Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy & Childbirth
How do I get to Middlesex Hospital?
28 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 358-4660
Where do I park when I arrive?
If you are arriving between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. you may enter through the main lobby of the Hospital. We recommend that you park in the Hospital's visitor parking area, on your right as you drive toward the lobby. If you are arriving after 8:00 p.m. please use the Emergency Department entrance and parking area – the security staff will direct you.
What are the visiting hours at the Pregnancy & Birth Center?
During labor, you decide who will be with you to share your birth experience. After the baby is born the most important thing for you to remember is your need for rest and time to learn about the care of your new infant. Friends and family who have a cold, flu, or other viral infection are asked to refrain from visiting. Anyone who may have had recent exposure to chickenpox may not visit. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How do I get information about a patient at Pregnancy & Birth Center?
If you would like to contact a patient at the Pregnancy & Birth Center, please call (860) 358–6000 and you will be connected to the room directly. Information such as, if the baby is a boy or girl, or how much they weigh, must be given out by the parents, unless they request otherwise. We always respect the privacy of each family and will only release information if they have requested us to do so. Most parents want the honor of making such important announcements.
Do I have to move to another room after the birth?
We provide you with a single-room maternity experience. That means that you will be in one private room for labor, delivery, recovery as well as the time after birth until discharge. In addition to the high-tech equipment that slides out of sight, each of our rooms is equipped for your comfort with items such as a private bathroom and shower, a pull-out couch for a significant other, and amenities such as a refrigerator, television and DVD player.
Can we make long distance calls from our room?
Long distance calls can be made from your room using a calling card.
Can we use our own cell phones within the hospital?
Cell phone use is permitted in the appropriate locations. We ask that you consider the neighboring rooms when using your phone.
Is there wireless Internet access available?
Wireless access is available on the floor.
What should we bring to the hospital when we are in labor?
Certainly you may bring whatever will make you comfortable. We do provide TVs, DVD players, refrigerators and the ever-popular "johnny," as an incentive for Dad to remember his own pajamas! We encourage you to bring whatever items will help you to stay focused and relaxed during labor. All jewelry and money, except small change for miscellaneous purchases, should be left at home. Middlesex Hospital cannot be responsible for looking after items to prevent damage, or for the loss of money, jewelry or other items left in your room. If you wish to have valuables placed in the Hospital safe, the staff will help you make the necessary arrangements.
Will my baby "room" in with me after birth?
We encourage mothers to keep their baby in the room with them throughout their stay, but should you require even a short break, our nursery is always available. All you have to do is press the call button.
How do you keep my infant safe and secure while we are in the Hospital?
In addition to our excellent staff, a state-of-the art infant security system protects your baby. For additional protection all babies and parents wear matching identification bracelets which are checked frequently by the staff.
What if I need to have a Cesarean birth?
Sometimes a cesarean birth is necessary. If that's the case, we'll move you to one of our two fully-equipped surgical suites within the Pregnancy & Birth Center. All staff necessary for a Cesarean delivery are available within a moment's notice.
What if my baby needs special medical attention after birth?
If your baby has any special medical needs during and after birth, the specially trained staff members of our Level II neonatal intensive care nursery are standing by to offer your baby one-on-one care.