Huntington Hospital Celebrates 217 Births in May

Huntington Hospital is celebrating the arrival of 217 newborns in May, the largest number of births in the month of May since at least 1990.

Jennifer Baierlein, director of women’s and children’s services at the hospital, said, “With deliveries, there are  ebbs and waves. In 2018, we renovated our  mother-baby unit,” providing amenities, such as more privacy and support to new mothers and their families.

In addition, the maternity unit at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown closed in February, adding more obstetrics-gynecologists to Huntington’s staff.

And the hospital is designated as a Level 2 neo-natal intensive care unit.

“We can provide care at any gestational stage,” she said. “It helps to be part of Northwell, with access through telehealth and consultation.”

“Our doctors have been in the community, but we have aded quite a few more female ob-gyns and we have a fabulous midwifery group, which has been really helpful,” she said.

In 2022, the hospital had 2,035 deliveries; in 2023, it had 1,931.  May’s total exceeded the hospital’s projections for 202 births.

More than 55 percent of Huntington Hospital’s births come from residents in the Huntington and the immediate, area, with another 19 percent from the surrounding area. Others are drawn from Glen Cove and Hicksville.

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