The Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital

Putnam Hospital's Birthing Center opened in 1999 and offers you and your baby the latest advances in birthing techniques, comforts and care—all provided by attentive, highly skilled obstetricians/gynecologists, neonatologists and certified nurse midwives.

The Birthing Center's amenities and services include:

  • Private labor/delivery/recovery rooms with private showers and bathrooms
  • Private postpartum suites with added comfort areas for families and visitors
  • A special OR suite dedicated to cesarean deliveries
  • Large waiting area for families
  • Anti-abduction security system for newborn protection
  • Birth classes and new mom support

Schedule a Tour

Please call (877) 729-2444 to schedule a tour of our maternity unit.

We also offer a Virtual Tour of the birth center. Click here to start the tour.

Birth Classes and New Mom Support

Putnam Hospital offers a range of birth and parenting classes including:

  • Prepared Childbirth Class, covering all aspects of labor and delivery
  • Baby Boot Camp, covering basic newborn care and needs
  • Breastfeeding classes for preparation and support
  • Sibling Class to introduce new siblings
  • Grandparenting Class for grandparents to help support new parents

Check the calendar for upcoming dates, reservations and fees. Or call the Birthing Center at (845) 279-5711, Ext. 2513.


For help finding prenatal care services, please call the New York State Health Department's Growing Up Healthy Hotline at (800) 522-5006.

To learn more about the birth experience, download this free booklet, Your Guide To A Healthy Birth, from the New York State Department of Health.

To learn about a mother's right to breastfeed, download the Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights.

For new parent survival tips, download Welcome to Parenthood: A Family Guide, from the New York State Department of Health.

To learn about Safe Sleep for Your Baby, go to or call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources at (800) 505-CRIB (2742).

For help dealing with postpartum depression, please go to or call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health at (800) 522-5006.

For help with all aspects of parenting, see the New York Parent Helpline resources or call the New York Parent Helpline at (800) CHILDREN (244-5373).

Glossary of Labor Terms

Analgesia: Medication used to decrease the sensation of pain.

Anesthesia: Medication or other agent used to cause a loss of feeling. For general anesthesia, a gas or intravenous medication is used to make the mother unconscious during delivery. For spinal anesthesia, a drug is injected into the lower spinal area to numb the vaginal region. For epidural anesthesia, a drug is given through a fine tube inserted in the mother's lower back to numb the vaginal area and lower abdomen. For paracervical anesthesia, a drug is injected into the cervix (opening of the womb) to relieve the pain of labor. In a pudendal block, a drug is injected into the vaginal wall shortly before delivery to relieve pain between the vagina and anus in case of an episiotomy or tear during delivery.

Augmentation of Labor: A drug is used to help labor contractions continue or become stronger.

Birthing Room: An in-hospital arrangement in which labor, birth and immediate recovery after birth all occur in the same room. In some hospitals, it may be called an "LDRP" (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum).

Breech Birth: A birth in which the infant's buttocks and/or feet enter the birth canal first.

Cesarean Section: A surgical operation in which the baby is delivered through incisions made in the mother's abdomen and uterus. A primary cesarean section is the mother's first, even if she has given birth vaginally before. A repeat cesarean section is when the mother has previously had one or more cesarean sections.

Episiotomy: An incision sometimes made to enlarge the vaginal opening.

Fetal Monitoring: Electronic recording of contractions and the baby's heartbeat. External fetal monitoring involves the use of small instruments held in place on the mother's abdomen by belts. Internal fetal monitoring involves inserting a small tube with a fine wire into the uterus and attaching the wire to the baby's scalp. Also, a soft tube may be placed alongside the baby's head to measure contractions.

Forceps Delivery: Spoon-shaped instruments, called forceps, are used to help deliver the baby's head. In a low-forceps delivery, the instruments are not used until the baby's head has moved through the pelvis. In a mid-forceps delivery, the instruments are used before the baby's head has moved through the pelvis.

Induction of Labor: Labor can be induced in several ways, including by medication. Discuss your choices and wishes with your doctor or nurse-midwife.

Nurse-Midwife: A registered nurse who has had specialized midwifery training to care for women and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and afterwards.

Rooming-In: An arrangement in which the mother and infant are cared for in the same room for all or most of the day.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC): The mother has had a cesarean section previously, but delivers this baby vaginally.


Putnam Hospital 
The Birthing Center
670 Stoneleigh Avenue 
Carmel, NY 10512
Phone:(845) 279-5711, Ext. 2513
(800) 421-1220