The obstetric service at Sinai is a regionally recognized high-risk maternity program with 2,600 deliveries annually. The BirthPlace at Sinai, housed in the new Blaustein Women's and Children's Building, has seven well-appointed labor-delivery-recovery suites and two operating rooms to perform Cesarean sections and other surgical interventions. There is a Special Care Unit for intensive monitoring of high-risk patients. Sinai's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of only seven regional referral centers in Maryland. Sinai has been part of the Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program since its inception in the 1970s, and the NICU has the equipment and staff to help the most critically ill newborns survive and thrive. With faculty physicians and surgeons representing most pediatric subspecialties, Sinai can offer immediate care regardless of the newborn's condition. Full-time staff anesthesiologists are available at all times to provide care to our patients. All obstetric patients are available for resident education. There are over 900 high-risk obstetric admissions annually, yet the prenatal mortality rate is below the national average. Vaginal births after Cesarean section almost equal the number of repeat Cesarean sections now, and the overall Cesarean section rate is approximately 28 percent.