Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

The "Big Latch On" Comes to HVHC

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 8, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center will participate in a world-wide event that links moms across the globe in simultaneous breastfeeding.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, the Hospital on August 1 at 10:30 a.m. will be part of “The Big Latch On”, an event started by the Women’s Health Action in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.

In the “Big Latch On” groups of women come together at registered locations across the globe to simultaneously breastfeed. Their participation is recorded in an attempt to break the worldwide record. Last year,14,536 children breastfed at the same time at 845 locations in 28 countries. Hudson Valley is the only location in Westchester County.

“Being a “Baby Friendly” Hospital that supports breastfeeding, we felt that this event would raise awareness in the community about the importance of breastfeeding to the health of the mom and baby,’’ said Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services. “
All breastfeeding women regardless of whether they delivered at our Hospital are invited to participate in this event and support breastfeeding.”

To participate, moms are invited to come to the Dempsey House at 1992 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY adjacent to the Hospital at 10 a.m. on August 1. The Latch-On will begin exactly at 10:30 a.m. Participants should bring blankets, pillows or cushions to sit on. Water and refreshments will be provided. To register for the event, visit Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s website at www.hvhc.org and look under events. For more information on the Big-Latch On, visit www.biglatchon.org.

Last year, the Hospital became the first in the region to be designated by the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly USA for excellence in maternity care and breastfeeding support.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, seeks to improve infant health by implementing a global best-practices program. Studies show that breastfeeding in infancy promotes good health throughout life. Baby-Friendly hospitals provide guidance in helping parents to make informed choices about how to feed and care for their babies.
Breastfeeding is known to fight disease, lower sick care visits and hospitalizations, and help develop strong bonds between mother and child. Evidence has demonstrated that breastfeeding also helps regulate respiration, temperature, glucose, and heart rates for babies, and helps speed childbirth recovery for moms as well as helping to fight obesity later in life.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center has one of the top breastfeeding support programs in the state and was presented with an award of excellence by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah in April 2011. HVHC is also the only Hospital and Birthing Center in Westchester and Putnam counties to be recognized for breastfeeding support by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

The Hospital has a breastfeeding support group that meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and offers prenatal education classes, private consultations, telephone triage and a new class on what to expect for grandmothers.

For more information on the breastfeeding programs at Hudson Valley Hospital Center call 734-3896 or visit www.hvhc.org.

 

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 8, 2014) – Having a happy, healthy baby and a good birth experience can’t be left to chance. It’s something that takes planning.

To help educate aspiring parents, Hudson Valley Hospital Center holds its annual “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair. This year, the Hospital will hold the event on May 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in a new location – at the Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard in Jefferson Valley.

Click here to Sign up for Daddy Olympics and win a $500 gift certificate. Space is limited.

Also new this year, is a fast-paced competition, “Daddy Olympics” in which prospective dads will compete to win a $500 gift certificate by completing a “parenting obstacle course” in the fastest time. Skills like diapering a baby doll and collapsing a stroller with one hand will be tested. Another timed event that was a big hit at last year’s fair will return again this year: “Speed Dating.” Couples will get to interview obstetricians, midwives and pediatricians in this one-on-one sit down with the area’s top providers. Not sure what to ask? Don’t worry. Questions will provided.
Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal/Child Health at HVHC, said that couples should do research on the type of birth they want and develop a birthing plan beforehand. When developing a plan they should consider birthing methods, midwives vs. obstetricians, pain management and the benefits of breastfeeding among other questions. Because birthing philosophies vary among hospitals and providers, it is wise to decide which philosophy best suits you before choosing a provider or a hospital.

The “Art of Having a Baby” Maternity Fair can help prospective parents with all of these questions. The day will also feature a baby gadget demonstration, children’s activities including a sing along with entertainers Gina & Stacey and vendors offering everything from educational information to baby-related products and services. There will be a refreshments, raffle prizes and giveaways.

For more information, call 914-734-3557 or read more at www.hvhc.org under Maternity or look for us on Facebook.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only hospital in Westchester and Putnam to be designated as a "Baby Friendly" Hospital by Baby Friendly USA. The hospital, which has a 90 percent exclusive breastfeeding rate, has received state and national recognition for its breastfeeding support programs. The hospital offers whirlpool tubs in every labor and delivery room.

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.

 

 

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Expectant Parents' Guide

Your Baby, Your Way. It’s not just a slogan. It’s a philosophy.

Meet the Experts at our Maternity Fair May 10 at the JV Mall.  Win a $500 gift certificate in the Daddy Olympics.

At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we work hard to educate prospective parents on preparing for their special day. Did you know that the hospital you choose may be the MOST important decision you will make when it comes to the birth of your baby?

Here are some key questions you should ask before choosing a Hospital.

- Do you require an Intravenous line?

Many hospitals require moms to be tied to an IV line once they enter the maternity floor. This inhibits movement, making it more difficult for moms to labor comfortably. Moms at HVHC can walk the halls, use the whirlpool tubs and engage in physical activity to encourage labor and faster birth.

- Do you allow outside support during the birth?

At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we recognize that families may want their own birth support. We not only allow Doulas or labor helpers, but encourage them.

- Will you work with me to develop and honor my birth plan?
Download a sample birth plan from our website and we will work with you to help you achieve all the goals you set out.

- Do you allow family/siblings to be there for the birth?

Our Hospital is one of the few to offer sibling birth classes so older siblings can be part of this special day and help to bring their brother/sister into the world. Family members are welcome during delivery.

