A healthy and happy beginning to life starts with the highest quality of care. At Phelps Hospital, our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing mothers and families with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to care for their newborns during this special time.

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Phelps Hospital has been officially designated as a Baby Friendly facility by Baby Friendly USA, a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This recognition is awarded to facilities that successfully implement policies that create a culture of support in the education and skill development necessary to provide an optimal level of care in infant feeding and promote bonding of new families.

Phelps hospital offers a family-centered approach to the childbirth experience. We offer numerous educational programs taught by our own certified nurses, skilled support during the labor process, extended visiting hours for families, lactation services by our trained nursing staff, and more.

Phelps Maternal Child Unit

701 North BroadwaySleepy Hollows, NY 10591

Birthing Center

The Phelps Birthing Center offers rooms that are fully equipped with comfortable beds, three with labor tubs for relaxation and pain management, and an infant warmer for the immediate care of the newborn.

The Birthing Center nurses are prepared to assist you with breathing and relaxation techniques. Whomever you choose as a labor partner may remain with you throughout the birth process to provide coaching and emotional support. The entire nursing staff of Labor & Delivery are board certified in fetal monitoring, adding to your security. If pain management is desired, medication is available, and anesthesiologists are readily accessible to provide other methods of pain control, including epidurals. The medical and nursing staff will all work around your need for comfort and privacy.

In the event that a Cesarean birth is necessary, the procedure will be done within the Birthing Center. A support person may remain with you, if you wish, with the approval of the obstetrician and anesthesiologist.

Maternity unit

While you are a patient on our maternity unit, a nurse assigned to you will care for you and your baby based on the individual needs of your family. Your nurse will teach you the basics of infant care and assist you in beginning to understand the unique characteristics of your baby.

Phelps offers private, scenic rooms with sleeping accommodations for your spouse/support person. There is a visitors lounge for your family with complimentary coffee and tea and comfortable seating arrangements.

The birthing center, postpartum unit, and special care nursery are all on the same floor, which contributes to the effectiveness of our enhanced security. The unit on which the postpartum area is located remains locked. Visitors are permitted to enter only after being viewed on our cameras and ringing the outside bell.

Bonding with baby

The bonding process between you and your baby is actively encouraged with extended parent-newborn contact immediately following birth and throughout the postpartum hospitalization.

We observe the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of 24-hour “rooming in” for you and your baby, with our expert nursing staff available to assist you around the clock. Even after discharge, new parents can call 914-366-3559 with questions about their new baby.

Rooming in fosters bonding and will provide you and your family with an opportunity to learn about the wide range of your newborn’s characteristics, especially your baby’s own patterns of socializing, sleeping, eating, wetting and stooling. With your baby in your room, the nurses will have plenty of opportunity to teach your family the basics of infant care — feeding, bathing and diapering.


Within the Birthing Center, our nursing staff will assist you in initiating breastfeeding within the first hour after your baby is born.

We want to provide you with the best start possible to be successful with breastfeeding your new baby. Our board-certified lactation consultants and nurse lactation counselors provide individualized instruction, counseling and assistance for breastfeeding mothers.

We are very proud to be able to offer donor milk for babies with medical indications for supplementation. Donor milk contains the many dozens of beneficial ingredients that breast milk offers.

After discharge, a complimentary one-on-one breastfeeding consultation  visit is offered to all breastfeeding mothers who deliver at Phelps.

Phelps nurses and lactation consultants have been uniquely successful in encouraging and assisting mothers in breastfeeding. Phelps was recognized by the New York State Department of Health as one of the top 10 hospitals statewide with the highest percentage of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their newborns.

The following brochures provide additional information about breastfeeding:

“Let’s start talking about Breastfeeding”:  Information to consider during your first trimester, including the benefits of breast milk for your baby, what breast milk contains, how it benefits you, and more.
Breastfeeding information – your 1st trimester

“Successful Breastfeeding”: Information for your second trimester . . . breast milk is the only food your baby needs for the first six months and his or her main source of food until one year; recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization; feeding cues, the latch, continuing breastfeeding after returning to work, and more.
Breastfeeding considerations during your second trimester

“It’s Time! Initiation of Breastfeeding”: Third trimester! Information about rooming in at the hospital, skin-to-skin contact for strengthening your bond with baby, getting started breastfeeding and where to get support after leaving the hospital.
It’s time for breastfeeding!

Educational programs

Classes that instruct parents and other infant caregivers are taught by our own certified nurses. There is a special discounted rate for taking all three of the following classes: ABC’s of Baby Care, Prenatal Breastfeeding Class and The Childbirth Experience/Lamaze Class. Following is the complete list of classes:

ABC’s of Baby Care:
This class for expectant parents is to help you prepare for your new baby’s arrival. Topics covered include how to diaper and bathe a baby; equipment needed such as a car seat; crib safety; guidelines for safe sleep; newborn characteristics and appearance; general baby care and more.
ABC’s of Baby Care Classes

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class:
This class for expectant parents offers information on how to initiate successful breastfeeding. Topics include milk supply and how milk is made, what to expect from your newborn, latch & positioning, how to tell if your baby is getting enough and more. Couples are encouraged to come together. The Prenatal Breastfeeding Class is a three-hour class.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

The Childbirth Experience/Lamaze Class:
This series of classes is designed to cover all aspects of the childbirth experience. We offer information on the following topics: pregnancy, labor, delivery, caesarean section, the newborn, and the techniques of Lamaze childbirth preparation – including exercise, relaxation, breathing, and pharmacologic pain management. Tour and childbirth films are included.
The Childbirth – Experience/LaMaze Method Classes

Childbirth Education Refresher Class:
This class stresses the changes between first and subsequent births while reviewing all changes of labor and relaxation and breathing techniques.

Postpartum Support Group:
This class is to support new mothers.

  • Bring your baby to share and learn in a friendly, supportive environment.
  • Meet other new moms.
  • Ask questions.
  • Get help with breastfeeding and other new baby challenges.

The group is led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). There is no cost to attend.
Postpartum Support Group

Tot Saver Program:
This 3-hour class includes the pediatric component of the American Heart Association CPR for Family and Friends. This class is physically demanding and you should consult your physician for advice on participation during the last trimester. Prior review of course materials is required. To register for this class, call (914) 366-3698.
Tot Saver Program Classes

How to Register:

To register, click here. After submitting your registration form, please send a check payable to “Family Centered Teaching Programs” to:

Phelps Hospital
Maternal Child Health
Office Coordinator
701 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

If you need additional information, please call (914) 366-3382.

See all Maternity Classes

Other information

Visiting Hours:
Fathers/significant others enjoy unrestricted visiting hours. Visiting hours for all others are from 11 am – 8:30 pm. Siblings are given a special ID bracelet that gives them access to the Maternal Child Unit.

There is a “Quiet Time” in the Maternal Child Unit every day from 2 – 4 pm so that new families can get some rest so they can attend to their baby’s needs during the night. Visitors are asked to come before or after these hours.

Remember! All visitors must be free of colds, rashes or other potentially contagious illnesses. Hand-washing is a “must” before handling the baby.


For tours of the Birthing Center and Maternity Unit, please call (914) 366-3559 at the time you would like to visit. Please understand that if the unit is busy you may be asked to call back at another time.

A Patient Representative in the business office will work with you or family members to assist with financial details and insurance coverage. In anticipation of your hospital stay, you are urged to obtain a pre-admission form from your physician and forward the completed form to the hospital Admitting Office.


Phelps Maternal Child Unit
701 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollows, NY 10591
(914) 366-3559

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