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Obstetric Emergency Department 101: Caring for You and Your Baby

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When you’re pregnant, your focus is on keeping you and your baby safe and healthy. So, where do you go to receive the best care when you feel strange abdominal pain or a decrease in normal fetal movement? Fortunately, our obstetrics emergency department (OBED) teams are here to help around the clock.

Remember, if you think you’re experiencing a medical emergency, the safest option is to call 911 to receive immediate help.

Keep reading to learn more about the obstetric emergency department and how it can provide the care you and your baby need during an emergency.

What Is an Obstetric Emergency Department?

An OBED provides timely and specialized emergency care to pregnant patients. We have obstetric emergency departments at AdventHealth Tampa and AdventHealth Ocala. Each OBED is an extension of a hospital’s main ER and is staffed with an experienced OB/GYN team that can care for you 24/7.

If a patient arrives with a life-endangering obstetrical emergency, the obstetrics emergency department can provide immediate care for mom and baby. Expert OB physicians and nurses evaluate and treat pregnant and postpartum patients quickly and efficiently.

What Are the Benefits of an OBED?

OBED physicians and nurses have highly specialized training in protecting the mother while pregnant and keeping the baby safe in the womb. This expert knowledge allows them to act quickly and provide the proper treatment, which can be lifesaving. Other benefits include:

  • Availability of obstetric specialists in early mornings or late evening hours when your OB/GYN may be closed
  • Comprehensive reviews of test results and fetal heart rate monitoring
  • Coordination of care and communication of the patient’s condition to your OB/GYN if they are unable to come to the hospital
  • Evaluation and management of pregnancy-related concerns
  • Treatment for postpartum-related issues in the first few weeks after delivery

When Should You Go to an Obstetric Emergency Department?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call your primary OB/GYN and head to an OBED for quick evaluation and treatment:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Concern about pre-term labor
  • Conditions related to high-risk pregnancy
  • Decrease in normal fetal movement
  • Postpartum complications
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Urinary tract or bladder infections
  • Vaginal bleeding

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Compassionate Care When You and Your Baby Need It Most

Whether you’re in the midst of concerning symptoms or are simply seeking a compassionate team to support you during pregnancy and beyond, our physicians and staff have one common goal: keeping you well to ensure you experience the true joys of welcoming your little one to your family.

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