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    New York University Medical Center
    New York University Medical Center
    Street:
    1st Avenue
    City:
    New York
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    10016
    Neighborhood:
    Kips Bay

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: The experience was incredibly positive due mostly to the amazing nurses in the mother/baby unit. I arrived with my water having already broken and contractions nearly 2 minutes apart. I was brought immediately into a birthing room (not triage) and was given an epidural within an hour of arriving. My husband and I never felt ignored and we consistently saw nurses and the dr. When it came time to push the direction was clear and there was an overall sense of calm in the room. It also felt like having built in cheerleaders with the great nurses. Immediately after the birth we were given quiet time alone to bond with the baby. The mother/baby unit was the most impressive part of the experience. The nurses were all amazing, supportive and helpful and there was no judgement in answering all of our "first time parent" questions particularly when it came to things we knew nothing about like how to hold the baby to breastfeed, what a correct latch looks like, and how to do a swaddle. It felt like a built in support network, but we were also given a lot of freedom and bonding time. I will plan on using NYU for any future births. Do you recommend? Highly recommend(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Excellent, beautiful facilities. The "tour" of the hospital beforehand is just a ppt presentation but still helpful. Compared to a different hospital I delivered my first At, they were much more hands off about breast feeding which was fine for my second child but might have been scary for my first. Do you recommend? Highly recommend(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: We had a great experience with nyu. The rooms were nice and had room for my husband to sleep both in the delivery room and the regular room. The resident who helped with the delivery was fantastic as were the nurses. Do you recommend? Highly recommend Put your request in for a private room right away! Insurance details: Yes they take insurance. I don't remember any specifics about forms but everything was covered other than the few hundred dollars well spent for the private room(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: All the nurses, from triage, to labor and delivery, to recovery were great! There were some residents, but you can always ask for a doctor if you're not comfortable with them. The first year just asked me intake questions. The chief resident (a female) assisted Dr. Kramer (also a female) in the OR and it was pretty awesome that even though surgery wasn't exactly in my plan, I had an all female OR team except the anesthesiologist. Per my request, they gave me information throughout the procedure and it felt very safe and supportive to have women performing the procedure as well as caring for my son. I was in maternity for 3 days. The lactation support was good, but not blow me away amazing (which I didn't realize until I met with an amazing lactation consultant a few weeks later). Then again, they are nurses first and have many other responsibilities... Do you recommend? Highly recommend If you can, get a private room, do so. We had my husband and 2 sets of grandparents in and out for 3 days. There is no way there would have been space if we had had to share. Insurance details: Also, no issues - had the preregistration paperwork filled out and my husband took it from there. The hardest part was calling them to get a copy of the bill a few weeks later so I could submit it for my AFLAC claim.(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Loved NYU. The nurses were wonderful. So easy to prioritize breastfeeding and learn from their class and nurses. Easy to keep my baby in the room. It felt super Mom and baby friendly. I wasn't planning on it but opted for a private room and it was worth every penny. I know they are not always available. I felt lucky b Do you recommend? Highly recommend Get a private room if you can. Scope the local stores and restaurants before hand and send your partner out for snacks. Meals are okay but not great. Insurance details: Yes - Cigna - easy.(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: I had such a wonderful experience here, but particularly with the recovery nurses. Edna was my favorite but they were all lovely. Warm, professional, attentive and knowledgeable. I can't say enough about my great experience here. Do you recommend? Highly recommend Ask for the room at the end of the hall with the private bathroom! Also, take everything when leaving, diapers, blankets, etc. Insurance details: Yes and they were VERY good.(Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by
    On 22-Feb-2015
    Subject:  Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience
    Comment:  Member Review: Over all fantastic. I went on a pretty busy day and had to hang out in the waiting room for 3 or so hours (after being in labor for 10) which was a bummer but then they were super apologetic and accommodating. Do you recommend? Recommend bring some snacks. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  Review posted July 2010
