Labor and Delivery Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Middlesex Hospital?
Middlesex Hospital is located at 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457. You can click here for directions.
Where should I park when I arrive?
Between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., we recommend that you park in our visitor parking area on the right-hand side as you drive toward the hospital lobby. During that time, you may enter through the main lobby of the hospital. If you’re arriving after 8:00 p.m., please use the entrance and parking area for the Emergency Department, and a member of our security staff will direct you.
What should we bring to the hospital with us?
We encourage you to bring any items that will help you stay focused and relaxed during labor, including healthy snack foods, toiletries, a breast feeding pillow, sleepwear and changes of clothes (don’t forget about clothes for dad!). You should leave all of your jewelry and money—except for small amounts for miscellaneous purchases — at home, because we cannot be responsible for looking after valuable items. However, our staff can help you make arrangements to leave valuables in the hospital safe if you wish.
What if I need a Cesarean birth?
If a Cesarean birth is necessary, we have two fully equipped surgical suites within the Pregnancy & Birth Center, and all of the team members needed to perform the procedure are always available at a moment’s notice.
What if my baby needs special medical attention after the birth?
If your baby requires any special medical attention during or after birth, he or she will receive expert, one-on-one care by the highly trained members of our Level II neonatal intensive care nursery, and then will be brought to your room as soon as possible.
How do you keep my baby safe while we’re in the hospital?
Our entire staff is expertly trained to ensure the safety of you, your baby and all guests in our Pregnancy & Birth Center. Additionally, we have a state-of-the-art infant security system to protect your baby, and all babies and parents are given matching identification bracelets, which are checked frequently by our staff.
Will my baby “room in” with me after the birth?
Because skin-to-skin contact between new babies and their parents is so important, we allow and strongly encourage you to keep your baby in the room with you throughout your stay. If you need to take short breaks, all you have to do is press your call button, and our nursery will be happy to provide babysitting services at any moment.
Do I have to move to another room after my baby is born?
Our labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum (LDRP) rooms are designed to give you a convenient, single-room maternity experience — so you never need to worry about moving your belongings from one room to another, even after your baby is born.
Can we make long distance calls from our room?
Yes, you can make long distance calls from your room, but you’ll need to use a calling card.
Can we use our cell phones in the hospital?
Yes, cell phones can be used when and where it’s appropriate, but we ask that you always be considerate of your neighbors in nearby rooms when making calls.
Is there wireless Internet access available?
Yes, wireless Internet is available throughout the Pregnancy & Birth Center.
What are the visiting hours at the Pregnancy & Birth Center?
Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., but it is also very important that new moms take advantage of this time to rest as much as possible before heading home and to learn as much as they can about how to care for their new baby. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. everyday, the unit has Quiet Time which allows for rest & bonding with your new baby. At this time, the unit does not allow any visitors other than the primary support person at the bedside. Friends and family who have a cold, flu, other viral infection or recent exposure to the chickenpox should not visit.
How can I get information about a patient at the Pregnancy & Birth Center?
If you’d like to contact a patient at the Pregnancy & Birth Center, please call 860-358-6000 and we’ll connect you to the appropriate room. Because we always respect the privacy of our patients, information such as the baby’s sex and weight will not be given by a member of our staff unless the parents instruct us to do so.