Delivery experience at Brooklyn MethodistI had a wonderful experience mid January at Methodist. I was actually a transfer from home because I had planned a homebirth but after a long labor with minimal progress I decided to go to Methodist. I actually used to work at Methodist (& NYU & Columbia) as a labor nurse and chose Methodist as my backup hospital for transfer :) most people are wonderful, but like anything there are always going to be the random people that aren’t friendly or whatnot. You would hope this isn’t the case for the hospital, but my advice would just be to go in confident and if you run into a situation feel free to speak up or have your support person speak up.
Recently given birth at Methodist?Hi! I delivered at Methodist last week. They gave us a TON of stuff. Sitz bath, mesh undies, hot and cold packs, Pampers diapers, wipes (you have to wet them yourself though), maternity pads, witch hazel pads, hospital swaddles and kimono shirts, a peri bottle, dermoplast spray, and other stuff I’m probably forgetting. If you plan on breastfeeding be sure to ask for some of the Ameda gel pads. Wishing you a speedy and easy delivery!
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyStaff was handling 2-3 other births at the same time and wasn’t in room for most of the time. Was fine but happy to have had doula and husband for support while laboring.
Recent experience delivering at Methodist?I gave birth there on June 8, the day of reopening Phase 1. I'm guessing things are even more "open" now. I had a positive experience, just like with my first son in May 2017. 1. Yes. My husband was able to go get some lunch during labor day and even come back to visit me and baby the next day. He couldn't bring out other son with him. There were no other visitors allowed. 2. I tested negative and ended up not wearing the mask towards the end of laboring/actual pushing. I didn't wear the mask during post delivery stay either. All staff did wear a mask. 3. We were able to wear own masks. 4. There were on site doulas, and we were offered one. We declined. 5. A lactation consultant stopped by. I'm pretty sure I could have asked for a private room. So it sounds like they were no longer just for covid-19 positive patients. I also stayed 2 nights, as opposed to 1, so that seemed back to the regular procedure. Nurses were wonderful. One of my nurses and her son actually had covid-19 and talking with her was a reminder that the hospital staff have experienced a lot, even if we are on the better side of things now.
Recent experience delivering at Methodist?We had a good experience at Methodist. We were there June 22-24. While we were there, my husband was allowed to leave to get food and come back to our room. ( we were only separated during triage at Labor and Delivery) I tested negative so I didn’t wear a mask for most of my delivery. They just asked that we put on the mask when someone came into the room. We wore cloth masks from home which was more comfortable for us. And I completely forgot to put the mask on while pushing, and no one seemed to mind. They do have doulas on the floor now, which I did not think I would need but they were so helpful and reassuring. I think we both needed her in the end. I did meet with the lactation consultant and would advise to do the same. However I found that I needed to talk to another one once I got home and started to understand what wasn’t working( there’s just so much going on in the hospital) We also found the nurses super helpful and patient! Happy to answer any other questions about our experience!
Recent experience delivering at Methodist?I delivered there in late May so some things may have changed. At that time... - my husband was allowed to go downstairs to pickup food sometimes but not other times. He wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital. - I didn’t wear a mask during much of my labor or delivery. I tested negative. some of this is comfort of the staff that come in and I asked them if it was OK during postpartum as I was trying to nurse and had my hands full/couldn’t figure out how to manage getting the mask on at that moment. - my husband is also hard of hearing and I had a clear panel mask made specifically for the hospital - and then forgot it at home for the actual day. That said, we wore our own cloth masks throughout our stay. - I used the support of several floor doulas and they were awesome. - I got LOTS of lactation support but found it overwhelming and confusing. Each person had their own spin and preferences. We weren’t able to get a good latch in the hospital and I was in a lot of pain. This is the one piece of my experience at Methodist that I was disappointed with and remain so 7 weeks later. I’d still seek support in the hospital but would have adjusted my expectations and what that would look like. I hope this information is helpful and that you have a great experience welcoming your little one!
Delivering at MethodistI delivered at Methodist on May 19th. My support person was allowed in the mother and baby unit and was allowed to stay the night. If she left though, she could come back. For food, we ordered food to be delivered and then a staff person would go down and get it when they arrived. It worked out pretty well. I also was in a shared room but alone so essentially a private room the whole time, even though I winded up being there for 2 nights due to my daughter having a little jaundice.
