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Visit Your Family and Friends

At Women and & Infants Hospital, we recognize that family and friends provide very important support and comfort to our patients and families while they are with us. Whether it’s the birth of a new baby or an unexpected surgery, we understand that patients want to share those moments with the ones they love. We believe that patients should define whom they want at their bedside and when. We do not have designated visiting hours for our hospital, though some units have restrictions on the number of people in a room and timing of visits.

Here is some important information for you, your family, and your friends to keep in mind and consider before your hospitalization.

General Visiting

  • Quiet is important for healing. During posted quiet times during the day and evening, we ask that you and your guests keep your voices low and do not gather in the hallways.
  • Anyone who feels even slightly ill should refrain from visiting in order to protect our patients.
  • Children are important members of your family and are allowed to visit you. However, they must be supervised by an adult who is not your primary support person at all times. Please make arrangements for children to return home after their visit, as we do not have the ability for your children to stay overnight.
  • We have accommodations for one adult to spend the night. They should bring the linens and necessities needed to be comfortable.
  • Please tell your support person(s) that they need to bring money for parking and food, cell phone chargers, and other essentials. We are unable to provide food and other supplies to support persons and families.
  • Please alert us as soon as possible regarding any unwanted visitors. You can do this by informing Security at (401) 274-1122, ext. 41635 before your admission or by alerting any staff member during your admission.
  • The safety of you, your baby and your family remains our highest priority. Therefore, we ask that all people within our hospital behave appropriately.

Labor Room and Cesarean Section Recovery

  • We ask that you think about the two or three people most important to have with you during labor. Due to the limited size of our patient rooms, we are unable to accommodate large groups. The support people you choose should be those you feel most comfortable with in this intimate situation. For those with whom you may not feel comfortable seeing the birth of your child, we recommend that they visit after you have moved to a postpartum floor or once you are home.
  • Once you have decided whom you would like to support you during labor, please share this plan with all of your providers.
  • We ask that the support people with you relay information to the rest of your family. Your providers are busy caring for you and would like to be able to concentrate on giving you the best care.
  • For those having a scheduled Cesarean delivery, we allow one support person in the Operating Room and Cesarean Section Recovery Room. If you have an unplanned/unexpected Cesarean delivery, only your primary support person will accompany you. Your primary support person will relay information to the rest of your family until you are transferred to the postpartum unit.

We are unable to provide food and other supplies to support persons and families. For your convenience and comfort, we offer the following:

Maude’s Cafeteria
Breakfast 6:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (weekdays)
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (weekends/holidays)
Break 1:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 - 7 p.m. (hours of operation)
Au Bon Pain (hours of operation) 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Gift shop (hours of operation) 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Nursing Moms, etc.: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m.) and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.