Bridging the gap between birth dates and due dates through specialty antepartum high risk pregnancy care.
Occasionally, situations develop during pregnancy that put the health of the mother or baby at-risk, and special care becomes necessary. Our Antepartum Unit is designed to care for high-risk patients before delivery. Perinatologists (physician specialists in maternal and fetal medicine) and antepartum nurses manage these high-risk pregnancies toward optimal outcome.
Our high-risk perinatal and antepartum programs provide constant monitoring of mother and baby, allowing the baby time to grow as much as possible in the stable environment of the womb.
- Mothers of Multiples
Many mothers of multiples require early bed rest and sometimes early admission to the hospital for monitoring. Our Antepartum Unit provides expectant mothers with a home-away-from-home. We can help with issues common to multiple births, such as, multiple baby monitoring, pre-term labor, preeclampsia. diabetes, and premature rupture of membranes.
- High Risk Pregnancy Conditions
The Woman's Hospital of Texas offers the most comprehensive care in the Houston region for high-risk pregnancies. Some mothers are diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies early in their pregnancy, while others may develop complications that require attention later in their pregnancy. We care for women with high-risk pregnancy conditions, such as pre-term labor, hypertension and diabetes, incompetent or weakened cervix, and more.
APU Stay and Support
Our 48-bed Antepartum Unit (APU) provides mothers on bed rest a second home complete with the additional support they and their vulnerable babies require.
Patients can begin their stay in their private antepartum room 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. We strive to make you as comfortable and supported as possible during your stay in our Antepartum Unit.
For those who prefer luxury accommodations, The Woman’s Suites feature hotel-like amenities, gourmet cuisine, and overnight accommodations for a guest and/or family member. Please contact Nursing Administration at (713) 791-7283 for information about cost and availability.
When a little extra pampering is required, we bring it to your bedside. The Woman's Hospital of Texas exclusively offers the services of Bella Mademoiselle Pedi Spa. Enjoy manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, facials, mineral makeup application, waxing and more within the comfort and privacy of your own room. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (713) 438-7878.
Mothers on the Antepartum Unit may have a visit from a March of Dimes volunteer who comes once a week. These volunteers have experienced bed rest themselves and provide invaluable support and information.