What to Expect

The information below is provided for the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. For information about other North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals, please view the  locations section. Today there are many options for childbirth. It is up to you to decide whether or not you would like to use pain relief medication, whether you would like your partner to be with you throughout the birth and even whether you would like visitors while you are in labor. We encourage you to discuss the type of delivery experience you would like to have with your physician or nurse-midwife early in your pregnancy. Provided that you, your practitioner and the nurse taking care of you are in agreement and the situation allows, we will certainly try to accommodate your wishes.

Upon Arrival

When you come to the hospital to deliver your baby, please bring only what you need for your labor and delivery. Your belongings should be left at home or locked in your car until after delivery. Clothes to wear home can be brought to you the night prior to your discharge.

Upon arrival, the person accompanying you will be allowed to leave the car and assist you to Admitting. The driver will then be asked to move the car to the parking garage. Valet parking may also be available.

There is a waiting room for friends and family near the labor and delivery room, available with nearby food and beverage, vending machines, rest rooms, and television.

Your Baby's First Year

Your Baby's First Year

Giving birth at a North Shore-LIJ hospital? You'll receive Your Baby's First Year, edited by Steven P. Shelov, MD, of Cohen Children's Medical Center.