When to Arrive
If you think you may be in labor, call your doctor/midwife, who may tell you to come to our Obstetric Evaluation unit to be checked. Also, call our Admitting Office at (401) 274-1122, ext. 41422, to let them know you are on your way.
When you arrive at the hospital, use the Emergency/Triage entrance and check in at the Triage desk. You will be taken to a private area where you will be evaluated by a physician or a midwife. Patients are seen according to their medical need. Depending upon how your labor is progressing, you may spend some time in the Triage area or you may be transferred to the Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit. Your labor partner may stay with you.
What to Bring
During your stay, Women & Infants will provide hospital gowns for you and clothing for your baby. You may also want to bring:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shower shoes
- Breast pads
- Comfortable bras and underpants
- Clothing for you and the baby to wear home and for baby’s first photo
For your peace of mind, never bring large sums of cash, credit cards or other valuables such as jewelry and personal electronic devices, such as cell phones and iPods. The hospital cannot store your valuables, and is not responsible if they are lost.
Parking Valet Services
Our complimentary valet service is available for anyone coming for outpatient surgery and for people picking up patients being discharged. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Use the main drive in front of Women & Infants’ main entrance on Dudley Street. Staff will park your car and get it for you when you are done. If your surgery lasts beyond 4:45 p.m., please return to the valet area. One of our security officers will be available and drive you to your vehicle.
Please note: for the safety of children that require a car seat, we are unable to transport them in our security vehicles. Please have them stay with another adult while we take you to your vehicle.
If you are unsure where to park or have any questions, call Security at (401) 274-1122, ext. 41635.
Parking is available in the public lot which is located opposite the Emergency Triage entrance of the hospital. There is a fee for parking in this lot. Patients with either a United Health card with an anchor in the upper right hand corner, a white Rhode Island medical card with an anchor in the center, or a Neighborhood Health Plan card, or a state welfare card are eligible for free parking. In order to receive free parking, the patient must go to the exit gate in the parking lot, push the HELP button, and display their card and proof of appointment or surgery. Patients who display a Handicapped placard may also park for free.
Visitors are not eligible for free parking and may pay using the kiosk in the South Pavilion lobby near the Nursing Mom’s store.
Admitting staff will ask you to verify the personal and financial information submitted by your health care provider. You must also sign admission forms and provide:
- Positive identification, such as a license
- Your insurance card(s)
- Name of the pediatric care provider
- Consent for first portrait of your baby
You may also provide copies, if you have them, of a Living Will (written document stating your wishes for withholding or withdrawing medical care or treatment if your condition becomes terminal) or Durable Power of Attorney (written document that appoints someone to make health care decisions for you). You can get these forms through the Admitting Office, (401) 274-1122, ext. 41422. Contact your attorney with any legal questions.
Cord Blood Banking
Patients may choose to donate their cord blood to a private cord blood banking program. Please have the appropriate materials when you deliver, and we will make every attempt to collect the sample from the cord for you. You would then be responsible for sending this to the bank.