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Maternity Services

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.

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St. Catherine of Siena Earns Highest CDC Marks for Breastfeeding

CDC Breatfeeding Recognition mPINC

St. Catherine of Siena Hospital received outstanding scores in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2018 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. The mPINC survey assesses maternity care practices and provides feedback to encourage hospitals to make improvements that better support breastfeeding.

A total of 2,045 U.S. hospitals participated in the national survey on newborn feeding practices. The U.S. total score average was 79, the Northeast Region average was 84 and similar sized U.S. hospitals scored 78. St. Catherine of Siena’s Maternity received a total score of 97—ranking well above the national average score. 

The total score average was achieved by independently scoring several categories including Immediate Postpartum Care, Rooming-In, Feeding Practices, Feeding Education, Discharge Support, and Institutional Management.

Woman and Child Services

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.

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.

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.

English Breastfeeding Bill of Rights      Spanish Breastfeeding Bill of Rights


You and Your Baby Support Groups

St. Catherine of Siena's Maternity Department offers a variety of support programs. Visit our Events Calendar for more information about upcoming programs. 

The Maternity Department also offers a free Mothers' Circle of Hope: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Support Group. Please call (631) 870-3444 to register or email

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.”