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NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

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NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

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Reviews (317)

  • Natural birth in NYC

    I also had an unmedicated birth at Methodist hospital with an OB - Dr Guirguis (the original, I think I was one of the last people he delivered before retiring). The Guirguis group employs both midwives and OBs so maybe that’s why the OBs are very open to unmedicated births. I did have a doula and would encourage you to get one if you want to go this route. I don’t think I could have done it without her.
  • Natural birth in NYC

    I just had an incredible unmedicated birth experience for my first baby at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn with the Park Slope Midwives (and great doula support).
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? June 2022 Review: My experience at the hospital (first baby) left a lot to be desired! My review is written primarily from the recovery perspective as I fortunately did not have to spend any time laboring in hospital and walked in fully dilated 45 minutes before my baby was born. We received excellent delivery / postpartum care from maybe 1 or 2 nurses during our 2.5 day stay; the care was otherwise unpersonalized and mediocre. There was very little in the way of informative instruction from the nurses on duty; the general feeling was a "figure it out yourself" attitude -- for example, we thought the nurses would instruct us in diapering, bathing the baby, etc. (or in making ice diapers / sitz baths for mom!) but they were extremely hands off and brusque. I loved delivering there with the Park Slope Midwives, but would otherwise likely opt for a home birth next time. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? Tips for delivering at NYP: 1. Make sure your support person registers you ASAP after birth for a private room if that's a priority for you. 2. Bring your breastfeeding pillow and your own towels. 3. Plan to have external food delivered or picked up for you; the hospital food is really not great (no surprise). 4. Don't expect to get a lot of rest in the hospital -- there will be vitals checks on you and your baby every few hours, plus lots of others (pediatrician, your care provider, nurse's assistants, etc.) popping into your room nonstop. 5. One perk is that really don't need to buy many postpartum care items (peri bottle, pads, etc) beforehand; you will get A LOT to bring home from the hospital for free!
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? March 2022 Review: The birthing rooms are great. In recovery, we had one nurse who was not attentive or friendly enough, though the other few were very good. The recovery rooms are small, especially the shared ones but even the private rooms. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? Get a private room! ~$300 ish per night and very worth it even if not especially luxurious. Birthing partner, bring stuff to help you sleep in a chair or on the floor - pillow, mat, etc.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? Jan 2022 Review: Was good! We had some rockstar nurses who I will never forget (Jennifer from the postnatal floor is amazing). One dud who was unfortunately the nurse for my delivery, but that's just the luck of the draw. I had a difficult three day labor with induction but for the most part I felt supported and in control. Unfortunately it was a bit stressful actually getting any medical professional in the room when I started getting the urge to push. The nurse actually told me to not push, as if it's up to me!!
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: We had a challenging stay at Methodist and I unfortunately do not recommend the hospital. They appeared to be very short staffed. I waited several hours to be placed in a labor and delivery room and receive an epidural despite being in active labor. The nurses in L&D were excellent, however mother/baby unit was a sharp contrast with inattentiveness, no response to calls for meds/assistance, delays in receiving medications, issues with being discharged on time, inability to reach the pediatric staff. The lactation team also missed my son’s tongue tie which was identified immediately by his pediatrician. My husband even observed the nurses at the front desk rolling their eyes at other patients and actively ignoring calls. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? You will be tested for COVID when you get to the hospital. Your support person can come and go with food which I recommend having them do. You definitely have to advocate for yourself, make sure you have a support person who can stay with your overnight. I would not have felt comfortable being alone at this hospital, there is simply not enough staff or support. I did not use a doula but would recommend one if delivering at this hospital.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: It was fine. I had no major complaints, but it’s really a pretty basic hospital. The private recovery room was easy to book and I recommend doing that. The birthing room had virtually no where for my husband to sleep, but the recovery room had a nice lay flat chair. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? Bring a small fan and your own blanket! The recovery room’s temperature fluctuates wildly.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? April 2022 Review: I had a very positive experience at Methodist. The birthing room was huge and had everything we needed (shower, birthing and peanut balls, reclining chair for my partner to rest). The nurse Jennifer that we had throughout the birth was fantastic. I had heard mixed things about Methodist before giving birth there myself and based on my experience I’d definitely recommend it. Triage was super slow, but that may have just been the time we were at the hospital.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? July 2022 Review: Overall a very positive experience! It took longer than it should have to get through triage & get checked by a doctor - it was over an hour before someone came to check. But once I was through triage, it was a great experience. The L&D nurse was calming and very helpful (I did not take a birthing class) throughout the whole process. Postpartum staff were also very helpful and accessible - I never waited more than a few minutes for someone to come to our room. I was able to get a private room. Your support person does not get meals (but based on what they looked like, we weren't eating them anyway). Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? As of July 2022, you could have 2 support people in postpartum but they had to be the same 2 people - you couldn't rotate guests in & out.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? January 2022 Review: My experience at Methodist was frustrating, mostly because the maternity ward was understaffed and did not have enough space.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? 07/22 Review: Great staff, very competent and organized Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? Request a private room
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? February 2022 Review: My birthing experience was really good at this hospital. My L&D nurses where fantastic (Fatimah and Gladys)! I felt cared for and when I requested the lights be turned down during pushing they accommodated it. The postpartum room was very small. We had to share with someone else for half a day and then they got discharged. It wasn’t a huge issue but my husband wasn’t able to sleep at all (only a chair available) so he walked home for some sleep when he could! (We live 10min walk from hospital). Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? I didn’t wear a mask for my labour/pushing and no one minded.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? January 2022 Review: My labor/delivery in the delivery room was a very comfortable and good experience, but my postpartum recovery space wasn't too comfortable. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? You have to share a room with other women if you don't pay for your own private room. That being said, even the private rooms are not very comfortable. I couldn't wait to go home.
  • Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing Survey

    What month and year was your child born? May 2022 Review: Great experience, though I think we lucked out timing wise and the unit wasn’t busy. Our nurse was amazing for delivery, less so in recovery. I felt a little left too alone on the overnight with my baby and was getting desperate for someone to help me get her in the bassinet so I could pee! Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? If you want a private room for recovery ask for one right away after delivery!
  • Maternity experience - Methodist vs. Maimonides

    I gave birth in December at Methodist hospital. I got blood work and took a Covid test a week prior. I took the vaccine already. I had a planned c section. When was checked in, they said I had Covid. Everything went well. And trust me I was scared. I questioned everything they were doing. And they answered every single one. My husband was with the whole time. But when I got to my room. I had the a horrible experience. My baby stayed in my room. He was tested negative, my husband too. The CNA, dietary aide were horrible. No one changed my sheets or helped to the bathroom. When you ring for help, they take forever. They taught me how to use the breast pump and how to breast feed the day I was leaving the hospital for only 10 to 15 minutes. The nurse helped me too during my stay. But it wasn’t enough because my baby was losing weight. So they made me give my baby formula. So I guess wasn’t doing it properly. I was so stressed out and wanted to leave. I left Tuesday, got tested Thursday and I was negative for Covid. I don’t know about Maimonides, but Methodist you have to be on top of them.
  • Seeking advice on hospital

    I delivered at Methodist in February 2021 and overall it was a positive experience. I also delivered with Park Slope Midwives and was very happy with them. There was no wait when I checked in and I got right into a nice, big delivery room that had low lighting, which I was very happy about. I had my own doula so don't know about the on-staff doulas. The wireless monitoring was great, I was able to move around a lot, even got to labor in the shower which was nice, and they provided birthing balls too. We were able to get a private postpartum room with no issue, though it was pretty small and the armchair in the room didn't recline so my husband ended up squeezing into the bed with me. I found the nurses in the recovery ward to be pretty good about responding, no issues there. My son ended up having to be in the NICU the 2 nights we were in the hospital because they thought he might have an infection, but thankfully he was fine. All but one of the nurses in the NICU were super nice and helpful, even helping me with breastfeeding. At the time, only one parent could go in at a time to visit the baby in the NICU, which was a bummer, but understandable.
  • Seeking advice on hospital

    I had my baby at Methodist in December and had an overall very positive experience. I also delivered with Park Slope Midwives and they were wonderful. The labor and delivery ward was a madhouse when we arrived (the nurses said it was unusually busy and they had just switched to a new electronic medical record system that day so my experience is probably not typical!) and we had to wait for a room in the tiny waiting area with a bunch of other laboring women which was pretty stressful, but when they found out I was with the Midwives I was quickly put in a delivery room. Despite that initial hiccup I was very happy with my birthing experience and thought the staff on the delivery ward was fantastic. One of the on-staff doulas popped in for a while which was a nice bonus because we didn’t request one. And despite it apparently being a very popular day to have a baby we had no problem getting a private room (you will have to request one after your baby is born). I only had to stay in the hospital one night, and my experience on the postpartum ward was fine. I agree that the nurses weren’t very responsive (I paged them one time while I was there and no one ever came!), but as this was my second baby and I had an uncomplicated delivery I was happy to be mostly left alone. It was very comforting to me to be so close to home, and convenient for my husband as he could go back and forth to our older child. I’m not sure how Covid restrictions have changed since then, but I was also allowed an additional visitor.
  • Seeking advice on hospital

    I gave birth at Methodist in July of last year, and I have a few thoughts! I’m also happy to share more or answer questions by email. I delivered with the Park Slope Midwives, who I love, and had a great experience with my care from the midwife on call, but can’t speak to the experience with the OBs at Methodist. The one hiccup during my delivery was that the wireless monitor didn’t work, so the nurse immediately put me on a wired monitor. in the moment, I was too deep in labor to care or speak up, but I had really wanted intermittent monitoring and luckily my doula got me that pretty quickly :) Just something to be prepared for, if you expect wireless monitoring. As you’ll probably hear from a lot of people, I’d strongly recommend requesting a private room (your birthing partner will have to do that immediately after the baby is born). Unfortunately it’s first come first serve, and I learned that summer is a busy time for babies, so I never got a private room. My husband was still allowed to stay overnight, but it was uncomfortable, and our roommate was on a very different schedule, which was difficult when trying to snatch what little sleep we could. I found, and have heard from friends, that the nurses on the recovery floor are not very responsive. Don’t be shy to page multiple times when you need something, and speak up for yourself. We waiting half a day to be discharged because I just kept thinking someone would come. One thing I didn’t use but would recommend looking into is the doulas on staff, if you don’t have a private doula. You can request one when you arrive. I don’t know what the cost is, but I imagine it’s less expensive than hiring a private doula. The doula we hired privately happens to also be on staff at Methodist and is absolutely amazing and loves the program, so I’d trust that if you did use a staff doula, you’d probably get someone great. For me, having a doula led me to having a really positive birth experience.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Shared rooms were small with no comfortable place for partner. Private room had plenty of space with a recliner chair for partner. Nurses were nice but maybe not the most proactive. NICU nurses were mixed (had one that was fabulous and another who didn't seem to want to help us at all).
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I lucked out and had a great nurse and benefited from one of the on call Doulas who was AMAZING. The birthing room is very nice. Recovery is ok - we got a private room. The recovery nurses are very brusque. Room had no window. No real room orientation (I didn't know the bed reclined and moved). We didn't know meals were included until day two when they asked if we'd gotten our lunch yet and we said what lunch. Go to the breastfeeding seminar! Lots of free stuff like disposable underwear, diapers, witch hazel pads, dermaplast, a sitz bath. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Ask for the on call Doula! Get a private room if you can afford it and make sure you get the meals. You can also ring the front desk for coffee and juice etc.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Labor and delivery experience was great, postpartum experience was terrible. Expect to wait a long time in triage, especially if you are being induced. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? At postpartum, speak up about what you need and say it multiple times if you have to. They are not particularly focused on mother’s recovery. If something doesn’t seem right, ask questions. It is a teaching hospital, so do not be shy about asking to speak with the attending at any hour of the night if needed. The food is terrible. We relied heavily on the smoothie place on 7th Ave (cash only). The complimentary lactation consult is the drive thru version of a lactation consult - take it with a grain of salt.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Really great experience Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? If it's financially feasible, ask for your own recovery room!
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    We had a good experience at New York Presbyterian Methodist in Park Slope. This was our second child and we delivered our first at NYP-LOMA. We vastly preferred Methodist to LOMA. Everything is just bigger: The triage area is bigger and more private for each person, the delivery rooms are bigger and better equipped, with a shower in each and plenty of birthing balls, and the recovery rooms were bigger as well. We were able to get a private room right away and it had its own bathroom and shower, something we didn't have at LOMA. The nursing staff in recovery was also very responsive and friendly. Our overall experience was good and we would deliver there again.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Clean, spacious birthing suite. My labor and delivery nurse was the sweetest and a very calming presence. Mother and baby nurses were nice as well. We paid for a private postpartum room, which I recommend, but the room is small and the AC made a constant droning noise that couldn't be fixed. They couldn't move us to another room. Not a big deal, but when you're sleep deprived and sore, the constant buzz was grating. All in all, this was my second birth at Brooklyn Methodist, and I was happy with both experiences. Perhaps less luxurious than some Manhattan options but I loved only being minutes away from the hospital. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Anything pandemic related that could be helpful to them? I would request a private room if you can swing it. I received a rapid COVID test upon admission and once negative, was able to take my mask off during labor. I did put it back on in the postpartum room whenever providers came in to see me or the baby. My partner was able to stay overnight, and leave/return with no restrictions. It really wasn't much different than my first, pre-pandemic birth.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I've given birth twice at Methodist Hospital, in 2018 and 2021, and both my experiences were positive. Both times the triage area was overcrowded, but I had a better experience when I was a patient of the Park Slope Midwives there because they always have a provider present and were able to give me a personalized experience and facilitate the intake process. The facilities are average The L&D nurses were all great and very responsive/attentive to my low-intervention birth plan. I would have liked them to be more supportive of intermittent monitoring and have better capacity to make that happen. I had a better experience in the NICU pre-COVID because they had lactation consultants available, which they didn't during COVID.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I loved my experience at methodist and would recommend it to anyone. The l&d and postpartum nurses were all amazing. Big rooms for birthing and big private rooms postpartum.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Overall we were happy with NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and I would give birth there again—the biggest reason being that we live nearby and proximity is crucial for us. Our post delivery experience was mixed; many nurses were phenomenal (shout out Alonda) and some weren’t as great. One nurse told us COVID was nothing to worry about and was just overblown by the media, which was…eesh. I was so grateful to have lactation support. I was also very very happy to finally be discharged. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Book a private room. It is everything.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I had a wonderful experience at Methodist. The nurses in L&D and mother/baby are angels on earth. The labor rooms are spacious with birthing balls and a shower. I ended up having an emergency c-section and everyone was very compassionate and caring. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Bring a pillow from home especially if you’re tall like me. The beds can be uncomfortable
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Nothing short of an excellent experience. From the first nurse we met in triage to all the other doctors and nurses and NICU nurses- they were all amazing and thoughtful. I found the nurses to be better trained in breastfeeding than the lactation specialist (who came to visit which was super nice). I felt like I received incredible care (along with my brand new daughter). The NICU was great (and was one of the main reasons we chose Methodist based on friends who gave birth there and had to do some time in the NICU). Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Bring an extra pillow (not one from home, just buy one)
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I delivered my first baby at Methodist in November and had a really great experience. I found the nurses, doula, and lactation consultant at Methodist to be very kind and compassionate. We were able to get a private room for a reasonable rate. Plus it was nice to stay in the neighborhood (and have access to all the food options on 7th Ave.)
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    I was overall very pleased with the care I and my baby received. Though it was an extremely busy time (the attending ended up being pulled into several emergency surgeries while I was at the final stages of labor and while I was pushing), the vast majority of staff I interacted with both during delivery and in the mother/baby unit were professional, kind, accommodating, and helpful. It was easy to get a private room, which made a huge difference (we were unable to have a private room with our first at a different hospital). Also, the convenience of being close to home could not be beat. My wife could go check on our older kid who was at home with grandparents, go home to shower, etc. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? Advocate for yourself and be vocal about your preferences when needed. My wife was allowed to stay with me the whole time, including both nights we spend on the mother/baby unit.
  • Review from the Spring 2022 Birthing Survey

    Methodist was always delayed in my prenatal tests. I came to lower my expectations for hospital care through my pregnancy and once I did it was all good. During my delivery I initially had hospital doctors while I waited for my doctor to arrive. They insisted on an internal exam even though I was clearly already pushing when I arrived at the hospital. I wish I had the wherewithall to say no thanks to that but I was a crazy animal at that point lol. The nurses after our delivery were pretty good, as long as we weren't afraid to ask for what we needed. More comfortable beds needed for the non birthing partner. Anything you advise people to do (or not do) at this hospital/birthing center? I recommend bringing an air mattress and a heavy blanket. It was freezing in our room, which was fine for me but not for my partner!
  • Delivery experience at Brooklyn Methodist

    I 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.
  • Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience Survey

    I ended up needing a C-Section and was referred to the OB on call. She did an incredible job, because I was able to walk that same day, didn't even need all my pain medication. Anesthesiologists were great. Nursing staff very friendly but committed to doing things their way, I had to push sometimes to get what I wanted. Very professional and thorough. If you want to get your placenta, you will need to go through the path lab, and getting in touch with the path lab during covid during the holidays was such a nightmare! But overall I was really happy to be in the neighborhood for the delivery. and it's a GREAT NICU.
  • Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience Survey

    Wonderful care throughout delivery and post-delivery. All of the providers were attentive, kind, and warm.
  • Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience Survey

