Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit
More than 3,000 babies are born each year at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. However each birth is special to us. We aim to make your birthing experience and stay on our Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit as comfortable as possible.
Jamaica Hospital’s Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit consist of 12-single labor rooms and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Our beautifully decorated recovery suites are spacious and provide a home-like environment and offer amenities such as private bathrooms, flat screen televisions, recliners and complementary telephone service. We have complimentary coffee in the waiting room with USB chargers for your guests’ convenience.
Rest assured that our highly trained staff of inter-disciplinary health professionals all share one common goal which is to provide you with the highest and safest level of care. We are a teaching hospital which means we have extra staff on hand to take care of your needs. Our students and residents are attentive and very knowledgeable doctors who are in their last stages of training. All hands are on deck to take care of your needs.
Our team includes:
- Board-certified obstetricians
- Certified nurse-midwives
- Obstetric anesthesiologists
- Labor and delivery nurses
- Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses
- Lactation specialists
Our diverse staff speaks many languages, if needed medical interpretation services are also available. We strive to understand your needs and provide a positive birthing experience.
Your Birthing Experience
When you arrive to Jamaica Hospital, you will be directed to our Triage, where we will assess your labor symptoms. If you are in labor, we will move you to your own private labor room.
We are passionate about family centered care and allow two guests and an additional coach to be by your bedside. Young siblings are welcome to stay for the delivery, although some children opt to wait outside until their sibling arrives. In that case, we ask an adult be present to supervise the child.
For normal deliveries, you will remain in your private labor room with your support team. For C-sections or other deliveries that require specialized care, we have a state-of-the-art operating room located on the unit.
Modern obstetric anesthesia care focuses on helping both mother and baby safely through the childbirth process. At Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, our team of OB Anesthesiologists is available 24/7 and is dedicated to making this process as pain-free as is safely possible. Learn more here. [LINK TO IN DEPTH PDF
After you have given birth, we continue to provide the quality care needed for your newborn’s healthy beginning. Your support team which includes certified lactation consultants and other health care professionals are available to help you recover and care for your baby. Jamaica Hospital is as designated Baby –Friendly® Hospital and we encourage breastfeeding because of the many health benefits it provides your baby.
Kangaroo Care or skin-to-skin is holding your baby against your bare chest to promote bonding and provide extra warmth. Mothers will be assisted by the Labor and Delivery staff to hold their baby skin to skin as soon as possible after the delivery, provided both mother and baby are stable. Skin-to-skin benefits include better breastfeeding success, calmer babies, better blood sugar levels and improved respiratory rates.
We have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and specially trained registered nurses available for breastfeeding support throughout your entire stay. We also offer ongoing individual instruction on bathing, feeding, developmental needs of the newborn and follow-up care for yourself and infant. Learn more about breastfeeding about Jamaica Hospital here.(link to breastfeeding)
Newborn Nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
In the event your baby should require specialized treatment, our dedicated and highly-trained neonatal intensive care team will monitor your baby’s health 24 hours a day. Our Newborn Nurseries and Neonatal Intensive Unit (NICU) provide cutting-edge services for prematurely born infants or full-term infants who are otherwise medically compromised. Learn more about our NICU