Maimonides Medical Center
Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing SurveyIt’s efficient and gets the job done. A kind of no frills type place. A bit old school, as in you might get an unplanned c-section if you get the wrong doctor. I would not have wanted to be there without our midwife who knew the place very well and kept us away from the business-as-usual people. The nurses are all incredibly capable. Apparently they see more babies born there than any other hospital in the city. I will say as well that some friend of theirs had a baby very very premature and were in the nicu for a long time and got very well taken care of. We paid for a private room after the birth and that was great because no one bothered us. We were in a quiet wing and really got left alone. There does seem to be a bit of communication issues and when they took the baby for his shots etc. they didn’t bring him back for over two hours until my spouse went and hunted him down. The overnight nurses were wonderful. 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 to wear a mask while in labor until my pcr results came back but that happened in an hour or less.
OB - Hospital Delivery Experience??I had my first child at Maimonides in 2013. I had a good experience there. I was hoping to deliver at Brooklyn birthing center, but that didn’t work out. So I didn’t know the OB who did my c section, so I can’t recommend any dr in particular, but overall thought the care I received was good. There was some disagreement about how to handle my case and complications at the time, but the pros and cons were clearly communicated to me, and my decision was respected. I thought the fact that there was a discussion and disagreement about the best course of action was a sign that they were carefully weighing different risks and was a good thing, even though it was was stressful at the time! On a less significant note, I remember the postpartum rooms looks newly renovated but were very small. Also, I was not allowed to have men stay overnight (in shared tiny room) for the privacy of my roommate I assume.
ISO evaluation for depression, anxiety and cutting in teenI found the pediatric psychiatry clinic at Maimonides had the easiest access, took all insurance, was welcoming and helpful. My child saw several doctors there and felt comfortable with both of them.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyI was happy with the care I received from the providers at Boro Park OB/GYN, who deliver at Maimonides. However, my experience being induced there was terrible. I was told it was standard practice to begin inductions in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and, once I was in active labor, I’d be moved to a delivery room. Though I was contracting often, I was dilating very slowly—and was ultimately left in a corner of the PACU for over 24 hours. If not for the advocacy of my provider, I could have easily spent two nights on a stretcher.
Where to get a mammogram in Brooklyn?I go to Maimonides in Brooklyn as well. Thus far, I've had a great experience!
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyOy, I wish I could give a better review for the Birthing Center but I did not have a great labor experience there. I called them when I was in early labor and they told me I was having Braxton Hicks contractions. I called them again a few hours later when my water broke and my contractions were like every 2 minutes and they still said not to come in yet but to call my doula. By the time I arrived I was fully dilated, who knows for how long. Then after 2 hours of laboring down and 3 1/2 hours of coached pushing (in a VERY hot room), the baby still didn't come out, and they gave me the choice to go to the hospital but didn't really tell me what they recommended or even what they thought was going on. All in all I was at the birthing center for 8 hours, fully dilated, before I got in an ambulance to go to Maimonides. On the other hand, Maimonides, which I was terrified of transferring to, turned out to be a pretty good experience under the circumstances. The administration stinks, and my husband had a hard time coming in every day, but all of the doctors and nurses were top-notch, even the ones that seemed grumpy or pushy at first. In triage they determined quickly that the baby was in distress (very low heart rate) and I needed a c-section under general anesthesia. The baby came out perfectly healthy, and I had some complications that meant I didn't wake up until many hours later and had a lot of recovery to do, but everybody was very caring and treated me like a person. I had a roommate in the maternity ward, but just introducing myself and chatting with her made it much less awkward. The food is not great but there are some good places for takeout in the neighborhood.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI lucked out at Maimo and only had a roommate for a couple of hours in postpartum and also was permitted to switch to the window side from the inner side so that was great. they were having a lull when I gave birth and the place was very quiet. the room would definitely be small for two people. and if your roommate just happens to have a large extended family visiting her, that could be very challenging situation, indeed. but a bigger hospital room wouldn't help THAT much with that, either. my L&D nurse wasn't overly warm but Chris and her midwifery student were constantly present (I came in in transition so it wasn't long from when I arrived until delivery, very different than with my first child) so it didn't matter too much.