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Hospital Procedures

When you arrive at the Hospital, if it is during the day you will enter through the main entrance. During the night time hours you should enter through the Emergency Room entrance. Proceed to the second floor Maternity Unit and pick up the phone at the door of the unit - a nurse will let you in and provide further direction.

The admission staff at the hospital will ensure that you are properly processed and admitted in a timely manner. If you are not pre-registered, please contact our office to identify the documents you will need upon admission to the hospital.

At the Hospital
Once you are admitted, and probably before your doctor sees you at the hospital, several things will occur:

  • You will be taken to a Labor and Delivery Room.
  • You will be placed on a fetal monitor so that your contractions and your baby's heart rate can be monitored.
  • A member of the hospital's labor and delivery team will do a vaginal exam to determine your dilation and effacement.
  • There are various forms of anesthesia or analgesics that may be offered to treat your labor pain. If you have elected to have an epidural, the labor and delivery nurse will coordinate with your physician (or the delivering OB) and the anesthesiologist to administer the epidural at the appropriate time. This may occur before you are seen by your physician, but not without the consent of your physician.

Last Updated: 10/25/2013