Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED)
For expectant mothers, it seems an issue always arises when your obstetrician or midwife’s office is closed. South Shore Health has developed a combined Obstetrics Emergency (OB ED) program that ensures quick, efficient care in an effort to eliminate any anxiety and stress that an expectant mother might experience when visiting a traditional ED.
We are proud to debut our OB ED at South Shore Hospital—a valuable resource for pregnancy-related emergencies that just can’t wait until morning.
As the first of its kind in Massachusetts, the OB ED serves pregnant women over 20 weeks of gestation in a dedicated space that’s equipped to handle pregnancy-related emergencies.
The OB ED is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and offers enhanced coverage to pregnant women with obstetrical concerns.
The OB ED can typically assess, treat, and discharge obstetrical patients much faster than a general emergency department or obstetrical triage setting, and ensures that a specialist in high-risk obstetrics evaluates every patient to help improve patient safety.
If possible, we recommend you call your obstetrician or midwife before coming in. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.
All women over 20 weeks pregnant will be seen by an in-house, board-certified obstetrical provider. Our caregivers will evaluate you and your baby’s condition. Our clinician will work with your primary obstetrical provider to make decisions about hospital admission or discharge.
The following symptoms may prompt you to be seen in the OB ED:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased fetal movement
- Concern about pre-term labor
- Ruptured membranes
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Urinary tract or bladder infections
- Conditions related to high-risk pregnancy (such as high blood pressure)