Delivering at MethodistI delivered at Methodist on 4/22. Not sure if this is still the case but we were only allowed 1 support partner (husband or doula; my husband came and doula joined virtually), but they were only allowed in the labor room and not permitted to stay the night. Afterwards, I was put into a shared room, but was alone so effectively had a private. As I understand it, they were doing their best to ensure no one had to share a room, to minimize covid exposure. Was charged for a shared room, not surcharged for private—that was something good. The food was fine, nothing to write home about. I recall roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce. The main issue was that I didn’t get much attention—when I needed help, it came slowly. For non-essential things (a cup of tea, help swaddling the baby), help often didn’t come at all. The nurses were overall friendly, and I know they we’re just trying to limit exposure, but I got over it pretty fast. You’ll have to wear a mask 24/7, even if you test negative for covid when admitted. One really great thing that I didn’t know about going in was that Methodist is doing a pilot program of offering on-site doulas at no extra charge (that I’m aware of!). We were assigned Rochel, who had attended over 1000s births, had 10 kids of her own, and was amazing.
Local Mammography ?I don't have COVID-era experience, but I had a mammogram at Methodist in early Feb. I found the process pretty smooth. Easy enough to schedule the appointment. Full disclosure- I did have a bit of trouble finding the right room, so better to ask for detailed instructions when you book the appointment! I probably waited 15 minutes in the waiting room after signing in - at the time, the small 10-seat room was pretty full, but I'm not sure what they're doing now. The mammogram itself went smoothly, andtand technician was professional. I received results in the mail about a week after.
Experience with delivering at Methodist?I delivered my second at Methodist (with Dr. Guirgius), and had a good experience. Having all my appointments so close to home was huge — especially bc my older one was only 2. Also helpful when I went into labor at 4 am. The food was TERRIBLE. The smoothie place across the street is delicious. And the lactation consultant was really pushy. Otherwise, good experience.
Experience with delivering at Methodist?Agree with the other ladies who have already responded. I delivered both of my babies at Methodist (with the PS Midwives) and had great experiences. My first was in the NICU for a couple days after birth and the nurses were incredible and made us feel like our son was in great hands. With my second, I really wanted to labor in the shower and they agreed to remove me from the monitors for a bit and even though the shower was small, it was lovely! Only complaint was the food. It was awful. But luckily there are tons of great options for take-out right outside :)
Experience with delivering at Methodist?I switched from my Sinai doctors to the midwives late in my pregnancy and was worried about delivering at Methodist in case of a serious emergency. The midwives assured me I'd be transferred to Cornell immediately if anything was beyond Methodist's capability, which was extremely unlikely. I ended up having a very smooth and quite lovely delivery, and a great experience at Methodist. The labor rooms were GIGANTIC. The private rooms were SO CHEAP compared to Manhattan. And the hospital was SO MUCH CLOSER to our home, which made me feel super relieved. I had to go to Sinai when I had a terrible kidney stone (twice!) while pregnant and it was a terrible, harrowing, forever-long bumpy ride in extreme pain. That finalized my decision. Being so close to home made it much easier for my family, our dog, my transport in the middle of the night when I was very far along in my labor. I would choose methodist and the midwives again in a heartbeat.
Experience with delivering at Methodist?I gave birth three months ago at Methodist and am also a patient of the Guirguis group. I have a great experience at Methodist. The nurses (during labor and on the maternity floor) were all kind, helpful, and supportive. The facility was clean and from what I can tell up to date with equipment - they had wireless monitoring which was important to me and I know not available everywhere. The hospital (along with the practice) encourages skin to skin for an hour post birth. They asked me first thing if I had a birth plan, I didn’t have to push or advocate for anything, my nurse made sure everyone who came in contact with me knew my wishes. There were also birthing balls and peanut balls in every labor and delivery room. I had a vaginal delivery so I can’t speak to anything regarding experience with a c-section, but I have had other GYN surgeries at Methodist and again found the facility clean and staff competent in my care.
Private room at Methodist after deliveryI gave birth at Methodist in October and was really happy with the experience.I would try to do the tour so that you're comfortable with the layout and where you need to check in, so you're not trying to figure it out while you're in labor. You can't request the private room until the baby has been born. Also, they have more birthing supplies than I expected: a peanut ball, and even a birthing bar that they can attach over the bed. And take advantage of the time you have with the nurses: they're all certified lactation consultants which was so helpful!
2019 Birth SurveyI had a positive experience there. Spacious labor / delivery room, amazing nurses.
2019 Birth SurveyGreat. I was paired with a wonderful delivery nurse who was patient and attentive.
2019 Birth SurveyI thought Methodist was great. The nursing staff in Labor and Delivery and Mother and Baby unit, and the lactation consultants, were (almost) all extremely kind, encouraging and caring. Despite never having met her, I felt the nurse who assisted my delivery was part of my birth team--really a cheerleader for me during delivery. Private rooms are also considerably less expensive than other hospitals, and well worth it.
