Antepartum means "before birth". You may be admitted to our Antepartum Unit for Special Care Pregnancies if your doctor decides that it is necessary to monitor you or your baby's health status, to identify risk factors to treat complications, or to increase surveillance to prevent further problems. Your stay on our unit for Special Care Pregnancies may be continuous until delivery or you may be discharged and asked to return intermittently or frequently depending on the circumstances.
VIDEO: WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LEARN TIPS FOR BEDREST DURING PREGNANCY
Meet Our Team We are committed to providing personalized, quality service for the duration of your stay. Our holistic approach to caring for you will include a complete team of providers with the knowledge, expertise, and resources available to meet all of your medical, spiritual, and emotional needs. During your stay, you may meet several members of our multidisciplinary team. Our team of professionals will keep you updated on your plan of care throughout your stay in our unit.
We have a variety of resources available to help you throughout your stay with us. Let your nurse know if you are interested in any of these resources. You will also find a patient handbook located at your bedside on the Special Care Pregnancy Unit with information about being a patient at Edward Hospital and phone numbers to call for more information regarding these resources and others. In addition to the video on this page, you can also download our Bed Rest During Pregnancy Guide.
Your support person may visit at any time while you are on the Antepartum Unit. Visiting hours for all others is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Naptime is during the hours of 2 pm to 4 pm--visitors are discouraged from coming during this time, so that you may rest. Children under 12 years of age must be mom's own children.
Your dietician and nurse will assist you in meal planning during your stay on our Antepartum Unit. You will have a Room Service menu to select from and can order anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bedside Comfort Kit
During your stay with us, there will be many things you may miss from home or could use to make your stay more comfortable. Many times, family and friends are ready and willing to help you through hospitalization but aren't exactly sure how to contribute. The following items have been identified by previous patients and their families as "must haves" that you can suggest your family and friends bring in for you.
Comfort food. During your stay, you may be allowed food from home as well as "carry out", brought in by family and friends. Refrigerators are available on the unit to store a reasonable amount of perishables.
Snack food. Bottled water, powdered drink mix, a variety of nutritional snack foods as allowed by diet, breath mints, gum, etc. Water bottles with lids and straws are ideal for bedrest patients.
Toiletries. Hand sanitizer, lotions, body sprays, shampoo/conditioner, disposable razors, Cottonelle wipes (or baby wipes), peripads/sanitary napkins, lightdays pantiliners, Kleenex/Puffs, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash, hairbrush/comb, blow dryer, etc.
Comforts of home. Lounge wear, pillows, blankets, slippers, socks, underwear, robe, room sprays/ Renuzits, battery-operated bedside fans, family photos, children's artwork, backscratcher, calendar, magnetic clips, laptop, DVD's, magazines, books, puzzles, pad of paper (for note taking), journal, pens, deck of cards, hand held games, scrapbook or other projects you've meant to do and never had the time... (Please let us know if you think of other "necessities" to add to our list!)