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Exploring Many Ways to Give Birth at Mount Sinai West

When it comes to labor and delivery, our Obstetrics Service provides the widest range of choices to the pregnant woman and her family. Because of our unique combination of an in-hospital birthing center just a floor away from a state-of-the-art, complete labor and delivery facility, Mount Sinai West is able to offer choices that other hospitals can't come close to matching. With this range of facilities at your disposal, you can optimize perfectly between what you want and what you and your baby must have. Many intermediate steps are available in choosing the best and safest alternative for your family.

Throughout your pregnancy, we will continuously evaluate your health, and recommend changes in the plans for your labor and delivery if necessary.

You may choose the birthing center or the labor and delivery suite, and with either choice, you may have an obstetrician or a midwife. In any of those situations, you will have a variety of anesthesia choices. If you prefer a birthing center experience and plan for it, you can be confident that if your situation changes, many of your plans can still be preserved. You can move at any time to our state-of-the-art labor and delivery suite, along with your chosen physician or midwife. For example, if a problem arises during your labor at the birthing center, an epidural block and labor induction drugs, or even an operating room, are just an elevator ride away.

In a typical birth in the labor and delivery suite, you would have a birthing room called an LDR room. This acronym stands for labor, delivery and recovery, which are the phases of the birthing process you would experience in this type of room. About an hour after the birth of your baby, you would move to a postpartum room.

For more on your choices:

Contact Jo Leonard, RN, MA, FACCE, at (212) 523-6222 (Parent/Family Education), or discuss your options with your obstetrician or midwife.

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