    Labor and delivery unit was great! The Mother Baby unit was horrifying. I felt unsupported by the staff, which made my experience very overwhelming. The nurses barely checked in on me, when I would ask for water and essentials (I.e, diapers, baby clothing) no one would bring it. Several times I was extremely thirsty and despite buzzing for help no one attended me. Also, no one came to clean the room. I had to wander in the hallway to find someone and ask to have my bed linens changed. Discharge took a lot longer than it should have, and it wasn’t until I contacted the nurse manager that my discharge nurse put in the discharge. I should have been discharged in the morning and I was sitting around - exhausted, traumatized and sleep deprived, waiting until 5 pm. I would not recommend it at all.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    L&D was fantastic. The nurses were outstanding. Maternity left a lot to be desired.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    wonderful, caring, knowledgeable nursing staff, both L&D and postpartum
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Positive experience, staff was nice and accommodating. Easy to get a private room postpartum. Food isn’t as bad as people say it is just make sure to choose what you want from the menu. Lactation consultants and nurses were very helpful in the first few days after birth.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Labor and delivery was great. The labor room was very big. The staff was friendly and helpful. Allowed me to have a doula and my husband there. No tubs but there is a shower and birthing ball. Recovery room was 350$ per night for a private room which I thought was expensive but very worth it. That room was small and the staff was hit or miss. Some were helpful and some were cranky. Took a long time to be discharged. They do have a nursery if you need your rest.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I met with two lactation consultants. The LC at the hospital visited a couple times, but I can't remember her name! She was helpful in that she actually got my baby to latch a couple times - he was a little premature and really sleepy, so he wasn't staying awake long enough to latch/feed. I appreciated the help as a new mom, but then she also pressured me to give my baby a bottle of formula so that he wouldn't be dehydrated. I was pumping colostrum and feeding it to my baby with a spoon, but she said it wasn't enough. Here's the thing though - if a newborn does latch, there is no way of knowing if that baby got 5 oz or 15 oz of colostrum. My baby was getting wet and dirty diapers, so looking back, I think he was probably getting enough without needing formula. But no one wants their baby to be hungry or dehydrated, so I agreed to let the LC give him formula on day 2. He ate it too quickly and then projectile vomited all over the LC/floor... She should know how to pace a bottle, and I wish I had asked to speak with my midwife or a doctor first to get their opinion on whether formula was really necessary or not.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Overall great experience, and if I have a second baby I plan on giving birth here again so I think that's a good endorsement! Birth room was really spacious, I felt like I was looked after well but also wasn't overwhelmed with people being in my room who didn't need to be there. I asked for an epidural around 5am, and the doctor came within 10 minutes (have heard of other people having to wait 45 minutes, which feels like an eternity). The labor & delivery nurses were notably better than postpartum care, though. I had a private room which was nice, and nurses postpartum were ok but just not great.. Had some issues around communication, had to wait awhile to get stuff, that kind of thing.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I did not like getting ultrasounds at Methodist again. They over schedule and provided guidance that was inconsistent with my doc - rather than advising me to speak with my doc. I liked delivering at Methodist a lot (good nursing care, space, very efficient) and was happy with postpartum care. I will say that their lactation consultant was incredibly unhelpful - she said “you’ve done this before! I’m sure you’ll figure it out.” That was the one miss.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Fair. Had a great experience with an OB who helped insert a foley balloon. Great surgeon for the c-section. Some good nurses. One really insensitive nurse's aide who sort of shamed me for the c-section.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Pros: The staff and surgeons are top notch. The hospital was clean and modern, and the nurses in the mother-baby unit are fantastic. They are very attentive and very focused on both mom and baby, with tons of helpful knowledge. Lactation consultants visited us twice to make sure breastfeeding was going well. Cons: The food is terrible, so be sure to have your support person bring that in while you are in recovery. They also have a basic chair for your support person in the mother baby unit.. awful situation for them while staying the night to help you (which you will need).
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    L&D was fantastic - large rooms and wonderful staff. Postpartum, not so much. The staff were still lovely, but it's nearly impossible to get any rest or recovery with all the noise. People are constantly coming in and out, lots of beeping machines, and super bright lights.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Labor/delivery were amazing. The room and bathroom were massive, nurses were gentle and informative. Postnatal care was not great. Some nurses were amazing, others were not (pinched my nipples without asking permission, kept telling me pain wasn’t normal with breastfeeding but gave very inconsistent advice on how to do it, kept forgetting my pain medication even when reminded, gave me long speeches about how baby boys are terrible breast feeders and I’ll just have to deal with the excruciating pain - not helpful). Lactation consultants weren’t available since we delivered on a long weekend - LCs are so important and we really needed one in those first few days. Our room had cockroaches. Shared rooms’ bathroom is near the door, so privacy impossible. I couldn’t wait to get out of there!
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I had a positive experience, both birthing and recovery. Nurses were helpful.
  • 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 Survey

    I gave birth shortly after nurses in the NYP hospital system threatened to go on strike over staffing ratios, and I have to agree that they did not have enough nurses on the floor, especially in the mother-baby unit. The nurses were competent and kind; there just weren't enough of them and my husband and I often felt a bit stranded. Also, everyone who examined my son or attempted to help with breastfeeding failed to notice that he had a tie extending to the tip of his tongue and he really struggled to latch. If we hadn't started supplementing with formula the night we came home from the hospital we would have been in dangerous territory. I felt like the ball was seriously dropped by the pediatric team and the lactation consultant, even though we constantly expressed concern that he wasn't eating.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Wonderful experience here! All staff were caring, professional, attentive. And so nice to be so close to home.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I delivered 2 days before New York shut down in March to slow the spread of Covid-19. The post-partum floor was eerily quiet. They seemed a little short-staffed at the time as well, but this also might have been due to the pandemic.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Staff 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.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Methodist Hospital birthing class - It was fine, it included a free breastfeeding class. I would skip the pre-baby breastfeeding class and actively pursue lactation consultant help during hospital stay, go to the breastfeeding groups, etc and seek help once you get home if it's still hard or not quite right.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    My labor and delivery went relatively uneventful. They were very responsive and since my water broke at home and I came in 6 hours later per the advice of my midwife, I could be admitted immediately and was given an epidural when I was offered. I had too many people in my room (my husband's family was probably a little too enthusiastic and nosey) during my labor and delivery stay and only one nurse got on my case about it, otherwise, everyone was wonderful. My stay afterward was a little more difficult. We did end up getting a solo room which was nice. You really should tour the hospital beforehand, but know that these rooms are small. My husband did not stay overnight with us even though one of the visitor chairs can be opened up to create a "bed". During my pregnancy, I ran really hot. Unfortunately, that symptom didn't go away immediately after giving birth. My recovery room did not have working air conditioning and my window could not be opened. I had complained often but was told that it couldn't be fixed right away. I wasn't hungry for my stay at the hospital (and for a few weeks after giving birth) so I don't have much to say about the food. If you don't end up wanting the food, they have a small kitchen available that you can waddle to, but you can't bring the baby with you past a certain point which seems not well thought out since the nurses expect you to retrieve your own water?? The lactation class left a lot to be desired. They hold an introductory class every day around 10 am. It seemed to me that it was a very Breastfeeding 101 class and was not hands-on. The lactation consults do not come to your rooms unless there is a big problem. What that big problem would be, I wouldn't know. Even though the nurses who came to see me assured me that my daughter was latching properly when I got home, I realized that that was not the case at all. My daughter ended up losing too much weight after birth and wasn't actually latching to my breast. It wasn't until I had multiple appointments with a virtual lactation consultant provided through my health insurance that I was able to work through our issues and create a great breastfeeding relationship. I am still breastfeeding at 14 months, so it is possible to get over those initial speed bumps if breastfeeding is something you really want to do!
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Residents were a little disorganized when I arrived - had different options on if I should stay or go. Advocate for yourself! I asked them to get the attendings input. They reached out to the head of the department (Dr. Lederman). I ended up staying and it was very smooth from there. Also, I asked for the attending to do my epidural. He did a great job. As in any medical setting, ask questions and advocate for yourself. Nurses were wonderful. I paid for the private room - so worth it and at $350/night, much cheaper than the Manhattan hospitals. I also really liked the food during my stay and all the goodies (undies, pads, etc) that they sent me home with. If we have a #2 we will gladly deliver at Methodist again.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    My experiences at Methodist is that I’ve always had wonderful exchanges with their staff - warm and caring. I think the communication between them could improve which would reflect in the continuity of care between shifts and providers/staff. The food isn’t great...but the surrounding area around the hospital has great options that can be ordered or fetched.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    It’s fine. The private rooms are affordable and the actual birthing experience was quick and easy for me. (I was 10 cm when I arrived...) My ambivalence stems from the three-day stay after I gave birth. Dozens (and I do mean dozens) of people came by daily, from newborn photographers to social workers to administration “just checking in” and they all knock and then just walk right in. There were so many interruptions and I wasn’t getting any rest. I literally didn’t get more than two consecutive hours of sleep in three days. My husband finally made a “do not disturb” sign so only medically necessary interruptions were allowed. I don’t know how / if this has changed in a COVID world but oh man, it was rough. I’d advise bring your own DND sign and have your partner strictly enforce it.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    They were excellent! Very kind and helpful nurses and very encouraging of breastfeeding, yet not up tight about it. They consistently communicated confidence in me as a mother which helped me a lot as a first time mom.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I was in a private room during the height of COVID when no partners were allowed post partum, which was really hard, especially since I had a c- section and couldn't do anything for myself. Whenever there was a real concern, the nurses were very responsive, but at other times it took a long time to get assistance. I'm sure that's because everyone was without partners and the nurses were swamped, but it was frustrating considering you're alone with a newborn post-surgery. That being said, the room was nice, they gave you lots of free baby-care stuff to take home and the location was very convenient.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    We arrived at NYP Brooklyn Methodist around 5AM and were quickly triaged and placed into a private labor and delivery room. The nursing staff was attentive without being obtrusive and the room was in good, clean condition. A physician from the Guirguis Group, Jill Skoczylas, arrived around 7AM and was calm, supportive, and encouraging. Additionally, Methodist now provides free doulas on the labor floor. We were lucky enough to give birth on a day when Lisa was working and she was phenomenal. Not only was she supportive during the birthing process, she checked up on his the following day and 7 weeks later we continue to text with her. Lisa was also happy to take photos during the labor and we have great snapshots of all of the highlights. We were moved to the mother/baby unit a few hours after giving birth. We thought that the mother/baby room was not in as great condition as the labor room and could have used some sprucing up and wasn't as clean as we would have liked. Overall, the nursing team on the unit was very helpful and we were able to see a great lactation consultant, Pattie, twice during our approximately 30 hour stay. If we have another child, we would be happy to deliver at Methodist again.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Really wonderful!
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Great!
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Had my own large room to deliver. The nurses were incredible and we had an extremely positive experience.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    The hospital staff was very nice and welcoming. We had some of the nicest nurses come and check on us. It was also really nice that they had a lactation consultant hosting daily classes. I felt like everyone took very good care of us. My only complaint is that sometimes when ringing the assistance bell it took the nurses a little bit for them to come by.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Though I was led to believe I would be under the care of the midwives, it was a very standard hospital experience. I mostly hated it. I wish I had opted for a birthing center or a home birth. Very traditional not-patient-friendly care (i.e. being woken for tests in the middle of the night when same test could have been done in the morning) The room where I gave birth was uncomfortable, dirty, and freezing. The $350 private room was *so* tiny. The nurses were a mixed bag, some great, some not so great.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is not fancy by any means, but I had an overall positive birth experience there. I chose this hospital because that is where the Park Slope Midwives work and it's close to where I live. Going through triage alone (due to covid-19 rules) was not fun as the nurses there were business-like and not very warm, but once I was in my delivery room, my husband and doula were able to join me. The midwives and nurses there were great and helpful. After delivery, my husband and I got a private room. We were lucky that we got the one private room that had two beds so my husband was able to sleep in the extra bed. The nurses here were more brusque (depended on the nurse on shift) but overall they were helpful. A number of lactation consultants came by which was very helpful.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    We had a great experience at Methodist. The nurses were so caring and compassionate - both the labor and delivery nurse and the nurses on the floor. They asked right away if I had a birth plan, which they reviewed with me and my nurse made sure it was honored. They had wireless monitoring, which helped a lot with being able to be up and moving. The rooms were clean. Each birth room had it's own birth balls, peanuts, and showers. The process in getting a private room was not very complicated and worth the money if it's something that fits in your budget.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    The labor/birth experience was the best part of my stay at the hospital. We were given plenty of space and time alone, and during the birth it was just my OB and another woman (a nurse?), and my husband. We were able to get a private room, which I was really happy about, but the 2 nights we were there were exhausting. You are never left alone for more than maybe 1-2 hours at most. Someone was constantly coming in to empty the trash, clean the floor, bring in/take out food, take your vitals, etc. All day and all.night.long. I know some of this is medically necessary, but I broke down crying the second day out of exhaustion asking if they could please just leave me alone so I could sleep. Then later a woman came in selling newborn photography - it was very frustrating. At the same time, it was lacking in just help regarding the basics. The first night, my husband slept in a chair because they didn't even show us that it folded out into a bed. We had to ask where the diapers and blankets were for our baby, no one pointed out where anything was to us. I asked for ibuprofen several times before it came. I also wanted nothing more than to take a shower, and they said I couldn't until they removed the IV insertion things from my hand. I asked many times over 2 days and they kept resisting it, saying they'd rather have that inserted still in case they need it. We never needed it. There was a clinic and lots of literature on breastfeeding, and the lactation consultant came around, but that was also somewhat frustrating in I felt she kind of gave up after we had trouble latching my baby. They left me with a paper cup and a couple plastic spoons for me to express milk, and didn't allow the option of bottles or even pacifiers. All that is to say, the stay was kind of exhausting with people coming in and out of the room and yet somehow at the same time, you don't get basic attention you actually need. It was fine, we were well looked after in the important ways, but I was really really glad once we could go home.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Labor and delivery was great, surgery was great, triage and recovery were abyssmal
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Pretty great experience overall. Private room was big, clean. Nurses were helpful. They know what they’re doing.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I had a good experience here even with rapidly changing policies due to covid. There were times when policies changed during our stay and different staff members weren’t yet on the same page which was a little challenging but I attribute that more to the circumstances of the times more so than the hospital. One area that was frustrating for me was support for breastfeeding and policies around formula feeding. I was overwhelmed by the number of different people with different guidance that visited me during my three day stay. We ended up needing to supplement for my daughter and the “baby friendly” policy, which is really “breast friendly” dictates that they won’t bring formula for a feeding until you are doing that feeding and they really don’t want to send you home with any samples. This meant that we were scrambling to find formula immediately after arriving home with our newborn. They made feeding a more stressful experience than it already was and more than it needed to be.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Hospital was fine, although they could have been more attentive during the post birth stay. I gave birth right before the evening shift change, and when I got to the room, I had one quick conversation with a nurse, and then didn’t get another conversation until the morning. This was in addition to a very loud roommate who came in a couple of hours after me (obviously not the hospitals fault), but there were doctors and nurses with her all night, yet no one checked in on me.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    All in all a good experience. My Labor progressed quickly and my OB barely made it in time. The midwife on call basically delivered me and I loved her (park slope midwives). We opted for a private room, but my husbands bed was broken and he wasn’t overly happy to be paying for a broken bed. Food was terrible. Bring your own.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    We were impressed with the hospital and birthing center. The nurses were wonderful and we felt like we learned so much from them and they took good care of me (c-section and first baby). My impression from the tour was that they are quite modern and quite flexible on how they let you handle your labor experience, although I had a c-section so can't personally speak to it. We paid for a private room and it was worth it.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    As I mentioned in my OB-GYN review, I transferred to the hospital via Uber ~42 hours into my 55 hour later, & was able to deliver my posterior baby vaginally. Our midwife gave report directly to the admitting midwife there, so we didn't have to go through emergency room triage. The L&D nurses & physicians were great, supportive, & respectful. On the postpartum floor 2 of my 3 nurses were great, 1 was meh but not too bad (I am a nurse too), and the docs were fine. We did have a shared room which was not ideal but fine. Food was good enough (I was vomiting during most of my labor so didn't quite have my appetite back anyways). Lactation support from the nurses & LC were good. Ultimately we weren't expecting to need to transfer from home so I hadn't done a ton of research on hospitals, but I'm very happy with my birthing experience at Methodist. I was extremely disappointed in NYPresbyterian's decision to ban birthing partners & support persons a month later, but that seemed to come from Columbia higher-ups rather than Methodist.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I have no complaints. We were able to get a private room and all of the nurses were very nice.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I had a positive experience overall. The nurses were attentive and knowledgeable. I was able to get a private room easily, which was important to me. This was pre-covid
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Very good.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    L&D rooms and nurses were great. Postpartum rooms were less nice and (perhaps due to covid stretching staff thin) postpartum process and nurses were less pleasant, less knowledgable, and less attentive. Also, food was awful!
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Overall really good - we opted for a private room which was really nice and provided a quiet bonding space for us as a new family. The nurses were incredible and very caring/attentive.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    No complaints. Single room rate is much more reasonable than any of the hospitals I've heard about in Manhattan. Accommodating and nice staff. My first birth was supposed to be at a hospital in Manhattan, but I wasn't going to make it. Literally walked in to the natal care area about to give birth (and I did, 15 minutes later). I gave birth to my second baby there too - planned of course. Now that NY Presbyterian has taken over, there have been some upgrades.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Very good
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I delivered both of my babies at Methodist ( Pre-COVID) . The only negative was that it felt like I was in the triage area for a long time (an hour +) before being put in a delivery room. It felt like that the nurses only checked in sporadically and we were sort of clueless at what was supposed to be happening without much assurance from the staff. All of the nurses during delivery and after were helpful and caring.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    I would go there again to give birth. Had unmedicated, vaginal birth, supported by nursing and OB hospital staff.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    It’s not pretty but the nursing staff were great - I still credit my positive breast feeding experience to the amazing nurse I had in the mother baby unit. We were lucky and got a private room (costs extra) and we were only there ~36 hours
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Really disappointed in our experience at Methodist. The labor / delivery part of our stay went alright — a few hiccups throughout the process but everyone was attentive and helpful. However, once I was moved into the recovery room, things deteriorated pretty quickly. I had to call nurses at least 3 times to come help me go to the bathroom the first day. We never received the welcome packet and were missing a lot of supplies (like the numbing spray and the sitz bath materials, amongst other items). I didn't know to ask for them and it wasn't until the end of our last day in the hospital that a new nurse on shift asked why we didn't have those things. Our card for our daughter had my name spelled wrong and had her as a boy. I also requested a lactation consultant come by our room at least 4 times and no one ever came. This stings even more because we had to check our daughter back into the hospital when she was 6 days old due to weight loss and struggles nursing. It felt like we fell in the cracks and it was a very unfortunate experience.
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Very nice l&d rooms, good post-partum rooms; great nurses, only the lactation consultant was a dissapointment
  • Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey

    Left us alone for the most part, which I enjoyed as a STM
  • 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 Methodist

    I 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 Methodist

    I 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.
  • Sleep study for 5 y.o.?

