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Birthing Center

Birthing Centers

The Most Awarded Birthing Center in Rockland and Orange Counties 

Healthgrades Honors:


  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™
  • Recognized by Healthgrades in 2018 for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery
  • Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery in 2018
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery in 2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)


  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™
  • Recognized by Healthgrades in 2018 for Superior Performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2018
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2018

Healthgrades is a third party company that helps consumers understand, compare, and evaluate hospital performance, Healthgrades provides objective, comprehensive information about healthcare quality in America’s hospitals. Unlike other hospital quality analyses, Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes. They measure hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and adjust for each patient’s risk factors, such as age, gender, and medical conditions.

Family Birthing Center at Good Samaritan Hospital

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we are honored to have the opportunity to share this extraordinary event with you and your family. More than 3,000 babies are born each year at Good Samaritan Hospital. The warmth and expert skills of our staff will guide you through a safe and memorable beginning with your newest family member.

The Family Birthing Center represents Good Samaritan Hospital's commitment to provide our region’s growing families with the best care and most comfortable environment for one of life’s biggest events.

The Family Birthing Center features seven labor, delivery and recovery suites (LDRS), all with private baths and therapeutic showers with benches. Suites are furnished in soft pastel colors with beautiful oak finishes. For your convenience and comfort, each room is equipped with a television, sleep chair, and beautiful scenic views. The Labor & Delivery wing also features an admission/triage area, six antepartum rooms and two surgical suites for C-Sections. There are 34 private mother/baby rooms, all with TVs, refrigerators and sleep chairs and room for baby…whenever mother desires.

In addition to two newborn nurseries, the center includes a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A state of the art security system is in place to ensure your peace of mind.

A spacious waiting room, children’s play area and classroom round out the center.

Pre-admission can be done by mail so that on the day of admission everything is taken care of. All new moms who are expected to deliver at Good Samaritan Hospital will receive a pre-admission package in the mail. If your package does not arrive, please contact our maternity consultant at 845-368-5450. 

2019 Prenatal Education Schedule

Click to Register for Prenatal Education Classes

Delivery Room

Pre-Admission Registration

Completion of your hospital pre-admission forms, which will be mailed to your home, will enable you to proceed directly to our Family Birthing Center when you arrive for delivery. Prompt return of these materials in advance to your Maternity Consultant will ensure the coordination of your admission. If the package is not received, please contact your maternity consultant at 845.368.5450.

Anesthesia and Pain Relief Options

The Department of Anesthesia is proud to play a part in the delivery of your baby. An anesthesiologist specially trained for neonatal and maternal emergencies is in the hospital 24 hours a day, for the comfort and safety of both mother and newborn.We recognize that childbirth is an individual process, and that every woman's wishes and needs are different.

During your prenatal visits you should discuss your pain management options with your obstetrician or midwife. A detailed description of these options is included in the Prenatal Education Classes offered at Good Samaritan Hospital.

There are several options that are available to you:

  • Lamaze Childbirth Preparation This relaxation and breathing technique, often called "natural childbirth" is designed to reduce the perception of pain during labor.
  • Medications Different types of medications are available and may be ordered by your obstetrician to ease labor pain.
  • Epidural anesthesia and combined spinal epidural analgesia These popular anesthesia methods provide continuous pain relief during labor and delivery and are safe and effective. Pain management is individualized to meet each patient's needs. Most women maintain full motor control.

These pain relief techniques can be used alone or in tandem. Mothers may begin with natural childbirth, then decide to have epidural anesthesia as labor progresses.

  • Anesthesia for Cesarean Section Should you require a Cesarean Section, an epidural, spinal or general anesthesia is used depending on your medical needs.

Our goal is to make your experience at Good Samaritan Hospital as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We encourage you to meet with a member of the Department of Anesthesia during the third trimester of your pregnancy either as part of your prenatal classes or by visiting the department directly. You may speak with an anesthesiologist in the department without an appointment from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions about anesthesia care, please contact the Department of Anesthesia at 845.368.5039.

For further information regarding Obstetrical Anesthesia, please feel free to visit the following sites:

Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

Educational Resources for Patients and Colleagues 

American Society of Anesthesiology - www.asahq.org/homepageie.html

 To register online for a class, please click the following link:


Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery

The expert staff of Good Samaritan Hospital's technologically advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery is prepared to provide comprehensive medical services if your baby is born prematurely or has other special needs.

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Maternity Consultant

Good Samaritan Hospital's Maternity Consultant is a registered nurse who will help you access any of the hospital’s services that might be needed during your pregnancy, hospital stay and even after you’ve returned home. She’ll assist in the arrangement for prenatal and childbirth classes, help you customize your birth plan and coordinate efforts to meet any special needs you have identified, assuring that your birth experience is just what you and your family expect.