    Comment:  I had my son at NYU. He was my second, so my labor was rather quick... I arrived at 7:15 am already 8 cm dilated. He was born at 8:41 am. So, my experience may differ from women who spent many hours in labor at the hospital. But, I was asked if I wanted an epidural when I arrived and I declined. No one pressured me about that. About 45 mins later, I got overwhelmed by the pain and asked for an epi then. My OB (Rachel Friedman from Spring ob/gyn) was awesome... she encouraged me to hold out and stayed with me. The labor nurses were awesome. I made it through with no drugs or interventions. My son was with me in the delivery room after I delivered him and I nursed him immediately. I believe he left for a little while during the placenta delivery and subsequent stitching up. He was back with me to be transferred to the maternity ward.My baby boy was with me as often as I wanted in the maternity ward, although the first time they took him to be examined by the ped, he was gone for longer than I liked and I had to complain several times to get him brought to me. I kept him all night and slept with him, though some of the nurses frowned on that. The post-partum care was mostly uneven... some nurses were great, others were barely there mentally. I found this to be true at the hospital where I delivered my daughter as well (in NJ). NYU took excellent care of my son... I felt the peds and baby nurses were great.so, all in all, it was a fine experience. nothing spectacular about the hospital itself, but it was where my ob delivered, and I really liked her. Also, I left after one night in the hospital, so i was in and out in about 36 hours.Hope this helps.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  July 2009 Birth Experience
    Comment:  Our son was born almost a year ago (July 2009) and although I had a c-section it was due to not being able to progress and not at all due to pressure from staff. I found that the nurses were very caring and very responsive to anything I needed... everyone made me feel as special as I deserved to feel those days I was there -- I hope the same for you! And I wish you a wonderful labor.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  2008 and 2005 Birth Experiences
    Comment:  I delivered my children at NYU hospital, in 2005 and 2008, and it was a very positive experience. The nurses were great. Supportive of breast feeding and just generally supportive and kind. My children were with me in the room the entire time, and when they were taken for washings or other exams, I was more than welcome to come along. (Though I think I used that time to shower and wash up myself!)After delivery, on both occasions, I was able to hold my baby for a while before they were taken for wash up and exam, but I don't recall this being troubling or really lengthy. I never felt pressured for drugs, but when I was ready for the epidural, they got it for me quickly. The delivery room is very comfortable and spacious.My only complaints are that there aren't many private rooms, and you can't get on the list for one until you are in labor. I didn't get one either time. The post delivery rooms are doubles and small, and they give the side with the window to C-section moms, so I was felt a little claustrophobic. And the showers are in the hallway. So bring flip flops. However, the care I received there was so good that the crappy rooms are a small price to pay. If I were to go for a third, I'd deliver at NYU for sure!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  Sept 2007 Birth Experience
    Comment:  My daughter was born at nyu in sept 2007 – the day she was born the hospital was literally packed and there were no labor and delivery rooms available for me. My daughter was born naturally and without drugs of any kind within an hour of me arriving at the hospital so it wasn't a big deal, but I cant tell you how the staff would be during that time or what the labor and delivery room experience is like. I had a pretty tame experience compared to all the stories I heard from my baby group afterwards, and they were all different hospitals. The night staff in the hospital were nice. However, because I came into the hospital in a rush without a doctor calling ahead for me they were very rude to me when I first arrived. Also, in all the rushing my shoes got left in the examination area, or on the undercarriage of the bed and someone stole them. They did take my daughter away almost as soon as she was born but honestly my husband fainted and they grabbed her in the midst of the distraction to weigh her and vacuum her lungs (they claimed that she was born too fast – only 2 pushes – so she did not expelll the liquid in her lungs) which I would have preferred they told me but they were all business - they and their checklist and they checked it off. My doctor was landing at JFK when I arrived at the hospital so one of her colleagues attended the delivery and our personalities were not suitable to each other. Nevertheless, I think it was a great hospital and compared to the other places I have heard stories about and the places I have been when friends have babies, I would recommend it. I mostly mention all of the above to say that you really can not anticipate what will happen so you have to be either very diligent in managing your own healthcare (or have someone with you who can do it is much better because during labor you will lose focus0 or have very strong faith in the abilities of the people around you. For that I can say that the NYU staff could have been a little more pleasant and they could have done things differently to better suit my sensibilities, but I never doubted that any of them were highly qualified to perform the services they provided.