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    BETH ISRAEL HOSPITAL
    BETH ISRAEL HOSPITAL
    Street:
    First Avenue at 16th Street
    Phone:
    212-420-2000
    Neighborhood:
    Manhattan
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    Pros

             Supports rooming-in

             Encourages breastfeeding

             Full-time lactation staff

     

    Cons

               Located in Manhattan

               No in-hospital birth center

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: They were great hel on diagnosing and finding solution to my little ones tongue tie. Extremely helpful and friendly.Member notes about insurance: No issuesBased on a March 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Recommend?Highly recommendReview:The hospital staff (doctors and nurses) were great, it made my vbac delivery a great experience. I felt cared for and listened to.Advice:Speak up with what you needMember notes about insurance:No issuesBased on a March 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:   Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Everything was clean and the staff was professional and orderly. Beyond that, the staff seemed truly excited about yet another birth! How many baby must they have seen and yet they wanted to be sure I was comfortable and wanted to hear about our plans for the baby.Very sweet. Do you recommend? Highly recommend The rooms are very dry - bring a giant water bottle. Insurance details: Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Prism EPO and United Healthcare Oxford Freedom plans. filing claims has been fine.(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  REVIEW: The nurses were incredible. They knew when to help out and when to step back and let my doula or husband take over. They were sweet and informative when needed but also left us alone to enjoy our new little family after the birth. The room itself was big and when I arrived the water was in the tub, lights were dim and the bed was ready. I honestly couldn't be happier with my experience there. THe only issue was that the two nurses we had each had their own opinions on how things should be done with the baby. For example- one nurse said to burp a breast fed baby, the other nurse said you don't have to. For a new mom it could be confusing. For me though it was okay...I had set myself up with a great team to assist me....doula, my mom, my husband and a lactation specialist so I felt totally confident with the way things went.INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes they take insurance. No issues. Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  REVIEW: I was not thrilled, but it doesn't mean I would not go back if I had to. First of all, I spent two hours in active labor in the waiting room, waiting to be seen because my water had not broken and there were others who had broken their water, but had no contractions. I was clearly in more pain, and this policy continued even though I was only at 36 weeks. I gave birth in a triage room. Which was not really a big deal. I was able to hold the baby right away and my husband stayed with her while they cleaned her up outside the room. The lactation consultants really bothered me. They didn't get that my baby was born at 36 weeks and had not developed her latch yet. They kept telling me to breast feed, but she was not latching, then got upset when we started formula. We were lucky she did start formula, because she had high bilirubin and would have had to stay in the hospital longer had she not gotten something to eat. I eventually hired a lactation consultant and we are still happily breast feeding. It was really hot in the whole hospital and no way to turn the heat down. Otherwise, everything was fine.INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes, billing was as Expected. Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  REVIEW: The hospital was fine. My dr was great, as well as her follow-up staff. The hospital staff was ok. They were out Of some things! But overall ok.INSURANCE ISSUES: They take BCBS But tried to charge us for an extra days stay! I had our discharge papers which I sent to insurance company so it all eventually got resolved Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  REVIEW: I had heard mixed review about Beth Israel, but I found the experience to be very positive. I had a very complicated birth and the nursing staff and doctors were fantastic through the whole thing. They were incredibly supportive of tons of mom and baby contact immediately after birth, rooming in, and were very helpful and supportive with breastfeeding. They also had a TON of rooms so getting a private room was not a problem.INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes, they took my insurance, and we didn't really have any issues Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  REVIEW: The facilities at Beth Israel were so-so, not state of the art. The nurses were really nice and helpful. The doctors are fine. The lactation consultant was very thorough and helpful. They have a program to help new moms learn the ends and outs of breast feeding, they visit your hospital rooms to help you, and they encourage you to have skin to skin contact with your newborn to help latching happen and promote bonding. After having a c-section, I needed to rest, but they brought my baby to me as often as I wanted for as long as I wanted.INSURANCE ISSUES: Beth Isreal accepts GHI and processed all of the claims for me. Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  The nurses on the labor and delivery floor were terrific and the delivery room was spacious. I was disappointed that the TV wasn't able to chess the channel they have which shows relaxing photos to provide a calm environment, but in the end that didn't matter much. The only other complaint about that floor was that the birthing balls needed more air and they didn't have a way to inflate them. The maternity floor was ok. The nurses were helpful, but it often took many attempts to get assistance - one night I waited 1.5 hours for someone to come to my room. I was however very impressed by the breasts reding support that they provide.INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes, the hospital takes Aetna. They weren't always great about processing claims, but I was able to resolve it easily with a call to the billi office. Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  We had a wonderful experience at Beth Israel. The maternity ward staff was very supportive and caring. They helped so much with getting our breastfeeding going, especially an administrator who took time out from her work to calm me down and really taught me how to do it correctly. The nurses were really caring and attentive - I really can't say enough good things about them. The food was really quite good too as far as hospital food goes. The labor and delivery nurses were a different story, I found them not to be very supportive in my desire to do without an epidural - they kept on asking whether I was ready for one which really wasn't very helpful. Medically I felt that the staff was extremely competent and both myself and my son were healthy and well taken care of on that front. I just felt the folks helping me were indifferent to my needs. You should just make sure that you and your doctor are on the same page and they can do a lot to make your experience what you want it to be. All in all a very good experience.INSURANCE ISSUES: Review Date: April 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 29-Apr-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  I was very happy with my experience at Beth Israel. I was very comfortable although the wing I was in was very cold. They brought my babe and me many blankets. I was happy they allowed my husband to sleep in my room. My nurse during my birth was wonderful. Although, the nurse when I first checked in, not so wonderful. Very happy about the shift change. I was also happy with never having any pressure for the epideral (sp). I was never told I had a certain window. As long as I was not pushing, I could get the medicine whenever I wanted. I was not that happy with the lactation consultant. I had questions and paged her numerous times and she never came to my room. It was nice they had a breastfeeding seminar with you brand new baby but no one every came to my room when I was attempting my first day of breastfeeding. BUt overall, I was happy with my birthing experience. My baby had to go into the NICU for Jaundice at Beth Israel and for three days we were treated wonderfully by the staff and doctors. I felt my baby was in good hands.INSURANCE ISSUES: My insurance was accepted. I think I am still getting bills! For every doctor that asked me how I was feeling, a bill was sent. It is a bit crazy on the billing end. I got the labor and delivery bill and then about three or four different bills after. My insurance covered a lot but I still had to pay around a thousand or so. Review Date: April 2012