Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns
Natural birth in NYCI had an unmedicated, zero intervention birth with my third daughter last summer at Alexandra Cohen. I chose the hospital since The Birth Center was no longer an option, and a private recovery room was very important to me. My OB practice and the hospital definitely offered me general birth stuff that I found completely unnecessary, but I wasn’t pressured when I turned them down. It wasn’t as touchy feely of an experience and some staff seemed to question my decisions, but I was able to have the birth I wanted.
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? 02/2021 Review: NYP/Alexandra Cohen is incredible. Every member of the staff is kind and reassuring. It's brand new and every patient gets their own room, even their own triage rooms, which we really appreciated because it meant my husband could be with me for our many trips to triage (it was the height of covid and he was not allowed with me during our first - and scariest - triage at NYP downtown). Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? The only pandemic-related issue was that my husband and I were not allowed to visit our baby in the NICU at the same time. He was there for 53 days and we were only with him together on the day we took him home. That rule made a tough situation even tougher. Otherwise the NICU and all the nurses and doctors were amazing.
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: Amazing. Felt like a hotel. All private rooms and the couch pulled out to a full sized bed for my husband. All the nurses were supportive and helpful. They didn’t push me to room in or use the nursery (I did nursery and it was awesome) the food was decent. The nurses were awesome
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: Very nice hospital with all private recovery rooms. The labor and delivery nurses were fantastic as were the post-delivery OB and pediatric nurses. Everyone who attended to us during our stay was amazing, including the cleaning staff! Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? Recommend bringing your own pillows and an extra blanket for partners who spend the night on the couch.
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: I loved my L&D nurse, Kimmy. I lucked out that she had experience with unmedicated birth. The postpartum nurses were generally fine - some better than others. The rooms are private and pretty comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised with the food! I was able to do wireless monitoring, labor walking around in the shower, and push in my desired positions.
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? February 2022 Review: Incredible; privacy and world class care. The food was good too! Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? The visitor policy seemed in flux even during our brief stay there; i recommend asking for clarification while at the hospital regardless of the institution.
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyI had to go in to the hospital 6 times for postpartum issues and each time I was given a room in triage quickly. Almost every nurse and PA I saw was incredibly kind and caring, putting me at ease. We had some trouble with a very mean and disrespectful nurse, Ada, who belittled me and made my bp go way up. However, once we requested a change the nurse manager was very helpful and accommodating and all our other nurses from there were lovely.
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyThe hospital is brand new, so the facilities are beautiful, clean, and spacious. The labor and delivery rooms are huge - I had plenty of room to walk around while laboring without going into the hallway (Omicron had emerged that week). There is a bathroom with a shower to labor in and they provide a yoga ball and peanut ball. At the time I delivered, their birthing tubs hadn't been inspected/authorized for use yet. The staff kept the lights low, were quiet and calm, and helped keep a low stress environment in the room. In the labor and delivery room there is a cot for your partner and a closet for your things. I felt very safe delivering here, especially knowing their surgical suites are in close proximity, anesthesia staff is always available, and the NICU is the highest level available. When we were moved up to the recovery floor, every family has a private room. These rooms are smaller than the labor and delivery rooms, but very comfortable. There is an ensuite bathroom (provided are mesh underwear, peri-bottle, Tucks pads, giant pads, ice packs), a big hospital bed for birthing parent, bassinet for baby, cot for non-birthing partner, bedside table, table for food etc, and sink by the door. They provide lanolin, hand moisturizer. The post-partum and baby nurses were great though very busy - the floor was apparently nearly full while we were there. They didn't volunteer a lot of advice or info, though were very responsive when we asked questions. There wasn't a ton of specific breast feeding support - though our daughter was enthusiastic from the start, so with more difficulty there may have been more support. The other providers (pediatricians, pediatric PAs, OB attending, OB PA or resident, lactation consultant, audiology tech) were are very friendly and knowledgeable. I felt confident in my care, and the care of my baby. The food was great - not actually like a restaurant, but tasty and with a good variety. You could order jello or bone broth on the L&D floor, and then once in your post-partum room you can order breakfast, lunch, and dinner from their app. You can order one item from each section on the menu which means my partner was always full as well (in addition to eating some of the snack we brought). One thing was that catering wasn't open after I'd delivered, so we ordered take out which my husband ran out for. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? I had the preference to labor and deliver without epidural - while supportive of the decision, the labor and delivery nursing and resident staff was not well versed in tools or techniques to help in this goal. I would suggest going to the AC hospital prepared or with a doula if you'd like to birth without intervention because there wasn't a lot of specific guidance. My husband had read the Birth Partner and I'd done preparation for laboring without an epidural. Regarding COVID-19, I was swabbed after admission (for an induction), and though PCR negative on the results was still asked to keep my mask on when providers were in the room. Once I was in active labor and transition, then pushing no one required my mask on. Mask was required for my husband the whole time. Once on the recovery floor we had masks on whenever there was a provider in the room. All the rooms (L&D and recovery) are private, and I actually didn't see another patient the entire time I was at the hospital, despite it being busy (according to the nurses).
