Admitting & Triage
For Women in Labor
- If you think you are in labor, please call your physician. If for some reason you cannot reach your physician, please call the Labor and Delivery Unit to let them know you are on your way.
- When you arrive at the Unit, a staff member will register you and ask you to provide information about yourself as well as fill out the necessary forms. If you have any general questions or need help completing any of the paperwork, please ask to speak to one of our patient counselors.
- One of our nurses will assess you in a triage room. A doctor will also examine you, and if you are in active labor, you will be transferred to a birthing suite. If you are not in active labor, you will probably be sent home.
For Scheduled Cesarean Sections
- If you are having a scheduled Cesarean delivery, you will need to have the following blood tests performed at the hospital within 72 hours of surgery: a CBC (complete blood count) – a broad screening test to check for anemia, infection and a number of diseases; RPR (rapid plasma reagin) – a screening test for syphilis; and a blood type confirmation. All other blood tests completed during the antenatal period remain valid and do not need to be repeated. A sonogram may or may not be performed on the day of admission as determined by your physician.
- You will be called by a member of the operating room staff 24 to 48 hours prior to your delivery to review what you need to know. Please make sure your most current contact information is on file with your physician.
- On the day of surgery, you should arrive at your scheduled appointment time. After you have been admitted, you will be escorted to a preoperative waiting area. We do our best to honor your assigned time; however, due to the unpredictable nature of obstetrics, occasional delays do occur. Your baby will be delivered as soon as possible and your nurse will keep you informed.