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Labor & Delivery

Preparing for Your Hospital Stay at Adventist HealthCare

Make sure your delivery day goes as smoothly as possible. Use this information to guide your stay at either Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center or Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital to have your baby.

Before You Go into Labor

Preregister for your hospital stay at least a week before you expect to go into labor. This ensures you have less to worry about when you arrive at the hospital for your delivery.

You may also find it helpful to speak with one of our patient service representatives about insurance coverage, copayment information and payment for hospital services. You can reach a Shady Grove Medical Center representative at 301-315-3660 and a Washington Adventist Hospital representative at 301-891-5217.

Getting to the Hospital

Shady Grove Medical Center is located at 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, Maryland. You’ll find parking in the visitor lots at the main hospital entrance. If you’re in labor, park in Lot D. All hospital parking lots require a small fee before you leave. Use cash or a major credit card to pay at a kiosk located at the hospital entrance or as you exit the lot. You can also choose to leave your car in metered parking along Medical Center Drive.

Washington Adventist Hospital is located at 7600 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland. You’ll find parking in the visitor spaces on the hospital campus and in the parking garage located next to the Emergency Department. You may also use valet parking at the main hospital entrance. Valet parking is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may pick up your keys after hours from the Security Department.

Once You Arrive at the Hospital

At Shady Grove Medical Center, enter through the main hospital entrance. After 10 p.m. and before 5 a.m., enter through the Emergency Department. Once inside, take the Evergreen elevators to the third floor. The elevator opens directly into the Birth Center reception area.

Once there, your doctor or midwife will give you an initial assessment in the triage area. He or she will determine whether you’re ready to be admitted to the hospital or if you can return to the comfort of your home until you’re further along in labor.

At Washington Adventist Hospital, enter the hospital through the main entrance during business hours (6 a.m.–8 p.m.). Check in first at Admitting, located to the right of the front desk in the main lobby. A staff member will then direct you to the Labor and Delivery Unit. Walk straight past the front desk to Elevator Bank A and take the elevator to Level 3. Make a left when you exit the elevators, and you’ll see a phone on the wall. Use the phone to call the nurse’s station and let them know you’re delivering today. The doors will then unlock so you can enter and check in at the nurse’s station.

After hours (8 p.m.–6 a.m.), enter the hospital through the Emergency Department entrance. Check in at the registration desk. A staff member will then arrange for you to be escorted to the Labor and Delivery Unit.

Once there, your doctor or midwife will give you an initial assessment in the triage area. He or she will determine whether you’re ready to be admitted to the hospital or if you can return to the comfort of your home until you’re further along in labor.

Free Birth Consultations

Discuss your birth plan, upcoming delivery and hospital stay one-on-one with a compassionate Shady Grove Medical Center birth advisor.

Maternity Pre-Registration

Avoid extra paperwork when you arrive at your Adventist HealthCare birth center. Pre-register for your hospital stay.

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