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Women's and Children's Services

Sophisticated, compassionate, patient-focused care is the hallmark of maternity, gynecology and pediatric services at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. We're committed to providing the high-quality clinical services and personalized care that women expect and deserve for themselves and for their children.

Women's and Children's Services

About Us

We offer a full range of healthcare services for women and children including:

  • Board-certified physicians and experienced, dedicated staff including perinatologists who specialize in high-risk pregnancies.
  • Sophisticated OB/GYN services such as comprehensive ultrasound and robotic gynecological surgery.
  • A Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) providing advanced care for premature babies as young as 28 weeks old -- seven-days-a-week, 24 hours a day.
  • A Maternal/Fetal Medicine Unit offering special testing and care for high-risk patients.
  • Highly trained midwives providing a unique birthing experience and gynecological services.
  • Comprehensive pediatric care for infants, children and adolescents. Many of our services for women and children are available at our convenient, state-of-the-art satellite facilities in Branford and Shelton.

Maternity Care - Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus

Maternity Care

Recognized as one of the nation's leading facilities for newborns, Yale-New Haven Hospital's comprehensive maternity services are designed to fit the individualized needs of moms, babies and families. Find out more about the care you'll receive on the Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. 


Maternity Care - Yale-New Haven Hospital

Maternity Care

Recognized as one of the nation's leading facilities for newborns, Yale-New Haven Hospital's comprehensive maternity services are designed to fit the individualized needs of moms, babies and families. Find out more about the care you'll receive at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

We are focused on providing patient- and family-centered care is provided by both our community-based physicians and the hospital's clinical practices, which are composed of obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The skill and compassion of our inpatient nurses and clinicians also plays a critical role in providing state-of-the-art, high-touch care.

With the opening of the Vidone Birth Center in January 2011, made possible by a $1 million gift by Dr. Romeo Vidone and his family in memory of the late Lena B. Vidone., we welcome families into the completely renovated lobby and waiting room, a dedicated family area in the postpartum unit, a state-of-the-art nurses' station and spa-like services for new moms.

At Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, our physicians and other clinical staff members bring compassion that is key to healing and an integral part of the patient experience. We are so pleased you decided to learn more about our services, and look forward to caring for you and your family.

Labor and Delivery

We provide a patient- and family-centered environment with comprehensive care for every expectant mother. Our full range of services includes prenatal classes, labor suites, post-partum care and a special care nursery. In addition, we have a newborn intensive care unit, as well as a transitional nursery for those infants who need specialized care and attention.

The Labor and Delivery Unit is a nine-bed unit with six birthing rooms, one triage room and two operating suites. The delivery team individualizes the expectant mother's plan of care to make sure we meet her needs. Trained in the latest delivery methods, we offer labor support and 24-hour, in-house anesthesia services to make the expectant mother's experience as comfortable as possible.

As a patient- and family-centered hospital, we encourage the expectant mother to have a support person to assist her as her labor coach and share the birth experience. We also allow siblings to be involved in the birth process as long as they have attended the hospital's special classes and meet the criteria.

For more information about Labor and Delivery, please call 203.789.3461.

Post-Partum

After the birth, mothers are given time to bond and breastfeed, if desired. Then, the mother is prepared for her post-partum stay. Our Post-Partum Unit is an 11-bed unit with private rooms. The baby's father or someone significant in the mother's life is encouraged to stay and be part of the hospital experience. We also encourage rooming in -- keeping the baby in the hospital room during the post-partum stay.

Caring for a new baby under the guidance of skilled nurses provides the optimal learning experience and prepares parents for the transition from hospital to home. If the mother prefers some time alone, the baby may be taken to the unit's nursery and cared for by the skilled nursing staff.

Visiting Hours

Our visiting hours are from 11 am to 8 pm daily. Visits by children are limited to siblings and other children of the patient.

Classes

We offer a number of classes to help families prepare for the upcoming arrival of a new baby. Find out more about these and other programs in our Childbirth Education section.

