Alternative Birthing Center (ABC)
The Alternative Birthing Center is a cozy setting that offers minimal hospital intervention, but maximum assurance of safety. It features a comfortable bedroom where the birth takes place and you can include older children and others. After you deliver in the ABC, you can recover for four hours there and transfer to a mother-baby unit, or recover for six to 12 hours there and go home once you and your baby meet discharge criteria. This early discharge includes a home visit from a nurse who will assess you and the baby and offer support.
Everyone was fantastic. What an incredible group of professionals, demonstrated real care and concern
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, much thanks.
Nurses were patient, kind, knowledgeable and very upbeat and friendly.
For more information on the ABC, call (401) 274-1122, ext. 41830. If you have been approved by your health care provider to deliver in the ABC, you may register for a class by calling (401) 276-7800 or use our online registration form.
Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit (LDR)
We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of you and your baby. Whether you arrive in labor or are being induced for a medical indication, you will be cared for by your labor and delivery nurse in one of our 19 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms. Throughout each phase of your labor, we are here to answer any questions you may have, support you, and monitor your baby closely. Each room has the amenities needed to help you stay relaxed and comfortable, including ambient lighting, a rocking chair, birthing balls, warm packs, and an iPod docking station. We also have birthing bars that allow squatting during labor and childbirth, and birthing beds that adjust to 22 different positions. There is also a soaking tub room nearby.
Having a cesarean birth can be an anxious time for new and experienced moms, but Women & Infants’ staff make this experience a little easier by offering a gentle cesarean birth. The purpose of a gentle cesarean birth is to create a peaceful environment and to allow bonding between mom and baby to begin as soon as possible. We do this by providing a quiet room, free from noise and conversations, and filled with mom’s choice of music. We dim the lights and encourage the dad or significant other to be in the room during the delivery. And most importantly, we encourage bonding right away through skin-to-skin contact and minimizing the time that mom and baby are separated after delivery. Women & Infants is pleased to provide the gentle cesarean section at the request of the patient and with the permission of the delivering obstetrical provider.
At Women & Infants Hospital, we offer enhanced recovery after cesarean delivery. With the enhanced recovery method, you will know what to expect before, during, and after surgery. After surgery, the staff in the hospital will work to help you get out of bed soon after surgery, eat and drink soon after surgery, and be able to control your pain by using mainly non-narcotic pain medications.