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  May 2010 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I saw your post on Park Slope Parents and wanted to get back to you! I'll let you know about our experience with NYU from my perspective. Our little guy was delivered at NYU May 2010, so our experience is definitely recent.I'll try to answer your questions first, then give a little more info on our thoughts (again, from the husband's perspective).A few pieces of info that are relevant: --It was a 100% natural birth. No drugs, epidural or medical intervention really of any kind. --We had a doula which for us was EXTREMELY important, both for my wife and I. Because of all her experience, the doula was able to guide my wife through the birth in a way that I would never have been able to do. It also allowed me to just focus on supporting my wife from an emotional standpoint. Our guy was just over 3 weeks early so we didn't have anything ready to go to the hospital, so having the doula was key in staying home for awhile, then being prepared when we actually went in. I don't know if we would have been able to do 100% natural without the doula. --We called our doctor about 20 mins before we went to the hospital so she could do whatever she needed to do so we didn't have to go through triage. --When my wife was first checked she was 5cm and fully effaced so basically half way there upon arrival.Arrival at Hospital: We went straight up to the delivery floor, spoke with the nurses and were in the room in less than 10 minutes. This was because our doctor had called ahead. After we were in the room, I went downstairs to fill out different forms and paperwork. (The doula stayed with my wife).Nursing Staff in Delivery & Labor: We liked the staff. We went in to the hospital at around 11:30pm, and our little guy was out at 4:30am or 5:30am (I can't remember exactly). The main nurse that was with us was nice and was training to be a midwife, so was ok with the whole natural thing. She was also helpful during pushing with counting (which my wife wanted). The other medical staff we dealt with were nice too. The anesthesiologist was nice and just had us fill out the paperwork in case my wife changed her mind. After doing that we didn't see him again. As our son was early they had premature trained nurses in there. There was also the doctor on staff that did everything until my wife's doctor actually arrived (I believe she got there at like... 2am).We had snacks and clear gatorade for my wife to eat and drink, and they didn't mind at all.They let my wife try a lot of positions, walk around the room, let her use a birthing ball, and they brought in a birthing bar which wound up being very helpful. They also had a shower in the room that my wife could use which was ESSENTIAL. There was a tv and stereo which was nice. We watched tv for a little while, then switched to the stereo. As we weren't very prepared, we didn't have a tape or CD or anything, but the radio was fine. Our doula brought some nice smelling oils which were nice to have around.Recovery Staff: Really nice and basically left us alone until my wife was ready to move downstairs.Whisked Away? No, they didn't take our baby away at all and in fact had him breastfeed almost immediately. They were into the skin to skin contact right away and basically just wiped him off a little and handed him to to my wife (we didn't want him washed). They did a lot of their checks/tests/eye drops/whatever at a little station they set up next to the bed, so he didn't have to be taken out of the room at all. Once we moved downstairs they did take him away for a few different things like a jaundice test, some hearing test, but for the most part he was in a bassinet next to the bed or my wife was holding him.Hospital Stay:Our Room So we were in the hospital for 2 additional nights (after the night of labor). They didn't have any private rooms available, but they do have a program that if the husband wants to stay over at night (which I did), you can share a room with another couple where the husband stays over as well. It was nice because I was able to be there the whole time, run out and get real food for bfast, lunch, dinner. I was also there to hang out with my wife and baby. Just to note, that time is TOUGH. They check in on the baby every couple hours, they checked on my wife every couple hours, they have announcements through the loudspeaker (speakers are in each room) all the time, so no one gets much sleep... at all. Except maybe the newborns cause they sleep through anything. It was difficult because we got the side not near the window which is smaller and feels like you're inside a shower curtain for 2 days. It was also difficult because the other husbands snored SOOO loud that when we could actually get an hour or so of sleep, neither of us could because of the noise. It was pretty crazy... funny now, but at the time we couldn't believe it. We were happy when the first couple left, but the second couple actually had a LOUDER snoring husband. If you decide to be part of this program, the partner HAS to stay over and you CAN'T send the little one to the nursery at night (which is good cause he's there, but you get ZERO sleep for a couple days).The fold out bed thing for husbands are not very comfortable, so be prepared if someone does want to stay over with you. Also, bring extra pillows as those seem to be in high demand. If you have a lot of stuff with you from delivery, see if someone can take it home for you. There isn't a lot of room in the rooms and it can feel cramped. As we weren't really prepared at all, we didn't have a lot of stuff. (Our doula had a lot of the stuff for the delivery room so she took it with her.) A change of clothes, our birthing ball (which was deflated) and some food was basically it for us, and we still felt cramped. People that visited brought small gifts which also took up some room. The one thing I think my wife would say is to bring your OWN comfortable, loose fitting, dark colored clothes for when you stay over.Food As I mentioned, I ran out to various restaurants and grocery stores nearby to