Maternal/Fetal Medicine

The Maternal/Fetal Medicine Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus offers a variety of prenatal diagnostic tests and services to ensure both mother and baby receive proper care during pregnancy. The unit is staffed by a multidisciplinary team specializing in obstetrical ultrasounds and fetal assessment, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound machine with color Doppler.

Our team cares for mothers-to-be with:

  • High-risk pregnancies
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Pre-gestational or gestational diabetes
  • Maternal high blood pressure
  • Other chronic medical conditions
  • A history of loss of the pregnancy due to an incompetent cervix.

Among our specialized services are:

  • High-risk pregnancy consultation and management
  • Targeted ultrasound: This ultrasound allows a more detailed evaluation of the fetus, showing any structural or anatomic abnormalities. This scan also can assess blood flow to the baby's heart and brain.
  • Amniocentesis: Can show chromosomal abnormalities, certain structural problems, Rh incompatibility and other conditions.
  • Genetic consultation
  • Fetal echocardiogram: Ultrasound is used to examine the heart of the fetus.
  • First-trimester testing: A prenatal screening test, performed between week 11 and 14 to predict the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome. The test utilizes an ultrasound to measure the nuchal fold (a small pocket of fluid on the back of the baby's neck) and a few drops of blood from the mother.
  • Genetic counseling: A specially trained medical staff member can discuss with potential parents their chances of having a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect, as well as testing and treatment options.    

Appointments with the unit are made by referral through your primary obstetrician or midwife.

For more information about the Maternal/Fetal Medicine Unit, please call 203.789.6273.

Newborn Intensive Care Unit

With a highly trained and specialized staff, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) delivers advanced care for premature babies (born as early as the 28 week of pregnancy) and those who are ill and need specialized care. The NICU team includes three full-time neonatologists, several neonatal physician assistants and neonatal nurse practitioners. The team also works with respiratory therapists, case managers, pharmacists, social workers, lactation consultants and pediatric specialists to provide the very best care for your baby.

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight less than 5.5 pounds, or have a medical condition that requires special care. Premature infants often suffer from respiratory problems. Twins, triplets and other multiples are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born early and smaller. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections and birth defects, and jaundice problems are also cared for in the NICU.

The NICU practices patient- and family-centered care. This concept places parents on the same team as the neonatologist, nurses, therapists and other support members. The NICU staff encourages parents to be involved in each step and we offer rooming in for the newborn. Parents and grandparents have 24-hour access to their baby.

For more information about the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, please call 203.789.3383.

Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy

Eligible women needing a hysterectomy have the option of choosing minimally invasive robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System. This amazing, state-of-the-art machine offers improved surgical accuracy, better patient outcomes and less post-operative pain. Robotic hysterectomy patients are typically able to go home as early as the day after their surgery -- a stark contrast to the typical three- to four-day hospital stay for a conventional hysterectomy procedure -- and are back to normal activities in about two weeks, rather than the traditional four to six.

Other gynecological surgeries

The da Vinci system can also be used for minimally invasive forms of other normally extensive gynecological surgeries, including ovary, ovarian cyst and fibroid tumor removal. For more information, please speak with your physician or call 203.789.3661.

Menopause Center

The Menopause Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus was established to address the needs of women over the age of 40 who might be experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, such as hot flashes, irregular periods, day/night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, depression, urinary problems and sexual difficulties. The Center is run by a team of physicians board certified in women's health, including resident physicians, allied health professionals, nutritionists, social workers and nursing and bilingual support staff.

Services offered at the Menopause Center include:

  • Complete check-ups
  • Tests such as cholesterol, thyroid function screening and Pap smear
  • Diet and exercise counseling
  • Referrals for mammograms and bone density testing
  • Hormone replacement therapy

The center currently accepts Medicare, Connecticut HUSKY and Medicaid, including Blue Care Family Plan, Health Net, Community Health Network and First Choice of Connecticut. Financial assistance is available for the uninsured.

The Center is located on the second floor of the Orchard Medical Center in Outpatient Services. It is open every Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm.

For more information, please call 203.789.3151.

Community Support

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus offers a number of programs that support the community, including New Haven Healthy Start, Nurturing Families Network and Project MotherCare.

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