unsupervised in your room.



  • The nurses on the Maternity Units (North Pavilion 2 and Potter 2) are specially trained to care for both you and your baby. Feel free to ask them any questions about your recovery or the care and feeding of your baby.
  • The New Life Center also offers 24-hour Rooming-In, if a private room is available or in a semi-private room with your roommate's approval.

  • BREASTFEEDING - Winthrop endorses Family Centered Care. For mothers who wish to breastfeed, this experience will begin in the LDR with support from specially trained nurses and will continue throughout your postpartum Hospital stay. Our nurses will provide you with the guidance you need and answer any questions you may have. For mothers and babies with special needs, a Lactation Consultant is available. After discharge, community support is provided for those interested.


Some of the members of Winthrop's Maternal Child Health Team who were instrumental in helping the Hospital earn the Baby-Friendly Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA.

Winthrop-University Hospital has been awarded Baby-Friendly Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA. Winthrop is the first and only hospital on Long Island to achieve this distinct honor.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

Hospitals that achieve the Baby-Friendly Designation must undergo a rigorous onsite survey as well as implement all of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which represent evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, and meet the requirements of purchasing breast milk substitutes.

"According to Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., ?providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown that breastfed children have far fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including a reduced risk of SIDS, childhood cancers and diabetes.

Recent studies also show that women who breastfeed enjoy decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis. They are empowered by their ability to provide complete nourishment for their babies. Both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding."

"Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based, maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding,? said Eileen Magri, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing, at Winthrop-University Hospital, who spearheaded the Baby Friendly initiative. ?It was an effort that involved support from many areas of the Hospital and we wear this designation proudly."



We hope to maximize your birth experience and assist in teaching self-care as well as care for your newborn. Therefore, we recommend that you limit your visitors to allow you to get adequate rest.



With the opening of The New Life Center, Winthrop's culinary staff created an upscale restaurant-style menu with a variety of tasty entrees from which you can choose.

Since introducing our specialty menu, our mothers have expressed overwhelming satisfaction with their meals. Our culinary staff has taken the Hospital food to another level.

Western Omlette
Bagel with Cream Cheese
French Toast Sticks
Sausage, Bacon
Various Hot & Cold Cereals
Fruits & Fruit Drinks

Chicken Caesar Salad
Roast Beef & Boursin Cheese on Hero
Chicken Breast Sandwich
Penne Pasta with Asparagus & Mozzarella
Fresh Vegetable Medley - Rice Pilaf
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Cocktail - Soup du Jour
Cheesecake - Fresh Seasonal Berries - French Chocolate Chambord Cake

Poached Filet of Salmon
Mediterranean Pasta
Turkey Hero
London Broil with Bordelaise Sauce
Chicken Caesar Salad
Tomato & Mozzarella Salad - Fresh Seasonal Fruit Cocktail
Stir-Fry Vegetables - Oven Roasted Potatoes - Tossed Salad
Chocolate Cream Layer Cake - Tiramisu - Fresh Seasonal Berries

Kosher Meals are Available



  • As a courtesy, Winthrop will bill your insurance company on your behalf. Therefore, it is very important that you call your insurance company, inform them that you are pregnant, and verify your maternity and well-baby benefits.
  • If you have any questions regarding insurance, our Healthcare Insurance Representatives will be happy to help you. Please call 516.663.8844, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm.

For more information call:
Women's Health Services
at Winthrop-University Hospital

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