- Do you have whirlpool tubs and can I have a water birth?
HVHC has whirlpool tubs in every labor and delivery room. Our moms are encouraged to labor in the tubs to ease labor pains and some choose to deliver in the tub.

- What options do you have for controlling pain?
At HVHC we encourage moms to deliver naturally, but if they choose pain medication we will support them with a full range of options, which includes not only traditional medications, epidurals etc., but alternatives such as acupuncture and guided meditation.

- If I have to have a Cesarean Section , can my baby remain with me?
At most hospitals if you have a Cesarean Section you will be separated from your baby. Not at HVHC. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center, our C-section rate is low. But even if you have one, we believe that mothers and babies should begin bonding immediately. Our mothers begin breastfeeding right in the operating room in what is called skin to skin bonding. Studies show that this not only helps babies acclimate to breastfeeding more quickly, but releases hormones in mom that can help her recover more quickly.

- Do you allow VBACs at your Hospital?

A VBAC stands for vaginal birth after Cesarean . For many years, it was common to think once a C-Section, always a C-Section. Mothers who delivered that way once were prevented from trying for a vaginal birth the second time. Some hospitals still follow this outdated rule. At HVHC, not only do we support moms who aspire to VBAC, but we encourage moms – even those who have had two C-sections – to try to deliver vaginally. Of course, the safety of mom and baby always comes first.

-What does your hospital do to support breastfeeding?

Many hospitals say they support breastfeeding, but HVHC goes above and beyond. Babies at HVHC room in with their moms. That way moms and babies are experts at breastfeeding before they leave the hospital. Not only does HVHC have a lactation consultant to advise moms in the hospital, but a dedicated phone assistance line that new moms can call once they return home. And they can get more support from the consultant and other moms at our breastfeeding support group that meets twice a month. Much of this is available in other hospitals, but we are the ONLY hospital in the region that is designated as a “Baby Friendly” hospital for our superior maternity and breastfeeding support programs.

- Aren’t all hospitals “Baby Friendly?”

The answer is a resounding no! Baby Friendly is a special designation given by the World Health Organization and Baby Friendly USA for excellence in maternity care and breastfeeding support. Only a small, selective group of hospitals nationwide have received this designation, and we are the only ones in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties. In order to become Baby Friendly, hospitals must meet a strict set of guidelines and requirements including:
-Completing a period of comprehensive training and preparation
- Providing new mothers with optimal care, information and instruction to successfully breastfeed or feed formula to their babies
- Undergoing a rigorous yearly review

What's your policy with twins?
At HVHC we specialize in multiple births. Many hospitals encourage C-Sections with twins. Not at HVHC. We believe that moms should have the option of delivering twins vaginally. If a C-Section is required, moms can still bond with her babies in operating room. We also have a Level II Neo-natal Intensive Care unit if the need should arsie so parents of multiples can feel safe and secure.

 

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 19, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Maternity Department got a special delivery on June 17, but not the usual kind.

The Girl Scout Community of Bronxville delivered baby supplies to the Maternity and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit collected at the Community of Bronxville annual Charity fundraiser on June 9. Mary Massa, Bronxville Girl Scout Community Chair, organized the event, which ended in a cowgirl themed party. 

This year, Hudson Valley Hospital Center was selected as one of the three charities to benefit. Girl Scout Troop #1507 in Bronxville collected the diapers, infant clothing and other supplies and delivered them to the Maternity Department.

“Thank you to the Girl Scouts for thinking of us and of the families who will benefit from their generosity,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Maternal Child Health at HVHC. “They and their leaders deserve a lot of credit for their efforts.’’

Photo caption: left to right: Girl Scouts Morgan Shanske and Victoria Chiulli, both Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop #1507 in Bronxville. 

 

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 11 April 2011 17:03

Maternity

Your Baby, Your Way

Having a baby shouldn't be a medical procedure. Having a baby is a joyous time to be shared with family and loved ones. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center we provide you with a birth experience that is the next best thing to having your baby at home. We are dedicated to giving expectant mothers the birth experience they choose – and working toward their comfort every step of the way.

Have questions? Read our Guide for Expectant Parents.

Our expert medical staff, plus our level II Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and neonatologists are on hand for your security and safety of your baby. We provide mothers and babies with top-quality care. We are the ONLY hospital in the region to be certified "Baby Friendly" by Baby Friendly USA and the World Health Organization for our superior care and for our comittment to making sure that mothers who choose to breastfeed have the best chance at success.

Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County families choose our hospital for many reasons. We support birth plans as unique as the babies we help bring into the world. We offer deliveries by obstetricians and midwives, we welcome doulas and we encourage you to keep the people you want at your side.

Our Labor and Delivery Suites offers five rooms that pair the comforts of home with state-of-the art equipment. We are the only area hospital to have a whirlpool tub in each birthing room to help speed up delivery and ease pain. In fact, our progressive center is one of the few that allows Water Births.

Our philosophy celebrates those first special moments of a baby’s life. We offer immediate “skin-to-skin” bonding time to all our patients, including those who deliver by Cesarean Section within the birthing suite. Hear from happy one of our parents.

New mothers later move to Private rooms that feel more like a hotel than a hospital. They can have their babies “room in,” knowing our caring staff will provide full support. And families can sleep well knowing that our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can care for many conditions that arise in premature and full-term babies.

Our approach is centered on the whole family: New dads can spend the night, and grandparents and siblings can be involved through special courses. From the first months of pregnancy through the weeks following birth, we provide a wealth of resources, including Birthing and lactation classes as well as support groups.

Hear what our families have to say.

Expectant parents can take a tour by calling 914-734-3258.

 

Information on how to prepare for your baby’s birth day

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