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MATERNITY SERVICES

New Beginnings Start at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center


Maternity Services Mission

The goal of St. Catherine of Siena’s family-centered care services is to obtain the best possible healthy outcomes for you and your family. We are committed to meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Your mother-baby nurse will provide care to meet your family's needs while respecting your cultural beliefs.

Our focus is to make your birth experience a joyous occasion. We strive to offer the best care possible providing education, support and resources for your growing family. As a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, our Mission is to create an environment of healing and compassion, to offer care to those in need and to provide a spirit of mutual respect while upholding our religious mission.

-Sincerely, Mary Ann Gulutz, RN-C, MS Director of Maternity Services

Please click here for the brochure introducing "The Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine"

 


Infant Safety Program

Your infant's safety is very important. To help maintain this safe environment for your family, you will be invited to participate in the Infant Safety Program. When your baby is brought to you, your nurse checks your identification band with that of your infant's. Only the mother, father or significant other wearing the ID band matching the infant may transport the infant from the Nursery to the patient's room. Woman and Child Care Center staff wears a unique red heart which identifies them as members of staff. NEVER leave your baby unattended in your room. If you need to leave the room, please contact your dedicated nurse.


Labor and Delivery

The unit has five birthing rooms (labor/delivery/recovery), two operating rooms, and a recovery room for mothers recovering from a cesarean section. Antepartum testing and monitoring is also performed. Anesthesia services are available 24-hours a day for pain relief during and after childbirth. All of our labor and delivery staff are highly trained and experienced. This will assure an exceptional birthing and bonding experience for all of our families.


Lactation Services

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is proud to offer lactation counseling services. This service is free-of-charge and can be invaluable if you are trying to establish successful breastfeeding. We encourage breastfeeding as soon after delivery as possible. All of our nurses are qualified to assist our mothers with breastfeeding. Many of our staff are Certified Breastfeeding Counselors, including one designated lactation
nurse, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The new seven-bed unit is designed to provide specialized care for your newborn. We care for babies who are born premature, at a low birth weight, or who may have medical problems at birth and require close monitoring. Our dedicated staff includes skilled registered nurses and 24-hour neonatology services.


Newborn Nursery

We have recently renovated our nursery with the capacity for 24 newborns. Your newborn will be cared for by a St. Catherine of Siena pediatrician. Our experienced nurses will instruct you and your partner on caring for and feeding your baby. Prior to discharge Hepatitis B vaccination (as recommended by the New York State Department of Health) is offered; New York State mandated Newborn Metabolic
Screening (to help identify rare metabolic diseases); is performed; all newborns are screened for jaundice and receive a newborn hearing screening.


Postpartum

The new unit has been updated with private rooms to further complement our non-separation goal and enhance the family-centered experience. After your delivery and recovery, you will be transferred to our postpartum unit. Each one of our beautifully renovated rooms has its own bathroom with a shower. The skilled nurses of the postpartum unit look forward to making your recovery process a comfortable and memorable experience.


Rooming In

The goal is non-separation. Rooming is recommended, encouraged and supported by all our staff. This will give optimal opportunity for greater recovery and bonding for you, your baby and your entire family.

At St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center our staff is dedicated to providing family-centered care through honoring and respecting the values and cultures of each of our families. Our goal at St. Catherine is to improve and maintain the health and well-being of mothers, babies and their families. We offer many informational/educational programs to help you to have a satisfying birth experience and beyond. St. Catherine provides perinatal education classes and support groups.


Support for You & Your Baby


NEW BEGINNINGS INFORMATIONAL SESSION

...to prepare you for a family-friendly, rooming-in experience at St. Catherine. Includes a tour of St. Catherine’s Maternity Department and pre-admission registration.


PRENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS

...to begin breastfeeding.
Facilitated by international board certified lactation consultant.


Lactation Support Group

...about advanced breastfeeding.
Facilitated by international board certified lactation consultant.


Family & Friends CPR/Infant only

...about the lifesaving procedure.


Grandparents Class

...about being a new grandparent, with updates on caring for the modern baby.


Infant Care Class

...about caring for your newborn.


For more information about these programs, please call (631) 870-3444.

Mothers’ circle of hope postpartum depression support group. A 10-week program for women experiencing depression during pregnancy or postpartum. The free group offers emotional  support and educational information. Please call (631) 862-3330 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hear what others are saying about
St. Catherine’s Maternity Services

“My entire experience was a positive one! Thank you from the bottom of my
heart!”

“They have an excellent security system for the baby.”

“I wanted a natural birth, the nurse was excellent suggesting various positions and giving me a lot of encouragement. I would not have done it without her support. “

“Everyone was very helpful, informative and professional. I am very
Satisfied with the services and feel my child and I were in safe hands.”

“I loved everyone’s attention to me, my baby and my husband. I love this hospital.”

“Your patience, dedication and encouragement are greatly appreciated.
Thanks to you I am still breastfeeding!”

“My son was in Special Care. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the nurses. They were kind, caring and very helpful.”

“This is the hospital I trust and recommend to anyone who lives nearby and is having a baby.”

“The Lactation Support Group was a very valuable experience and I would recommend to mothers.”

“I will never forget the Mother’s Circle of Hope group. It was pivotal in my recovery. It was a “lifesaver” for me to know that others were experiencing the same feelings. The staff was so skilled and compassionate.”

“Prenatal classes made parenting a lot less scary. Thank you for your continuous loving guidance and honest support.”