    One of my kids had 3 sleep studies at Methodist between 2009 and 2013 when she was between 8 and 12, so personnel have probably changed but perhaps the professionalism and tone of the place has continued. Everything about the experience was benign. She had no negative reactions to the process or her treatment by medical personnel, even though it looks pretty uncomfortable. Methodist required a parent to sleep over when a kid had a sleep study (probably pretty standard). The first time, I was given a bed in an empty room. The 2nd and 3rd time, I was given a roll-away in the hallway – not perfect but still a bed. (I once had to sleep sitting up in a chair while in the ER of another hospital with another one of my kids, so a rollaway was a step up.) Everyone seemed professional and nice. The sleep doctor we were seeing at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan had no issue with us having the study done at Methodist, which was more convenient for us as a Brooklyn family with kids.
  • 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.
  • Questions

    I’ve been a regular at the support group and it has helped me. It’s a very calm environment in which to nurse and talk to other new moms. It’s also nice to have a place to do a weekly weight check and reassure myself that baby’s growth is tracking well in between doctor’s appointments. The LCs change each week but all have been very nice and knowledgeable. They moderate the conversation, giving each person a turn to talk about what’s going on with them. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions or offer any advice they have, then the LC usually adds her own professional advice. It isn’t a hands-on session, in the sense that the LC won’t help you fit a breast shield or get the latch just right, but it’s a good first stop to make if you have concerns. Here’s a link with more info, in case anyone else is interested: https://events.nyp.org/event/breastfeeding_support_group_6522#.XYb1xbqB6aM (EDIT TO ADD: Just saw [member's] email and I was sorry to hear the LC wasn’t great. Some have been better than others but all seemed non-judgmental, in the weeks that I’ve been. I wouldn’t want to go back either if I’d had your experience though. Saying this in solidarity as a pacifier- and bottle-using mom.) There is no shortage of app recommendations in this thread but I’ll chime in with a vote for pen and paper. We use some tiny notebooks that we set aside for this. So if you don’t find an app you like, all is not lost :) (September 2019)
  • Questions

    I unfortunately didn’t like the support group at Methodist. The other women were lovely, and it’s a free way to do a weighted feed if you’re interested in that. But I was pretty put off by the lactation nurse who ran it. She told us things like we shouldn’t use bottles or pacifiers at all—and that if we had to supplement we should do it with a spoon or cup—and warned me against contraception because it could affect my supply, all of which struck me as both impractical and contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere. I felt like she offered more guilt than support. (September 2019)
  • Questions

    The breastfeeding support group at Methodist is very helpful. I went for 2 months when I had my first child and it helped me through a lot. Sam, the lactation consultant who usually leads the group, is fantastic and it's also nice to hear about what other moms are going through. (September 2019)
  • Private room at Methodist after delivery

    I 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!
  • Pediatric blood draws, know a good lab?

    We had multiple failed attempts to draw blood from my son when he was a chubby one-year old. Using a special light, the nurse at Methodist was able to do it on the first try.
  • Pediatric blood draws, know a good lab?

    We also had a very pleasant experience at Methodist with my 2 1/2 year old. They were great with him and he was a champ. Went on a Wednesday AM around 9 and were in and out in less than 10 minutes!
  • Pediatric blood draws, know a good lab?

    Methodist Hospital were amazing. They have a special small room with nurses that just draw blood from babies/kids.
  • ER's for kids

    I've been wanting to share a positive story about adult emergency care at Methodist since reading through this thread. Not to discount anyone's negative experience by any means -- my heart truly goes out to anyone who feels they or their children didn't receive adequate care there (I know that is a horrible horrible feeling) -- but because if you have an urgent medical emergency in the Park Slope area, it's very possible that Methodist will be your best option based on proximity, or that an ambulance will want or even need to take you there. And in those frightening situations, I hope people can find some comfort in the many positive stories about the level of care the hospital has provided to families in our community. When I found myself in an ambulance being routed to Methodist's trauma center last year after calling 911 -- 10 weeks into my second pregnancy and in the middle of what turned out to be a very time-sensitive life-threatening medical emergency -- I was concerned about the hospital's reputation because of stories I'd heard around the neighborhood, and it added another layer of fear to already terrifying circumstances. But the teams in the trauma center and ICU saved mine and my daughter's lives, and with a level of compassion and kindness I will never forget. The many doctors and specialists I saw during my time at Methodist were communicative, efficient, and thorough. They were very clear about how procedures and treatments would or wouldn’t affect me and my unborn child, and helped me make informed decisions with help from the OB department, as well as my own doctors outside the hospital. I’m still in touch with the resident who diligently followed my case from start to finish, and the nurse who supported me through 3 of the most difficult days I've ever faced. I still see the incredible pulmonologist who happened to be on call when I was admitted, and she has become one of my biggest cheerleaders through a long recovery. Meanwhile, my daughter is happy and healthy, and turning one next month. Anyway, I don’t say all of this to “recommend” Methodist’s ER for adults or kids (after mixed experiences all over the city I'm now very weary of "recommending" doctors or hospitals because personal opinions vary so greatly) or to suggest there isn't room for improvement, so much as to add another positive story that may help someone who finds themselves there by choice or not. If you are in a position where you are able to choose what ER to go to, I think it's probably best to follow the recommendation of your doctor, pediatrician, or EMTs, or to go wherever you are most confident and most comfortable. And no matter what hospital you wind up at, it's just as important to ask questions, do your own research, advocate for yourself as needed, consider second opinions and transfers when necessary, and tap your own resources for guidance, like your GP or child's pediatrician.
  • ER's for kids

    I've only had to go to the pediatric ER at Methodist once, and we had a really good experience, under the circumstances. They were taken over by NY Presbyterian almost 3 years ago, and the doc we saw in the ER and who also did the surgery my son needed the next day was a Presbyterian doc and he was really terrific (Dr. Merianos). We also had a good experience in terms of nurses, social worker, etc over the few days that he was there. I only have the sample size of one experience and don't want to discount people's bad experiences there, but I am curious to hear whether people's terrible experiences happened before they switched to Presbyterian and whether that change has made a significant difference or not. I think the switch was around December 2016.
  • ER's for kids

    I had a positive experience at Methodist with my daughter but it was after an accident where she was checked out as a precaution and I ended up needing to stay. My husband went with her to the pediatric ER so I didn’t experience it first hand but he felt confident in their care. And similarly, my daughter left with stickers, etc.
  • ER's for kids

    We love Methodist kids ER. Been there too many times. They are quick and kind. Plus my kids’ doctors oversee pediatrics at Methodist. I find the adult wait times to be too long even for an er but still go there as my doctors have Methodist access - so they can easily access files, test results etc.
  • ER's for kids

    We found the environment comforting, the staff competent and friendly and warm. And my daughter left with a superhero care package, with cape and mask, and a giant smile.
  • 2019 Birth Survey

    I had a positive experience there. Spacious labor / delivery room, amazing nurses.
  • 2019 Birth Survey

    Great. I was paired with a wonderful delivery nurse who was patient and attentive.
  • 2019 Birth Survey

    I 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 Survey

    My 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 Survey

    Wonderful 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 Survey

    The 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 Survey

    I had a good experience at Methodist overall. I had to get a c section and my daughter was in the nicu and the nurses were wonderful.
  • 2019 Birth Survey

    Overall very good, though we had one nurse who was awful and kept ignoring my reports of pain. To the hospital's credit, they recognized her incompetence, apologized, and didn't charge us for a private room.
  • 2019 Birth Survey

    It'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 Survey

    Labor 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 Survey

    Maternity @ 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 Survey

    Great. Nurses were attentive and caring. Doctors were helpful and responsive.
  • Urgent Care (Pediatric) Recommendations Please!

    We had to go to NY Presbyterian downtown they have a pediatric section and it was a "great" experience (outside of us freaking out our 1 month old had a fever that is). Calm, clean, exhaustive and we got a duck plushie too. A few blocks away from Fulton on the 2,3 is a plus.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    Methodist Breastfeeding Group- highly recommend! Helped me through some tough times in the first 4 weeks.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    Good. 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 Survey

    I 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 Survey

    I 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 Survey

    Good overall - first child was excellent, this time around I had a long waiting time and some issues with my meals but the staff continues to be great.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    The hospital was clean and ok. The rooms was small (the standard in NY). The people were nice.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    Very good labor and delivery, so-so on the maternity floor. The only thing I would complain about is that I kept calling for a lactation consultant and they didn't bring one until the hour I was being discharged. That was kind of annoying. In terms of the birth, it was a fabulous experience.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    I 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 Survey

    Had 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 Survey

    I did not love the hospital experience. Although they did all the right things, like giving us skin-to-skin time in the hour after birth, the nurses and lactation consultant were not helpful with breastfeeding and left me in tears multiple times and with sore nipples from turning up the breast pump to high. They also would not consider allowing us to use formula (our baby is EBF but struggled for the first few days with latching and it was our pediatrician who finally gave us formula after the baby had been hungry for several days). The food for adults was also terrible.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    This 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 Survey

    SO wonderful. The nurses in both the birthing room and the recovery room were amazing and kind.
  • 2018 Birth Survey

    The 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.
  • 2018 Review

    I delivered at Methodist in March (also with the park slope midwives) and had a wonderful experience start to finish. The nursing staff was incredibly warm, the wait for an anesthesiologist to give an epidural was incredibly short after I requested it, and I ended up with no neighbor in a supposedly shared room for both nights of my stay. My husband was able to stay over one of the nights as a result. It’s worth noting that you can decline vitals checks at night if you would like fewer wake ups. The only negative thing I experienced was perhaps conflicting feedback surrounding breast feeding and formula supplementation. I did make use of the daily breastfeeding class and two meeting with lactation consultants, but couldn’t get a good latch for days. It led to some contradictory feedback from the LCs who said I should avoid bottles/formula, and the pediatrician who said I should just give formula. In the end, I was offered an electric pump a few hours before my discharge, which felt like a happy medium and would have been really helpful to have as an option sooner. I was seriously undereducated about breastfeeding before the birth though, so I think it was a combo of my own ignorance and mixed messages from the staff.
  • [April2018Babies] Birthing/baby classes

    We took the birthing class at Methodist on Sunday and I would highly recommend it. We had a great teacher so I guess it depends who you get but the cost definitely seemed worth it.
  • [April2018Babies] Birthing/baby classes

    My husband and I attended birthing and breastfeeding classes at Methodist this past weekend. If you're delivering at Methodist, it's especially helpful because the class includes a tour of the hospital's labor and delivery and postpartum wings plus info specific to their procedures. Our instructors were enthusiastic and informative! It was a lot of information to digest but definitely worth it!
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I delivered my baby at Methodist in April 2017 and it was an all round great experience. I did not take the private room, but was given a room for myself and the baby, as it was not very busy. The nurses were amazing and very responsive and I do not share the negative feedback some have shared here. The baby was delivered by one of the doctors from Dr. Guirguis' office and if you go with them, you should try and see everyone at that office during your pregnancy, as you get whoever is on call that day to deliver your baby. Also, this was my second baby (had the first abroad so no other comparison in NYC) and labor and delivery was super fast and I was grateful Methodist was only 5 blocks away, as I could never have made it to Manhattan or elsewhere. Left my house at midnight and baby was born at 12.41. This includes the taxi ride and getting to the delivery wing. I also liked to be in the neighborhood so my older child could visit and my husband could go back and forth easily.
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I delivered at Methodist last fall with the PS Midwives and was very happy with my delivery experience. I was in labor for 3 days so the fact that I could go back and forth from the hospital so I could labor at home with ease was a big plus (was originally supposed to deliver at Lenox Hill). Since I was in labor for so long and went back and forth from the hospital twice I think I saw 7 out of the 8 midwives and they all were wonderful, especially Betsy who was the lucky woman who delivered my son. My son was also in the NICU for 3 days after delivery and the NICU nurses were INCREDIBLE. It was such a stressful time and to know that my baby was in good/caring hands for the hours that I could not be with him was so comforting. Also, strongly recommend getting a private room if possible.
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I delivered at Methodist in 2015 and 2017 with the Park Slope Midwives and I could not be happier with my experience with the Midwives at Methodist. I believe that living in the neighborhood shaped a lot of my experience as well. I felt I could labor at home with more confidence. I also agree that they seem to be uping their ‘baby friendliness’. Good luck!
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I just delivered there in Nov and was really pleased with every aspect of the delivery. Could not have been more possible. I was induced which Was no fun but everyone from the intake staff to postpartum and even NIcU staff were really thorough, gentle, attentive and professional.
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I delivered at Methodist in 2012 and 2017. Both experiences were fine. For me, the convenience of the location outweighed any perks in Manhattan hospitals. I do agree with the previous poster that labor was better than recovery, but recovery wasn’t awful. I did notice a distinct improvement in recovery attentiveness and baby friendliness between my two deliveries. I felt that the staff was much more supportive of breastfeeding during my recent delivery. In 2012, the nurses were willing to help, but didn’t seem to have the skills or time—and the lactation consultant didn’t have much to offer. In 2017, the LC was much more informative and motivated and the nurses proactively checked our latch and had good recommendations for positioning. It’s possible that I was a better advocate for my care the second time around, but one of my nurses did confirm that they’d made strides in “baby friendliness“ in recent years. I also had a Saturday /Sunday recovery in 2012, and I’ve heard the staffing is less great on weekends. I recommend a private recovery room, if you can swing it. The shared rooms are snug. I used Park Slope Midwives both Times and recommend them without reservation. Good luck!
  • Thoughts on delivering at Methodist and any recs for OB affiliated with Methodist?

    I delivered at Methodist and my experience was mixed. The delivery team was excellent but recovery was pretty bad. We were lucky to get a private room so my husband stayed over to help. The nurses were very slow in responding to calls in the room (even when I was in pain and needed meds from a C section). They also only had 1 lactation consultant each day so she was too busy to spend much time with each mom, esp since she also had to run the breastfeeding class. My baby was crying all day and everyone just kept telling us it was normal, until we realized at the end that she was starved as she wasn’t latched properly (we didn’t know as we were first time parents). She lost 12-13% of her weight at the hospital. The facility was decent but I think they are understaffed.
  • Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey

    Review about their childbirth class: The class we took at the hospital was just right amount of preparation. The nurse who taught the class was also really funny and made us feel confident about what were about to go into. The tour is helpful to visualize where you will be/ and what it will be like. Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey

    Review about their childbirth class: The nurse knew a lot and we went over the basics of birth and newborn care, but I didn't learn anything I hadn't read in my childbirth/pregnancy book. I also felt like the nurse who led it was really pushing specific ways of doing things, particularly getting an epidural, which I was not interested in. Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Positive experience in triage and during delivery. Supportive nurses during and post delivery and fantastic team from all departments I encountered - from facilities to Lactation consultants. Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    The Nurses were amazing here!! They took such great care of me. The birthing rooms and really spacious. The process to get a private room is a little crazy, but besides that we loved our experience here. Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Methodist is great if you want to deliver nearby. I've had two births there and both were positive experiences. I've found many of the nurses to be excellent and the private rooms are nice and not too expensive. Based on a October 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Staff had good bedside manner. We had a great experience Based on a September birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Great care, clean rooms, privates available and worth it! Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Very little support for breastfeeding, although it is a “pro-breastfeeding” hospital. More like anti-formula in their policies. Their staff, while great, are stretched far too thin. Especially the Lactation consultant. Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Parking in the neighborhood was easy. Checking into the hospital was also very straightforward. We saw a nurse right away when we checked in and told her about the timing of my contractions. It was a packed day, so we had to wait a while to get a bed in triage. Once I was cleared in triage I moved to a private birthing room which was big and comfortable. The nurses were all very nice and helpful on the birthing floor; less so on the recovery floor. The birthing experience was great, but once I moved upstairs to recovery it was like a different world. The nurses seemed too busy and were less kind and attentive. I also applied to get a private room and never got one even though they said our name was on the top of the list for two days straight. Luckily I had nice and respectful roommates. Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    The labor and delivery nurses were all excellent, super attentive and encouraging. Once we were on the mother-baby floor, recovering, most of the nurses were also fantastic. A small number seemed less attentive, but overall the staff was great. I liked the lactation consultants, and when I couldn't sit through a class, one came to my room later to help me get started. Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Go to Methodist if you're looking for a neighborhood hospital experience. It is a no frills experience but the doctors and nurses were great - I never questioned my quality of care. The rooms aren't super amazing, as I've heard they are at some hospitals in the city, but we were looking for something local and convenient and it suited us just fine. One side note, I found the lactation consultant at Brooklyn Methodist a bit too hard core. She actually said in the breastfeeding class they offer after delivery to throw out formula (granted, it was a joke but still...). I found her hard to connect with as a first time mom who STRUGGLED with breastfeeding, so I'm glad I hired a consultant separately once I got home. Beyond the lactation consultant, I found everyone very knowledgeable, flexible and genuinely interested in providing great care. Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    great experience,all nurses were kind and helpful Based on a june 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Amazing!! I was triaged and put into the delivery room within an hour of me arriving to the hospital. All of the nurses and staff were absolutely wonderful to my baby and I. They catered every need I had and were very diligent workers. Based on a July 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    basic, but supportive - trying to integrate more evidenced based medicine in their labor and deliveries Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Very happy overall. They had to prick our baby's foot repeatedly to test his blood sugar and for jaundice. Now I know I wouldn't have let them- it was unnecessary and you can refuse it. Also the breastfeeding class is bad- take one beforehand, somewhere else! Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    I have nothing but positive things to say about Methodist. I had three trips to L&D triage because of some funky ultrasounds in the last few weeks, and everyone was friendly and efficient each time. My labor & delivery team was great, even though I was checked in on a very busy night and got literally the last bed on the floor--I still had an anesthesiologist in my room 15 minutes after I requested the epidural. Though our recovery room in Mother/Baby wasn't real deluxe, and the food was predictably lousy, the nursing staff really kept us afloat in those first few days with baby. They were wonderful. Based on a August 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Good / clean hospital. Everyone was very nice and professional. Private room was available when we went. Only complaint is the recliner for the guest, e.g. it does fold out but it wasn't very comfortable since it's not a proper cot. So my husband wasn't able to sleep at all. Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Great Nurses! really loved the hospital experience. they took great care of me, my husband and baby. during labor they let me do intermittent monitoring and supported my birth plan. we also learned a lot from the nurses during our post partum stay which was great. Based on a July 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    I highly recommend the labor and delivery and maternity unit at Methodist. The nurses were wonderful! When my child couldn't latch due to a tongue tie, the nurses would help me hand express the colostrum! They were responsive whenever I buzzed for whatever reason. Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Labor and postpartum staff are nice but this place is over crowded and under staffed. We waited 5 hours in triage to get a room when I was in labor. Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Overall went very well. Most of the nurses that I had were awesome, which really makes the experience what it is. Labor/delivery rooms are big and wonderful. Postpartum rooms are shared and crowded, unless you pay for a private room (still small). But I imagine that's the case in most NYC hospitals. Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    L&D nurses were terrific. I ended up in the recovery floor for my first night after delivery, and that was pretty terrible--the nurses there aren't trained to educate you about how to take care of your baby and one nurse stabbed me awake in the middle of the night trying to take blood. Once I got up to the regular mother/baby floor, though, things were great and the nurses really wonderful and supportive. Based on a April 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Pros: staff was nice, clean, updated delivery room, private rooms are much, much cheaper here than in manhattan. The lactation nurse was great! Cons: overcrowded and understaffed! I was in triage so long by the time I was in a room to get an epidural I was almost fully dilated! I was also left alone in triage for long stretches (again understaffed). The staff that was there was excellent but I've heard from many other women with the same experience. The food was awful but who cares. Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    No complaints, the delivery nurse was amazing. We had a private room and it was great. Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    It was great! We got a huge private room and found the staff to be patient. Based on a April 2017 birthing experience
  • Re: Feedback on Methodist childbirth class

    I took the Methodist childbirth class and didn't learn anything new. Afterwards, we wish we'd spent our afternoon doing something else, but we did get some good donuts during the break, so that was something. Personally, I found reading a couple articles and skimming a book or two more than sufficient for me, and I tend to over research. But whether a class of any sort will be useful, all depends on how you learn best and how helpful information gathering is for you before doing something new. Going with the flow and not holding on to too many expectations was beneficial to me, and I was able to do that because I didn't over research this time. Also, I liked and trusted the doctors at the practice I went to so I was comfortable asking all them all questions I wanted and letting that be my basis for the bulk of my information gathering.
  • Re: Recommendations Obgyn Methodist

    We've had two at Methodist and known many others, haven't really heard many complaints. It's not fancy but it's pleasant, staff as nice, and it's close. Private rooms are reasonably priced as well.
  • Re: Recommendations Obgyn Methodist

    I had #2 at Methodist. She came 6.5 weeks early, via a very unexpected C-section. I was having some strange cramping, so I went to the emergency room there thinking they'd give me a bag of fluid and send me home, but they suspected I was having an abruption and decided to deliver her then and there. I cannot say more positive things about my experience. I was terrified of having a C-section, but everything went about as swimmingly as it possibly could have gone. The attending surgeon and chief resident, as well as the anesthesiologist were absolutely outstanding. I had never met any of them before. My daughter's lungs were a little under developed and she had jaundice, so stayed in the NICU for a week before coming home. The facilities, staff and management there were world class. I ended up staying three nights and had a private room. At the time (this was 6 years ago), private rooms were far more affordable there than at the Manhattan hospitals. I don't know if that's still the case. I was fully expecting Dr. Guirguis to deliver my girl, but sometimes life throws you curve balls. Luckily, the back up plan was executed well, and all went home happy and healthy. Big Methodist fans here.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Dealing with inexperienced residents in August was a challenge - the residents didn't seem to know basic things like how to work the monitors or how to tell how open my cervix was, how to work the epidural. Nothing life threatening but sometimes uncomfortable and disturbing. Once my doctor arrived, it was a totally different story since he took over and I felt completely at ease that we were being cared for properly. During delivery, the nurse assigned was wonderful. I wish I could say the same about recovery nurses. Our needs were very small yet anything I requested took hours to respond to. On our first night it took them 5 hours to deliver an Advil 10 feet. I couldn't wait to go home. Based on August 2016 birth experience
  • Re: OBGYN reco at Methodist?

