Harlem Hospital Center unveiled its new $2.5 million Birthing Center on April 28, 2004. The unit, provides family-centered, comprehensive care for women before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor and birth.
The new facility was made possible through $1.4 million in funding from Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Thanks to their generous gift to the community, Harlem Hospital Center now has been able to reorganize and modernize their Labor, Delivery and Recovery Unit services.
The Birthing Suite provides a high touch, low-tech environment that is nurturing and family-centered. The large rooms have a living room styled area with sofa, comfortable chairs, TV/CR and a play area. A home-like kitchen area with stove, refrigerator, table and chairs is also part of the Suite. Rooms are equipped with birth balls, birthing stools, rocking chairs, and cradles to enhance and compliment the birth experience. A Jacuzzi accompanies each bath area. Classrooms are nearby and will include a client lending library, educational literature displays and computer with Internet access. The location of the Birthing Suite will complement the services that have been the cornerstone of Harlem Hospital's services to maternal and newborn patients: Prenatal care, 24-hour telephone access, Labor, Birth and Post-partum care. Prenatal Comprehensive Access Program (PCAP), social work services, laboratory support, diagnostic testing and GYN services are also available.