Birthing Services

Labor and Delivery Suite
Labor and Delivery is located on the 2nd floor at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus. When your arrive, you will be seen by the admitting clerk /registrar who will ask you for personal and insurance information.

Next, you will be taken to the triage area where you will be examined by one of our staff and admitted. At Staten Island University Hospital we promote family-centered care. All of our labor rooms are private birthing rooms, allowing you to labor and deliver in the same room. Mother and support person will experience an uninterrupted birth process by remaining in the room for the duration of the mother's labor, delivery, and recovery period.

Limited visiting in Labor and Delivery
Friends and family may wait for the arrival of your baby in the maternity waiting room on the second floor.

Pain Management
SIUH offers many options for managing the pain of labor. Using breathing and relaxation techniques directed by the nursing staff helps to decrease anxiety and pain. Medications are also available as well as epidural analgesia.

Cesarean Section
Some of our mothers will deliver by Cesarean section. At SIUH, we are proud to boast that we have one of the lowest Cesarean section rates in New York State. There are two operating rooms contained in Labor and Delivery and staffed round the clock for any emergencies. A team of medical professionals can be mobilized in minutes to perform an emergency Cesarean Section if necessary.

As your baby is delivered your doctor or midwife will place your baby directly on your chest. This is called skin-to-skin contact and is so important to helping your baby adapt to life outside the womb. Skin-to-skin contact helps regulate your baby's temperature, glucose level and promotes bonding and breastfeeding.


Leave Valuables at Home
Please do not bring jewelry or valuables with you to the hospital. They can easily become lost during necessary transfers from the labor/delivery room to the room where you will stay after delivery. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for these items.

Visiting Accommodations - On Maternity Unit
For more information about our new Open Visitation Policy, please visit Help in Healing - Visitor Accommodations.

Room Accommodations
A majority of the rooms on the postpartum unit are semi-private and accommodate two patients. Private rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at an additional charge that is not covered by insurance carriers. Your request for one of these rooms can only be made at the time of your admission. Your preference will be honored, if possible. However, your care and service will be identical regardless of your room accommodations.

What to Bring With You
After you have been assigned a specific room, please have a family member or friend bring the following items to the hospital for you:

  • Personal hygiene articles.
  • Robe and slippers.
  • Nightgowns and undergarments. The hospital furnishes gowns, but many patients prefer to bring their own.
  • If you plan to nurse your baby, bring nursing bras.
  • Clothing for baby to wear when he or she goes home.
  • You may, if you wish, keep a bag containing cosmetics, toothbrush, etc., in the labor room.
  • Infant car seat for day of discharge.

Telephone Calls
Due to patient confidentiality, while you are in labor no information pertaining to your condition will be provided by telephone. However, a telephone is available to you or your coach to keep family members apprised of how things are progressing.

If you are bothered by telephone calls, you may advise our switchboard of the problem and request their assistance.