Welcome to the Labor and Delivery Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care in a safe and supportive setting, as it is our privilege to care.

While you are here, we want you to be an active participant in your plan of care. We will ask you what your goals are and we will keep you updated about your care.

If you have any questions, please ask a member of your health care team.

Your Health Care Team

Your health care team will always consist of an attending doctor and an attending midwife who are the leaders of your health care team. They are assisted by resident doctors and fellows who are doctors receiving additional specialized training. You will have a primary nurse who will be at your bedside most of her shift. If at any point you have a concern about your care, please ask to speak with the charge nurse to address your questions and concerns.

Creating Your Care Plan

With your help, we will create a plan for your care. You need to understand the plan, so feel free to ask about it as many times as you need to.

Frequently asked questions to ask your health care team include:

  • When can I eat/drink?
  • How long will my test results take?
  • How long will I be here? If I have to stay overnight, who can stay with me?
  • Will I be in this room/location for my whole stay at the hospital?
  • Can I receive a note to provide to work/school for my absence?
  • Can my children stay with me at the hospital?

Visitation Policy

The University of Maryland Medical Center allows visitation on Labor and Delivery 24/7. We do limit visitation within the Labor and Delivery suite to three visitors (this includes the primary support person).

  • Triage Area: 1 visitor at a time
  • Recovery Area: 1 Visitor at a time
  • Labor Rooms: 2-3 visitors at a time

Support Person

This is usually the patient’s significant other or close friend/family member.

Only three green visitor badges are handed out per patient at one time. Other visitors must wait on the first floor. To change who has a green visitor badge, visitors need to go back to security on the first floor.

All visitors must:

  • Check in with security on the first floor of the Medical Center to receive a green visitor badge.
  • Show photo ID to security.

Children on Labor and Delivery

Young children are discouraged from visitation in labor and delivery. If a mother is experiencing an extended stay, visitation of the mother’s other child may be appropriate, but all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 18 who are not the son or daughter of the patient are not permitted on the unit.

Limiting Your Visitors

Sometimes mothers desire to limit visitation to promote rest and/or limit additional stress and distraction during and after labor. If you think you need to limit visitors or place visitor restrictions, please talk to your nurse.