WHEN YOUR OBSTETRICIAN TELLS YOU TO REPORT TO THE HOSPITAL...
- 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.
THE LABOR/DELIVERY/RECOVERY (LDR) SUITE...
- 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.
LABOR COACH/LABOR SUPPORT...
- 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.
OBSTETRICAL ANESTHESIA/PAIN MANAGEMENT...
- 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.
- Just after birth, your baby will receive a complete physical assessment in the Nursery, as well as its first bath and shampoo. Soon after, your infant will be placed in an open crib.
- The baby's father or your significant other may visit the baby in the Nursery while you are recovering from the delivery.
- While your baby is in Winthrop, a pediatrician with Winthrop-University Hospital privileges will provide medical care. When your baby is born, your pediatrician will be notified so that he or she can examine the infant and supervise all in-house medical care. If your pediatrician does not have privileges at Winthrop, you may choose a pediatrician with Winthrop privileges, who participates in your insurance plan, to care for your baby in the Nursery.
To allow you to adequate rest, we recommend that you have no more than two (2) visitors at a time.
SIBLING VISITING POLICY
- Siblings are the new baby's brothers and sisters ONLY.
- All parents are responsible for ensuring that siblings are in good health, which means that they do NOT have rashes, diarrhea, colds or other infections, and that their immunizations are up-to-date prior to visiting with their new brother or sister.
- Either the father/significant other or a grandparent must accompany all siblings.
VISITING HOURS: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visiting policies are different, if your baby is in the NICU.
- No children under the age of 14 are permitted unless they are siblings accompanied by the father or grandparents.
- Limit 4 visitors per patient.
- No strollers are permitted on the unit.
THE TASTIER SIDE OF The New Life Center
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.
Bagel with Cream Cheese
French Toast Sticks
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
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