Department of Obstetrics at Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital is renowned for its exceptional obstetrical service, with approximately 4,500 deliveries per year in the Florence Selwyn Klopfer Family-Centered Maternity Care Unit. The facility consists of 12 modern LDR's (labor, delivery, and recovery rooms), three mother/baby units (the location for a patient’s stay after her birth), a well baby nursery and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Lenox Hill Hospital recognizes that each family, pregnancy and birth is truly unique and therefore all staff work with families in flexible and collaborative ways to create an individual experience.
Maternity patients whose pregnancies require special attention also benefit from the 24/7 prenatal services available at the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a Center of Excellence for the hospital and one of the most comprehensive centers of its kind in New York City. Learn more about the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Other features that make Lenox Hill Hospital a top choice for expecting mothers include:
- OB nurse navigator program
- Parents are considered partners in the maternal-child health service areas, collaborating with staff in care giving and making decisions for themselves and for their newborns.
- The team promotes and supports a family-centered approach to care.
- In keeping with the focus on family-centered maternity care, parents are not considered visitors.
- Lenox Hill encourages mothers to have their baby at their bedside for as long as they choose and maintain a newborn nursery for those times that they choose to utilize this service.
- Mothers can choose when and who can visit while she is a patient in the healthcare facility.
- Newborn security system for peace of mind
- Bedside, individualized teaching given about baby care and infant feeding.
- Emotional support services
- Birth registrar services brought to the bedside
- Bella Baby photography services
- Executive suites with personal choice dining
The Department of Obstetrics has a nurse navigator on staff to serve as liaison between physician’s practices and patients who plan deliveries at the hospital. This unique program allows patients to contact the nurse navigator before their due date to discuss special needs and requests and ensure a smooth transition when the patient arrives at the hospital.
Some of the ways that the nurse navigator assists patients include:
- One-on-one review of a patient's personal birth plan and preference (appointment scheduled in advance of due date).
- Collaborates with the patient, the patient's doctors and clinical team to coordinate care when special medical needs are identified for the patient or her new baby.
- Assistance in selecting educational programs that fit the patient’s needs and schedule.
- Assistance with pre-registration, including helpful tips for selecting a pediatrician.
- References for information on car seat selection and installation.
- One-on-one review of breastfeeding resources, including lactation consultant services and products available for purchase or rent (such as breast pumps and other nursing supplies).
- A resource for general pregnancy questions and to discuss any concerns the patient may have throughout pregnancy.
The nurse navigator can be reached at (212) 434-3933.
All of the bedside nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital are specially trained in breastfeeding support and certified lactation consultants are also on staff for mothers who need additional assistance.
The department offers a number of services to help mothers and their babies nurse successfully and safely, including:
- Prenatal breast feeding classes offered monthly (dates and additional information below)
- Individualized breastfeeding plans, teaching tools and resources brought directly to the mother’s bedside while hospitalized
- Medela© breast pumps for in-patient use, rental and purchase
- Medela© breastfeeding supplies and bras for purchase
- A breastfeeding help line: (212) 434-2242. Callers should leave a message, which will be returned within 24 hours.
For breast pump rentals and supply purchases, call (212) 434-3075.
Breastfeeding first steps
It is important that mothers start breastfeeding within the first two hours after delivery (or as soon as possible). New mothers should let their doctor and nurse know that they would like to nurse their baby as soon as possible and to place the dried baby skin-to-skin on the mother. This keeps the infant warm, soothes the infant, colonizes the infant with the mother's natural flora and promotes bonding.
If a patient needs assistance breastfeeding, all nursing staff members are able to assist. If a baby is in the NICU, it is very important to start breast stimulation or pumping as soon as possible, preferably within six hours of delivery (or sooner). Lenox Hill Hospital provides Medela© breast pumps for patient use.
Lenox Hill Hospital Maternity Orientation and Tour
The maternity department holds free orientations and tours for prospective patients.
Registration is required for these tours. Since group size is limited, it is recommended that interested parties call (212) 434-3075 to register for a tour at least six weeks prior to their anticipated due date.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
This breastfeeding class introduces the basics of breastfeeding and prepares expectant parents for a healthy breastfeeding relationship with their baby.
Class dates for the remainder of 2015 are:
- April 22
- May 20
- June 17
- July 22
- August 19
- September 23
- October 21
- November 18
- December 16
Classes take place 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and cost is $50 per couple. To register, call (212) 434-3075.
For general financial questions please contact Sheila Watson, supervisor, care coordination at (212) 434-3041.
For information regarding the executive suites or international services, please contact Mallini Gumti at (212) 434-3018.
The physicians participate in the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Lenox Hill Hospital. During this program, residents at each level spend time with each of the specialty clinics within the department, including regular and high-risk obstetrics.