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI delivered at Maimonides with a midwife. I chose Maimonides because it was close to my home at the time, and I felt very strongly about wanting to stay close to home. I couldn't deal with the idea of being in pain, anxious, and far from home. I received prenatal care with the Maimonides midwifery practice. I aspired to a natural birth, but in the end, I didn't listen to the advice my doula and midwife gave me: labor at home as long as you can. After a night of labor pains, I camped out in the hospital lobby and wouldn't leave, even though it was advised. I was too scared. When I was eventually admitted, I didn't progress quickly enough, and then followed the fairly standard route of membrane sweep, having my water broken, pitocin, baby pooping in utero, and a finally a c section. These are my takeaways: I was a big Ina May Gaskin fan (natural labor, trusting in the body), and hoped a midwife would take me down that route. I've learned that it's important to get to know your midwife, and not assume that because they are a midwife, they will be team natural. I suspect my labor would have gone differently if I'd been elsewhere, either in a birthing center, or at home. I'm guilty of eschewing advice, but also feel that a csection may not have been necessary (from what I've read, a baby pooping in utero doesn't necessitate an emergency csection People feel differently about this). But I was too exhausted to protest. I now wonder if a different support team and setting may have led me to a different outcome, even though I was not a very calm or good student. Maimonides is no frills. Shared room, tiny scratchy towels, etc. When it's time to go home, you will be READY. That said, I had some nurses and doctors there that were incredibly kind. And some that were not. Such is life. I wouldn't deliver there again, not because it was awful, but just because I want to try things differently next time.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI changed my OB so that I could deliver at Maimonides. I had been seeing a Methodist affiliated dr. I had 2 births, with Boro Park OB/Gyn doctors. One was a traditional vaginal (they had a birth ball for me to labor on) and the other was a scheduled csection. I was an older mom (40 & 42) with my boys and had some other issues. Both of my deliveries were amazing. And I chose this hospital specifically because it has the largest # of births of any in the city. (I also grew up down the street, so it’s a familiar place to me) It also has an amazing NICU should you need it. The only downside to my experience was that the night nurses can be cranky. The day staff was amazing. I’m happy to answer any specific questions you have.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI delivered my first baby at Maimonides Jan 1 2019 (pre pandemic, of course and almost two years ago)!! My second was delivered at NYP Lower Manhattan. I MUCH PREFERRED my second delivery and it was both peak BLM curfews and summer Covid (June 4th). I don’t have experience with Maimonides NICU, but our second baby did spend 4 nights in NICU at NYP. Re: Maimonides, to be fair, I went in on Dec 30th and baby was born Jan 1st. It was a LONG labor that resulted in a C Section. The care was great - I cannot complain too much aside from that they seemed short staffed. The staffing was perhaps abbreviated due to the holiday? I’m not sure. We got shuffled through several rooms in L&D before landing in one where I remained post epidural and for the longest duration of my laboring. The room was pretty outdated and totally windowless with a crappy old TV hanging up in a corner. The recovery rooms are all shared and while the nursing care was great, I did not “enjoy” the three nights I was required to be there post-op. I had several different roommates and was on the windowless side of the room. I had trouble getting any rest with all of the people visiting the women on the “nicer” side of the room, one of whom would FaceTime her family at all hours of the night. I think because I had a C Section and a fairly traumatic delivery, that I would have benefitted from the window too! Alas. The hospital is a baby juggernaut. It delivers the most babies than any other hospital in NYC, which is reassuring on the one hand because they’ve seen / done it all, but you do sort of feel like just a number.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI was a homebirth transfer who drove (well my husband did) 30 minutes at like 7/8cm to be delivered by Chris at Maimonadies under the guidance of my amazing midwife Shawna King who became my doula. I delivered in July and felt safe/received really great care there. We opted for one of 2 private rooms (they are pricey) so that my husband could stay the night. Otherwise he would have had to leave after visiting hours were over. I do not regret doing that. Beware, you can't secure a private room until after you've delivered your baby.
Feedback on Maimonides for delivery and also their NICUI delivered at Maimonides with Chris. (pre-pandemic) Chris is amazing!! I highly recommend her. Maimonides was just okay. The L&D rooms were old and a little shabby. The recovery rooms had been recently renovated and were nice, but small, and all shared. I don't have experience with the NICU. Maimonides is not a fancy hospital, but they deliver more babies than any hospital in the city and I felt I received great care there. I was also happy to leave quickly and Chris made that happen. I was so well taken care of by her. Her postpartum care is stellar. I spoke to her every day for weeks after the birth. I felt so supported. She is the best!
