Richmond University Medical Center provides advanced health care in a relaxed and compassionate manner to the women of Staten Island. We deliver approximately 3,000 babies a year and our nurses have won the Johnson & Johnson Award for several years in a row. Our maternity suites offer superior accommodations for new moms. Our caring staff will make birthing your baby and the first bonding moments an experience you’ll always cherish in an environment you will truly enjoy.
Our recently renovated private rooms include new, state-of-the art beds, private refrigerators, reclining chairs, private baths and accommodations for the new father, all at a nominal fee.
Cost for the sessions is $125.00 total (payable by check or cash). Included in the classes are materials, snacks and goodies. We also tour Labor and Delivery and the Maternity Suites.
Our schedule of group classes accommodates most people, but Richmond University Medical Center also offers private classes/tour for your family at a cost of $500 for a total of five hours of training.
We reserve the right to cancel any program should there be an insufficient number of participants
With 40 bassinets, we care for 3,000 newborns annually. There are approximately 600 annual admissions to the our highly acclaimed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and we register a survival rate of 997.2 out of 1,000 births, saving babies weighing as little as 1.5 pounds. You can be confident that we’ll take the best care of you and your baby.
If you or someone you love is considered high-risk, you’ll be more secure knowing that our Center for Maternal/Fetal Medicine, under the direction of Michael Moretti, M.D., is staffed by high-risk prenatal specialists who manage pregnancies where diabetes, hypertension or genetic complications are factors. We take expert care of high-risk expectant mothers and their newborns. We also offer a unit where high-risk mothers-to-be, who are experiencing problems near the end of pregnancy, can be safely stabilized.
The center also assists couples who are immunologically incompatible, which could prevent the mother from carrying the pregnancy to term-and couples with recurrent pregnancy loss. We also offer 3-D ultrasound, which helps to foster maternal-fetal bonding and can lead to earlier detection of fetal abnormalities. It gives our fetal medicine specialists a “live” view of the fetus so they can better analyze fetal development.
At RUMC, we know how important it is for women making decisions regarding their pregnancy, and we strive to provide the most advanced health care in the most relaxed and compassionate setting. For more information on having your baby delivered here or for a free tour of the Birthing Center, please call 718- 818-4294.
A mother and her unborn child share a vital bond. The fetus absorbs nutrients from its mother. In this same way, it can also be exposed to harmful substances-some of which you may be storing in your medicine cabinet. Not all medications are safe to use while pregnant. And finding reliable information about them isn't always easy.
Nearly nine out of 10 women in the U.S. take at least one medication when they are pregnant. That includes prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for common ailments, such as colds,
heartburn, and muscle pain. What's more, a growing number of women are on these medications during the first three months of pregnancy, an important time in a fetus' development.
What might this mean for a baby's health? Unfortunately, experts aren't always sure. A few drugs, such as some that treat depression or skin problems, have been found to cause birth defects. Widely used OTC medications also may harm the fetus. Aspirin, for example, may impair the fetus' blood flow when taken in the last three months of pregnancy.
For many medications, though, safety information for mothers-to-be isn't well known. Why? Before a drug can be sold, the FDA requires the manufacturer to test its safety. As a precaution, these studies typically don't include pregnant women. Consequently, it isn't always clear how the medication may ultimately affect an unborn child.
Many pregnant women ask their health care provider about medication use. That's the best source of reliable information on drug safety. However, according to a recent survey, 60 percent of women worldwide also scour the Internet. And unfortunately, their search results may be misleading.
In a recent study, researchers performed their own Internet search for lists of medications safe to use while pregnant. They pinpointed 25 sites with such postings. None of the sites included harmful drugs on their lists. But many failed to mention how little is actually known about drugs labeled as safe. Researchers concluded that these lists may falsely assure women of a medication's safety.
Always talk with your health care provider to find out more information.
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The Best Medication Choice
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, here are tips to help you make an informed choice about medication use:
• Always check with your health care provider first before taking any medications, including those available over the counter.
• Never stop taking a medication without first consulting your health care provider. Some pregnant women need certain medications to manage conditions such as diabetes or asthma. In these situations, not using a drug may endanger mother and baby. With your provider, you can carefully weigh the benefits and risks.
• Avoid herbal or dietary supplements. Like many medications, little is known about how they may affect a mother-to-be or her fetus.
• Read the label. A drug will list any known risks for pregnant women.
• Consult a pregnancy exposure registry. These ongoing studies track how certain medications interact with pregnant women. Find more details here: www.fda.gov/pregnancyregistries
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