2019 Birth SurveyMy birth experience was amazing, while my aftercare experience was terrible, aside from two amazing nurses. The birth room was large and comfortable. My nurse was fantastic and realized I was ready to push before I was. Dr. Paone arrived and my baby was born 15 minutes later. My after birth experience is something I’m still thinking about almost a year later. My baby wasn’t properly latching, though I didn’t know it at the time. And after I delivered there was no nursing consultant. She cluster fed until morning and screamed all night long. I after waiting all night to be induced, giving birth, and then feeding all night, I kept nodding off with my screaming baby in my hospital bed. Mercifully, one the nurses asked if I would like to send my baby to the nursery so I could sleep after being awake for two days. I attended their nursing class in the morning and again attempted to find a consultant later in the day when my infant cluster fed and screamed. On our third day in the hospital the pediatrician determined my baby was completed dehydrated as she hadn’t peed in two days. I felt awful and still feel awful for essentially starving my infant. After leaving the hospital I sought out a lactation consultant and IBCLC and dealt with two burst abscesses.
2019 Birth SurveyWonderful birthing experience. At the 'push' stage, I had a cheerleading team of at least 6 midwives, nurses, and my doctor. It was an incredible experience! Post-birth care was hit or miss as far as "care" vs. "just going through the motions robotically" but overall a good experience and I would deliver there again.
2019 Birth SurveyThe lactation consultants and the whole NICU staff at the hospital are literal angels. Everything about my birth experience got us “off to a bad start” with breastfeeding - c section, then my baby was quarantined and untouchable for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th day of her life. Also, I already knew that I would have some difficulty because of low breast tissue. I’m not exclusively breastfeeding but they gave me the confidence and skills to breastfeed and supplement. I know that people say “size doesn’t matter” but I really appreciated Kelsey’s honesty when she suggested that I might never be able to exclusively breastfeed in my case. Rather than suggesting that if I just pumped every hour for 72hours, ate a lot of supplements, drank water like I was lying under a faucet, and breastfed my baby that somehow my 2oz boobs would miraculously make 6-8oz of milk. It’s less blame y.
2019 Birth SurveyIt's a hospital. I'm glad I spent most of my labor at home and only came in to push and for recovery. In no particular order: The food is terrible. No one could figure out how to fix the mechanism to raise/lower the bed. Right after my baby was born, the nurses were fiddling with the warming tray and couldn't get it warm enough, then acting like there was something wrong with my newly-born baby because he got cold. That sort of small-scale but annoying incompetence. But the private room for $350 was nice.
2019 Birth SurveyLabor and delivery nurses were lovely. Being local was amazing so my husband could go home for our toddler’s bedtime each night I was in the hospital.
2019 Birth SurveyMaternity @ Methodist continues to be great; wonderful labor experience; great nursing staff on floor; room-in w baby (no nursery) and learn a lot quickly. Lactation support is very good.
2019 Birth SurveyGreat. Nurses were attentive and caring. Doctors were helpful and responsive.
2018 Birth SurveyMethodist Breastfeeding Group- highly recommend! Helped me through some tough times in the first 4 weeks.
2018 Birth SurveyGood. We did get a private room. Our only complaint is that it took a long time for the nurses to fulfill our requests (for example, it took several hours to get discharge papers, when they were promised earlier)
2018 Birth SurveyI had a good experience overall, though it was better when my first son was born in 2012. Staff is great. Facilities and general functioning of logistics okay.
2018 Birth SurveyI loved my birth experience at NYP Brooklyn Methodist! The L&D staff were warm and provided great care. Mother/baby unit was also good, though I didn't end up staying there very long.
2018 Birth SurveyI was so glad to be close to home for my birth and delivery. While the triage experience was not great, the nurses and doctors were very supportive, helpful, and I had a very positive birth experience. My had to go the NICU and the nurses were amazing, I was very satisfied with my experience. I felt like my little baby was being really well cared for. Most of my experience was made positive because I was able to close to home where my partner could go back and forth if needed.
2018 Birth SurveyHad a great experience with staff that was personable and responsive. Stayed in a private room and found they have been upgraded since my first child was born in 2013 with a small tv attached to the bed and some nice toiletries. Small things but it did make it more bearable to be stuck in bed for a few days.
2018 Birth SurveyThis was a great hospital. Intake was smooth, the nurses were so kind and helpful. I got a private room and it was well worth the money. They have a great breastfeeding class and consultant to help you along the way.
2018 Birth SurveySO wonderful. The nurses in both the birthing room and the recovery room were amazing and kind.
2018 Birth SurveyThe staff at the hospital was generally very professional and attentive. I particularly found the nurses and assistants on the Mother & Baby floor to be very friendly and accommodating.
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