No other event in life is as moving as the birth of your baby. At St. Charles, we understand how important this event is and will do everything we can so that you have a rewarding, safe and healthy experience.
St. Charles Hospital's Maternal/Child unit welcomes more than 1,600 new lives each year. We are proud to offer a technologically advanced yet comfortable home-like environment for our families. St. Charles Hospital's obstetrical wing includes six state-of-the-art modern birthing rooms, two state-of-the-art operating rooms, twenty-two maternity beds and six neonatology bassinets. Both the structure of the obstetrical wing and our nursing team approach encourages mother-baby bonding in a family setting. With more than thirty obstetricians on staff and an outstanding reputation for quality of care for both moms and babies, our Maternal/Child unit attracts residents well beyond our primary service area.
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Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
With its highly trained and expert staff, the NICU delivers advanced care for babies born prematurely or with medical issues. The unit features six fully equipped special-care beds. Advanced care in the NICU is provided by an interdisciplinary team and includes a neonatologist (a pediatrician with specialized training in premature or ill babies), neonatal nurse practitioners present in the NICU 24 hours a day/7 days a week, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and occupational/physical therapists.
Choices available to you when you have your baby at St. Charles:
- Individual care with your private physician
- Labor, delivery and recovery in one room
- Ambulation during labor
- Private rooms complete with bath, phone and TV
- Your support person present during labor and c-section
- 24-hour anesthesia coverage
- Spinal/epidural analgesia for labor
- Spinal/epidural anesthesia for c-sections
- Mother/baby care at your bedside
- Individualized instructions on baby care and feeding
- Positive, helpful approach to breastfeeding
- Certified lactation consultant on staff
- Social service assistance
Your Baby's First Photograph
Your baby will have his or her first photograph taken at the hospital. You will be provided with a code to enter a secure link on our website to view and/or order your baby's picture. Information about photographs will be given to you by our nursing staff.
Visiting Hours are as follows:
||10:00 am - 10:00 pm
|Grandparents and siblings of the newborn
||2:00 - 4:00 pm
||7:30 - 8:30 pm
Infant Car Seats
New York state law requires that all children under the age of four years ride in an approved car seat. We cannot discharge any newborn without the availability of an infant car seat. If you already own an infant car seat, please have a family member bring it to the hospital the day of your discharge so you can safely and comfortably secure your baby. Our nursing staff will be happy to answer your questions.
Your experience in our Maternal Child unit will be supported by our compassionate and caring staff of Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants and Certified Technicians
If you decide to breastfeed, you may request a visit by a Certified Lactation Consultant who will provide you with private one-on-one instruction and answer all your questions
Supporting our nursing team are clinical professionals from Cardiopulmonary, Rehabilitation, Laboratory, Radiology, Nutritional Services and Pharmacy
For more information on the Maternal/Child Unit please call (631) 474-6215.