Let us introduce you to Village Maternity. We would be delighted to attend you through your pregnancy and birth!
We are a group practice of experienced, empathetic, and accommodating midwives. Our philosophy is that the mother is having the baby. Our job is to help her. We are a source of information and support but the mother is the leader. Of course if you are floundering we are there with comfort and suggestions, and if there is the potential for harm we are responsible for the safety of your birth, but mostly we believe mothers know instinctively how to do this. All the high-tech benefits of modern obstetrics are available in our practice. We offer advanced genetic testing, sonograms, consultations with Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists, epidurals on demand, but not all of these things are needed or even desirable in every case. The choices are yours.
Prenatal visits are in our private office on W 12th St. When you are ready to give birth the midwife will meet you at Metropolitan Hospital on the Upper East Side.
Metropolitan Hospital deserves special mention. It has the lowest cesarean delivery rate of any hospital in Manhattan with outcomes equivalent or better. The large Labor-Delivery rooms have showers for hydotherapy, inhaled nitrous oxide for pain management, telemetry so you can move about freely even if you need continuous electronic fetal monitoring. There is a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and also an ACOG Board Certified attending obstetrician available any time the midwife needs assistance with a problem during the birth.
The hospital is accredited Baby-Friendly, a World Health Organization designation promising no separation of mother and baby except for medical indications. Breastfeeding is promoted and facilitated with a full time lactation consultant. All staff have special training in assisting you to breastfeed. You and your baby will have a private room together with a pull-out couch for the father or other support person who wishes to spend the night. There are no visiting hours or restrictions for your chosen support team.
If all this sounds good to you please contact us by phone or email for further discussion and to schedule a tour of the hospital. We look forward to speaking with you!