Providing expectant mother's specialized care.
Chesapeake Regional’s Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED) provides expectant mothers with the immediate and specialized care they deserve during an obstetric emergency.
The OB ED is designed specifically for pregnant women in crisis—and it’s open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
Located in the Labor & Delivery Unit, the OB ED is staffed with dedicated, board-certified obstetrical providers equipped to handle pregnancy-related emergencies around-the-clock. These OB-GYN providers are able to treat, assess and discharge patients much faster than in a general emergency department or obstetrical triage setting.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Should you deliver a preterm baby, our staff will provide the very best care for your newborn in our NICU Nursery, equipped with everything necessary to care for little ones who have stabilized but need to stay in the hospital a bit longer before they are ready to go home.
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Rooming-In Prior to Discharge
When mothers are discharged, but their baby is still in the Level II Nursery, an overnight room can be reserved the night prior to their baby's discharge from the special care nursery. The room is located directly across the hall from the nursery.
Obstetrics Operating Rooms
Our newly renovated Obstetrics Operating Rooms feature large flat screen monitors for all fetal heart rate tracings, a warmer placed at mom's head level for the newborn initial assessment, and a new recovery unit with TVs.
When should I go to the emergency room when pregnant?
If possible, we recommend that you call your obstetrical provider before coming in. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.
The following symptoms may prompt you to come to the OB ED:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased fetal movement
- Concern about preterm labor
- Ruptured membranes
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Urinary tract or bladder infections
- Conditions related to high-risk pregnancy (such as high blood pressure)
Tender, loving prenatal care when and where it’s most needed.
Patients can access the OB ED by checking in at the main Emergency Department. All women over 20 weeks pregnant will be seen by a highly-trained and experienced obstetrical provider. Our caregivers provide evaluation and collaborate with the patient’s obstetrical provider to make decisions about plan of care.