After Your Baby is Born
Well Newborn Care
In addition to your pediatrician seeing your baby, our mother/baby staff will provide your baby with the very best of care. All of our professional nursing staff is here to assist you and your family in caring for your new baby. If you have chosen a pediatrician who is not on staff at Staten Island University Hospital you will need to choose or one will assigned from our attending or pediatric hospitalist staff while you are here.
Family Centered Care - "Rooming In"
In our efforts to promote family centered maternity care, we encourage 24-hour rooming-in for all mothers and babies. Your baby remains with you in your hospital room so that you can learn your baby's cues and care while our nursing staff is available to provide support and instruction as needed.
Every newborn at SIUH receives the following health screening tests:
- New York State Newborn Screening Program (blood specimen)
Newborn Intensive Care
SIUH is home to a state-designated Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the treatment of premature and distressed infants. A member of our staff of Board-certified neonatologists is on site 24 hours a day and our neonatal team attends all Cesarean and high-risk deliveries, provides consultation to the Labor Unit and well-newborn services, and provides direct care to all patients in our NICU.
The NICU is a state-of-the-art facility designed to handle complex care for premature and high-risk infants and those with congenital problems. And because SIUH is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the resources of the world-renowned Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Hospital are available to you and your baby should the need arise for neonatal surgery or other specialized care.
When your baby is born, his/her footprints and your index fingerprint will be recorded. This, together with special I.D. bands for you, your baby, and your significant other, assures positive identification.
SIUH has an infant security system installed in the maternity unit. All visitors must be buzzed in and out of the mother/baby unit.
The "Newborn Channel," our special Maternity Education channel, is offered free to our patients. The channel broadcasts programming in both Spanish and English 24 hours a day. Additional television service is available in your room for a nominal fee. Please call extension 9214 to make the necessary arrangement.
Our Department of Social Services is available to assist you if you have a special need that can't be addressed by your physician or nurse. For more information, please call (718) 226-9170.