Urgent: Looking for advice/recommendations on OBGYNs and hospitals for late term transferTo make a long story short, I ended up having an emergency delivery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, https://www.maimonidesmed.org/ which has a very good birthing center. If I ever have a second child, I would want to deliver there.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyIt was fine, the nurses were great, some a bit stricter than others, but I received great support and no lifted eyebrows on my choices to have my baby in room and breastfeed 100%. My roommate opted for the opposite (baby in nursery and formula) and she also received great treatment from the nurses from what I overheard. Truly no judgement either way.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyI was supposed to give birth at the Mount Sinai Medical Center but after they prohibited doulas due to Covid-19 I transferred to the Brooklyn Birthing Center. Because man plans and God laughs, I had a precipitous labor and meconium in the amniotic fluid so I ended up at Maimonides for an emergency delivery--sans doula. So all I can say about Mount Sinai Medical Center is that they did not allow pregnant women to tour the premises and instead offered a video tour on their web site. My understanding is hospitals are supposed to offer tours so this seemed odd. While I did not give birth at the Brooklyn Birthing Center, I did have a few pre-natal visits and one postpartum visit and can say the midwives are caring and comforting. The staff, however, seemed overwhelmed though this is understandable because a deluge of pregnant women were trying to transfer there after many NYC hospitals prohibited doulas due to the pandemic. In contrast, the care I and my daughter received at Maimonides was top-notch. If I were to have another child, Maimonides would be my top choice. Unfortunately, they don't accept my insurance.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyI ended up at Maimonides for an unplanned induction. (my plan was BBC) The nurses at MMC were excellent, but the facilities left much to be desired. The room I labored in for my induction was outdated and gross. The birthing room was fine, but they moved me when I was at 7cm and my gown was open at the back and it was not fun. The postpartum rooms have been recently renovated, but they are all shared and very small. This was not an issue that affected us, but male partners are not allowed to stay over. I was glad my midwife pushed hard for me to get out of there in less than 36 hours. They don't typically discharge that quickly.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyGenerally I felt fine about my birth experience, but it was after the birth when things went awry. I had a very scary emergency c-section, and was not brought to my recovery room for 3 hours. Instead, I waited alone on a stretcher in the corner of a floor for THREE HOURS because they said my recovery room wasn’t ready. Meanwhile, I was not united with my baby, had no skin to skin contact, my partner was running from my floor to the nursery, they wouldn’t bring the baby down to me, etc. it was outrageous and really upsetting. They kept saying that they were getting the room ready and meanwhile hours went by. I also was not visited by my midwife while in recovery, which bothered me.
Mammogram testing - BrooklynI don’t know about Medicare but I’ve had a great experience with the Maimonides Breast Cancer Center. They found my cancer super early (via a sonogram, not mammogram).
Oncologist/breast surgeon recommendationhad a great experience at the Breast Cancer Center at Maimonides 3 years ago and continue to go to them for my scans.
2018 Birth SurveyThis was my second birth with this hospital (the first being high risk). The doctors and nurses were AMAZING. They are experts in this field and had excellent customer service. PCTs/Aids were hit or miss with customer service, for the most part they were good. My room was at the very end of the hallway which meant a relatively quiet night. Additionally, there are mini nurse's work stations every 2 rooms which means that there is always a staff member very close by.
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyMaimonides was not my first choice for hospital but it was convenient since it is 15 minutes from home. The labor and delivery area is totally fine - it’s nothing fancy (I delivered at st Luke’s for my first child and it was like a country club in comparison...) and since I was working with my practice I felt well taken care of. The labor and delivery nurses were great. Since they are so busy and do 3000 births a year don’t expect to be coddled there but they are super experienced and have seen it all. Labor and delivery was fine although my big complaint was having to wait a very long time for the anesthesiologist to arrive.I was not happy. The maternity ward upstairs was not great - but not terrible. There are no private rooms and food is pretty awful. Also only female can stay the night although I don’t know where they would sleep because the rooms are so small. I had a cranky head nurse who was very slow to discharge me but fortunately it was a short stay and overall the convenience of going to a hospital close by was worth it. Based on a October 2017 birthing experience.
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyMy labor & delivery experience was good; they allowed labor to progress at its own pace and didn't push me to do unnecessary interventions. The recovery care was more uneven—the nurses are all very busy. Male partners are not allowed to stay overnight. Based on August 2016 birth experience
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyReview: Since I was originally suppose to give birth at the Brooklyn Birthing Center, I didn't know anything about Maimonides. I was greeted by Midwife Simone at MMC. She helped me through the transfer and my fears. Overall, I had an amazing experience at Maimonides. The entire staff was very nice and consideration about my situation. Recommend? Highly recommend Insurance: I was originally suppose to give birth at the Brooklyn Birthing Center. When that didn't happen, Maimonides Medical Center was approved through my insurance MetroPlus ACA as the alternative location. Based on a May 2015 birth.