get food. I don't think my wife ate any of the provided meals. They actually have menus you can use to get food delivered, but I wanted to get out for a couple minutes, my wife didn't want to think about what to eat and just wanted me to pick, we wanted some food from the grocery store, and my running out was faster than waiting for delivery.Staff The staff was nice for the most part. There was one night nurse we didn't like as much, but she was fine and only in comparison to the others did we not like her as much. I did run out and get a bowl and filled it with inexpensive candy (fruity and chocolate) for the nurses to have whenever they wanted. I think it was appreciated and ensured there were nurses in and out of our room often (so we could get stuff if needed). If you rang the bell they would ask what you want over the intercom and were pretty quick with things (Tylenol and ice were key for us).The staff was very knowledgeable about breastfeeding, and they helped out a lot. They actually have a lactation consultant come in and do a class for all the new moms, and if you need she'll do one-on-one sessions in your room. They're short (like 10 mins), but still helpful. My wife did hear from someone in her mom's group that they had a bad experience with one night nurse...Visitors They have specific visiting hours for different people (parents, spouses if not staying over, friends). You're only meant to have 2 at a time. With me in there and two others, it was definitely crowded, but no one said anything. I think as long as you're quiet and don't have a lot of people all the time it's fine. I would actually go sit out in the waiting room from time to time if we had 2 other folks visiting for long periods of time.When They Did Take Him Away They didn't take him away for long and told us how long it would be. They also explained exactly what was going on. If he was away for longer I could go get him, or they would come and say, "5 more mins, the doctor is doing x,y,z."Overall We had a good experience with the hospital and would go back there if another little one was on the way. They were fine with natural child birth, they knew A LOT about breastfeeding and the staff was generally nice and knowledgeable. From what we've heard they actually excel in the breastfeeding area, and the natural thing has more to do with your own doctor. My best friend's wife is due in Oct. and they're going to NYU as well which we think it a good choice.Hope this mini novel helps!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Comment:  I also had a good experience at NYU. Granted I came in in advanced labor at 12:30 am on a Saturday night, and the only doctor on call was in an emergency C-Section so I had to wait in triage for nearly 2 hours before I was checked in, but that could have happened anywhere and honestly, when you're in full blown labor you dont really care if you're in a triage room or a delivery room. My labor nurse was named Tammy and she was AMAZING. The nurse I had before Tammy's shift started was a little tough but still fine. Tammy was big into natural birth and I think even had one of her kids at home, so it really blows away your perception that all hospital staffers want to feed you pitocin. I did have an amazing doula who really helped me too - she just helped make being in a hospital easier - she shooed away people who kept coming in with clipboards and kept me super calm. They did not whisk the baby away at all and in fact were all loving and encouraging and really helped with breastfeeding and everyone was really interested to see how it was going. Of course as the time passes on you run into crabbier nurses, but I would say the labor staff is very good and I would have another baby there for sure. The shared rooms stink - they are super small, but it's really hard to get a private room. But again, I think only Mt Sinai is known for nice rooms., Anyway, I had a good experience and think you will too.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  July 2007 Experience
    Comment:  I'm sure you will get responses all over the map, but I have had two very positive experiences at NYU. I was not pressured to have an epidural (and, in fact, had 2 natural childbirths). I found the nursing staff very helpful. They found me a lactation consultant on both occasions soon after I requested one. I was allowed to have my baby in the room right next to me pretty much the whole time. I asked that they not feed either of my sons formula at any point because I wanted them to get used to breastfeeding, and the staff didn't push back except I think for the tiny amount of sugar water they give in the beginning from a little cup. (I can't quite remember, but it was no big deal). Getting up to the delivery floor on the elevator was a nightmare - the elevators were so crowded that several had to pass me by. And then I was in very advanced Labor in an extremely crowded elevator that stopped on every floor. That was a huge drag. But all in all it was a positive experience.Hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. It has been 3 years since the birth of my second son.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  Birth experience Nov 2007
    Comment:  I gave birth at NYU in Nov 2007 and plan to do it again this January. All in all I felt good about the experience. The delivery nurses were great and so were recovery nurses. Of course some were better than others but all fine. hey did forget to give me the topical vaginal numbing spray fir the pain of my stitches but not sure if that was doctors mistake or what. No pressure for epidural though they did insist on an IV in my hand "just in case". That was a drag but after many hours I did end up getting epidural. My best advice is to labor at home as long as possible because my body definitely closed up in hospital environment. Bring your robe warm socks pillow. Baby was put right on my chest then weighed, measured etc in room with me. Never left my side. Declined bath no prob. Slept in my room 1st night but I couldn't relax enough to sleep. Second night he slept in nursery which I needed! Slept well and they brought him to me to breast feed. This time will use nursery both nights!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  April 2010 birth experience
