Specialized inpatient care for women and newborns
The Antepartum/Gynecology/Gyn-Oncology Unit includes staff members who are specially trained to care for high risk patients who need inpatient care before delivery, patients with gynecological disorders, patients with breast cancer or women’s cancer and patients who experience complications after childbirth.
The High-Risk Maternity Unit at John Peter Smith Hospital is a special unit dedicated to taking care of women experiencing health challenges during pregnancy, premature labor or similar conditions that require bed rest in the hospital. This special unit offers a quiet environment equipped with comfortable amenities.
The unit is staffed with doctors and nurses trained to focus on the patient’s special needs. Other members of our health care team also provide services to patients, including social services professionals, pastoral care providers, dietitians, lactation consultants and respiratory, physical and occupational therapists.
Doctors with advanced high-risk pregnancy training called perinatologists are available 24 hours a day to consult with primary care providers. Neonatologists from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are available to help families with information about newborns that have exceptional needs and how to care for them.
The NICU, also called a Special Care Nursery or a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, is a special unit in the hospital where we provide care for premature babies – babies born too early – and/or full-term babies who need extra medical attention. This means that any sick baby, from 23 weeks gestation or older, is cared for in our unit.
Doctors, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other health care workers care for these babies around the clock and provide support for their parents and loved ones. A baby’s stay in the NICU can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on how sick they are.
Babies in the NICU stay anywhere from a few days to three or four months, depending on their medical condition. The types of medical challenges treated in the unit include:
- Pre-term birth – babies born at 23 weeks gestation and weighing at least one pound.
- Babies born with an infection.
- Babies who are stressed during birth and need more attention than in the newborn nursery.
- Babies that require a higher level of care than given in traditional Mother/Baby units.
Services for premature babies:
Premature babies receive a hearing and developmental assessment to determine if they need additional services, such as rehabilitation, before they go home. If developmental or medical follow-up is required, arrangements are made before the baby is discharged from the hospital.