Obstetrics / Gynecology
Donald T. Morrish, MD
The Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital provides comprehensive care for women of all ages. Services include:
- Well-woman visits and screenings
- Routine and high-risk obstetrics
- Reproductive endocrinology & infertility services
- Management of abnormal Pap smears
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Gynecological oncology
Having Your Baby at St. John's
St. John's is committed to providing expectant parents with a safe, high-quality experience for routine and high-risk deliveries in a comfortable setting close to home. Included are prenatal care on the St. John's campus or at nearby satellite offices, parenting and childbirth classes, modern labor and delivery suites, and newborn and neonatal intensive care nurseries as well as an on-site lactation consultant.
Managing High-Risk Deliveries
The physicians at St. John's have expertise in managing high-risk pregnancies. In addition, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist is available to consult with women who are identified as high-risk, including those who are hypertensive or at risk for preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Genetic counseling, reproductive endocrinology, infertility management, and advanced ultrasounds are performed at the hospital.
Labor, Delivery & Post-Partum Care
All of the obstetricians at St. John's are board-certified, and the care they provide is complemented by a certified nurse-midwife. Numerous birthing options are available in the hospital's six modern labor and delivery suites, including epidural anesthesia and natural childbirth. Birthing rooms include state-of-the-art electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), and the hospital requires that all labor and delivery staff maintain advanced certification in fetal heart rate monitoring and obstetrical management.
The hospital's post-partum rooms are private (single occupancy) and designed to promote bonding with the newborn. New mothers can choose to have their baby "room in" and each room has a sleeping chair for partners who wish to spend the night. Every room also comes with a private bathroom and shower. The Level II (special care) nursery, located on the same floor, accommodates up to 25 newborns and is staffed by registered nurses who are specially trained in newborn care.
St. John's encourages breastfeeding, and a certified lactation consultant is available to educate, support and reassure new mothers. Breast pumps are available.
Tours & Classes
Tours of the maternity unit for expectant parents are offered regularly. There are also childbirth preparation classes led by a certified nurse educator. For registration and class schedules, or questions about tours, please call 718-869-7276.
Gynecological care at St. John's Episcopal Hospital encompasses preventive care and screening exams and endoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries. Specialty services include reproductive endocrinology, menopause management, urogynecology, management of abnormal pap smears and care of gynecologic cancers.
The hospital's board-certified gynecological surgeons perform a full range of inpatient and ambulatory procedures including:
- Endoscopic, laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomy
- Minimally invasive treatments for uterine fibroid tumors and benign polyps
- Endometriosis treatment
- Endometrial ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding
For more information on Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, call 718-869-7382.
To find an obstetrician or gynecologist at St. John's, click here and choose Obstetrics/Gynecology in the specialty tab. To schedule an appointment at the hospital's Ob/Gyn clinic, please call
Women's Health in Belle Harbor
St. John's provides comprehensive women's health services at a convenient location in Belle Harbor. Immediate appointments are available and most insurance plans are accepted. Visit Belle Harbor Family Health at 114-12 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. Call 718- 474-4500 for information and appointments.
The Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology is also has a 4-year Osteopathic Residency Program, which offers 12 positions. For more information, please call