Women’s and Children’s Health

Our Women’s and Children’s Health nurses foster strong bonds between mothers, fathers and children.

Hear Her Story MARIE RN, Staff Nurse, Labor and Delivery

NewYork-Presbyterian is a recognized leader in high-risk and critical-care obstetric and gynecologic services, diagnosis, treatment and research. Our team of nationally recognized nurses works side-by-side with a highly committed team of physicians and other professionals. By joining our team, you can also enjoy a unique opportunity in a special time: the birth experience.

Our nurses are required to be certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Nurses on labor and delivery have presented at conferences and have received both regional and national awards.

Advancing Safety
You’ll find our obstetrics nurses on the forefront of advancing safety, ensuring positive outcomes in delivery. Our OB Safety Nurses represent a critical front line in our OB Safety Initiative. By partnering with our risk-retention group and other academic medical centers across the Northeast, we are adopting best practices and actionable patient safety strategies.

True Diversity
We serve a diverse patient population, and every effort is made to meet the cultural and spiritual needs of our patients and their families. We face the challenges and issues at hand with sensitivity and responsiveness. With transfers from many of our local and affiliate hospitals, our nurses are committed to providing compassionate and outstanding care.

Where We Work:

NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital provides exemplary obstetrical and gynecological services. We provide comprehensive care for over 2,400 women before, during and after childbirth each year. For labor and delivery, we offer a family-centered approach to care—from the moment the patient enters the labor and delivery suite until she is discharged home with her baby. We also offer women in the community treatment for a full range of gynecological conditions.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has more than a century of experience in providing excellence in women’s healthcare. We offer a wide scope of services that address every healthcare phase of a woman’s lifetime, from pre-reproductive care through the childbearing and post-menopausal years.

The Center for Women’s Reproductive Care (CWRC), one of the first fertility programs in the New York area, is a national leader in treating women over the age of 40. We care for around 1,000 women a year, over half of whom achieve a successful pregnancy. The Center for Women’s Health boasts exceptional medical teams, with experts in over 15 medical subspecialties—including Egg Donor, Male Infertility and Reproductive Surgery programs.

Advanced infertility care at CWRC involves an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers and embryologists, all of whom are committed to high-quality care and research. These attributes have made us one of the largest, longest-standing and most successful fertility centers in the nation.

Mothers and babies of Lower Manhattan know that NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital is their trusted partner for a healthy, healing labor and delivery experience. Our nurses meet the clinical, cultural and emotional needs of families in our care, annually delivering over 3,000 babies. Our motto: “Caring for the whole mother.”

Here, nurses work closely with Board-certified Obstetricians, Gynecologists, subspecialists and midwives to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. Our Center for Female Continence and Pelvic Health specializes in restoring quality of life for patients, while the Center for Breast Health provides minimally invasive biopsy, mammography, and state-of-the-art surgical services. The first Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) procedure took place at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, using a patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast following mastectomy.

We also provide state-of-the-art care for high acuity newborns within our Level 2 Neonatal ICU. In 2011, the NICU nursing team won first place in the prestigious Quality Symposium conducted by NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System for our performance improvement project "Implementing Quality and Safety in the NICU While Increasing the Acuity of the Patient Population."

The Sloane Hospital for Women is the obstetrics and gynecology service within NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Many hospitals are only able to treat high-acuity mothers or high-acuity infants. We are equipped to care for both at the same time. We are a New York State Department of Health designated Regional Perinatal Center, dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise to care for women with high-risk pregnancies.

Our Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a leading center for the management of critically ill newborn infants. We use the latest technology and therapies available to offer the smallest of our patients the best chance for survival. About 70% of our NICU patients are born at the Sloane Hospital for Women, while 30% of infants are transferred from other hospitals. Every year, hundreds of newborn babies a year are transferred to our NICU from hospitals in the Greater New York metropolitan region.

Our NICU nurses, who have received the highest nursing team award from Advance for Nurses magazine, are experienced and highly trained in a range of medical, technological and surgical interventions.

The Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center is staffed by specialists in all areas of women’s health with a special emphasis on preventive medicine, nutrition, breast cancer, osteoporosis, menopause and infectious disease. In addition, the Center for Reproductive Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center treats more than 1,200 couples annually, with success rates nearly double the national average.

Our 50-bed, Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides a wide range of newborn services specially tailored for individualized care of extremely premature neonates and newborn infants requiring medical or surgical intervention, in a family-centered environment. Nurses collaborate with attending neonatatologists, neonatal fellows, pediatric residents and a team of neonatal nurse practitioners. In addition, nursing specialists work with a full complement of pediatric sub-specialty consultants to help transfer neonates from multiple hospitals in the Greater New York region.

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Prerequisites for Women’s and Children’s Health

  • Clinical Nurses:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing preferred

  • Nurse Leaders:
  • Master’s in Nursing or related field required
  • Certification highly recommended

Cutting Edge Technology
As part of our state-of-the art care, we perform specialized procedures such as radio-frequency ablation and fetoscopic selective laser photocoagulation for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). TTTS is the disproportionate transfer of blood from one twin to another when both twins share a placenta. This complication can result in high mortality for the undernourished twin.

The fetoscopic selective laser photocoagulation reduces TTTS by blocking its developmental sequence. One of our experienced nurses said, “I never believed that I actually would be caring for all the rare fetal/maternal conditions and highly specialized procedures I read about in the OB text. It is both mind-boggling and fulfilling.”

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