Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is in Roosevelt hospital birthing center?

A:        The Birthing Center at Roosevelt Hospital is Manhattan’s first in-hospital birthing center. Since opening its doors in 1996, the Birthing Center has offered all the freedom and comfort of a home birth, while ensuring that total medical support is standing by just a floor away. The birthing center rooms are homelike and beautiful, complete with hardwood floors, spa-sized jacuzzi and shower. Here, you may manage your own labor in the way that helps you most. Most women labor in a hydrotherapy tub and give birth in bed. There are no restrictions on the number or age of supporters that may share this experience with you.While epidural anesthesia cannot be given in the birthing center, all other pain relief options are available. In case of difficulties that may arise during labor and delivery, the birthing center is only a floor away from the latest equipment and the most highly trained maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

Q:        How are mothers and babies monitored at BC? What equipment and medications are used?

A:        During labor, we check the mother’s vital signs routinely. We also use a doppler to monitor the fetal heart rate. This unobtrusive method of fetal monitoring is proven to be effective, and (unlike continuous or intermittent electronic fetal monitoring) does not restrict the laboring mother’s ability to move freely. We are able to offer intravenous fluids and medications, but we do not use IVs unless there is an indication. Our clients are encouraged to eat and drink during labor.

We do not offer pharmacological pain relief or labor augmentation. We do use medications to provide GBS prophylaxis, facilitate the delivery of the placenta, reduce postpartum bleeding, and suture lacerations under a local anesthesia. We also have the equipment required to provide supplemental oxygen and suctioning. However, these interventions are used only as needed.

In the absence of complications, we immediately place newborns skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest to promote bonding and breastfeeding. Mothers and newborns usually remain skin-to-skin until the first breastfeeding is complete or as long as desired. All routine procedures (such as monitoring vital signs) can be performed while the mother and baby are skin-to-skin.

Q:        What if a complication emerges during my pregnancy or labor?  

A:        Most healthy, low-risk clients are able to birth in our comfortable, private, home-like birthing center. Occasionally, our midwives and consulting physicians determine that a hospital L&D birth would be safer for an individual client or her baby. This determination may be made during the course of prenatal care, or while the client is in labor. In case of difficulties that may arise during labor and delivery, the birthing center is only a floor away from the latest equipment and

Our midwives have hospital L&D privileges, meaning they are able to manage normal deliveries and catch babies at Roosevelt hospital L&D.

Q:        What if I decide I would prefer to birth in a hospital?

A:        Our patients deliver at Roosevelt Hospital with a choice of the beautiful Birthing Center and the state-of-the-art OB Suite.

Q:        Do you accept clients who are planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after a cesarean section)?

A:        Yes, We do accept client who are planning a VBAC.

Q:        Do I need to find a doula? What about a childbirth education class?

A:        You are encouraged to choose a doula (a person who can support you during labor and delivery).

We find that clients who attend a childbirth education class are more confident and comfortable during labor. This is especially important for clients planning a natural birth. Therefore, all BC clients are required to attend a childbirth education class.

Roosevelt Hospital hosts a variety of classes and support groups for expecting families and new moms.

Q:       Do you accept insurance?  

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