    Comment:  We had our baby at NYU in April and had a great experience. I had an emergency c-section so I can't say anything about pain management or induction however I believe this is dictated more by your OB than the nursing staff. If you do chose an epidural it is absolutely a non-event. I expected terrible pain like a spinal tap and was surprised it was no different than a regular shot. I can tell you quite a bit about recovery and beyond. Baby didn't leave my sight from the OR to recovery. I couldn't hold him immediately because they had to close me up but once he was cleaned up a bit they gave him to my hubby who held him until we got moved to recovery. Then he was placed in my arms and they told me to buzz when I wanted to put him down which I didn't. The only time they took him from me was when we were moved up to the room and even then he was right by my side. I was lucky enough to get an empty double room the first night and a private the remaining 3 nights. I HIGHLY recommend a private room. You won't be sleeping anyway but having the privacy of your own room, quiet when you get it and having your husband/partner with you overnight if you can is great. If you are sharing a room and you deliver in the middle of the night your husband/partner will have to go home and you'll be on your own with the baby. Also, with a shared room you have your own toilet but share a shower in the hallway. Private rooms have their own shower.With the exception of the last night we had the BEST nursing staff. I felt like I had my own private nurse, especially at night. Nursing shifts are 12 hours so you have the same person all day and all night. If you plan to breastfeed NYU is the place to go. They literally BF'd my baby for me. They held my baby and my breast and got the twain to meet. It was amazing. I unfortunately had an infection from the surgery but they were all over it and in constant contact with my Drs and telling me everything they did and every drug they gave me. I definitely recommend NYU and would go there again.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  Jan 2009 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I had a mixed experience at NYU when I gave birth in Jan 2009. Bottom line, I love my ob who only delivers there, so I would go back, but I would be much more assertive and demanding. The squeaky wheel gets the grease there, so to speak. If you have other hospitals as options, I would carefully consider them.The delivery nurses were fantastic and provide absolutely no pressure for an epidural. A lot will depend on your doctor's recommendations. They were caring, kind and competent. I wound up having a c-section. This was not my ideal, but I do believe it was necessary and that my md and the nurses acted in my best interest. Their support continued throughout the surgery prep and surgery, which was a scary experience for me.The recovery nurses were more of a mixed bag. Two nurses were like angels from heaven; they were so kind and caring. I felt that they went above and beyond. The lactation consultant was good.Two nurses were horribly inept. One simply couldn't fix my iv post surgery and took over an hour to seek help, leaving me in severe pain and unable to hold or nurse the baby during this time. This was immediately after birth when we should have been bonding. My husband held our daughter until more experienced help arrived. This nurse also didn't offer any nursing advice, which I needed and saw other nurses provide. Another nurse was just plain nasty and contributed to a terrible night. Never let a nurse leave the room without giving you the call button as I did twice when I was still not fully mobile. I needed assistance several times and have never felt more helpless. Also, a private room is so worth it if you can get it. After my hellish night, I managed to get one. Shared rooms are small and noisy and lack basic privacy and, in my case, windows/light. Your partner can spend the night with you in a private room, which would have prevented my terrible night. I also had an awful roommate. After an extremely long and exhausting delivery, I finally got to my room at 5am desperate for sleep. My roommate began receiving guests at 6:30am and continued all day - up to 8 at a time! They also traipsed in and out of our bathroom. It was in clear violation of the rules and also greatly increased my risk of infection. Only one nurse was helpful in enforcing the rules and my husband often had to play policeman. Unpleasant to try to stand for the first time post-c-section for an audience of strangers and wait for them to get out of the bathroom. Perhaps my roommate was just very rude, you never know who you'll get.It was a tough time. But, I did recover without complications and my baby was delivered safely at NYU. Hopefully, you'll be in and out quickly and have a smoother delivery than I did.