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Your Birthing Choices at Cayuga Medical Center

Your Birthing Choices at Cayuga Medical Center

Maternal Child Health Unit Services

Room With a View!

At Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, new mothers and their families are offered maximum flexibility and individualized care centered around the patient's own birth plan. Very few interventions are "routine." Rather, decisions about care are made with the patient and her family throughout her stay as needs arise.

In almost all situations, mother and baby are cared for in the same room by a single nurse (sometimes referred to as "mother-baby nursing" or "couplet care"). Traditional nursery care (out of the mom's room) is always available for any period of time, if the mother desires.

Except for cesarean section, all of our deliveries take place in a birthing bed, in a private LDRP (labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum care) room. These lovely rooms overlooking Cayuga Lake enable mothers to labor, deliver, and stay with their baby in the same room until discharge. Some mothers are moved to a postpartum room at some point after birth for the remainder of their stay. We also welcome partners to spend the night when private accommodations are available.

We believe new mothers and their families should have a choice about who they would like to have visit them and when. For this reason, we encourage moms to put a note on their door to state their wishes, announce their birth, or request no disturbance.

Tours, Classes, and Workshops

Prenatal tours of the unit and information sessions are offered weekly to the public. Arrangements can be made at any time to meet privately to tour or discuss any special concerns. In addition, several workshops are offered to prepare new families, including big brothers and big sisters, for the birth and care of their new baby. 

  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Siblings are Special  
  • Breastfeeding Preparation
  • Infant Care and Safety

Highly Rated

Cayuga Medical Center is compared annually to other facilities in New York State by the Regional Perinatal Data System and the New York State Department of Health. The percentage of breastfeeding mothers at Cayuga Medical Center is consistently rated among the top hospitals, and is often the highest in the state. We are very proud of this and work hard to support breastfeeding.

The Maternal-Child Unit continues to offer VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). This is an option that is no longer offered at many hospitals.

If you would like more information on your birthing choices at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, please contact:

Terry MacCheyne, RN, director of Maternal-Child Health, Cayuga Medical Center at  (607) 274-4011


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