Labor, Delivery and Recovery
When arriving please use the main entrance and go directly to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) on the third floor. Use the emergency department entrance if you need special assistance or between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.
A support person is strongly encouraged but only two coaches per patient. The support person’s role is to actively participate in making the work easier for the laboring mom. This includes getting drinks, helping you change positions, helping you to the bathroom and providing comfort measures that your nurse will teach you. Taking the Prepared Childbirth Class is very helpful for you and your support person and is recommended at seven months of pregnancy. We also have other classes available by calling (401) 736-1988.
We use a four-band system for infant identification. All four bands have the mother’s first and last name and the same ID number on them. You and your significant other will each wear one band. Once the baby is delivered a band will be placed on his/her wrist and one on their ankle. Do not remove these bands until discharge. The band will be checked throughout your stay each time your baby is separated from you. To gain access into the Nursery, you must show this numbered band. In addition, an electronic security device will be placed on your baby’s ankle.
For added security, we use an electronic access card system to gain entrance to the WCC. You will be given one card upon your admission and it is activated for two-four days. This card will not work for the nursery door.
For privacy and patient comfort, we cannot allow visitors in the LDR area until after delivery. Family and friends are welcomed between 1 and 8 p.m. on the postpartum floor. Siblings of the newborn are the ONLY children under 14 that may visit on the WCC unit.
Newborn Feeding Method
We ask that you decide on feeding methods prior to birth. If you plan on breastfeeding, we strongly recommend that you take the breastfeeding class. Your baby will be cared for in your room during your stay. Whether you chose to breastfeed or formula feed, our staff members are available to assist you. Board-certified lactation consultants are available most everyday.
The Women’s Care Center does not supply pacifiers.
Personal Electrical Equipment
Personal electrical equipment cannot be used for safety reasons. Hair dryers are available for your use. Cell Phones are allowed in patient rooms. Still cameras are allowed but we cannot allow video taping until after the birth.
Please do not bring valuables, or large sums of money with you to the hospital.
Our nutrition and food service staff will provide a menu for your selection. Your significant other will receive a 15 percent discount in the hospital’s dining room by showing their ID band. The dining room is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. We have a pantry with a microwave, refrigerator and hot and cold beverages which are available to you and your significant other throughout your stay.