High-risk Pregnancy (Antepartum)

High-Risk Pregnancy (Antepartum) Unit at Woman’s

The Woman's Hospital of Texas offers the most comprehensive care in the Houston region for high-risk pregnancies. Called the Antepartum Unit (APU), this 48-bed unit provides mothers on bed rest a second home complete with the additional support they and their vulnerable babies require.

We care for women from the Houston area with high-risk pregnancy conditions such as:

  • Multiple babies
  • Pre-term labor
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension (preeclampsia)
  • Chronic hypertension (high-blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Incompetent or weakened cervix
  • Bleeding disorders, including placenta previa and abruptio placentae
  • Asthma
  • Post-surgery complications
  • Placenta Accreta

Patients can begin their stay as early as 9-10 weeks. Most antepartum patients arrive between 30-32 weeks, and a 3-4 week stay is typical. However, some mothers with uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure may begin their stay as early as 10-12 weeks into the pregnancy. Whatever your physician recommends, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas can help.

Our antepartum rooms are private rooms. DVD players are available in each room. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital, and women are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet. Two laptop computers are available to be checked out upon request.

You may also choose to stay in a luxury Woman’s Suite with additional amenities.

High-Risk Support Group: Tea Timers

Everyone on the high-risk unit may attend the Tea Timers support group with MD approval. The Tea Timers provides a wonderful reprieve from the stress of high-risk pregnancy and meets once a week for mother-infant education classes on breastfeeding, infant CPR, scrapbooking sessions and special holiday-related festivities.

Mothers on the Antepartum Unit may have a visit from a March of Dimes volunteer who comes once a week. These volunteers have been through bed rest themselves and provide invaluable support and information.

Care for High-Risk Pregnancy

The patient to nurse ratio in our antepartum unit is 4-to-1 or 3-to-1, depending on the mother’s needs. Rounds are made at a minimum of every 2 - 3 hours, 24 hours a day. All nurses carry a hospital phone so that patients may call directly in addition to using the bed-side call system.

Depending on room availability, we invite mothers to return to our unit after birth so that they may return to a familiar room and nurses, offering continuity during those first days with baby.

Learn more about high-risk pregnancy care for Houston women at The Woman's Hospital of Texas by calling (713) 790-1234.

To find a doctor, call 281-GET-HELP.