Our full-service birthing center provides a family-centered approach

Congratulations on your pregnancy! The Phelps Maternal Child Center understands that every family wants an ideal childbirth experience. Phelps believes hospitals should include birthing options to fit every family, including those who want to deliver as naturally as possible. The Phelps maternal care team is dedicated to providing personalized care, and we’ll spend time getting to know you and your wishes for your care.

Our expert team of OB doctors and midwives is here to help you have a positive birth experience. Phelps has more midwives than any other local hospital. We know childbirth is a natural process, and we’re thrilled when our teams help mothers deliver babies in a safe, time-honored way. Monitoring is kept to a minimum, and you are welcome to choose a birthing position that feels right, as long as it’s safe for you and your baby.

Patients at the Phelps Hospital Maternal Child Center can use hydrotherapy tubs during labor to help manage pain.

At Phelps, you have the option to manage your pain with massage, hydrotherapy tubs, showers, and acupuncture. You may also choose traditional pain medications, including IV medicines or an epidural, if preferred. Our team will help you understand your options, so you feel empowered to make the choice that is right for you.

High-risk pregnancy? We can help

If your pregnancy is high-risk, or if you have complications during delivery, Phelps is here for you. It is normal to feel anxious during a high-risk delivery. Rest assured that we have assembled a top-notch team to care for you and your baby. All Maternal Child Center nurses are board-certified in fetal monitoring, and our doctors are experienced in handling complex cases.

If a C-section is required, surgery is performed in a special suite inside the Maternal Child Center. With the approval of your OB and anesthesiologist, a support person may stay with you during your procedure. Our surgery suite is clean and modern, and we are proud to have a very low rate of infections.

Defying the odds: success in the face of danger

See how Phelps care teams used the latest technology to help save Gina and her unborn baby girl.

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Your comfort is our priority

It’s important for you, your family, and your guests to feel comfortable here. We strive to provide a safe, supportive environment with a home-like atmosphere. Amenities at the Phelps Maternal Child Center include:

  • Free parking for patients and visitors
  • Complimentary TV, telephone, and wi-fi (movies on demand for a small fee)
  • Complimentary room service for patients (meals available 6:30 am to 6:30 pm)
  • Private rooms with scenic views at no extra charge
  • Sleeping accommodations for your support person
  • Newly renovated visitors’ lounge
  • Warm towels delivered to your room each day

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Baby Friendly designation
Phelps is a designated Baby-Friendly Hospital
Learn more about our approach to breastfeeding.
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We know new parents have a lot to remember. If you have a question about caring for your newborn after you go home, give us a call at (914) 366-3559.
A new dad cradles his newborn baby’s feet. The baby has a hospital security bracelet around its ankle, which is standard at Phelps.

Phelps offers enhanced security for mothers and babies, including video security. The birthing center, postpartum unit, and special care nursery are all on the same floor and the area remains locked. Staff must scan in and out, and visitors may enter after being viewed on our cameras and ringing the outside bell.

Visiting a new mother and baby at Phelps

What an exciting time! We love sharing our patients’ joy when a new baby joins the family. To ensure everyone’s safety and security, we have the following rules for visitors:

  • Your spouse, partner, or main support person is welcome to stay with you from admission to discharge and may visit at any time
  • Your new baby’s siblings may visit from 11 am to 8:30 pm. We give siblings a special ID bracelet to help them feel special and to give them access to the Maternal Child Center
  • Other family members and friends must ring the bell outside the Center, which is under video surveillance, before being allowed to enter. They may visit from 11 am to 8:30 pm
  • Please remember, people with colds, rashes, or who might be contagious should not visit; newborn babies cannot fight off illness the way older infants can
  • For safety, visitors must wash their hands before touching the baby

Each day, from 2 pm to 4 pm, we have “Quiet Time” so you, your baby, and your support person can rest. While we don’t prevent visitors from stopping in during these times, please ask visitors to come before or after this time.

Phelps encourages bonding with your baby

Some mothers feel a bond with their babies as soon as they hear the little ones’ heartbeats. For other mothers and babies, it may take more time. Bonding is a personal journey, and we are here to help.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 24-hour rooming-in for newborns and mothers. We agree. Keeping your baby in the room with you whenever possible benefits both of you in many ways. You can spend more time getting to know your baby by cuddling and responding to your baby’s needs. Your baby may cry less when you are close by, and you may be able to sleep better with your baby in the same room. The first 24 hours after birth are special for both of you.

New parents cuddle their newborn baby in a sunny hospital room.

Many new mothers are unsure how to care for their newborns. Our experienced nurses will patiently show you how to confidently meet your baby’s needs. Having the opportunity to practice infant care for a couple of days can make a big difference when you go home.

We support breastfeeding

Phelps was designated a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program that champions breastfeeding. Our board-certified lactation consultants and nurse lactation counselors provide individualized instruction, counseling and assistance for breastfeeding mothers. Want to know more? Visit our breastfeeding page for more information and breastfeeding resources.

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Paying for care

If you’re concerned about paying for your stay, or if you have questions about how to work with your insurance company as you prepare for your stay, we can help. Your doctor or midwife’s office may work with us to make sure your paperwork is completed, but you are welcome to contact us for more information or to verify that everything is in order. Contact our Financial Counselor at (914) 366-3133 or visit our Billing Information page.

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