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Knowing your maternity services : Yale New Haven Hospital

Yale New Haven Hospital
Yale New Haven Hospital

Many women choose the hospital they will delivery their baby at not by their statistics, care, or services they provide, but by simply where their chose OB/GYN or Midwife has delivery privileges. Through this line of thinking I have also met several women who were not satisfied with their overall experience.

Today I will touch on Yale New Haven Hospital, located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale offers a variety of different Woman's health services, but I will be focusing on their Maternity Care services today, like I have touched on with Hartford Hospital, and Bridgeport Hospital in the past week.

To start, I would like to take a look at Yale's statistics that are available to the public. Although Yale cites a roughly 21% cesarean section rate on their website, I fear this information is outdated, and may be misleading to some local mothers who are researching Yale.

The most recent available statistics for Yale New Haven Hospital are from the year 2007, and are provided by the Connecticut Maternity Care Worst to First Project.

Cesarean Section Rate : 34.91% of all births
Episiotomy Rate : 4.91%
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Rate : 9.95%  (Yale estimates that between 60% and 80% of VBAC attempts are successful)
Total Number of Births - 4557

Yale New Haven Hospital includes several maternity focused services including classes, breastfeeding support, and the perk of private rooms. Some of their services include :

  • Yale not only offers care for high risk patients through skilled Obstetricians, and Perinatologists, but they also have Certified Nurse Midwives on staff for those who wish to have a more natural birth experience.
  • Yale offers care for High Risk maternity services.
  • YNNH offers a variety of classes from VBAC to a one day childbirth prep class.
  • YNNH offers comfortable and private rooms with a view, per their website.
  • Yale also offers some of the best fertility services in the state!

Some women describe their experiences at Yale :

I had a great experience at Yale. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the L & D and maternity nurses. As a first time mom, I was nervous, excited, and had no idea what to expect. But the staff was amazing, supportive, and caring."

"I had a fantastic experience at Yale. I was able to labor the way I wanted and push in as many different positions as I wanted. My midwives and the L&D nurses were incredibly helpful in calming my fears and giving me ways to manage my pain naturally. I liked that the room where I labored and delivered was different than the room where we spent the postpartum days. I was able to meet with two lactation consultants there to help me correct a latch and try different positions. They were great and very necessary. I enjoyed my experience with Yale. " - Selma, Wallingford

"I had a wonderful experience at Yale. The nursing staff was wonderful and very attentive to my needs. I loved my OBGYN and the team he worked with. I did have a c-section but only because there really was no other way and it was best for my babies and myself. Both twins were full breech. My recovery went really smoothly and I was actually able to leave a day earlier than expected (Although they would have let me stay had I wanted to. It was totally a personal decision.)." - Lisa, Haddam


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