Labor and Delivery
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?
The University of Maryland Medical Center allows visitation on Labor and Delivery 24/7. We do limit visitation within the Labor and Delivery suite.
- Triage Area: 1 visitor at a time
- Recovery Area: 1 Visitor at a time
This is usually the patient's significant other or close friend/family member.
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.
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.