Compassionate Expertise and Support
At Catholic Health, we support expectant mothers and their family members through the entire pregnancy journey from preparing for baby's arrival to postpartum support. Our team of dedicated experts treat families the way we would want our own families to be treated—with compassion and excellent care.
All Catholic Health hospitals with obstetric services offer classes and support groups across Long Island for expectant mothers and family members, including infant CPR, Lamaze, hospital tours, breastfeeding and lactation, and mental and physical care.
Good Samaritan University Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)
Babies born premature or critically ill require advanced medical care immediately after delivery. Catholic Health hospitals with obstetric services feature Level II to Level III NICUs overseen by our board-certified neonatologists and physicians with training and expertise to treat sick newborns and premature infants.
Our NICU team includes skilled and professional neonatal nurses whose around-the-clock nursing care gives peace of mind to parents. After a baby leaves the NICU, our team continues to provide care to our “NICU graduates” through neonatal outpatient programs.
- Good Samaritan University Hospital (West Islip, NY). Level III NICU—the highest level NICU on the south shore of Suffolk County. Level III units offer 24/7 coverage by neonatologists and are supported by pediatric specialists.
- Mercy Hospital (Rockville Centre, NY). Level III NICU.
- St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY). Level II NICU.
Classes & Tours
Classes at Good Samaritan University Hospital (West Islip, NY)
Programs offered include:
- Caring for your baby
- Breastfeeding your baby
- Breastfeeding cafe
- "First time around" prepared childbirth class (Lamaze)
- "Second time around" prepared childbirth class (Lamaze)
- Breast pump rentals
- Infant massage
- Maternity tours
- Grandparents class
- Big brother, big sister class
- Early pregnancy classes
- Mother's Circle of Hope
- New mother gathering place
Good Samaritan University Hospital offers free–anytime, anywhere–online parent education designed to give convenient access to valuable information from the comfort of home. This educational program, powered by YoMingo®, includes the tools and support needed at every stage during pregnancy. It is available in 13 languages.
YoMingo® gives access to:
- Information on prenatal care, labor and birth, adjusting to parenthood, breastfeeding, and newborn care with videos and interactive tools
- List of available classes and support groups
- Kick counter, contraction timer, personal journal, feeding log, immunization log and other useful tools
YoMingo® is available on any device with an internet connection and can be downloaded on a mobile app store by searching for “myYoMingo.”
Classes & Tours at St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY)
Call 631-474-3700 for more information and to register for our Maternity Programs:
- Maternity Tour: Offered on the third Saturday of each month.
- Childbirth Class. Offered on Saturday or Sunday.
- Newborn Parenting 101 Class. Offered on the second Tuesday of each month.
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. Offered on the first Monday of each month.
- Lactation Support Group. Offered every Thursday.
- Family & Friends CPR. Offered on the first Saturday of each month.
All classes are held in-person at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. Dates and times are subject to change.
Classes & Tours at Mercy Hospital (Rockville Centre, NY)
If you or a loved one are afraid, alone or unable to cope with caring for your newborn, turn to a Catholic Health Safe Haven. We have Safe Havens at all of our hospitals. Visit any of our emergency departments, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
On July 18, 2000, New York state signed into law the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, which made it legal for a mother to leave her baby at a Safe Haven within the first five days of life and ensured the mother would not be prosecuted for abandonment and established that police would not investigate.
The child promptly receives medical attention and Child Protective Services will ensure the child finds a home.
When a mother arrives at a Catholic Health hospital with the child, she is not required to provide information. For the baby’s benefit, she may offer information about her family medical history. This information can be provided then or the mother may opt to complete a questionnaire and return it by mail. All information will be kept confidential and the mother’s identity will be protected. The baby, and the mother (if requested), will receive medical treatment.