    I think the delivery ward is pretty standard, although the only other delivery experience I had was at a birthing center in San Diego- can't really compare the two! I went to park slope midwives and they are all lovely there. My baby had to go to NICU unfortunately, and I wish they would have let our 6.5 year old daughter visit. They don't care how well behaved the sibling is, just a strict no child under 18 at NICU policy. I've been told that there are NICUs in manhattan that allow sibling visits.
  • Re: OBGYN reco at Methodist?

    Methodist was also great. L&D nurses were amazing. Mother & baby nurses were fine, didn't really make much of an impression. I had a shared room the first time and a private room the second time. The private room was just what was available that night so I got it without extra charge. I didn't mind the shared room the first time around, since my husband wasn't going to sleep over anyhow as we only live six blocks away. The private room was nice the second time but my husband still didn't stay over since we had our toddler at home.
  • Re: OBGYN reco at Methodist?

    Methodist was fine. It's nothing to write home about and in retrospect I wish I had splurged on a single room (which are much less expensive than in most Manhattan hospitals). Keep in mind that your partner cannot stay overnight unless you are in a single room. During the tours they will tout how they don't separate mom and baby unless necessary, but I would say that their definition of what's constitutes "necessary" was not the same as my definition, but it was a fairly minor annoyance. Some nurses were better than others, the lactation consultant was great, food was... well it was hospital food, but you are in Park Slope and can get pretty much anything you want delivered. To be honest I couldn't wait to get out of there, but it was mostly because it's a hospital, not because it was that specific hospital.
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    NY Methodist [Childbirth Class] All we needed to take with our first pregnancy. Also paid hundreds for a course through Birth Day Presence which was not worth it. Based on 08/2016 birth experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    We loved Methodist. The nurses and doctors were great and took wonderful care of us. The facilities were nice and the Mother & Baby Unit very cheerful and comfortable. We learned a lot from the nurses during our baby's first few days of life and we appreciated the lactation consultants and the daily breastfeeding class. Based on January 2017 birth experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    On the whole lovely, especially considering how busy it clearly is. We labored for a few in the reception office, but every person was exceptionally kind, helpful, and competent in our experience. We had 3 different nurses, more or less, over our 40hr stay, and each taught us something useful. Special props to them encouraging us to gut the bassinet of diapers, swaddles, and whatever else - we were going to anyway, but I liked that the nurses helped, it made something that was a-lil-iffy-but-prolly-ok-cuz-we-are-paying-for-all-this-in-the-end-right? into solidly cool, and again very helpful. I think we went in over prepared, so some of the usefulness of what was offered was lost on us, on the whole, as a dad, I was impressed at the level of support the whole experience offered. Based on 2/2017 birth experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Incredible team or caring nurses. Great team for c section. NICU nurses were amazing to my new baby in care with them. Food was actually decent! Room rate for private room is way less than hospitals in the city. Based on 12/13/2016 birth experience
  • Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey

    Perfect. Had both our sons here and both times we walked there and walked back home with our babies. It was so nice to be close to home. Staff was friendly, helpful, responsive, and supportive. Reserve a private room the second after the baby pops out. Based on 08/2016 birth experience
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    Good experience! We had an excellent L & D nurse, who put me at ease and made the birth experience both fun and memorable. Also, the L & D room was great! It was big and comfortable. The recovery nurses were also excellent. The recovery room itself was comfortable, though smaller than the L & D room. My husband and I paid for a private room ($330/night), and it did feel worth it to have him there with me and our new baby. Based on March 2017 birth experience
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    The location in the neighborhood put my mind at ease knowing there would be little hassle getting to the hospital while in labor (and during the winter). The nurses were helpful, friendly, and attentive. Post-delivery rooms are not fancy, but are sufficient. Your partner will not be able to spend the night unless you book a private room. I appreciated they had a daily breastfeeding class available to new moms. Based on February 2017 birth experience
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    NYM was pretty unremarkable. Once we were in a room, the staff was fairly hands off, when I did see someone they'd tell me how busy the wing was right then. I'm vegan and their food options were poor and they also sent me non-vegan meals sometimes. Based on October 2016 birth experience
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    My experience was fine. I love my ob practice and this is where they deliver. Based on 2/2017 birth experience
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    Pleasantly surprised. Was supposed to deliver at Mt Sinai West but couldn't make it there in time. Staff at Methodist were courteous, private room rate was more reasonable than Mt Sinai West and it's very convenient! Based on February 2017 birth experience
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    The Methodist was a great hospital. I found the staff to be typically friendly and helpful and it was close proximity to my apt, which was my main priority. I would deliver here again. Based on February 2017 birth experience
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    I was happy with Methodist. Very good staff. Based on November 2016 birth experience
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    I had a great experience at Methodist. All of the nurses and staff were wonderful. And we were able to get a private room. Based on October 2016 birth experience
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    Great Based on November 2016 birth experience
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    I had very good experience in the delivery room. It is very clean, large and the nurses were very helpful and experienced. Particularly the lady who gave me an epidural was very accurate and professional. I hoped they would leave my baby to do a longer skin to skin time right after she was born but unfortunately they took her away from me too soon to enjoy properly that moment. I didn't have a good experience the two days later in the recovery room. I was really exausted and the nurses were not helpful and quite rough with me. I had no experience with breastfeeding and after the delivery I was expecting someone to come to help me to latch my baby on but no one came until the second day after delivery. Also recovery rooms are very small for two people with two crying babies. I highly recommend to get a private room, otherwise it is very hard to rest properly. The lady in the shared room with on had a lot of people visiting and I could rest well, which is very important in that moment. The food is quite good though. Based on September 2016 birth experience
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    this was my second time using methodist hospital. compared to three years ago it has become much more busy. We had to wait five hours just to be seen in L&D. They did not have any wireless monitors and it was really annoying to be connected to wires. I was much more mobile during my other labor. Nurses on L&D, recovery unit and NICU were AMAZING!! they made it all worth it! Based on 08/16 birth experience
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    The different doctors that came in to check on me during my shift were nothing to rave about, but nothing to complain about. However the nurses I had during my stay were AMAZING! They truly made me feel comfortable and even tried their best to take my mind off the pain of contractions and after delivery. (I.e. Amanda & Sharay) I can not rave about my nurses enough they truly were God sents and I felt that they truly loved what they did! Based on February 2017 birth experience
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    The delivery room was very big and comfortable. The single rooms post delivery are great. The nurses are nice and helpful, but they seem to be taking care of too many patients at times and it can be a wait to see them. Based on December 2016 birth experience
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    Fine facility. No frills but totally adequate and met my medical needs. If you can, the extra charge for a private room is worth it. Did not care for the attending pediatrician Dr Lui who we never met, and held up our discharge by a few hours because he was running late, then I had many annoying calls from his office months later trying to bill me for things my insurance would cover. Based on July 2016 birth experience
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    Good for delivery, recovery unit just meh. I think we had bad luck with the nurses assigned to us. Based on January 2017 birth experience
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    I had a great experience actually. I didn't have to wait in triage because I was very far along when I got to the hospital, and my doctor arrived when I did so she took over my care immediately. The nursing staff in the post-delivery mother-baby unit is particularly stellar. The food is pretty mediocre. We asked for a private room and were able to get one. Based on February 2017 birth experience
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    I gave birth a Methodist since that's where the Park Slope Midwives deliver. I loved my first nurse, the rest were forgotten. Staff in recovery was not particularly charming or connected, some pleasant, 1 or 2 were extremely kind. You can tell the whole staff has more to do than they wish. There is a never ending circus of people being intrusive; having vitals checked by one person, then blood from someone else, and food, meds, doctor. I'm guessing it's like this in all hospitals? Food was tasty although looked horrible and mass produced (assuming lots of artificial flavors!). The convenience to our home couldn't be beat for my husband to go back and forth. Wish I could have had a single room but one wasn't available. Had one roommate who stayed mostly behind her curtain and the other had many visitors and used the room like it was all hers. Based on August 2016 birth experience
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    Methodist is a perfectly fine and good place to give birth. I gave birth to my first two children in Manhattan at Weill/Cornell and the facilities there are superior, but the convenience of being in Brooklyn near my home when I had other children was huge. I found the labor and delivery rooms and nurses to be excellent. I thought the recovery rooms (I had a private room) to be okay, but they are far less expensive than their Manhattan counterparts. All things considered I would definitely go back to Methodist. Based on 12/2016 birth experience
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    Would recommend, nurses are kind, attentive and incredibly helpful to first time parents. FYI- We had a private room. Based on Jan 2017 birth experience
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    good experience Based on July 2016 birth experience
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    Great hospital. I liked all the nurses and the staff that assisted me and the baby while my stay. They are all very prepared and sweet with the babies. We got a private room and the price was fair enough. Based on December 2016 birth experience
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    Overall our experience was good. The delivery room was clean and spacious and the care we received during labor and directly after giving birth was top notch. Due to overcrowding I was in a shared room which was a little tight. A major downside of being in a shared room is that the spouses/partners cannot stay past 10pm and cannot return until 10am. Also, the food was pretty bad. A few of the nurses were exceptional. Based on July 2016 birth experience
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    It was...fine. They were more friendly, and more mom-baby centric than we thought they might be for a hospital. But it's still a hospital, and they still revert to the US medical model of birthing - trying to monitor you the whole time, wanting to put in an IV, etc. I had one of the Park Slope midwives with me, and she did do a great job of directing things and advocating for only the most necessary interventions. My biggest complaint was the amount of interruptions post-birth in the recovery room. We had a private room, which was nice, but we still had someone coming in every hour or so to check me, check the baby, bring food, empty trash, clean, etc. etc. And then there were alarms going off all the time. It made it impossible to sleep, so I was incredibly exhausted when we finally got home. Based on May 2016 birthing experience
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    Had a good experience at Methodist. A nice room to give birth in, friendly staff, even gluten-free meals. Based on April 2016 birthing experience
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    Good experience. Not fancy, nice birthing rooms, but recovery rooms are small and spare. Terrible food. Great nursing staff, especially during birth. Long, complicated process when being released. Based on June 2016 birthing experience
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    A mixed experience. Some of the nurses were angels, others were OK and some borderline unsupportive. Generally, I found the hospital to be lacking basic stuff -- like a phone in my room, or anything other than water in the kitchen on the recovery floor. In the end, the nurses who were wonderful made up for all the hospital was lacking. Based on February 2016 birthing experience
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    Methodist is not the most glamorous place to deliver your baby. But what it lacks in style it made up for in attentive and kind nurses and staff members. You have to pay $350 a night for a private room. Otherwise you will be in a room with another mother and won't be able to have your significant other spend the night with you which can be hard. My husband and I at first were underwhelmed by the private room we got (we didn't move from labor and delivery to our room until around midnight). But later found out it was one that had not been renovated yet. As such they didn't end up charging us for the two nights we were there. So I can't speak to the newly renovated rooms, whether they are worth the $350 or not. I should also mention there are only a few private rooms. So you have to request as soon as you delivery your little one to see if you get the room. I think without the private room I would have not enjoyed the experience as much. My daughter also required five days in the NICU. The staff there were AMAZING! I can't speak enough about their kindness, patience and help as my husband and I dealt with our daughter being there those five days. Based on February 2016 birthing experience
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    I had a great experience at Methodist. The nurses were very supportive and helpful. Like all hospitals they come in your room too much, so hopefully Methodist will eventually improve their policies to prioritize sleep, but I think they are just pretty typical as far as that goes. My son spent 5 days in the NICU and they were absolutely incredibly. He was never in any danger, but they still spent so much time helping us and clearly he was in the best possible hands. We couldn't have been happier with that part of the experience. We also really liked the pediatrician who oversaw his car - he was really smart and thoughtful, didn't arbitrarily follow guidelines and even though he was clearly so busy, took time to explain decisions to us. Based on January 2016 birthing experience
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    Very good Based on May 2016 birthing experience
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    I gave birth at Methodist with Park Slope Midwives, and wound up with a C-section. I was very grateful to have a private room and would highly recommend this-- recovery from birth and especially a C-section is difficult and emotional, and it helped to have a room to myself during such an intense time in my life. My experience at Methodist was fine, though I was misled in that they'd have cordless monitoring during labor. The daily lactation class was terrific-- the consultant helped me get a good start on breastfeeding and set me up with a pump to help get my supply going, and there are weekly lactation group follow-up meetings at Methodist, as well. Based on March 2016 birthing experience
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    it was okay. basic, nothing fancy. but close by, which turned out to be very clutch given that my whole labor and delivery was under 4 hours Based on June 2016 birthing experience
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    Very busy and feels a bit outdated but great staff Based on April 2016 birthing experience
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    this hospital is where my practice delivers and it's also super convenient to where I live. I didn't love the atmosphere and while most of the staff was great, there were a few old school nurses in recovery who I had to really stand up to. But bc of the location, I was able to confidently wait longer to go to the Hospital and I believe that helped me have a better birth experience Based on September 2016 birthing experience
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    This was my second time giving birth at Methodist, and again I had a great experience. I only labored for 45 minutes in the hospital so I didn't stay in the L&D ward very long, but the room was huge and well-appointed and I think was exactly the same one I labored in last time (which I also was only in for like 40 minutes). I was surprised that they shoved my slimy baby onto my chest immediately after I pushed her out, but they are obviously super supportive of immediate skin-to-skin contact (a new thing from last time, when they wiped my first baby off a little before putting her on my chest). I got a huge spotless private room for FREE because I happened to be in the part of the maternity ward that was under renovation (but my room was not under construction). The nursing staff was attentive but not intrusive (I think this was better than last time, when I felt like I was being woken up all the time to have my vitals taken). I didn't go to the lactation classes this time because I had gone through them already, but the lactation nurse came around to see if I needed any help. They even gave me a nice toiletries kit with Bath & Body Works stuff (I had come prepared with my own things since last time it was all generic hospital-grade stuff). I was discharged on time and with a minimum of fuss. I have never understood the hate for Methodist. People seem to expect 24 hour personal service and gourmet food, and since when has that ever been the case anywhere? I loved having a hospital only 5 blocks from my apartment, because it meant that if we forgot anything (and of course we did), my husband could just run home and be back in 10 minutes instead of traveling on the subway for an hour each way. And since I always cut it way too close with my labors, having a hospital a 5-minute walk away was the difference between having my baby on the subway/taxi/sidewalk and a nice hospital room. Based on April 2016 birthing experience
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    Excellent. Commitment to breast-feeding, nurses and staff incredible kind. Based on May 2016 birthing experience
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    Great - The nurses were fantastic, the doctors were very kind. The food was meh, but luckily seventh avenue has a lot of options. And I loved delivering so close to home. Based on April 2016 birthing experience
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    There are pros and cons to Methodist. I had a positive experience in the birthing center. My labor and delivery nurses were fantastic. The mother/baby floor is another experience. The nurses there range from ok to completely disinterested, which was challenging for us as first-time parents and for me in particular since they never came by with meds and kept losing the order. We had a very hard time getting the staff pediatrician to come by for our first visit and had to wait over 36 hours for the first visit. The lactation consultants are fabulous but that is the only part of the post-birth experience at Methodist that went well. Based on February 2016 birthing experience
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    Nurses were great, but had some challenges with the residents (they had just started the week I gave birth). Based on July 2016 birthing experience
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    Review of their Birthing class: Review: The weekly class ultimately helped my husband and I feel as prepared as we could be for the birth. I got great instructions on how to push when the time came... and when I was actually pushing and finally remembered what the teacher had said (about an hour and thirty minutes into pushing), the baby came right out! Member notes about insurance: not covered by insurance. Based on a February 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Highly recommend Review: I've had two births here (2013 and 2016) and both were great experiences all around. My vaginal delivery nurses were awesome and my c-section staff was comforting and smart as well. The lactation consultants only came around to my room for the 2013 birth and even though they were pushy at times, I learned enough for it to help me 2 years later with the birth of my second child. Advice: If you want a private room, have your partner or a family member go RIGHT away to secure one; but if the hospital is packed, that won't even help you. Member notes about insurance: Yes, they take United Health. Based on a February 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Recommend Review: Small rooms, not the tidiest. Staff pleasant and helpful with a lactation consultant working daily. Advice: Take snacks with you! Member notes about insurance: No problems Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Recommend Review: I had a straightforward birth experience. I was able to achieve a natural unmedicated birth and didn't feel any pressure otherwise there. I asked to be pretty much left alone and they did that. I did want a private room for recovery and as I gave birth in the evening, had to be put on a list for the next night. I was a little disappointed to give birth at about 10 pm, and then just a couple hours later for my husband to have to leave us as it was past visiting hours. I hadn't really considered this situation ahead of time. It was hard to be on my own that first night, literally three hours after giving birth. Luckily the second night we got a private room. Member notes about insurance: Yes they take insurance, no issues. Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Highly recommend Review: The labor/ delivery experience we had hoped for. Great staff; great facility; and in the neighborhood. So glad we did it there (our first). Advice: Top notch NICU (hopefully not needed; but nice to know it's there if necessary) Member notes about insurance: GHI -- no problems so far (one month since delivery) Based on a 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Highly recommend Review: We had a great experience with Methodist! They were respectful of my not wanting interventions. We had a nice large private room. The nurses were very sweet and we really enjoyed our stay overall. The lactation consultants were as helpful as they could be given how many people they have to support. They did alarm my slightly when I had some initial issues with latch and I ended up leaving the hospital still pretty shaky on breastfeeding. I think they did their best and would definitely recommend getting private breastfeeding support once at home if you are having any issues. Advice: Member notes about insurance: No insurance issues yet. Based on a March 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Recommend Review: Had an emergency c-section several weeks early -- they gave me the baby immediately after the apgar test so we were able to have skin to skin in the OR, and this was really important to me. Because it is a teaching hospital, you have to be vocal about wanting "the attending," particularly for anesthesia, otherwise you are likely to end up with a resident who may not be experienced enough for comfort (at least those I encountered were not). The delivery nurses were fantastic and I was so happy to have them there. The rooms vary greatly in size so be sure to do a tour and note which room you might want -- they make every effort to fill room requests. The postpartum experience is a little chaotic -- nurses, aides, doctors on rounds, etc seem to be coming in constantly -- but I don't think this is unique to Methodist. I recommend the lactation classes. Guirguis's practice has a great relationship with the staff at the hospital, which was very comforting. Based on a February 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Highly recommend Review: My experience at Methodist was largely positive. I didn't want any drugs and they respected that decision. I was able to labor in a shower while my husband rubbed my back (definitely helped me cope). They were welcoming of my midwife and my doula. We were able to secure a private room. It was not a particularly great room (they were under construction while we were there) and they ended up not charging us for it because it was quite small. I was also able to leave the next day (delivered at 5:30pm, left at 10pm the next day) as I was quite insistent about this. Advice: Methodist: Take a tour. Ask your doctor questions since they know it really well and won't sugarcoat it for you. Member notes about insurance: Methodist has been a little bureaucratic about billing. I recommend using credit or checks so you can prove you've paid everything. Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
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    Recommend? Recommend with reservations Review: Overall, I had a fine experience at Methodist. I think this was largely because it was my second birth and I had a very quick, standard and straight-forward delivery. Triage was a mess (hectic, crowded and the nurse did not inspire confidence), but my delivery nurse was wonderful and I also had good nurses in recovery. It's true that they don't check up on you as much as they did when I was at NYU with my first, which was a blessing for me this time as I just wanted to rest, but I could see that it could be an issue for a more complicated recovery. There was very little hands on support for mother-baby coaching, which was again fine for me with my second kid, but could be hard for a first time mom. The lactation consultants weren't great--I ended up having to call my own when I got home to sort out some issues. However, the big private rooms are affordable and comfortable and being close to home was such a huge plus for me given that my labor went so fast and I had a toddler at home who could come visit, etc. Advice: If it's your first time, I'd encourage a doula or additional birth support person to be sure you are getting all the information and support you need. Member notes about insurance: Fine. Based on a January 2016 birthing experience
  • [ANONYMOUS] Higher-risk delivery at Methodist