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  March 2010 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I had my 2 children at NYU. For the first one I had the worst experience, I was humiliated, I had to beg for pain medicine...etc...Then I had my second baby in March 2010 there and I had the BEST experience you can imagine. They really got their act together, I spoke with the head nurse and told her my story, she said she knew about all the problems and everything was changed. They try to not separate you from your newborn so they even do the bath at the sink in front of you in your room now. The nurses always checked on me and asked if i needed pain medicine or stool softeners even though this time i did not need them.I did not have drugs and my labor stalled so they offered me the choice of walking (I climbed 8 stairs even though they asked not to leave the unit because of their policy, they saw that i left but did not say anything) or the drugs....Then during birth they asked me if i wanted to pull the baby out and I said yes and did it ! Then they left the baby on my chest for a little while before having the ped checking on her right at the side of my bed. The nurse we had was wonderful, she joked with us etc...Even food surprised me, it s hospital food but they offer you several choices for all the meals.Rooms are still not that great (small-you hear everything - no shower in the room) but the last night i splurged and got a private room and really got to recover. Hope this helps.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  April 2010 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I delivered at NYU in April and had an extremely positive experience (and myhusband and I are quite critical). I had a nurse for the delivery who was devoted entirely to me, and was extremely attentive--it was like having a personal concierge. She was very warm, and made me feel totally at ease. I thought I would be really self-conscious about being so "exposed", but I think the staff's attitude really prevented me from feeling that way. When I was pregnant, I considered hiring a doula to help serve as an advocate for me in the hospital, but based on the experience I had, I don't think it would have been at all necessary. I chose to have an epidural, so I can't speak to whether they would have pushed it. My baby was put on my chest for skin to skin contact immediately after birth (they asked me if I wanted that)--she was not swept away. They do things in a way so that the baby is never actually out of your sight--all the initial measurements are done right next to the bed, and when you go upstairs, the baby is checked in right with you. Unless you have a c-section, you recover in the same room as the labor and delivery. The nurses in the mother and baby unit were also really good. The hospital is also extremely supportive of breastfeeding--if you choose to do so, no one will even mention formula and the hospital doesn't even have pacifiers. The only thing I didn't like is that the rooms upstairs are teeny tiny. I was pretty upset when I saw the rooms on the tour, but having gone through the experience, I think the quality of the staff really makes up for it.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  2007 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I had my son at NYU Hospital just over three years ago. I was induced after my water broke and the check-in at 6am was a breeze. I ended up getting a beautiful corner room with a fantastic view of the East River. The mood at the hospital was very calm and the labor/delivery nurses - 2 over the course of my labor - were excellent - warm, kind. The anesthesiologist was very professional and proficient, arrived in a timely manner.However, they do have to abide by certain protocols. I had brought a labor/birthing ball with me to sit on for the duration of contractions and while they were keen on letting me use it, they were also wary, and my doctor had to ask special permission to use it, since at some point someone had rolled off theirs and sued. They also of course need to use constant fetal monitoring with a bulky belt, but they did allow me to stand up (which, again, they had to be a bit coaxed into allowing). The birth went well, I chose an epidural at 7 inches, they even put on a u-bar at the foot of the bed to help during the pushing phase - so I could semi-squat and have gravity lend a hand. Everyone was gentle and tried to abide by my wishes. I had also requested no residents and they were fine with that. Now the postpartum floor was another story indeed. The nurses there seemed apathetic and very put-out if you asked for anything, i.e. extra maxi pads or directions to the shower. No private rooms were available (very few of them) and I had a very noisy neighbor, t.v. on full blast, visitors beyond visiting hours, etc. The nurses just seemed to hate their jobs. I gave birth at 1:30pm and begged my doctor to check me out the following morning, ASAP. I requested my newborn be wheeled to the nursery when I was ready to go to sleep - exhausted! - but with explicit instructions to bring him to breastfeed, which they followed, albeit with VERY MINIMAL explanation and mostly impatience. I wouldn't recommend the experience overall, and I've spoken with plenty of others who have had very similar experiences to mine. I chose a home birth for #2.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  May/June 2010 Birth Experience
    Comment:  My wife gave delivered 6 weeks ago at NYU hospital and we had a very positive experience. The staff was very courteous and tended to all her needs. This came as a pleasant surprise because when we had our older son in '02, it was an entirely different place with the staff not being so attentive and practically throwing us out of the hospital. NYU has since changed its approach and we were very happy as a result. During delivery the staff was very accommodating and there was no pressure to take any drugs or epidural, which my wife elected to have on her own. The baby was with us in the room after delivery and in the maternity ward after as my wife was nursing. Hope this helps.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  Review offered July 2010