We believe the birth of your baby is a miracle that belongs to you and your family.

Call weekdays 845.368.5450 or email the Maternity Consultant. A response will be returned promptly.

Lactation Services

Good Samaritan Hospital provides a breastfeeding support program. Education, support and guidance for the breastfeeding family is facilitated by our board certified lactation consultants.

Program Includes:

  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • Inpatient support and consultation
  • Telephone follow up
  • Monthly support group “Breastfeeding Tea”
    • Moms must register by calling 845.368.8270
  • Our lactation consultants embrace all breastfeeding mothers. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns at 845.368.8270.

Physician Referral Services

We will be pleased to refer you to one of our experienced obstetricians and pediatricians to care for you and your newborn. We can also help you if you prefer the philosophy and methods of a Certified Nurse Midwife. Please call Good Samaritan Hospital's Physician Referral Service, 1-800 HELP-IN-5 [435-7465] for a referral to the medical professional of your choice.


Good Samaritan Hospital we provide comprehensive care with an emphasis on family education. This is a time for learning, which will empower you to make informed decisions regarding maternity and newborn care. Classes are taught by expert, certified instructors and will help you prepare for pregnancy, birth and life with your new baby.

Programs Include:

  • Prepared Childbirth Education - Lamaze This class is designed to provide education on pregnancy, labor, vaginal delivery/ cesarean birth and post delivery care. Lamaze preparation includes stress management exercises, relaxation, breathing and medical pain management. Tours of our units will be included. Sessions are offered as a 4 week series or a weekend class.
  • Newborn Care Class This class provides active participation and instruction in feeding, bathing, dressing, diapering, and safety skills. Information on setting up a nursery and how to choose a pediatrician are also covered.
  • Breastfeeding Education This two session class taught by a certified lactation consultant prepares expectant mothers for the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. Topics include breastfeeding advantages, nutrition, returning to work and pumping and storing of breastmilk.
  • Infant and Child Safety and CPR This two session class for Infant/Child Caregivers is designed to promote infant and child safety, injury prevention, and CPR. Upon completion students will receive a course completion card from the American Heart Association.

Call the Maternity Education Department at 845.368.5450 for detailed course information.

Visiting Hours:

Infant safety is very important to us. Please take a moment to look over our visiting guidelines.  We support the family unit and welcome fathers and significant others to stay with mother and baby.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. is “Mommy & Me” time (Dads only!)

Please do not bring sick children to visit for the safety of our new babies.

NICU Visiting Hours:

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visitation allows two people by the bedside at a time (no children under the age of four).

NICU visitation is closed from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. due to change of shift.

Hand washing is required before touching or handling the new baby. Help us protect our precious new babies.

Hospital Location:

The Good Samaritan Family Birthing Center is located on the 5th floor of the hospital. 

The hospital address is:

255 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY 


Tours are held the first Sunday of every month at 11 a.m. Please arrive in the birthing center lobby on the 5th floor ten minutes prior to the hour. Tours may be canceled on holidays, please call to confirm. Registration is not required. Call 845.368.5450

You may schedule a private tour Monday through Friday by contacting the maternity consultant at 845.368.5450

Obstetrics Emergency Department:  Expert Care Available for Pregnant Women in Need of Acute Care, 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year

Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), is home to the region's ONLY  dedicated Obstetrics Emergency Department that offers expectant mothers and families high-quality, specialized labor and delivery care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the only OB-ED in Rockland and Orange Counties and in the entire Hudson Valley.

The Obstetrics Emergency Department, known as the OB-ED, offers labor and delivery care as an extension of Good Samaritan Hospital’s primary Emergency Department. It collaborates with the Good Samaritan OB Hospitalist Program, providing pregnant women access to specially-trained physicians and nurses.

The Obstetrics (OB) Emergency Department (ED), or OB-ED, was made possible through the creation of the Good Samaritan Hospital OB Hospitalist Program, a partnership with the OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG). The program’s board-certified OB physicians are on-site, all day, every day to ensure expectant mothers receive expert care at a moment’s notice. The physicians and highly-skilled nurses are available to deliver babies if a patient's own physician is unavailable and will respond to any obstetric emergency. The OB-ED also provides a calm setting that prioritizes a patient-first culture, with dignity and sensitivity embedded in every aspect of care.

The OB-ED also provides a calm setting that prioritizes a patient-first culture, with dignity and sensitivity embedded in every aspect of care.