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyAmazing. So good that I actually hesitate to give it a review because I'm afraid everyone will start to choose this hospital and that would make it more difficult for me to get in if we decide to have our second baby here. They are designed for patient-first (vs efficiency or medical staff-first). All rooms are private, and every room has couch for my spouse to sleep on, so he wasn't stuck sleeping in a chair. Every mom gets a visit by a lactation consultant at least once a day. My son was a little cold after he was born, the nurse provided me with a heating pad so that I could continue holding him (vs putting him under a heat lamp which is standard at some hospitals). The night nurse let me ping them once I woke up, rather than waking me up to give me medicine (within a 1 hour window of when I needed it) - this was critical because I was able to wake up 'naturally' when the baby needed to nurse every 2-3 hours, and I didn't have an additional wake-up for meds/blood pressure. There was valet parking that is easy to use, as well as a dedicated taxi-line. I was offered birthing positions other than just laying on my back (peanut, standing/chair, and others). Their standards are evidence based and include things like delayed baths, keeping mom/baby together in the same room (there is a nursery but default is to keep together), and some other things that I saw on birth-plan templates that I can't remember now. I don't really have any points of feedback and would be thrilled to have another birthing experience there. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? I way over-packed my hospital bag. The hospital really takes care of everything you need.
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyState of the art, amazing care, felt completely taken care of. The facility is pristine, private rooms and the birthing experience was amazing. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Valet your car! :)
Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience SurveyThe facility is brand new and beautiful. My labor room was the corner suite overlooking the East River. All recovery rooms are private so there is no extra charge. Because they are so new, I think they are still working out some process issues. I wanted a low intervention birth and I did not feel supported in this from the start. The first 4-5 staff (nurses, PAs, doctors) who I met with immediately asked me if I wanted an epidural. I had my birth preferences printed out but no one ever asked for my plan - just epidural or not. My water had broken before I arrived and when I finally got into a triage room 2 different people (I think one of them was in training) checked my cervix. This should not have happened - once your water breaks cervical checks should be minimal to prevent infection. I had continuous fetal monitoring and an IV placed pretty quickly. It became exhausting in between pretty intense contractions to keep saying No and referring them to my plan. This was disappointing.
Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience SurveyBeautiful new building, amazing facilities, decent food, private rooms!
Experiences at NY-Pres. Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns?I delivered my first baby there in late September and had a great experience. Full disclosure: I'm a resident at Cornell in another specialty so I'm predisposed to like the place. The labor and delivery and post partum nurses were all very professional, kind, and knowledgeable. I delivered with an attending and a resident who were both fantastic. I needed close follow up which was easy to arrange--I felt very safe. It's also comfortable (all private rooms) and has great food. I would have stayed for a month.
Experiences at NY-Pres. Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns?I just had a C-section there for my twins born on October 20th. My daughter and I stayed four days, and my son had to stay about two weeks in the NICU post birth. The experience was really wonderful - the hospital is beautiful and new, all rooms are private, and the nurses and other staff are amazing. I felt very reassured that the care my son was getting in the NICU was the very best. If I had to do it again, I would absolutely choose to do it at the same place, and would recommend it to anyone. Hope that helps, and good luck!
Experiences at NY-Pres. Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns?I was meant to deliver there in August but delivered a few days early at the old hospital. That said, our baby was still in the NICU when the Cohen Hospital opened and was one of the very first patients. They were amazing and the facilities were beautiful. The care was exceptional.
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