Based on a 2014 Birthing ExperienceMember Review: I ended up at Maimonides as the result of a transfer from the Brooklyn Birthing Center. I arrived in an ambulance where my husband was required to take time to admit me. My doula and cousin had to drive in a car. My contractions were 1-2 minutes apart, so I just grabbed at anyone who was near me. None of the nurses were particularly attentive. If you are able to have Carol Powell as your midwife, you will have a fabulous labor and delivery experience. She is very relaxed, offers a variety of recommendations for positions during labor and pushing, and made sure I had very limited, minor tearing. The nurses were okay, but I did not love any of them. The postnatal nurses varied in their style of support. since I had planned to deliver at the birthing center, I wanted no to minimal interventions for both myself and my child. I had to be very clear about this and repeat myself many times. The shared rooms are not anything fancy and the food varies greatly. Some of it was pretty good and some was inedible. You can only have one person of the same sex stay overnight with you. There is no bed for them to sleep on, so I had my cousin sleep in the hospital bed with me and my child. It was relatively clean, but I had to request to have the trash taken out of the bathroom a few times because it was overflowing. As in any hospital, we were interrupted several times throughout the day and night for different tests and for visits from a variety of nurses, the lactation consultant, different pediatricians, meal deliveries and hospital welcoming staff. Overall, it was a good experience. Do you recommend? Recommend -Make sure that you know what you want and can advocate for it as best as possible. Both for yourself and your child. -Be prepared to order food and bring lots of snacks. There is a shared fridge. It helps to have your own silverware as well. Insurance details: No issues. I was sent appropriate bills (most of which I expected.) (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
Based on a 2014 Birthing ExperienceMember Review: I gave birth with a midwife who has admitting privileges at Maimonides Medical Center. I had considered home birth or birthing center options, but I am very glad with my decision to deliver at Maimonides Medical Center. Due to unexpected complications (infection with listeria), I went into preterm labor, and had to have a emergency c-section. The staff at Maimonides was amazing and extremely helpful during my entire stay. The OB-GYN who performed the c-section did an excellent job and came to check on me and my baby regularly. The nursing staff were kind and available.The rooms were small but very clean.The hospital has a large midwife staff and is very supportive of skin-to-skin, keeping the baby with mother, and breastfeeding. I was set up with a pump and a lactation consultant within a few hours of giving birth. I was so happy the hospital had a brand new NICU where my son stayed for the first few weeks of his life. I had never thought about the quality of the NICU when I was pregnant, but I am so glad I ended up in this place where my son got exceptional care from wonderful nursing staff. I would not hesitate to give birth at this hospital again. Do you recommend? Highly recommend Take a tour during your third trimester. Don't drive to get there, take a cab! Last thing you want is to look for parking. Insurance details: Insurance was not an issue for us, they took our insurance and they had a dedicated staff person who came by to make sure everything was in order. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
Based on a 2014 Birthing ExperienceMember Review: I had originally planned a low-intervention birth at the Brooklyn Birthing Center, where I received my care. I had to have a planned c-section due to breech presentation, and while I didn't ideally want a hospital birth, I was very happy with my care at Maimonides. A midwife from the birthing center attending the c-section, and was able to hold the baby skin to skin on my chest right after birth- not sure if this would have been possible without her. The hospital was clean, the nurses were very supportive and helpful. I was worried because I heard how busy it was (they deliver more babies than anyone else on the Eastern seaboard, according to my OB) but I got all the attention and care I needed. Do you recommend? Recommend Insurance details: yes, no problems. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
Re: [PSP] Reviews of Maimonides?I am a doula and have witnessed many births at Maimonides. I also had my 3yo there. It is def. a baby factory. They deliver a lot of babies. They are generally very good at respecting patients wishes and will mostly leave you alone if you ask. Have a clear (and short) birth plan and designate one support person to make sure that all entering the room respect your wishes. Your best bet is staying home for a long as possible and just go there at the very end or you could always just get to the hospital and walk around until you are ready to go in. Their check in could take a while and sometimes there are long lines, so I would suggest registering and then leaving the grounds to roam. Good luck!!!!