    Comment:  I had my baby boy at NYU. I was not pressured to do an epidural but I did have one. I was also in labor for 30 hours so took pitocin and finally had a c-section. The baby was with us right after delivery and then he was in a nursery the first night. after that, I had the option to have him in the room with me during recovery, or to have him in the nursery. I was there 5 nights (or 4?) and I had him in the nursery one night b/c I really needed some rest. I had one nurse that was very bossy and not nurturing and guilted me about putting him in the nursery, which I thought was completely inappropriate, but otherwise had very sweet and caring nurses. I'm not sure if this will help you at all since it sounds like you don't want to take drugs, but I think I would not have been pressured to take them had I not wanted too.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  2008 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I delivered my son at NYU 2 1/2 years ago. Spring Ob/Gyn was my OB practice. My bottom line: I would do it there again mostly because I would want to be in a hospital with such great resources and docs in the event that there were any complications.More positives: the labor nurses were fantastic! I had one that was WAY more helpful than my doc in actually helping me get the baby OUT. (My doc was too nice and sweet, this labor nurse was fierce in a GOOD way.) I was encouraged to hold my little guy and nurse him right away (after a very quick initial weigh and suction). The post-partum nurses were also very, very good. They were very supportive of rooming in and breastfeeding. The rooms are clean and serviceable.The negative: Just one, but a big one. NYU is ridiculously overcrowded and the resources overstretched. I labored in the public waiting room until 9 cm. Now, this is my 2nd kid and I have wildly fast labors, but still, triage was way too slow. I was in full-blown transition by the time I got a room. (The upside: interventions were minimal as there was no time for them) I would say for someone having a more normal labor (like 12-24 hours instead of 3 hours), this scenario wouldn't happen. Just get ot the hospital on time and be prepared to wait in triage for awhile.I had my first 11 yrs ago at Roosevelt up on 59th st. and my sense is that it is a better-run, less-crowded hospital overall. In a perfect world, I would probably choose Roosevelt if I were to have a third (as long as that awesome NYU labor nurse could come with me!).
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  2008 & 2005 Births
    Comment:  I had two deliveries at NYU (5 and 2 years ago) and found the experiences vastly different. Although they were very different I found the nurses and staff (especially delivery room nurses) to be wonderful overall - there was one nurse who I'll never forget because she was THAT great and one nurse who I will never forget because she was THAT bad.Overall I would highly recommend that hospital - I felt I was in very good hands even during a very scary complication with my first child (preeclampsia). I personally really dislike being in the hospital in general but I think it was about as good as it could be.Good luck - my best advice is to make sure you trust your doctors and have good and open communication with them!
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Aug-2010
    Subject:  April 2010 Birth Experience
    Comment:  I delivered at NYU in April. My experience was 80% really good, I'd say. I love my doctor as well so that helped make the experience positive. I had a very, very hard and long labor (48 hours with 4 hours of pushing). I did NOT want a c-section and the nursing staff, residents and doctors did everything in their power to make sure I did not have one. And it could have gone that way on so many occassions. My labor nurse was so invested she even stayed 3 hours beyond her shift, without pay, to help me deliver. I was very lucky. I never felt they pushed medicine on me. I ended up with an epidural after 33 hours of labor because I needed to sleep and get some relief or I would never have been able to push. I also had pitocin to move my contractions along. I honestly feel all these medicines contributed to my having a v-birth, rather than a section. But I did try to go as long as I could without them and everyone was very supportive.NYU is becoming more and more "baby friendly." They are very supportive about breastfeeding. After birth, unless there's a complication with baby or mom, baby goes directly on your chest to feed. Make sure you talk to them about their baby friendly policies. Their nursery is becoming defunct- most babies sleep in the rooms with the moms. Also, when I gave birth, my husband was not aloud to stay overnight. However, a friend of mine who had her baby there a month later told me their debuted a pilot program which allows husbands and partners to stay over.As for recovery nurses, the first day and night I had a great experience with wonderful nurses. The second night was not so great and unfortunately, pretty par for the course at most hospitals. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't good. I felt like I was really left to do everything myself, which was hard since I couldn't walk and my baby was not breast feeding well.Anyhow, feel free to email me with any specific questions. I did have a good NYU experience, though. Oh, I also negate some points because check-out sucked (and the rooms are pathetically small!!)! Just a lot of red tape. But honestly, who cares about that when you are about to bring your new baby home!