    The NICU at Methodist was great. My preemie twins were there for 4 and 5 weeks and the care we got was exceptional. I think the issue at Methodist is that, unless things have changed, you can't get a private room. I was fortunate to get a room that was too small for two beds so I had my own space. This meant I didn't have to deal with a mom of a full term baby and the happy family while I was recovering from a c-section and dealing with the uncertainty and anxiety of preemies.
  • [ANONYMOUS] Higher-risk delivery at Methodist

    I just delivered at Methodist and was diagnosed early with a velamentous cord insertion. I worked with park slope midwives and was monitored with monthly ultra sounds at a private radiology practice. I think the MD there specialized in high risk. My delivery was normal and I did not have any complications. I felt really nervous especially at the beginning of the pregnancy. As things progressed and my baby was gaining weight appropriately I felt more at ease.
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    Methodist Hospital lactation consultant Review: This woman, I'm so sorry to have forgotten her name, is single-handedly responsible for enabling me to breastfeed my baby, who was in the NICU at the time. As the NICU stay was unexpected, and my previous baby had breasted beautifully, I had no idea about pumping, intervals, hospital grade pumps, breast massage. She visited me several times in my room and once in the NICU with my baby. I can't put in words my gratitude. She was patient and amazing - even though she seemed to be on her own and overworked. Insurance: This woman, I'm so sorry to have forgotten her name, is single-handedly responsible for enabling me to breastfeed my baby, who was in the NICU at the time. As the NICU stay was unexpected, and my previous baby had breasted beautifully, I had no idea about pumping, intervals, hospital grade pumps, breast massage. She visited me several times in my room and once in the NICU with my baby. I can't put in words my gratitude. She was patient and amazing - even though she seemed to be on her own and overworked. Based on a 2015 birth
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    Birthing room was great. Anesthesiologist and nurses were amazing. Recovery was bad. My daughter choked on amniotic fluid, and disappeared for 4 hours into the nursery. Nurses were terrible about keeping me informed. Afterwards, they would not keep my daughter in the nursery and allow me to breastfeed. Which, um, what kind of superwoman gives birth and then is like "Sure! Screw sleep, I'd like to stay up all night taking care of this baby!" Getting out of the hospital was a bureaucratic nightmare. All of these issues are, apparently, par for the course in hospitals in NYC. Recommend? Recommend Insurance: Takes insurance, no problems. No out of pocket.
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    Our Methodist delivery nurses were awesome. The mother baby nurses were great too. We had a HORRIBLE wait in triage though. We waited in the waiting room without being checked by anyone for almost 4 hours. I have a high tolerance for pain so I wasn't screaming or anything; just sitting there listening to Jerry Springer and breathing through my very consistent contractions. When my husband finally told an intern or resident that I was in quite a bit of pain and wanted to be be checked by SOMEONE, he got us a triage room (and got in trouble for it too!). Then we sat in our triage room forever. It took me vomiting all over the floor for them to finally get us a delivery room... And my epidural! I would likely caution anyone thinking about using Methodist, unless you live the in the neighborhood. We live 4 blocks away so, notwithstanding or triage nightmare, I would go back. The location just made everything so easy for getting there/home, allowing my husband to go back and forth to feed our cats, and having visitors! Recommend? Recommend with reservations Insurance: They took my insurance. Based on a 2015 birth.
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    We were very pleased with Methodist. The nurses were all wonderful; we were lucky to get a private room; the lactation consultant was amazingly sweet and VERY helpful. I didn't even mind the food. We got lucky that we were able to get through triage quickly. I don't know how much our great experience was also strongly impacted by the fact that I had a wonderful labor, relatively speaking, and was able to deliver naturally without being induced. The hot water in the shower didn't work during labor, which was annoying. I was able to use the birthing ball and be on the wireless monitoring, though. Touring Methodist before the birth was a GREAT way to know what to bring and what to expect. Recommend? Recommend Insurance: Yes. No problems
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    My delivery at Methodist was a positive experience. I loved how the midwives and doctors worked together. Wish they had had a bath, but it was great to have the shower and monitors that let you go in the water. The nurses in the mother-baby unit were awesome. I highly recommend getting a private room! It was so nice to have my husband sleeping in the room with me. A few negatives, though: The lactation consultant never showed up. My baby was in the NICU, which meant our breastfeeding started off rocky. I really could have used some support. I liked some of the nurses in the NICU, but others were pretty awful. They made it sound like my breastmilk was never going to come in even though I had JUST had the baby, and really pushed using formula. Also, the pediatrician didn't even meet with us until we were being discharged from the NICU. Recommend? Recommend Insurance: No problems. Based on a June 2015 birth.
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    Great, had two kids here. No problems, staff was excellent and professional- especially the nurses. I felt well taken care of. Highly recommend Yes, they take insurance. No problems. Based on a June 2015 birth.
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    Review: The hospital is OK, no particularly mom-friendly, not terrible. Officially partners cannot stay unless you are in a private room, but some people don't bother following the rules and staff is inconsistent about enforcement. They have wireless monitoring during labor, though my labor was very fast, so I didn't spend much time using those facilities and cannot comment from personal experience. Post-partum care is fine, but shared rooms experience can be hit or miss. My room itself was sweltering hot and no matter how many times we asked if the temperature could be lowered, nothing was done. My roommate had a lot of people visiting, including overnight, so between that and endless check-ins (like having my blood pressure and temperature taken at 5 am!) rest was hard to come by. My baby had to be under the lights for high levels of bilirubin and they were good about bringing him to nurse every few hours, but they don't have billi blankets and won't let the baby stay with you if the lights are needed unless you are in a private room. Baby cried a fair amount when separated from me and that was hard. The nurses also seemed not to bother to inform the mom or ask her permission, for example, the baby was taken for a "quick weight check" and came back much later because the nurse decided to give him a bath. I would have much rather spent the time with my baby and was not pleased with the extra separation. Not a huge thing, but annoying for sure. The lactation consultant on staff was nice and helpful, setting me up with additional equipment to extract more colostrum for the baby when he was under the lights. Food was horrible, but luckily you can get delivery as long as you have a friend or a family member who can go downstairs and get it for you. Overall, the convenience of the location trumped all the issues for us, but it I couldn't wait to get out of the hospital. Recommend? Recommend with reservations Insurance: No issues, the copay/coinsurance was as expected. Based on a July 2015 birth.
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    Review: Overall, our birth and recovery were a positive experience, due largely to the kindness and helpfulness of the nursing staff, who were willing to help with breastfeeding and share their own experiences. We did choose a private room (which are less expensive here than at other hospitals) and were glad for the privacy and extra space. The lactation consultant was also helpful, but she did not stop by until just before our discharge. Our actual birth (a c-section) was fine but was attended by many people, including a resident learning how to operate. I did ask for help breastfeeding in the recovery room, but felt that I was not given enough assistance to set us up for success. Recommend? Recommend Insurance: So far we have had no insurance issues. Based on a December 2015 birth.
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    Review: Delivery at Methodist was a good experience for me. The room was spacious and the nurses were great (I also had a doula which was a big help). After the birth, I had a difficult recovery and my son was in NICU for 5 days. Most of the NICU staff were amazing. I also had a great experience with the lactation services, though I had to be aggressive about getting one-on-one time with the lactation support team. Once I did, I couldn't have been happier. In fact, between NICU and a c-section, there is no way I would have managed to BF for a year if it hadn't been for all the support they gave in those first few days (and going to the Methodist support group on Tuesdays afterward). The private room was well worth the money. It wasn't huge, but it was big enough. Recommend? Highly recommend Insurance: No problem with United. Based on a January 2015 birth.
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    Review: I have nothing but amazing things to say about the care I received at Methodist. I was admitted a day before my scheduled c-section due to preeclampsia and extremely low blood platelet counts. The c-section was postponed an additional day in order to get my platelet count up. I was visited by countless nurses and doctors (residents, OB-GYN, oncologists, etc.). After the c-section, I was given a private room in the antepartum unit and given my own dedicated nurse for the first night. (Given my issues and the fact that I had twins, probably put me in a different category than others.) I was later moved the new mother and baby wing and, again, got a private room and outstanding care. Recommend? Highly recommend Insurance: Again, no issues with insurance. I was in the hospital a total of 5 days and my overall bill was $300. Based on a January 2015 birth.
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    I was nervous about delivering in a hospital as I was hoping to have a home birth, but it went off without a hitch. I had a midwife who helped us navigate the hospital protocol, but I had the baby on me right after she came out, we breastfed and she stayed by my side the entire time we were in the hospital. Nurses helped us with breastfeeding and I was able to meet with the lactation consultant after asking every nurse every 5 mins, it was SO worth it and super helpful. Recommend Based on a July 2015 birth.
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    Cannot say enough good things about my entire experience at Methodist. The facilities were clean and the nurses were outstanding. We lucked out delivered in a newly renovated corner room with treetop views and post delivery got a private room. I always felt that the nurses were available, and their patience and kindness were just what I needed. Recommend? Highly recommend Insurance: Everything was covered except I later got a $300 bill for the private room that was unexpected. I had already paid approximately 500 directly to the hospital. It was annoying, but I think still cheaper than private rooms at other hospitals and well worth it. Based on a August 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    This is everything you hear it is: fine, not too fancy, and apparently way better than it used to be just a few short years ago. Some of the nursing staff were supremely kind, others supremely irritating. It took a while to get their attention when I arrived already in quite advanced labour (this was my second, the baby was born less than 2 hours later), and they seemed disorganized - for example could not get a hospital bracelet printed out for me because they had run out of ink. Their hidden gem is their lactation consultant; she is a super star! I was in a private room so can't speak to the shared room experience. Recommend? Recommend with reservations Insurance: Aetna insurance was accepted with no issues. Based on a Jan 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    I had read a LOT of reviews about Methodist and it was sounding like things had changed quite a bit over the years. It was a great experience for us. The Labor & Delivery staff were attentive and caring. The resident was on hand and helpful to our doctor. The L&D rooms were comfortable. The Mama/Baby floor was a little less spacious but the nursing staff made up for it. They were excellent caretakers. Recommend? Recommend Insurance: Yes. Its been ok. Based on a July 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Review: I had 3 C-sections at NY Methodist and had great care everytime. Also the hospital has made some great improvements in how they treat patients since time around Recommend? Recommend Insurance: No problems with Oscar insurance, although I heard they may not be taking it in 2016 Based on a Sept 2015 birth
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Review: Labor and delivery nurses were great. I was less impressed with the mother/baby nurses afterwards. Some of them seemed a little overwhelmed by the administrative burden involved in hospital care (although I can hardly blame them for that). Had to ask that the room I was put in be cleaned (sticky stuff and popcorn on the floor). Its not luxurious by any stretch, though convenient and relatively cheap to get a private room. Recommend? Recommend Based on a April 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Review: L&D was packed when we came in. Spent first part in a nurse's office as no rooms were available. Once in labor room, things were better. Waited 4 hours after c-section for a room as none were available. Shared rooms were horrible: no space, some nurses great (some not so great), and partner can't stay over. Recommend with reservations Insurance: So far no problems with United Healthcare Oxford. Based on a December 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Review: The staff nurse at Methodist was very "by the book" and wanted more extensive monitoring than I and my midwife has agreed on. That said, she came around and I was able to have a natural/drug-free birth without any significant hassle. Labor and delivery room was huge, and I spent much of the time in the shower, which was great. The private mother/baby room we were in post-delivery, though, was tiny - with a rather uncomfortable set-up for my husband. That said, they seem to have the most reasonably priced private rooms of the hospitals we looked at, and I believe other hospitals are similarly cramped. The lactation consultants we met at the hospital were very friendly and willing to help. The pediatrics staff we met were terrible. They had horrible communication skills, and it was difficult to find the doctor managing our baby's care to ask questions. (Our own pediatrician does not come to Methodist, which was the case for most of the pediatrics practices we looked into.) We later ended up having our baby treated at NYU-Langone, which was a night and day difference. Staff there were friendly, empathetic, and communicated clearly and often. Recommend? Recommend with reservations Insurance: We had no insurance issues, and were only billed for our labor/delivery co-pay amount ($100). We actually never received a bill for our private room, which we were anticipating to pay - will have to investigate whether it was somehow covered by our insurance. Based on a October 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Ridiculously small waiting room for patients in triage. Waited 12 hrs for induction overnight. Great professional staff. Nice private rooms and post partum nurses. Lactation assistance nonexistent over the weekend. Recommend Insurance: Yes good. Based on a September 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Overall, we had a much better experience at Methodist than I had feared. The only bad part was when we first arrived and were stuck in triage for 7 hours waiting for a birthing room to open up. The doctor who examined me in triage was also cold and unhelpful. Once we got into a birthing room, though, the staff was great. I found the nurses to be attentive, supportive, and friendly. Same with postpartum. We managed to get a private room (which was hard but worth it), and the staff was super responsive and had lots of tips and extras to offer. Recommend They took my insurance, United Healthcare Oxford, with no problems or extra paperwork. I had pre-registered with Methodist before going in for the birth, which made it all much simpler. Based on a January 2015 birth.
  • Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey

    Nurses, lactation consultant, the labor room : everything went fine! It was clean and peaceful. They did their best to find a semi private room for me. Highly recommend Recommend Oxford united healthcare Based on a August 2015 birth.
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Birthing and Breastfeeding Classes Member Review: I waited too long to take some of the more extensive classes offered in the neighborhood and was initially disappointed to sign up for the classes at NY Methodist, because I thought they wouldn't be practical or holistic enough. I was pleasantly surprised by how useful the classes were in the end and rather relieved to get them out of the way in two goes rather than 4-6 like some of the others. There isn't a lot of time for practicing coping techniques in the birthing class, but a lot of information is given to help you process what labor will be like. I was also surprised that the class was so encouraging of natural childbirth and equally open about what a medicated verses non-medicated birth might look like. My only complaints are that the videos shown are VERY old, but I suppose given how long women have been having children you can't really call them outdated. One other thing I appreciated ... the birthing class comes with a free additional breastfeeding class. Although I managed to book my birthing class 5 weeks ahead of my due date they didn't have space open in a breastfeeding class until three days prior to my due date. I explained this to the nurse who conducted our birthing class and she immediately organized for me to take an earlier breastfeeding class. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey) Insurance details: I don't believe it was covered, but I never looked into it.
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Almost everyone I know who delivered at Methodist has a horror story about the hospital being full, busy, or just disorganized, so I know my experience is unique. But my experience at Methodist was just great. I arrived fully dilated, was immediately triaged and moved to a delivery room, and felt very well-taken care of by the staff. We got a private room for recovery, which was very affordable, and thank to a broken hospital bed, my husband even had a bed to sleep on. There were the usual hospital nuisances, with people walking in at all hours (which is tough with a new baby who won't sleep at night) but everyone wanted to be helpful. When we were ready to leave, they did everything they could to get us discharged, and they sent me home with everything I asked for. Do you recommend? Highly recommend Get a private room so your partner can stay with you, and avoid getting to the hospital until you are far enough along that they have to give you a room immediately. In recovery, have friends and family bring you food. Insurance details: I had no hassles about insurance from the hospital. They handled it beautifully. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I liked the idea of being able to deliver at a my local hospital where it would be smaller and more comfortable. Unluckily for me, I went into labor during a huge birth boom in Park Slope and the labor/delivery floor was bursting at the seams. This meant I spent way longer than I should have in triage and my recovery room wasn't ready for 6 hours so I was in this strange area for a while. Ignoring the crowding situation, I had the BEST labor nurse. She was so sweet, supportive, smart, thoughtful. As for recovery, after a struggle, I ended up getting a tiny private room, but it was still a godsend to have my own space. The recovery nurses were nice enough but it was hard to get their help because it was so busy. I felt pretty good after the birth so I didn't need much, but there were times were I definitely could have used more help. Do you recommend? Recommend If you're looking for an easy, local experience, this is a nice community hospital. I didn't have a complicated pregnancy but I was confident they could address any last minute complications that arose. If you're looking for a first-rate, state-of-the-art NYC hospital, this may not be what you are looking for. Insurance details: No issues with insurance (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    NY Methodist Member Review: I was taken in for an emergency c section, so L&D was quick, not much to say. The mother/baby unit was fine. The room (shared) was bigger than when I delivered at NYU. It was hard when my husband couldn't spend the night. The nurses had a way for you to text them if you needed something, which was nice. My baby had to stay in the NICU for 2.5 weeks. I greatly appreciated the hospital being so close to home for that time period. Do you recommend? Recommend (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Overall good experience. Great staff! Amazing weekly class with lactation consultants that moms can stop by for until baby is 3 months old. Do you recommend? Recommend Insurance details: No problems with Aetna. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: We felt all staff were great. We had a private room which helped but all nurses were extremely helpful. The only downside was that it felt like so may people were cominging & out of my room for various exams I didn't get enough rest. Do you recommend? Recommend Get a private room if you can Insurance details: Yes, no issues (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: My biggest complaint was that they do not have 24 hour lactation support. The lactation consultant, Patty, who helped me, was fantastic but very over-worked and couldn't spend much time with me. My nurses were very kind but were not helpful at all when it came to breastfeeding. Otherwise, my experience was very positive. Do you recommend? Recommend Bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel for your partner because my delivery room did not have a pull out chair for him to sleep on. We kept joking that the hospital was the worst hotel we ever stayed at. Insurance details: I have BCBS and did not have any issues. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I delivered at NY Methodist Hospital. Fears of laboring while stuck in a cab during rush hour traffic prevented me from exploring hospitals in Manhattan. Overall my experience at Methodist was wonderful. The nurses, especially those in labor and delivery, were phenomenal. I was very surprised at how closely the hospital's ethos align to my own concerning skin to skin contact, breastfeeding and having the baby in your room rather than the nursery. We requested a private room, which was very cheap compared to other hospitals. In fact, the hospital wound up comping the room as an apology for giving us one of the smallest options due to low availability. I also appreciated the bi-daily lactation classes to help new mothers get the hang of breastfeeding. My only complaint is concerning the food - it's horrible! Brought back bad memories of school lunches. Thankfully, 7th Avenue is full of great restaurants to make up for it. Do you recommend? Highly recommend Request a private room so your partner can stay with you overnight and bring extra pillows for the two of you. Insurance details: Yes. I didn't have to do anything. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Mostly positive experience at Methodist. Triage was full when I arrived and they had to send someone out so I could go in, as I was 9 1/2 cm dilated. Nurses were very knowledgeable and kind. We had a private room after delivery, which was small, but nice to have privacy. Do you recommend? Recommend Insurance details: They took my insurance and we did not have any issues. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: The labor and delivery nurses were wonderful. I thought the environment was good, and they did a good job controlling my pain. The maternity ward nurses were hit or miss. Some were great, and some seemed like they couldn't be bothered to help you or to smile at you. Do you recommend? Recommend Focus on your baby and not on the one random nurse who gives you attitude. Be prepared to advocate for what you need, and don't be afraid to be "that patient." Insurance details: No problems (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I found the birthing rooms to be very nice and the staff was lovely. Although I did most of my labor at home and got to the hospital just in time. So I cannot speak to being in labor at this hospital. In terms of post-birth I was comfortable and the nurses were helpful. But my roommate- not great. So if possible I would try to get a private room. Do you recommend? Recommend Insurance details: (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I showed up around midnight and had trouble getting in. The downstairs maternity waiting area was closed. The doors nearby were locked. After finding a way in, I checked in and was checked out. I was told to go downstairs and walk around for 2 hours. No way! I lasted about 30 minutes downstairs before coming back up. I walked/cried for a bit before I was put in a room. I didn't see another patient. The nurses were amazing. Calm, nice, understanding. I did get an epidural quickly, but it took 2 people about an hour and a half to get it in. That part was pretty terrible. The birthing room was huge, and they offered to make up a bed for my husband (after the epidural). We both slept on and off for a few hours. My family was allowed in as soon as my daughter was born. They cleaned and weighed her in the room with me. They gave her to me to breastfeed. We stayed in that room for a few hours before switching rooms. The next room was just a basic hospital room. I had planned on getting a private room but my roommate moved out immediately and I was alone the whole time. The only difference was my husband could not sleep over. We decided that was fine and he should go home to sleep. A lactation consultant and to see me and I attended the breast feeding class. It was so nice to see another new mom I knew from PSP meet ups! The day nurses were great. I wasn't a huge fan of the night nurse. She wasn't very helpful. She didn't help show me how to change the pads and she didn't care that my baby wasn't latching on. My baby had jaundice and was kept under lights so the second night they wanted her back even though she wasn't eating. She kept falling asleep. I ended up with the epidural headache and the nurse brought the team up as soon as I told her. I went back to get another one (a blood patch) and that doctor got it in right away. I wish I had him the first time. The food wasn't great, but it was easy for my family to bring me food from nearby restaurants. I rarely wanted to eat at mealtime anyways. After the first meal I told them that I was a vegetarian. They brought a menu for me to check what I wanted for each meal. There was a time that I wanted to watch tv. My husband and I had a show we watch together and it was about to start. We decided he'd watch then go home. Well, the tv didn't even work. There was some downtime when my baby was sleeping and I didn't have visitors. It would have been nice to be able to mindlessly watch tv. Do you recommend? Recommend I had trouble getting my daughter's birth certificate in time for insurance. After calling the city (and finding out that they did not know my child existed), my husband went to Methodist to see what was happening. The person whose job it is had just not done it. She stopped sometime the day before my daughter was born and had gone a month without entering information. We got a note for insurance and it was completed, but it was extremely stressful! Insurance details: Insurance was not a problem. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I had my baby in July, probably the busiest month of the year. By the time they had a labor room ready for me, I was already dialed at 10cm. I was admitted only after my husband told them my dress was soaking wet after waiting for an hour. I stayed in triage waiting for a room for hours even though I was dilated to 5 cm within 2 hours. Labor room was spacious though. We had no time to set up for anything since they had me pushing half an hour after being given a labor room. Do you recommend? Recommend Make sure you notify someone right away for a private room if thats what you want. Insurance details: yes. Paper works were easy since that was done beforehand. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: My daughter was in the NICU and 100% of those nurses were INCREDIBLE. I learned so much from each of them, and they were so reassuring during those tender early moments. The maternity nurses were spotty - one was so inaccessible that I ended up shaking due to pain while waiting for her to respond, but after a pet emergency, another nurse stayed in my room hugging me for an hour while I sobbed. The lactation consultant is good, but very over-worked so I felt like I needed to jockey for her time. Only other comment is that the labor and delivery triage department is TOO SMALL. I sat in the waiting room for about 20 minutes after my water broke, while my baby was in distress, and having major contractions. I apparently was in an urgent enough situation to have an emergency C-section 15 minutes after the doc took the first look at me, and to put it in perspective, I spent more time in the waiting room than in the triage room. Do you recommend? Recommend Insurance details: (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Do you recommend? Highly recommend Insurance details: Takes BCBS and Cigna amongst others They file claims, successfully for the most part. Had a couple random issues -- insurance ID wrong by one digit on a bill, adding a NY state tax surcharge after the bill had been paid. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: i was very glad that i had the experience of the birthing center at SLR under my belt. and that i had a private room. i found the staff to be mostly lovely and fine but things like co-sleeping were questioned and i didn't like that they took the baby out of the room for various reasons. i also don't think they communicated well with my pediatrician. and if i wasn't familiar with breast feeding and had any difficulties i'm not sure i would have had the support to get me through. Do you recommend? Recommend if you live in the neighborhood it is great to be close to home. don't be afraid to advocate for yourself and your baby and trust your instincts. and if you can get a private room. Insurance details: all fine (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: It was fine. They are getting better about their facilities and space but have a long way to go. The birthing rooms are great and comfortable. My semi-private room for after care was dirty, and the nurses were hit or miss with their level of knowledge and consideration. It was totally fine - and I was very happy to go home. Was able to walk home which was huge for us. Do you recommend? Recommend with reservations I didn't find the semi-private room an issue because my roommate was respectful and nice. Make sure to keep advocating for yourself and your baby - requesting holding your baby after, asking when and how things happen, requesting for your baby to stay with you or come back immediately after tests. You may get some pushback but it's your right and it's the only way they'll change. Insurance details: Fine. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Methodist was a good place to have a baby. I would certainly go back. The labor and delivery room was a nice size with good amenities. The staff in labor and delivery weren't too friendly, but maybe I just got a less warm nurse. When things got complicated with my labor, the staff was on top of their game to get me into surgery for a c-section. The staff post-surgery were so warm and kind, and the nurses in the mother/baby floor were also great. I felt very well taken-care of there and had around-the-clock care. Nurses varied quite a bit when it came to advice/knowledge on breastfeeding, so I would advise patients to take whatever they said with a grain of salt. The lactation consultant was super helpful in teaching me how to get a good latch and how to do some workarounds to get my baby fed when he wasn't latching right away. Do you recommend? Recommend I had a shared room and that was one downside of my stay; my neighbor had her very large family with multiple children rotating in and out of the room and having pizza and burger parties in there. That I could've done without, but my next neighbor was quiet so maybe I just had bad luck. In any case, I am not too sad about saving the $200/night, but if you want a guaranteed quiet experience, get the private room. One other thing I will mention is that if you've decided to breastfeed, you need to be rather assertive with some of the nurses about not feeding your baby formula if they take them away to give you some rest or for other care. Insurance details: I had no issues at all with insurance here. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: I had a good experience at Methodist. I was there with a midwife who was in charge of the birth, so I wasn't delivering with a Methodist OBGYN. The nurses were nice and very helpful. The birthing room was large. We paid extra to have a private room that night, and my husband was able to stay with us overnight. There was a small armchair that folded out, where he was able to sleep. The room was tiny but it was fine for what we needed. The nurses wanted to give our baby a bath, but when I told them I didn't want it they were ok with that. Do you recommend? Recommend Try to get a private room--as soon as you get there have your partner go downstairs and tell them your'e in labor and get in line for a room. Totally worth it. Insurance details: It was fine. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Based on a 2014 Birthing Experience

    Member Review: Triage was a bit ridiculous - the intake dr was pretty clueless, but once my dr arrived, everything was great. The nurses were WONDERFUL. One thing - I am so glad I had a private room. My partner was able to stay with me and we had privacy while we bonded with te baby. Not knowing beforehand whether we would get a room was very stressful! And the food was terrible. Order in. Do you recommend? Recommend As I wrote above - get a private room if possible and order takeout. Insurance details: GHi - totally fine. (Review submitted via the 2014 Birthing Survey)
  • Re: Feedback on giving birth/vbac at Methodist

    i delivered at methodist last february after an unscheduled c-section. i was with park slope midwives who have a high rate of vbac. my first c-section was also unscheduled and i do not have complicated pregnancies. on the day of delivery, i was in and out of the hospital in the day due to contractions. but as i was a month early, docs thought i might be de-hydrated and sent me home after some treatment. daytime triage was hectic. i returned there in 5-6 hours and the evening triage was better. the surgery seemed smooth and i liked the midwife and doctors handling of the situation. the nurses kept losing blood and urine samples and for one, i had to give it to them 3 times!!! however in triage post-surgery, i was in intense pain but the nurse ignored my pleas saying they had given me enough drugs. later, when the anesthesiologist came to check in, i told him i was in pain and immediately he upped my dosage, saying its important to be ahead of the pain. i was waiting there for 4 hours until my room would be ready to move into (shared at that point as a private was not available). i had a mixed experience with the nurses. some were great and some were unhelpful. i discovered that with some of them, you have to have family establish authority or they push you around. again, on the next day, although i could have oxy (prescribed to use as you need) which i asked for, the nurse kept expecting me to tough it out with extra strength tylenol! my sister yelled at her and then the nurse's behavior immediately improved. i was a private room patient but it had 2 beds and the nurse kept telling me to clear out of the other zone. then i asked her why as i'm paying for the full room. she then confirmed this point and "sort of" apologized. night shifts were definitely understaffed. methodist is trying to be baby friendly but the lactation consultant was not always at hand. my first time delivery was at nyu and also i had a private room there. i liked it better there but night time shifts though were not great at either one. the second time, we liked being in brooklyn, close to home, right after delivery. it was also easy to be re-visiting the hospital prior to both admissions. having a good doctor does help shield you away from unnecessary surgery, etc. so you also need to decide on that front.
  • Re: [PSP] High Risk OB that delivers at Methodist?

    I delivered both of my kids at Methodist. My second I was considered a high risk and had switched my OB to Dr. Guirguis' office. Dr. Swenson is the one that actually ended up delivering my baby. All of the Drs, midwives and nurses there are great. I really enjoyed my experience with them and continued to keep the practice as my regular OB. They have a location in Park Slope and in Bay Ridge and I believe they just opened one in Staten Island but not listed on their website yet. http://guirguisobgyn.com/Locations_Hours.html There is also a bio and pictures of all practitioners there. I have recently met Katherine Kelly who is a newer midwife at the practice, also great.
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    i delivered at methodist this february after an unscheduled c-section. i was in and out of the hospital in the day due to contractions, and as i was a month early, docs thought i might be de-hydrated and sent me home after some treatment. daytime triage was hectic. i returned there in 5-6 hours and the evening triage was better. the surgeryseemed smooth. they kept losing blood and urine samples and for one, i had to give it to them 3 times!!!however in triage post-surgery, i was in intense pain and kept telling the nurse this. she ignored me saying they had given me enough drugs. later, when the anesthesiologist came to check in, i told him i was in pain and immediately he upped my dosage, saying its important to be ahead of the pain. i was waiting there for 4 hours until my room would be ready to move into (shared at that point as a private was not available). i had a mixed experience with the nurses. some were great and some were unhelpful. i discovered that with some of them, you have to have family establish authority or they push you around. again, on next day, although i could have oxy (prescribed to use as you need) which i asked for, the nurse kept expecting me to tough it out with extra strength tylenol! my sister yelled at her and then the nurse's behavior immediately improved. i was a private room but it had 2 beds and the nurse kept telling me to clear out of the other zone. then i asked her why as i'm paying for the full room. she then confirmed this point and "sort of" apologized. my first time delivery was at nyu, where i also had an unscheduled c-section. i had a private room there and i liked it better. night time shifts though were not great at either one. methodist is trying to be baby friendly but the lactation consultant is not always at hand. also, i had an extremely sever uti infection, post birth. it kicked in the night of my release and i was in and out for 2 days until the doc realized the severity of the problem and had me re-hospitalized. my 1 week old had to stay at home while i was away for 5 days. i don't know if nyu would have been any different but i feel that they actually have accomodations for the baby.... we liked being in brooklyn, close to home, right after delivery and it was easy to be re-visiting the hospital prior to both admissions. having a good doctor does help shield you away from unnecessary surgery, etc. so you also need to decide on that front.
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    We had a 100% positive experience at Methodist and would definitely go back. We delivered in April, a month early, and the nurses there from triage, to delivery (c-section, she was breech), to recovery, and during our stay were amazing. Kind, attentive, sensitive and followed our requests. They were very pro-mom and baby bonding. I was able to hold my daughter in operating room (as best you can while being sewn up), We left operating room with baby in my arms and same when transferred to our room. Was able to nurse in recovery and had lactation consultants on duty all weekend who came to my room every morning to help us. She stayed in room with us unless having tests done. Even with the little hot box in the room to help jaundice they encouraged skin to skin and nursing as the best way to help that. The lactation consultants were great and I attribute our strong start with nursing to them and the nurses for helping. We did have a private room which is totally worth it if you can swing it. Our room was spacious with great light and nice to have visitors and some privacy, especially post-op. Also my husband could then stay over which was huge. Its also much cheaper than at other hospitals in the city. Everyone has different experiences in any hospital, but for us it was a great experience and being so close to home was a big plus. We even switched doctors specifically to be close for delivery instead of the city.
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    We had a very positive experience at Methodist this past May. I had also heard mixed things, but I have no complaints at all. We live nearby and I was able to walk to the hospital after laboring at home just in time for delivery, which is exactly what I wanted. I was in the delivery room in less than 10 minutes after getting to the hospital. The nurses in the delivery room were excellent as was my doctor (Swenson), and they were all supportive, helpful, and efficient during the delivery. I had a doula with me, and there was no conflict at all. The after-care was very good as well. The private room is well worth the $200/night (you might get it for free if the rooms are empty anyway, but we didn't want to risk it). We found all the nurses we met during the 48 hour stay to be helpful and patient, and they offered consistent care, with only one exception (one nurse told us not to wake the baby up to feed, so she went for 6 hours without feeding, which was not a good idea; the next nurse told us that we should definitely wake up the baby to eat every 2-3 hours). The room was clean, and they had a fold-out arm chair on which my husband slept both nights (one of the nurses went out of her way to get us this chair). The food is what you would expect in a hospital, but not terrible, and the nurses will bring you extra juice and snacks. We had various visitors during the two days, and there was never any problem. The pediatric care was very good. Also, they offer lactation classes twice a day, and a consultant stopped by our room as well. They let the baby nurse immediately after she was born, which I think was very helpful. They seem to place a lot of emphasis on breastfeeding, and there is certainly lots of lactation support available. Overall, I felt relatively rested and at ease by the time we left. We were there on the weekend (Saturday morning to Monday morning), which may have made things smoothers since there were fewer patients around. The only minor annoyance was a "volunteer" photographer who offered to take pictures of the baby. It turned out this was not a hospital volunteer but someone selling photos for a website that makes announcements, etc. She was pushy and didn't explain who she was until after she took the pictures. We didn't have to (and didn't) but anything, but we felt annoyed that the hospital allows a sales rep.
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    I delivered at Methodist in January 2013. I was induced (I was way past due date), so my Dr. (Paone) told me when to arrive at the hospital to avoid the change of nursing shift and to get a "fresh" nurse (one who is starting his/her shift), and I believe that was helpful to getting the whole experience off on the right foot. I was also induced mid-week, so perhaps that was an unpopular time for people with scheduled births. I found the whole experience to be very good. The nursing staff in particular were kind and helpful and I feel like I had very good care all around. I was there for several days, and I had a private room. It was very small and not at all fancy, but it was nice to have some privacy. I live very close to Methodist Hospital and the convenience factor could not be beat. My husband was able to go home and check on the dog and grab a shower. My family was able to stay in our home and to walk up to visit me and baby. I actually walked up to be induced. To me those were important factors and lessened my anxiety as a first time mom. I will say that the only thing that did not smoothly was my immediate post-op, when I was in the recovery room (I had a C section). There was a change in nursing staff and my family had to wait hours to see the baby due to lack of communication. BUT, once a nurse manager got wind of the confusion and the lack of communication she fixed it immediately, and that involved "breaking hospital rules" and let the entire group up to my private room past visiting hours, which I think doesn't happen often. Good luck!
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    My first was born at St Luke's Roosevelt (the regular L&D floor) in early 2010, and the second at the Methodist six months ago. I had no pain medication the second time around and wasn't at all pushed into it. The staff is as good at the Methodist as at SLR and the facilities are in some cases better (cheaper private rooms, much larger delivery room). In my experience the good:bad staff ratio is no lower at the Methodist. Plus the convenience and security of being close to home cannot be matched - it was a 10 minute walk to the Methodist, and if I'd chosen to go back to SLR I would've had the baby in the car. My Ob-Gyn says - and I agree - that your doctor/midwife has more influence on your birth experience than the hospital by itself. Oh and the food is uniformly horrible, so pack a meal or plan to order take-out after your delivery no matter where you go. Good luck!
  • Re: Recent Delivery at Methodist Hospital?