Re: [PSP] Reviews of Maimonides?I was with Brooklyn Birthing Center and ended up being transferred to Maimonides. I would have preferred not to give birth there, but my midwives were wonderful and that helped. The nurses were fine...nothing great, nothing terrible. The rooms are tiny!!! And my husband was not allowed to stay with me which stunk! I thought the tiny shared bathroom in our room was gross. I think if you really love your midwife, that helps. However, midwives do have to deal with hospital politics(rules and regulations and policies). My midwives have a connection with the hospital and thus were able to give me more of the birth I wanted, not sure if that wouldve been the case with a newer midwife. Take the tour and then decide. Yes they have many many births there so I knew all would be fine...but next time around I'd prefer either the birthing center or home. Like I said, not great, but not awful. They have lactation consultants that come around...but I have to say, she literally popped in, saw that I was trying to nurse, said great, squeezed my nipple, and left. I guess it's nice if I was having trouble or had questions, but things were good at that point. (June 2013)
Re: [PSP] Reviews of Maimonides?I just gave birth at Maimonides last month and had a very positive experience. This was in addition to being hospitalized at Maimonides for a week the month before for pregnancy related complications, so I've spent a lot of time in Maimonides Labor and Delivery. I found the nurses to be overall very professional and friendly--I was impressed. I can echo what the previous poster said about the business depending on the day. Some days they are running around like crazy, doctors look like they haven't slept in days and nurses without a second to sit down, they can run out of rooms and don't respond to the call button for too long, but it definitely depends on the day. My babies were in the NICU initially, so I had a slightly different experience, but everyone I encountered was extremely pro-breastfeeding, kangaroo care, and responsive to mothers' requests. Patient representatives, breastfeeding consultants, and other volunteer helpers are also always around and available to ask questions. The rooms varied--some were nicer than others, but they were all fine and painted a nice, calming blue color. The nursery is attractive. I had actually initially been planning to give birth at LICH, but ended up switching to Maimonides half way through the pregnancy, and I am extremely glad I did.
Re: [PSP] Reviews of Maimonides?I was pleasantly surprised with my delivery at Maimonides. They are definitely pro-mom. They have volunteer doulas on-sight, promote immediate skin to skin contact after birth and throughout the stay (we were given 60 minutes after our baby's escape to allow time for the baby to crawl up and latch), respect sole breastfeeding and have a lactation consultant (and class), and promote rooming in. The birthing rooms are large and their is an exercise ball floating around the floor. I believe they have the lowest c-section rate in the city. I did not feel like I was in a factory when giving birth, but I was also admitted on New Year's Eve so it could be due to that. The nurses during the birth were phenomenal and even stayed for the birth despite the shift change. I recommend taking a tour of the maternity ward to gather an insight into the hospital's philosophy as it may ease your specific fears. The only negative was their visitation policy does not allow husbands/ men to stay the night out of respect for your roommate, but a female is allowed to stay with you if desired. (They were lax on their visitation policy otherwise.) Their is one first come, first served private room. I did not have a roommate for the majority of my stay, but I believe they had low census over the holiday. I will deliver any future babies at Maimonides. Disclosure: My husband is a resident at Maimonides but not in the Ob/Gyn department.
Re: [PSP] Reviews of Maimonides?Some have asked to send comments on Maimonides to the list. This is my perspective: I am giving birth at Brooklyn Birthing Center and Maimonides is the partner hospital in case I need to be transferred for anything. I just did an orientation of the hospital on Monday night and its baby friendly. I was pleasantly surprised. I too was very concerned about having to possibly go there, but the orientation relieved some of my stress. Its come a long way in the past couple of years. They have done a huge transition to become mom-friendly and don't take the baby away from the mom unless there is a medical emergency. They really want moms to breastfeed and believe in that first latch. They showed a breastfeeding video for the first portion of the orientation. The rooms are clean and were more spacious then I anticipated too. The staff seemed friendly. The baby nursery was practically empty which supported their position on keeping baby with mom. The first step when arriving is triage, then delivery is on first floor and postpartum is on the 3rd floor. Now in the end it is a hospital that does 8.000 births a year, so the day you go it could be super busy and feel somewhat like a factory, but it could also be calm and not have much activity.....it just depends. I would just say that its far better than the reputation that it gets and probably in some way its underrated. I know birth is very personal experience and in the end some nurses are nicer than others, but overall I would say Maimonides philosophy is pro-mom. I hope this helps you all.
(no subject)For my family it's Maimonides, hands down. We had a great experience there, better than our time at Methodist but I'm sure it also depends on type and severity of emergency, and how busy an ER is when you go. (May 2011)
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