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Labor and Delivery

Modified Patient and Visitor Guidelines

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is modifying our patient and visitor guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor Room

So, this is it. Your big day is here.  In your “go” bag you’ve packed everything you need for yourself and your new baby, including your registration forms, toiletries, robe, breastfeeding bra and breast cream. When you first suspect you have gone into labor, please call your care provider before you leave home to let him or her know how your labor is progressing. When you arrive at the hospital, you should come directly to the front lobby from 7am-11pm or to the Emergency Department entrance between 11pm and 7am. If you arrive for a scheduled C-section, you will check in at the Admissions desk in the front lobby of the main hospital building.

When you arrive, register and are settled into one of our 12 well-appointed, attractive birthing rooms, you will meet our specially trained obstetrical nurses who will be with you and your labor coach every step of the way. Each of our new, secure labor and delivery rooms has a private bathroom, complete with a shower and hairdryer, television, CD player and comfortable seating area.  You will stay here to labor, deliver and bond with your new baby during the initial period of recovery, up to ninety minutes after the delivery. Anesthesiologists will be standing by in case you need anesthesia.

Visitor Guidelines


Updated 9/12/22 - Visitor level green: More open to visits

  • Up to two care partners may visit at the same time and are permitted for labor, delivery and duration of the birth parent’s hospital stay.
  • Children under 16 years old may visit if accompanied by an adult care partner. All care partners are required to present a government-issued ID at a front desk.
  • Care partners may rotate during visiting hours. To prevent overcrowding in waiting areas, “care partner exchange” must occur outside the hospital or in lobby areas.
  • One certified or registered doula is permitted for labor and non-surgical delivery.
  • One care partner OR one certified or registered doula is allowed in the operating room during surgical delivery.

Rest and recovery after giving birth
I am scheduled for a C-Section- what do I need to know?
What if your baby needs specialized care? The NICU
What kind of anesthesia will I need?

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