    We had a great birth experience at Methodist 4 months ago. Our first delivery was with an OB at St. Luke's and although I knew I would have an unmedicated birth, my doctors were not part of the birthing center and thus we delivered on the regular L & D floor. Good experience, no real complaints. The facility at Methodist is comparable in all respects and better in several areas. Clean, new facility sufficiently staffed; all good things. The better came in a few areas: 1. Way faster triage: I don't know if this was because my midwife was already there (we delivered with Park Slope Midwives this time and adore them), if it was a slow night or what, but we were in and out in less than 10 minutes. I was in triage for nearly 90 minutes at SLR and I felt it really set me back from getting relaxed and in the zone. 2. No pushiness about medication: I actually felt that Methodist was entirely supportive of my unmedicated birth plan. They never once brought it up. 3. Less annoying about monitoring: There were moments where the nurse definitely decided to take my blood pressure in the middle of a contraction, but on the whole, they were really better at adhering to my desire for intermittent monitoring only. The units at SLR were very uncomfortable and they refused repeated requests to remove them. 4. Cheaper private rooms: For $200 a night, it isn't the Plaza, but boy did it feel luxurious to be in my own room. SLR was over $900 a night (I managed to score a free private room, lucky me!), so we wouldn't have sprung for that, but it was great to take advantage of that option at Methodist. 5. Great after care! This was a real surprise. At SLR, I asked for a lactation consultant and none came. At Methodist, I had visits from 3 different consultants without even asking. There were also group breastfeeding classes for those in need. The pediatric care was very thorough, and the exit process was far faster than SLR. 6. Nothing beats walking or taking a short cab ride to the hospital. I seriously stressed about getting to SLR the last time (we lived in Upper Manhattan at the time) and I didn't want to face a cab ride this time. It's very hard to know exactly when to go to the hospital, particularly your first time, and it was great to be so close to home this time. It made it easier for my husband and son to visit frequently, and I even felt better about getting to walk my little one home. Take ALL of this with a grain of salt. Every birth is different. Every couple has different needs, and in our case, Methodist was a really good fit this time around. I feel it's more about how you and your partner work together and how you work in tandem with your birthing practitioner(s) (we had a doula at SLR, too) that matters. Just my 2 cents. Good luck whatever you choose, and congratulations!
  • Private room vs shared room in the hospital after birth

    I was at Methodist and happy with my shared room. Not only did we save $200 a night after my c section I got to meet another mom. My roommate was a second time mom and eases my mind so many times as I worried over baby care. My wife got some sleep and took care of my mom and sis who were in from out of town and I got taken care of by nurses and was able to talk to my roommate in a way I think only possible with another bio mom. In the end really good choice for us
  • New York Methodist Childbirth Classes

    I took the class and loved it. It had practically no ideological slant (re medication, natural birth, induction, c-section) and tended to focus on the biological experience. Lots of science! I am usually not that into science, but I loved knowing what was happening to my body when I started laboring. I knew when i had fully effaced because of how clearly it had been explained, and when my OB mentioned that the head had passed through, I understood what this meant for my own experience and it gave me the momentum to push harder for the next few minutes. They do promote nursing, and they give you access to a breast feeding support group. They don't teach breathing techniques but instead encourage you to find labor practices that work for you. I liked this because when I am stressed and in pain, breathing is not how I want to distract myself! Music and massage was more my thing. If you are delivering at Methodist, they give you a tour, which is much better than the volunteer tour. It's run by the head of nursing and she gives you her card for problems.
  • Lenox or Methodist?

    I gave birth at Methodist in March. I absolutely hated the post-birth floor and left as soon as I could because the nurses were awful. However, my delivery went well. I had natural childbirth. I got to the hospital very late, per my doctor's advice and had my daughter within an hour of arriving. They did wash her, I was in no state to really protest, but had I tried I probably could have. The good thing about Methodist though, is that they totally respected my decision to breastfeed and my daughter only left my side for 3 minutes the day after she was born for a hearing test, that was it. As soon as she was born she was on my chest and then in my husbands arms after they cleaned her. She stayed with me after that. They don't really have a nursery for babies anymore, their policy is to keep mother and child together. For me, Methodist made sense because it enabled me to stay home as long as I could. Had I given birth in Manhattan I wouldn't have gotten to the hospital in time. And because it let my family, my parents and sisters who came up the next day, use my apartment as a home base.
  • Lenox or Methodist?

    I was going to deliver at Lenox myself, but ended up going to Methodist. I saw my first ob who was connected at Lenox for the first five months of my pregnancy. In the end I decided to switch because Lenox is really far from Brooklyn and I didn't like the general appearance of the hospital. In addition, I didn't want to haul myself up there at nine months pregnant. Also, Lenox has really high c-section rates and I wanted to have a natural child birth experience, as much possible. From the reviews and stats at Lenox, I didn't feel that would be a high likelihood. I delivered at Methodist with Park Slope Midwives, who work with a large number of Jewish Orthodox women, and have minimal interventions. The hospital staff at Methodist was really supportive both during and after my labor. They entirely respected my wishes to breastfeed and have my daughter with me after my labor. Also, the anesthesiologist who ended up giving me an epidural did a wonderful job. My midwife, who used to head up St. Vincent's midwifery, told me he was one of the best she's seen. I also think Methodist staff, especially obs, respect the doctors / midwives who deliver there. I almost had to have a c-section, and when the obs came in to ask if my midwife needed to prep for a c-section, she told them no and that she had it under control. Her wishes were respected, and thankfully I didn't need a c-section. Afterwards I had no hassles with the Methodist billing department. I have heard some horror stories from mothers at other hospitals. This may seem small, but when you have a newborn, and are learning to be a mother, having to resolve insurance and billing issues (and you might have to travel to the hospital) is just another added burden.
  • Lenox or Methodist?

    the most important thing, I think, is you find an OB or midwife that you feel confident supports your choices and shares your priorities/philosophy. you can't control the nurses or residents you get, but they won't make a move your OB doesn't approve, so having a progressive doctor in a hospital with a high C-section rate will provide a better experience than a a doctor with a high c-section rate in a progressive hospital. if this is your first birth, keep in mind that in your last weeks you are at the doctor once a week and once you are passed your due date you are there every 2-3 days. And sometimes over the course of early labor you can wind up going back and forth between home and the hospital more than once. Also, your husband will be going home to shower and take care of stuff, coming back to bring you meals, etc. So consider how much many you want to spend on cabs or how much time you want to spend on the subway going to and from Lenox Hill. For us, being able to avoid a fraught cab ride at 3:00 am and being able to walk back and forth to methodist was worth managing around some of the complaints people have had about Methodist (many of which have apparently been addressed since we were there 5 years ago). Methodist does have big nice labor rooms, a recently redone mother/baby wing and good lactation support (la leche league has a branch there). You can find progressive doctors and midwives who deliver there (Josine Veca is one).
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    Overall, I am glad I chose Methodist as the location was great (especially since I gave birth the day after the hurricane!). And I was comfortable advocating for myself. But I think its strange that the exams can't be done in the presence of the parents and strange that the nursing staff didn't think that was strange. The changes may have been put in place, but there is still some progress to be made. I attended a BF class and its great that they are so supportive of BF, but after and hour and a half, we still weren't actually nursing and I found the information extraneous and not immediately practical. I would be especially frustrated if it was my first attempt at BF.
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    I delivered my son at Methodist in December 2011 and had both an extremely positive and extremely negative experience. My labor and delivery were phenomenal. I'm not sure how much of that was my OB, who stayed with consistently for nearly 4 hours and hand-picked the nurse he wanted to work with me. The room was quite large and comfortable (I was told there's no difference between the birthing rooms and regular L&D), the staff was professional, pleasant, and encouraging, and although my son needed some suctioning and a pediatrician, they got him into my arms and nursing by the time I was stitched up. I actually looked at my husband at that point and said I could do this again. Fast forward a few hours later and I was in the recovery ward, where I found the mother nurses to be incompetent and obnoxious. We complained several times and the head of nursing apologized to us twice, saying there was no excuse for the poor medical treatment and behavior of my nurses. Although I had fourth degree tearing, the nurses did not even do a medical exam of me until my 2nd day in the unit, and only after my aunt, a NICU nurse, did her own exam of me and raised hell. One nurse literally threw a sitz bath at me, though I couldn't stand up, and said everyone knows how to use one. (I had never even heard of it). On the plus side, my son's nurses (the "baby nurses") were all lovely and extremely professional, and I got the sense that the management assigned the best nurses to look out for the babies and delegated the bad ones to the mothers, who could advocate for themselves. I guess I prefer it that way than the other way around. As a unionized hospital staff, they cannot get rid of poor quality nurses without cause (and obnoxious is not a cause--believe me, I asked!), but hopefully they will move them to some other part of the hospital. Because I love my OB, who only delivers there, I will deliver there again for number 2, but will begin advocating for myself before I leave labor and delivery, and encourage you to do the same.
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    I delivered at Methodist in April of this year. I was high risk, but had a"normal" delivery, just extra monitoring due to diabetes. 1. I do not believe there is a difference between the birthing center and l&d units. The l&d rooms are very nice and tranquil, not very hospital like for the most part until it is go time when the medical equipment is brought out. 2.they are very supportive of the baby being with the mother, barring complications of course. When I delivered, I was able to start breast feeding in under 5 mins of her birth. They did most of the clean up while she was on my chest and she never left the room without me while in l&d. Once in recovery/the mother baby unit, I think she only left twice to go to the nursery for a vaccine and I believe to be weighed? (sorry, those days are a bit of a blur.) She was never taken from my sight without me being aware of where she was and what was going to happen. They even woke me up to let me know even though my husband was there. I was very happy with how they treated mother and baby as a single patient in a way. I had a vaginal birth with an epidural during an induction. I found the nurses to be very unobtrusive, but also found I was unsure about a lot of things in the mother baby unit (I was brought down by a nurse who I became friendly with during an earlier stay in l&d for monitoring so I think in or excitement some things may have been left out), so I encourage you to ask questions! Do not always expect some info to be provided. 3. I took a tour and the class for the hospital. I would not recommend it. During the tour I got a lot of incorrect information and found out once I was at the hospital that the incorrect info, which had been incredibly stressful to me in the days leading to my induction, that I didn't need to worry. It was good to see the place and know where to go, but in terms of procedure I'd ask my ob/midwife.
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    They no longer take the baby away for shift changes. They actually push a little more for the baby to stay with you at all times. That was my experience this past July. I had my second child there with a C section and if I had wanted the baby would have never left my side. I decided one night to get some rest and they did take him and brought him back when I requested. All and all it was a much better experience then I had at St Luke's Roosevelt with my first.
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    I would add that once you are on the recovery floor, there are two 2-hour periods a day (7-9am and (7-9pm) when all the babies are taken to the nursery for check-ups and whatnot during the nurses' shift change. Maybe they've changed that in the last year- I hope so. I found that it really interfered with BFing. Otherwise I had a great experience at Methodist and a very easy (for a hospital), natural birth. At one point someone tried to put a monitor on me but I was in transition and in no mood to be told what to do so it didn't last long!
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    I am unsure about the two different centers you speak about. I know that you labor and birth in a private room. They have private bathrooms and showers. They do monitor the heartbeat of the baby, but they have mobile monitors so you can walk around rather than having to stay in bed. You can have up to two people in the room with you. The baby never does not leave your room unless there is a medical problem with the baby which would require it to be in the NICU. The nurse made a point to say that there is skin to skin contact immediately after birth and you can breast feed immediately. You stay in that room for about 2 hours after the birth (give or take) and then you transfer to a recovery room. This information seems pretty consistent with what is on the website. The recovery rooms are like regular hospital rooms. You can request a private room (they are on a first come first served basis and cost $200/night). Your spouse/partner can stay over in a private room. If you are in a shared room, they can be there from 10AM-10PM. Other visitors can visit from noon-8PM. The baby can stay with you in the room, too. There is a nursery the baby can go to if you need to shower, etc. A typical stay in a recovery room is 2 days for a vaginal birth. They have a lactation nurse that makes rounds, but they recommend that you go to one of the two scheduled breastfeeding support groups (I think they are at 10 and 2) as well. Hope that is helpful!
  • (no subject)

    I am unsure about the two different centers you speak about. I know that you labor and birth in a private room. They have private bathrooms and showers. They do monitor the heartbeat of the baby, but they have mobile monitors so you can walk around rather than having to stay in bed. You can have up to two people in the room with you. The baby never does not leave your room unless there is a medical problem with the baby which would require it to be in the NICU. The nurse made a point to say that there is skin to skin contact immediately after birth and you can breast feed immediately. You stay in that room for about 2 hours after the birth (give or take) and then you transfer to a recovery room. This information seems pretty consistent with what is on the website. The recovery rooms are like regular hospital rooms. You can request a private room (they are on a first come first served basis and cost $200/night). Your spouse/partner can stay over in a private room. If you are in a shared room, they can be there from 10AM-10PM. Other visitors can visit from noon-8PM. The baby can stay with you in the room, too. There is a nursery the baby can go to if you need to shower, etc. A typical stay in a recovery room is 2 days for a vaginal birth. They have a lactation nurse that makes rounds, but they recommend that you go to one of the two scheduled breastfeeding support groups (I think they are at 10 and 2) as well. Hope that is helpful!
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    I just gave birth at Methodist in June and I had a very good experience... I used the practice of F. Guirguis and I have found the practice to be very good. I enjoyed all of the doctors and the midwife, and have to say that overall, my birth experience at Methodist, including the doctor who delivered me, was much more favorable than my previous experience at St. Vincent's (which was also a good experience).
  • (no subject)

