The antepartum unit is a dedicated unit within the hospital for patients who are typically 20+ weeks pregnant and have an illness that could impact their health and/or the health of the unborn child. The antepartum environment is typically home-like and supportive to allow the mothers to be as comfortable as possible. Unlike a general hospital stay, patients usually have private rooms, flexible meal service, access to group activities and crafts, entertainment options, and maternity/high-risk pregnancy education. The type of care the patient receives is based upon the level of the complications of the patient or fetus. Typically, there is a combination of care between the patient’s primary care OB/GYN, maternal fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, nurses, and any other specialist who may need to be involved in patient care.
What are typical reasons for admission?
- Preterm labor
- Premature rupture of membranes or premature preterm rupture of membranes
- Vaginal bleeding
- High blood pressure
- Hyperemesis gravidarum
- Pregnancy with multiples
- Smaller than expected fetal growth
- Urinary tract infection
- Non-obstetricrelated hospitalizations (psychiatric, appendectomy, gallbladder issues, etc.)
- High-risk pregnancies
*Please note that anyone experiencing the symptoms described should seek medical care immediately.*
Ashlee Fleck received her Bachelor of Science in both Health and Nursing. She has worked in both Labor and Delivery and the Antepartum Unit. Ashley is passionate about creating healthy moms and a healthy babies and believes that knowledge is a huge influence in achieving that goal.
Edited by Kelly Riechers DiCristina