Women's Health Services | Preparing for Your Maternity Stay

Preparing for your stay
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Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for choosing Hartford Hospital as your baby’s birthplace.

Selecting A Pediatrician

It is very important to choose your baby’s doctor before coming to the hospital to deliver your baby. Find a pediatrician online or call 1.855.HHC.HERE.


Enter Hartford Hospital through the Emergency Department. You will be directed to our labor & Delivery elevators, which will take you to the Labor & Delivery Admissions area on the 6th floor.


You may use our valet parking service located outside our main entrance or our visitor public parking garages – fees apply. Courtesy parking is provided on your day of discharge. View our visiting and parking guidelines.

Labor & Delivery Visiting Guidelines

  • You can select up to three support people. They will be given pink visitor identification bracelets which are nontransferrable.
  • Support people must be over age 16 and must remain in your room to ensure the privacy of other patients. Your support people may go to the Family Lounge when appropriate, such as during exams or procedures.
  • Following delivery, siblings of your newborn may visit for a short period. Other children may not visit in Labor & Delivery.
  • In the event of a Cesarean section performed under a regional anesthetic, one support person may accompany you into the operating room and recovery room. Your remaining support people will be asked to wait in the Family Lounge.
  • If you are a high-risk pregnancy patient, you may have two visitors at a time between 12 and 8 pm. Siblings of your baby may visit under the supervision of a designated family member.
  • Visiting on the Maternity Unit may begin following the completion of the newborn’s in-room admission.

Maternity Visiting Guidelines

  • Husband/significant other, grandparents, and infant siblings can visit at any time after admission to Maternity/N8. For late night visits after day of delivery, the patient must notify nursing staff so visitor is expected and infant safety and security can be maintained.
  • All other family members and children may visit from 12:00pm to 8:00pm only.
  • An adult, other than the patient, is responsible for supervising children who are visiting and must not leave them alone in patient rooms or waiting areas.
  • One overnight visitor per room.
  • No siblings/children under the age of 16 years old are allowed to stay overnight.
  • Visiting on Maternity/N8 may be limited at times to ensure the rest, care and privacy of Mom and baby.

Maternity Bag

Pack your suitcase and baby’s bag before you come to the hospital. They can be brought in after you have delivered and are in your room.

For You:

  • Brush/comb
  • Deodorant
  • Blow dryer*
  • Two supportive bras
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Clothes to wear home

For Baby:

  • Tee-shirt
  • Outfit appropriate for weather
  • Lightweight cap/socks
  • Lightweight receiving blanket
  • In cold weather: a hat, heavy blanket
  • Don’t forget the car seat!

Please leave the following at home:

  • Jewelry
  • Large sums of cash
  • Credit cards
  • Other valuables

*For patient safety, all electrical appliances are subject to a safety inspection by the Hartford Hospital Biomedical Engineering Department.​​

Labor Bag

You are welcome to bring any items you need to keep you comfortable in labor. We will give you a gown in the Labor and Delivery area.

Consider packing the following items:

  • Lip balm
  • Your favorite pillow
  • Water bottle
  • Phone and chargers for electronic devices (free WiFi available)
  • Insurance card, driver’s license
  • Birth plan
  • Music (MP3 player, tablet)
  • Headphones
  • Eyeglasses
  • Flip flops or slippers
  • Robe for walking in the hallway
  • Watch with second hand to time contractions
  • Lollipops, hard candies
  • Please remove all jewelry and body piercings and leave at home

Skin to Skin

Your baby will be placed on your chest following birth. Skin-to-skin provides numerous health benefits for your baby such as stabilizing body temperature, heart rate, and breathing. Skin-to-skin also helps you bond with your baby and start the first feeding.

Rooming In

Your baby will stay in your room with you following birth. This will allow you to learn your baby’s needs and give your baby warmth, comfort and security. The staff is here to answer your questions and teach you about caring for your baby.

Preparing For Discharge

Obstetrics and pediatrics will be involved in the discharge of you and your baby on the day you go home. Your infant’s car seat must be brought to the postpartum unit on discharge day. Send the majority of your personal items home the day before you leave to expedite the discharge process.

Baby Friendly

Hartford Hospital knows breastfeeding is important for you and your baby. We offer a support group that meets every Wednesday at 11:30 am in the Bliss 6 Day room to answer your feeding questions after discharge.


Virtual Tour
Take a 360º virtual tour of our Special Deliveries Childbirth Center.

The Special Deliveries Childbirth Center supports breastfeeding, and has been designated a Baby-Friendly Facility by Baby-Friendly USA, part of UNICEF’S Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Hartford Hospital is the 28th Baby-Friendly facility in the U.S. and the first in Connecticut.

eLearning Childbirth Education
When traditional childbirth education classes are not a possibility due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints, we have a solution

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Prenatal Testing)
Prenatal Testing focuses on the assessment of your baby through a variety of tests.

MomMe App
We recognize the influx of information that moms are required to remember when planning for or caring for a child.

New Parent E-Newsletter
Sign up for this weekly email newsletter for expectant and new parents.

Newborn Screening
After your baby is born there are several procedures, screenings and tests performed to ensure your baby’s health and safety.

Nitrous Oxide for Comfort in Labor
Hartford Hospital Labor & Delivery now offers moms the option of using nitrous oxide during labor.

Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression (PPD) occurs in about 10 percent of new mothers. PPD can occur anytime in the first year after birth. Women with PPD often feel inadequate, hopeless and unable to cope with everyday life.

Preparing for Your Maternity Stay
Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for choosing Hartford Hospital as your baby’s birthplace.

Links & Resources
Documents, web links, and other resources that expecting and new parents will find useful.

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    Please Note: If you should experience any pain or bleeding, or believe that there is something wrong with your pregnancy, call your health care provider immediately, go to your hospital's emergency room, or dial 911 for help.
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    Preparing for your Maternity Stay
    It is very important to choose your baby’s doctor before coming to the hospital to deliver your baby.

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