    I agree with the plus sides of Methodist that others have posted: convenient that it's right in the neighborhood, no problem with parking, private rooms are easy to get (relative to other NYC hospitals), etc. My delivery experience there in April 2012 was great. I had to have a C-section, and I was impressed by the whole team in the operating room. My doctor was amazing. That said, I have to admit that my post-delivery experience at Methodist was extremely frustrating and anxiety-producing. It may have been related to the fact that I was there over Easter/Passover weekend, so the floor was short staffed, but it was hard to get attention from the nurses. My calls to them went unanswered several times when I needed help in the middle of the night. At one point when I asked for help picking up my baby (because I was in pain), a nurse told me repeatedly that I should try to do it myself, in case all the nurses were busy next time I called. Worse still was the general atmosphere of anxiety that prevailed as soon as my baby's weight dropped below a certain threshold. Our pediatrician, not affiliated with Methodist, later told us the weight loss was no cause for grave concern or intervention, just careful monitoring. But the nurses, pediatricians, and lactation consultants at Methodist presented a unified front: according to them, the kid was in distress. They claimed to be pro-breastfeeding, but ultimately weren't supportive. They pushed Similac like it was going out of style. They wouldn't discharge us from the hospital until my son produced a certain quota of dirty diapers(!). One nurse took my son's temperature with an ear thermometer -- which I later learned is almost always inaccurate when used on infants -- and when the reading was high, made us nervous about all kinds of possible fever-related complications and courses of action we might have to take. Admittedly, we were first-time parents. We wouldn't handle the situation the same way if it happened again. But I wanted to share my experiences because I wished someone had forewarned me about the hospital's post-partum care. Also worth noting: Our pediatrician (not affiliated with Methodist) has since told us that it's one of the few hospitals in the city that retains some outdated procedures. For example, they encourage you to swab your baby's umbilical stump with rubbing alcohol with every diaper change, which she said most hospitals and doctors agree is totally unnecessary. I don't mean to warn anyone against delivering at Methodist, if it makes the most sense for you and your family. Again, I'm just sharing this info because I wish that I'd heard similar stories before I delivered there. September 2012
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    I gave birth at Methodist 3 months ago and I had an overall good experience. When I came in 5 centimeters dilated, it was really busy and there were no beds available but they made the best of the situation by quickly sending someone else home who apparently wasn't ready to give birth! Anyway, my doctor (Dr. Rindfuss) was awesome! And I think that made a difference in my experience. When I needed things he was able to get them to me quickly (the nurses and other staff have much respect for him). I personally didn't like sharing a room with someone else just because they were inconsiderate at times (loud conversations, turning on the lights too early, those sort of things). The nurses came when i rung for them and the lactation consultants were very supportive. September 2012
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    I had both my kids at Methodist. My first son was born in 2007 via vaginal birth. The nurses and my doctor were great. Unfortunately it was a very busy weekend during a heat wave, and the ac in the delivery room was broken. After my son was born, they brought him to the nursery, and they didn't move me to my room (and to my baby) for 4 hours because they were understaffed. It was also my misfortune that the lactation consultant on call was out sick that weekend, and the nurses were not helpful in terms of breastfeeding, but they did show us several times how to swaddle when we asked them. My second son was born via emergency c section in 2011. He was born 2 months early and spent 5 weeks in the Nicu there. I had a bad experience at reception in labor and delivery. I went in because I was bleeding a lot. I told the woman at the reception desk this and she just told me to fill out a form and have a seat. I filled out the form, brought it back and told her again I was bleeding. All she said was, have a seat and someone will call you in. Finally, I realized I was bleeding all over their seats. When I told her this, she finally got a nurse who took someone else off a triage bed and brought me in. I should have been more insistent when I first went in. I suppose she didn't realize how bad my bleeding was. Still, I think they should do a little more at reception besides tell you to fill out a form and have a seat. My aftercare was fine. If I buzzed, a nurse would usually respond right away. The first morning after I delivered, I was starving and breakfast wasn't coming for a while. A nurse brought me some yogurt when I asked for something to eat. One morning, they tried to give me my thyroid medication twice. Two different nurses came in at different times with it. The nicu staff was great. They are very pro breastmilk and always gave my baby the milk I brought in. Even in the beginning when I only had a few drops, they would mix it in with his formula. They were also very good about explaining my baby's status. I could call in any time and have a doctor give me an update. If they weren't available at the time, they would call back. They also helped us get as involved as possible with our baby's care. They had us check his temperature and change his diapers. We could do the feedings at feeding time. If we called in, they would wait to feed him until we got there. They welcomed parents any time day or night except during shift changes when they discuss all the patients with the incoming staff. Despite these bad experiences, I wouldn't go anywhere else to give birth. I love my doctor, Dr. Veca, and it was a life saver to be in a hospital in the neighborhood. My husband could go back and forth from the hospital to home to get things I needed and to get some rest. Once I was discharged, I was able to drop my son at school and go to the hospital to be with the baby in the nicu. September 2012
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    I just had twins at Methodist on September 10. We spent a few different nights in triage trying to stop preterm labor, and I found all of the nurses, residents, and attendees very nice and competent. I was admitted on September 8, still to try to stop preterm labor. The experience (other than being in a hospital) was good - again, great nurses, residents, and attendees. There were a couple of times that I had to ring twice, but ipthey were both non-emergency requests. After two days of attempts, I had a c-section on Monday morning. The nurses in recovery were extremely helpful in making me comfortable. I've had no problems getting a private room, either. All the nurses and nursing assistants in Mother Baby were helpful with everything I needed and asked for. Our babies had to go immediately to NICU, due to their prematurity. The nurses we worked with we're extremely helpful, sweet, and seemed to genuinely care abut the babies in their charge. A lactation consultant came to my room right after I requested and helped set me up to pump, as I couldn't nurse. We have had mixed results with the nurses in Stepdown- most have been great, but there have been a couple that have made the experience less than ideal. The management has been very responsive to our requests, though. I don't want to take away from how helpful my OB was in making this a good experience. Dr. Fuchs came and sat with us both Saturday & Sunday for awhile and came back Sunday night to check on me. Someone mentioned anal thermometers. We were specifically told not to use them. I also have to say that having had two babies in NICU, the location was extremely ideal (we are lucky enough to live 3 blocks away). Now we have one at home and one in Stepdown, and I don't know how we would manage if we had to try to go to Manhattan to visit. September 2012
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    I delivered at Methodist in August 2011 and had a great delivery experience but a less great post-delivery one. My midwife was great, the nurses were attentive, the room was nice and my delivery went smoothly. It wasn't hard getting a pvt room and it was cheaper than I have heard of elsewhere. My son roomed in and the lactation consultant was helpful. I will say that I felt a bit abandoned once I was moved to recovery. Nobody explained how I should be caring for myself post delivery for a long long time and I had no idea what to do in that regard. Also, there was no instruction on infant care - swaddling, diapering etc. I was less impressed with the nursing staff and often waited a while when I would call. I figured it out but immediately post-birth a bit more care would have been appreciated. Location was perfect! September 2012
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    I delivered in May 2009 and May 2012 at Methodist. The improvements were dramatic. I had a c-section both times and in 2009 I was separated from my baby immediately and for over 4 hours. In May, the baby remained in the OR until I was done and joined me in recovery. I was able to breastfeed as immediately as possible post c-section. Having the baby to look at during the c-section made the anxiety of it go away! Both times we had a private room without a problem. In 2012 there is one nurse covering both the patient and the baby. In 2009 I had a nurse and the baby had a nurse and they took the baby out of the room every couple of hours. This time the baby could remain with you all the time. The nurses were great and very attentive. The lactation consultant also comes to your room if you are c-section and can't make it to the classes. My neighbor is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Pediatric ER at Methodist. She said that Methodist is working towards becoming a "baby friendly" hospital and a new nursing director has made a WORLD of difference. However, she also said that 10 years ago when she practiced at Boston University they were already "baby friendly". (Ironically, Baby Friendly is a certification) So Methodist has some catching up to do. At the end of the day, you can't beat the convenience to home & for friends and family. And it was really a huge difference from 3 years ago from a c-section perspective. September 2012
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    I'm going to deliver at Methodist sometime in the next month or so (my first), and I can second the recent improvements they've made based on our hospital tour and the word of my doula. My doula has now done three births there and has been really impressed with the positive changes and progressive-mindedness of the hospital, as well as the nursing staff. The nurse who did our L&D tour said many of the changes are brand new as of this past spring, and some things are still in the works (for example, the wireless fetal monitoring starts 9/24). Pretty much everything we had written in our birth preferences to maximize a calm birth experience and bonding after birth is now standard procedure at Methodist, or up to you to discuss with your OB/talk about with the nurses. September 2012
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    I delivered at Methodist in April with my second child and had a great experience there. We had our first baby at NYU so I have a good idea of the Manhattan vs. Brooklyn experience. I had a relatively "normal" delivery with my first and didn't expect complications with my second. Plus, having a 2 year old at home made it easier to commute to and from a local hospital (yes, I know that you're only really in the hospital for a few days, but it was still a big plus for us). I had previously gone to Methodist at 3am with my first child when I had a scare and found the staff to be very competent. The proximity to the hospital was really nice for us. Parking, etc. was no problem. There was no overcrowding, as I found to be the case in some Manhattan hospitals. The delivery nurses were all great and the facilities were just as nice (if not nicer) than those at NYU. I should say that I actually went through the whole admittance process a few weeks before my delivery because I had the baby "turned" to avoid a c section. So, by the time the delivery came along I knew where everything was. Getting a private room is extremely easy there....unlike NYU...and MUCH cheaper. It was really nice to be close to home so that my mother-in-law could bring our son over to see us and meet the baby. It also gave my husband the opportunity to run home quickly once we were all settled. The only thing I would mention is that if you were a first time mom I might have comments about the involvement of the nursing staff in the "teaching" process. At NYU we got a lot of help in terms of the care of our newborn....basic skills like diapering, etc. At Methodist we were left on our own more. Of course, they knew it was our second child so that probably factored into it, but just thought I would make the comment anyway (I couldn't remember how to diaper a newborn!) I'm sure if we would have asked at any point they would have helped us. Our baby stayed in the room with us the entire time (aside from the occasional testing) and they were very pro-breastfeeding. I'm happy to discuss my specific birth/doctor/delivery experience if you'd like, just shoot me an email. Overall I was very happy. I'm sure it helped that the actual delivery process moved much faster for me the second time, but some of that has to do with the doctors/nurses who were in the room with me. September 2012
  • Birth Survey 2012

    I loved our midwives, but our hospital experience made me second-guess our choice. Labor/delivery was fine, but the hospital stay was a mess. I had an emergency c-section and didn't hold my child until four and half hours after her birth, despite all the hospital policies about immediate skin-to-skin (and there were no medical issues with me or the baby that would have prevented skin-to-skin as soon as I was out of the ER). Our instructions to the nurses - that we were trying to breastfeed but a bottle was fine if our daughter was in danger of low sugar -- were completely ignored, and the baby didn't eat for more than five hours. That first night, as a first-time parents, we begged the nurses for help in figuring out breast feeding. Not only did they not return as promised, my husband found one of them texting on her phone instead of helping patients at 2am. My room was never stocked -- we constantly had to ask for diapers. It took more than 20 minutes for a nurse to respond to any call, including for pain medications. The nurses assigned to us overnight who were good were overrun, so I often found myself faced with different nurses answering calls for help at 3am, and having to explain the lactation consultant's feeding plan for a baby who wouldn't latch over, and over, and over again in the middle of the night. The LC's were great, but my husband and I were very pro-active in seeking them out, asking them to come to our room, and making sure we were seen. The woman sharing my room wasn't so pro-active -- and no LCs checked on her until the second day after her delivery.
  • Birth Survey 2012

    REVIEW: NYM was very busy but otherwise fine. I was happy to be close to home, one of the lactation consultants was extremely helpful (though enormously overworked). Some personnel better than others but overall a good experience. They have private rooms on the maternity floor available for an additional cost on a first-come, first-served basis. We didn't mention that we would like one until after the baby was born, and apparently should have said something pretty much upon walking in the door. So, if that is important to you, speak up early. (I don't know if we would have gotten one anyway, they were so busy the week our little one arrived). INSURANCE ISSUES: 1199 was primary and Aetna secondary, there was some confusion about who paid for what, but the billing person who I was in touch with when issues arose was helpful and issues were resolved without too much trouble. (Just too many calls to the insurance companies, which is a pain with a newborn and long wait times, but that was the insurance companies, not NYM.) Review Date: April 2012
  • Birth Survey 2012

    REVIEW: I had a c-section at Methodist in late February. Overall it was a positive experience. The doctors and nurses were all friendly/capable, and my recovery went smoothly. They recently closed their newborn nursery; all babies now room in with their moms. This was fine because I had a private room, it would have felt very cramped if I had been sharing as my baby had jaundice and had to be in a light box for a day. They have a lactation consultant on staff who visited every day to make sure breast feeding went well. My complaints are probably more generic to a hospital birth than Methodist in particular - took a while sometimes to get a nurse to come help, no privacy, many interruptions throughout the day, etc. INSURANCE ISSUES: I have U tied Healthcare and have had no claims issues. We paid for our private room out of pocket. Review Date: April 2012
  • Birth Survey 2012

    REVIEW: I had my baby girl there last year by c-section. The anesthesiologist was super nice, my nurse great friendly lady, post surgical room decent. I'll give the upstairs recovery floor 4 out of 5 stars. The nurses are really great (at least the one that I've dealt with during my 5 day stay). The problem was the 'baby care unit'. They are definitely good, qualified professionals but baby nurse is nowhere to be found and there was no communication with the mother. I would see pediatrician for 2 min in the morning. However my child kept being taking from me for various test that nobody was explaining to me. When I asked the doctor the next day she said to me that no news means that it's all good. That's just arrogance, in my opinion. Turned out that my daughter received really good care and procedures considered additional but just the fact that the info was so hard to get it was making me more worried instead of less. INSURANCE ISSUES: Review Date: April 2012
  • Birth Survey 2012

    REVIEW: Huge points for convenience, and the staff for the most part were helpful and friendly, however, we waited in the waiting room in labor and delivery for an hour (having contractions 4 minutes apart) because there wasn't a bed available in triage. The nurse who received us there was the only one on duty and was very overworked (and didn't hesitate to let us know about it). We then waited two hours there to get into a labor room and another three before there was an available anesthesiologist. I wouldn't call it a pleasant experience, but we walked there and walked home! INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes (Blue Cross) and no issues Review Date: April 2012
  • Birth Survey 2012

    REVIEW: Triage for admission: Crazy. Chaotic. Slow L&D: Phenomenal. Efficient. The midwives of Park Slope were on duty (not my known doc) and they were extraordinary. Very respectful of my requests to not have drugs. I felt they had an eye on both baby's health and my personal birth experience, which was (not to overstate it) life changing one of the most empowering experiences of my life. Nursery/post-natal care: Mixed bag. If you want something (food, help w/ baby, to see your baby) I found I needed to get up and go to the front desk to ask for it. Calling nurses station was utterly ineffective. As a first time mom, I got mixed information from the mommy-nurses vs the baby-nurses. As a second time mom, I relied a lot less on the nurses, advocated a lot for myself (e.g. please bring me my baby now. she needs to nurse), and asked my husband to supply me with food and drink from outside. Shout out to lactation consultants at Methodist who were supportive and helpful. INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes. Aetna. No problem. Review Date: April 2012
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    We recently had our second child at Methodist. Everything we experienced was what I'd read about in other negative reviews of the hospital on PSP and elsewhere, but I didn't take it that seriously when choosing to deliver there - I thought people were being overly prissy and kvetchy. Well, even I found it to be pretty bad. It felt completely disorganized, some nurses and staff were rude, the facilities felt kind of dirty. I showed up in screaming agony at six centimeters dilated and there was absolutely nobody at the intake desk, so I had to labor in the waiting room for awhile as my husband tried to find someone to help us. Finally someone put us not in any kind of triage room but in the intake office! At least they closed the door so we'd have a little privacy. Some exasperated young doctor who I assume was a medical student barked at me about why I didn't have a gown on, and my husband had to explain that nobody had given one, nobody had examined me, nobody had done anything. Finally after laboring in this office for awhile, a doctor came in to examine me, and they got me into a labor-delivery room which was really quite nice and big. So finally we could relax and just be in labor. Still, someone came in to an IV in me for the required hep-lock and basically blew out my vein - I had a black and blue mark on half my forearm for a week afterwards. After the birth, they put us in our recovery room which we'd reserved for $200/night with the understanding that they'd provide a reclining chair for my husband to sleep in. There was no chair, and nobody could help us get one, and we were completely exhausted so the two of us slept in one hospital bed. And as most other posters note, they took our baby to the nursery for almost three hours! In short, it feels disorganized, staff aren't the greatest, and the requirement of the baby to go the nursery for such a long time right after being born is a huge bummer. The one good thing and the main reason we chose it is because we were expecting and got a fast delivery - five hours total labor, and just two hours from getting to the hospital to delivering, so it was great to have just a five-minute car ride to get there, as opposed to 20 minutes to go into the city. But I'd hazard the trip into the city if I could do it over again.
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    My daughter used Dr. Paone, whose office is in Methodist building and delivered at Methodist. Sense of humor never came up (i only went with her 2x and was there at the birth) but he is lovely. Down to Earth, warm, patient, and willing to explain every and any thing. When she saw others in the practice, her experience was similar. When we met him at the hospital when she was in labor, he greeted me with a hug! (December, 2010).
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    I was very happy ( given the circumstances ) with it. (Recommended, October 2010)
  • Birth Experience July 2010

    I recently saw a post asking about Methodist's policy of taking the baby for evaluation after giving birth. As I just delivered at Methodist, I wasn't in any shape to respond immediately. Now that I'm occasionally returning to the land of the living, here is my experience as of 5 days ago. When you are flying on a plane, they instruct you to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others. Well, after you deliver your child, you'll need to take care of yourself before you can tend to your new born. You will get to immediately, or almost immediately if there is a complication, hold your child. They put my baby on top of me as soon as he was born. So you get that initial touch. They will do a quick evaluation in the room with you and then leave you with your baby for a while. The thing is, after a while you want to take a shower, get cleaned up, get settled into the room you'll recover in. You need to take care of yourself and it won't be easy. Even though there were no complications with my delivery, its still difficult to walk, let alone take a shower etc. The hospital, too, has protocol they need to follow. As I'm not staff, I'm not sure what is law/procedure or what. But you are paying for them to make sure your baby is healthy. They need to take baby to make sure baby is healthy. Be confident they are doing an amazing job evaluating and assessing your newborn. Good luck with labor, delivery and the eternal caring of your child.
  • 2008 Birth Experience (posted July 2010)

    Same here. Delivered at Methodist two years ago. My baby was born at 6:00am, when the nursing shifts change. My labor nurse, having been on duty all night, said my baby had fluid in her lungs and that she was "worried" so I was only allowed to hold her for about a minute before they took her away. I didn't see her again for four hours. My husband was able to follow her and keep an eye on her and send me txt messages, so I knew she was ok. Later, I looked over the hospital records. She got 9's on both APGARs. (No one ever gets a 10, they say.) NO mention of ANY fluid problems watsoever. So basically my nurse wanted to go home. I'm still really pissed about it but there's nothing I can do. I'll never have that moment back.
  • September 2009 Birth Experience (posted July 2010)

    I delivered at Methodist in Sepember, and the experience Katti described was similar to mine. I had my son with me for about 30 minutes before they took him away (despite requests by myself, my doula, and my husband that he stay with us a bit longer). My husband also followed Joseph up to the nursery and watched the exam through the windows, but after 2 hours of waiting to retrieve him, finally came downstairs to be with me. Joseph wasn't returned to us for at least another two hours. It was a particularly "full house," according to the nurses -- they had something like 26 babies in the nursery, and the recovery rooms were so crowded that they had me recuperating for most of the day in a delivery room. However, my sense was that, because each new shift of nurses has to take the babies' vitals (it's a legality thing), they often just leave them in the nursery if a new shift is scheduled to begin soon.
  • November 2009 Experience (posted July 2010)

    I gave birth at Methodist in November. Unfortunately, they did not leave my baby with me for more than 10 minutes. I even had to request to hold her before they wisked her away, didn't get to nurse and they didn't bring her back until I was moved to my recovery room and settled in and after the examinations which ended up being about 6 hours before I got to be with her for the first time. My baby had a lot of fluid in her when she was born so that may have had something to do with it but they also said that it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. My husband did follow her to the nursery and although he couldn't be in the nursery, he could watch the esam through the windows.
  • Birth Experience Oct 2009 (posted July 2010)

    I delivered at Methodist in October of last year and overall the experience was great. I had my son with me for about an hour and was able to nurse him and then my husband followed him to the nursery to watch the exam and get cleaned up. Once we were settled in our room on the mommy and baby floor they brought my son to our room. I was nursing exclusively so I had my son 95% of the time including overnight. Something that I didn't realize was that if you don't specificy, the nurses will give the baby a bottle of formula when they have him in the nursery. I had read a lot about nipple confusion and how it is so much better to nurse without giving any bottles especially the first few weeks but as a result my son lost a lot of weight those first few days and my friends said those few bottles in the hospital didn't interfere with their breastfeeding success. Anyway, to answer your question, they're pretty strict about taking the babies away for the exam. There's one state mandated test that they have to perform but it really didn't take that long and the next day our pediatrician examined my son in our hospital room while we chatted. The staff in labor and delivery were fantastic and the staff on the mommy and baby floor were just OK. Especially the overnight nurses.