NY Methodist Hospital
· Close to home
· Renovated labor and delivery rooms
· 7 day a week lactation consultant coverage (1 full-time, 2 part-time consultants)
· Hospital administration has paid close attention to criticism of hospital policies on PSP and has instituted changes including hiring a new nurse manager.
· Construction of new postpartum floor is in the works (opening Fall \'07) which will allow more private rooms and sleepovers by partners.
· Many good local doctors, including those that support natural childbirth, deliver there.
· Hospital has a highly rated \"level 3\" NICU
· They have a 12-suite labor/delivery/recovery rooms (3 more to open in Fall \'07) which constitute a modern \"Birthing Center.\" Partners may stay in the room with the mother throughout the entire labor/delivery/recovery process.
· No overnight visitors, including partners, who must leave at 10pm. (This policy will change when new wing opens, Fall \'07.)
· The two private rooms cannot be reserved ahead of time (more private rooms to open in the mother/baby unit in Fall \'07)
· Typical hospital food.
· Numerous complaints about disorganization and lack of support of nursing staff.
· A number of complaints regarding excessive separation of infant from mother and disregard of \"no formula or bottle\" instructions.
· Mothers not allowed to walk around holding infant.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyMethodist 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.
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.
QuestionsI’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)
QuestionsI 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)
QuestionsThe 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)
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 kidsI'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 kidsI'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 kidsI 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 kidsWe 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 kidsWe 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.
2018 Birth SurveyGood 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 SurveyThe hospital was clean and ok. The rooms was small (the standard in NY). The people were nice.
2018 Birth SurveyVery 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 ReviewI 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 classesWe 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 classesMy 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 SurveyReview 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 SurveyReview 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 SurveyPositive 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 SurveyThe 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 SurveyMethodist 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 SurveyStaff had good bedside manner. We had a great experience Based on a September birthing experience.
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyGreat care, clean rooms, privates available and worth it! Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyVery 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 SurveyParking 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 SurveyThe 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 SurveyGo 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 Surveygreat experience,all nurses were kind and helpful Based on a june 2017 birthing experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyAmazing!! 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 Surveybasic, 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 SurveyVery 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 SurveyI 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 SurveyGood / 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 SurveyGreat 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 SurveyI 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 SurveyLabor 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 SurveyOverall 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 SurveyL&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 SurveyPros: 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 SurveyNo 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 SurveyIt 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 classI 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 MethodistWe'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 MethodistI 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 SurveyDealing 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 SurveyNY 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 SurveyWe 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 SurveyOn 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 SurveyIncredible 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 SurveyPerfect. 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyGood 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyThe 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyNYM 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyMy experience was fine. I love my ob practice and this is where they deliver. Based on 2/2017 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyPleasantly 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyThe 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyI was happy with Methodist. Very good staff. Based on November 2016 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyGreat Based on November 2016 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth Surveythis 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyThe 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyThe 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyFine 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyGood for delivery, recovery unit just meh. I think we had bad luck with the nurses assigned to us. Based on January 2017 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyMethodist 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyWould recommend, nurses are kind, attentive and incredibly helpful to first time parents. FYI- We had a private room. Based on Jan 2017 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth Surveygood experience Based on July 2016 birth experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyGreat 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
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyOverall 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyIt 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyHad a good experience at Methodist. A nice room to give birth in, friendly staff, even gluten-free meals. Based on April 2016 birthing experience
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyGood 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyA 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyMethodist 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyVery good Based on May 2016 birthing experience
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyI 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Surveyit 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyVery busy and feels a bit outdated but great staff Based on April 2016 birthing experience
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Surveythis 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyThis 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyExcellent. Commitment to breast-feeding, nurses and staff incredible kind. Based on May 2016 birthing experience
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyGreat - 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyThere 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyNurses were great, but had some challenges with the residents (they had just started the week I gave birth). Based on July 2016 birthing experience
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyReview 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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
Review submitted via the 2016 Birth SurveyRecommend? 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 MethodistThe 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 MethodistI 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyMethodist 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
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyBirthing 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyOur 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyWe 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
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyMy 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyGreat, 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyReview: 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyReview: 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyReview: 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyReview: 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyI 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.
Review submitted via 2015 Birth SurveyCannot 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 SurveyThis 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 SurveyI 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 SurveyReview: 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 SurveyReview: 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 SurveyReview: 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 SurveyReview: 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 SurveyRidiculously 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 SurveyOverall, 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 SurveyNurses, 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 ExperienceBirthing 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceNY 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 ExperienceMember 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 Methodisti 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 birthI 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 ClassesI 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).
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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!
(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!
(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!
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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
(no subject)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 2012I 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 2012REVIEW: 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 2012REVIEW: 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 2012REVIEW: 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 2012REVIEW: 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 2012REVIEW: 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
(no subject)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.
(no subject)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).
pediatric ultrasoundI was very happy ( given the circumstances ) with it. (Recommended, October 2010)
Birth Experience July 2010I 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.