We want to communicate with you in the language in which you are most
comfortable. If you prefer to use an interpreter, we will provide one at no cost. Sign language interpreters and auxiliary aids are also available.
Childbirth Education Classes
Women & Infants offers classes taught by experienced, certified educators at various times and locations. If you have not received a brochure and registration form, call (401) 276-7800 or find a list of our classes on our Childbirth Education page.
Women have several options when coping with the discomfort of labor and childbirth. Delivering naturally is when no anesthesia is used. Many women, through the support of their significant other or labor partner, their nurse, midwife or physician, choose this option and feel empowered by this experience. Some women choose to have pain medication given either through an intravenous line or injection. This option will ease the pain of the contractions and can be helpful in early labor. Another type of medication is epidural anesthesia which allows mom to feel only mild to moderate contraction intensity and pressure during labor and childbirth. Whatever your choose, our exceptional labor and delivery nurses and physicians will guide, support, and encourage you through each phase of your labor and ultimately the birth of your baby. You can learn more about anesthesia through childbirth education classes.
Special Care Nursery
We operate a special care nursery (SCN in conjunction with Women and Infants’ Hospital, another Care New England hospital. Our SCN can manage neonatal emergencies as well as certain newborn complications. If necessary, we can work with Women and Infants to transfer your baby (and you) when unforeseen complications arise. The care team includes: parents, neonatal nurse practitioners and nurses, neonatologists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
Choosing a Pediatric Care Provider
You should choose a pediatric care provider - a family practitioner, pediatrician or nurse practitioner—before you are 35 weeks pregnant. To help, we provide information on choosing a pediatrician or you can call our Physician Referral Health Line at 1 (401) 737-9950. Tell the hospital when you choose a provider so we can call him/her when the baby is born. If the provider does not come to Kent, our team of doctors will care for your baby.