Labor & Delivery

North Shore-LIJ Women’s Health offer labor and delivery facilities with exceptional quality and a remarkably caring staff. We are dedicated to providing you with a family-oriented approach to childbirth.

No matter where you choose to deliver, each of our health system hospitals provide the highest level of care for your child’s birth and have a vast resource of physician specialty services available should you need them.

Both North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center are regional perinatal centers offering comprehensive care for high-risk pregnancies. The labor and delivery unit has LDR’s (rooms equipped to handle labor, delivery and recovery) so that laboring mothers are not moved from one room to another. There are operative delivery rooms in the event a C-section is needed. We also are equipped to handle the specialized care needed for multiple births as well as patients who are high risk for complications affecting the mother or the baby.

We appreciate that women need and deserve special care and special treatment in a family centered environment. That’s why we are building new facilities, namely the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and the Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. These state of the art facilities are being built to offer women the latest in medical advances, as well as the comforts of single bedded rooms, and unique amenities for women and their families. The new maternity unit in the Katz Women’s Hospital will provide a comfortable and relaxed setting for the mother, her partner, and family. The postpartum single-bed rooms have been designed to foster maternal-newborn bonding between the mother and her baby. Emphasis is placed on creating a calm and supportive environment for the new mother to rest and adapt to her new role.

Support services include lactation consultation , neonatal services , and newborn care education .

For a full list of other North Shore-LIJ hospitals with labor and delivery services, visit Locations & Directions.  

Planning Ahead

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.

Partners are permitted to attend all pre-arranged or medically indicated scheduled elective Cesarean deliveries. Partners may attend emergency Cesarean deliveries at the discretion of the attending physician and where general anesthesia is not used.

Family and Visitors

We understand the importance of having family and visitors nearby to welcome the arrival of your new baby. A waiting room for your family and visitors is provided.

To learn more, visit Services or sign up for a childbirth education class today.

We invite you read this easy-to-understand  introduction to inducing labor from the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.